Everything must fit into pockets:
- Super basic: Helmet, water bottle, gloves and sports watch.
- Repair kit & bandaids. I’ve never had to use mine but it’s something you should always carry. Plus I have something called a Boyfriend who does all my repairs for me. Teehee.
- Kleenex for my runny-nose problem (more like snot flying out of nose) and lip balm to at least try to keep my lips pretty (while there is snot flying out of my nose).
- Fuel. I always keep an emergency energy bar in my back pocket for long rides and whatever I have at home like these Powerbar Gel Blasts (also have a habit of popping these like candy).
- Not pictured: keys, ID, credit card and cellphone (that goes in the ziplock).
Cycling – Colder or Longer Rides:
Some extra items for longer or colder rides:
- I fill up an extra water bottle with an electrolyte tablets. I have a really bad habit of not drinking enough water during rides because I simply don’t get thirsty but I’m working on it!
- When it’s cold (especially in early morning rides) a skull-cap is a must because rides are sooo miserable when your ears feel like it’s going to fall off.
I really tried to get into running and I’ve partially failed. I LOVE running socially but I hate running by myself and would rather hop on my bike or lift some weights. When I do run, the weather is usually warmer and I don’t carry much with me:
- I usually hold my phone in a ziplock bag. Phone is for music, emergency calls and GPS. Yes, I’ve gotten lost running in the park near my apartment because I’m one of those girls with no sense of direction. Once I step off the Sea Wall, I have no idea where I am.
- Wrist bands for wiping my sweat away because I sweat like a man— to the point that it sometimes blinds me because it gets into my eyes.
- Keys (and sometimes cash). I have a nifty Lululemon wristbands that can hold my key + cash but I couldn’t find it for the picture. That shows you how often I run (since August)!
Unfortunately, everything is conveniently in my gym locker so I couldn’t take a pretty picture but here are essentials everyone should have in their gym bag/locker:
- DEODORANT. That is gym etiquette #1!! Just remember: if you ever think you don’t smell, YOU DO.
- A water bottle. Get yours free at Good Health Nutrition with any purchase!
- A towel for my excessive (but healthy) sweating problem.
- My Gymboss timer because interval training is the way to go.
- My phone for taking vain mirror pictures and music.
What do you never leave home without?