I've never been a morning person. I struggle to get my day going and I almost always wake up grouchy until my first cup of coffee. Because I lean towards starting my days slowly, I've learned that the most effective way to get my day started is to have everything I need ready to go from the night before, this includes not only picking out my clothes, but preparing my gym bag as well.
The first thing I accomplish everyday is a workout. A morning workout starts my day feeling accomplished and sets the tone for the rest of the day. I've learned to speed up the process to get my ass in gear by always having my gym bag packed with the following three items. I know all I have to do is grab my bag and I can head out the door without thinking twice. So regardless if I forget my headphones or some other menial item, I always have my essentials for a good workout.
SMALL HAND TOWEL
If you're not using a gym towel at the gym, then you're a bit of a slob. Kidding, but not really. Think of all of the sweat and skin particles on the benches and equipment at the gym, it is a clean freaks worst nightmare! I make sure to always have at least a few Lululemon Small Towels that are lightweight, and extra absorbent at my disposal in my gym bag. Some people may think they don't need a towel if they're not really sweating, but thats not really the only function these towels provide. This microfibre small towel not only is great to wipe your hands after a set, but look great while doing so as well.
DOPP KIT WITH GROOMING ESSENTIALS
I've had a Topo Designs Dopp Kit for quite a while now. I've used it to store cables when traveling to even now to hold my grooming and shower essentials for the gym. While it may seem silly to have a smaller bag within a bag, it really is advisable to protect your clothes from any accidental product spills when lugging your bag around town. It is the perfect size to avoid over packing with unnecessary products to the gym as its compact size forces to you cut back what to pack. I keep my dopp kit rather simply filled: moisturiser, shampoo, soap, a comb and some hair paste.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Water is essential to any sort of physical activity. Instead of drinking from the water fountains like a kid, or adding more unnecessary waste by using disposable water bottles, get yourself a durable BPA free glass water bottle that will help in more ways than one. This specific H20m Water Bottle has a silicone sleeve that makes it very tactile and easy to grip, avoiding condensation and any accidental spills by it slipping out of your hands.