I went to dinner the other night with my girlfriends, and I of course was a little late. I was coming from the gym, so no one is allowed to blame me. The girls all started gabbing away as we always do, but the gym seemed to be a topic of conversation. They were curious to know what I keep in my bag and if it is super annoying to carry my things around all day. We live in New York City, meaning we don't have the luxury of throwing our things in the back of the car until we need to grab them. I have to say it does get a bit annoying, and the bags do get heavy, but I have managed to minimize mine.
I have many pairs of sneakers and I like to switch them up depending on my workout for that day. However, if I know I will be running around more on a specific day I pack a lighter pair. This helps to limit the load. Lucky for me the locker room at Equinox has shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, face lotion, and hair dryers so I don't have to stress about carrying these items with me. I just bring a mini hair brush for after the shower and use their blow dryer when I have the time. Otherwise my hair is up in a huge wet knot on the top of my head.
I keep a small makeup bag with me at all times. In it I have the essentials and the essentials only. Obviously my essentials may be different than yours, and to be honest there are times when I really only need my brush, because I have no time for makeup.
I keep under-eye concealer and an airbrush to blend it. I have blush and bronzer with one brush that I use for both. It has a short handle so it takes up minimal space. I also have mascara and a tinted chap stick. I like to brush out the eye lashes post mascara applications, but the brush I have is very long and doesn't fit well in the small bag. I have been wanting to saw off the handle and sand it down to make it work, but I am not exactly ready to purchase or attempt using a saw, so I find using a travel size toothbrush gets the job done. I have a tiny lock and always a pair of headphones! At the moment I am using the parrot zik.
It may sound like a lot, but I these are the essentials for me, when I have to run back to work and look presentable. All the items I use are the lightest version I can find. I use my Madewell tote because it looks sophisticated and can hold a ton of stuff.
Let me know what works for you? And get your bootys to the gym!!!
In my bag:
Parrot Zik Headphones - the new version is now available in many different colors
NARS Blush Desire - cotton candy pink
Forever21 Makeup bag similar here