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29 best gym bags for women: totes, duffels, holdalls and more

Trust us, you'll want to hit the gym just to show them off

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Gym bags aren't always the first thing that comes to mind when you think of workout must-haves but considering a good one has the ability to house all your exercise essentials, transform your journey to the gym from a struggle to a walk in the park and prevent your sweaty kit from contaminating the rest of your everyday items; we think it's high time they did.

Not only are they extremely practical and an avid organiser's dream, but picking one that you'll want to put on display as often as possible can add that little bit more motivation on those days where getting up and getting going isn't a given. And although they tend to err on the spenny side, with a bit of love and care, they can last much longer than your love affair with Hot Yoga.

How to clean your gym bag

Over time, your go-to gym bag can become as smelly as your sports bra after a gruelling circuit workout. However, fear not, keeping it fresh, and funk-free is not as onerous as it sounds!

Most have been designed to make cleaning them as easy as a regular once-over wipe with a damp cloth, and you can mix warm water, white vinegar and essential oil for an odour-busting boost.

Certain fabrics will require only a tiny bit more TLC. If you're opting for canvas, you'll want to spot clean the areas in need, and machine-washable bags usually recommend a cold cycle.

There are also things you can do to keep your gym bag cleaner for longer. Removing any sweaty or wet gear as soon as possible helps with the smell, and the same can be said of airing it out after each use.

Gym bag smell hack

If you don't quite manage to prevent the stench, dropping a few dry tea bags in overnight or adding dryer sheets to the bottom of your gym bag are clever tricks that kill unwanted odours.

Never without your essential oils? Add a few drops to a spray bottle and spritz to your heart's content. Don't forget to let it dry out afterwards, though.

Essentials for every gym bag

Gym bags are a valuable bit of kit any way you look at it but packed with the right goodies; they can go from merely carrying your gym gear to somehow providing you with everything you could need before you even realise you need it.

Activewear, trainers and water bottle aside, we picked out the essentials you'll want at your fingertips to make your trip to the gym as easy-going as you deserve it to be after putting in as many reps as possible on the floor. Once packed, they can stay put, and you won't have to worry about morning-brain sabotaging your session.

    So, whether you're looking for a backpack that'll do gym and work, a holdall that can go from being a gym bag to a weekend bag with ease, a tote stylish enough to double as a handbag or a duffel big enough to store everything but the kitchen sink, we've got you covered in our edit of the best gym bags available now. Look no further for the perfect solution to your packing woes.

    29 best gym bags to buy now

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    1
    best yoga gym bag
    H&M hm.com.uk
    Yoga mat sports bag
    H&M
    £39.99
    2
    best gym and laptop bag
    lululemon lululemon.co.uk
    Front clip backpack
    LULULEMON
    £84.00
    3
    best barrel gym bag
    MYPROTEIN myprotein.com
    MP barrel bag - black
    MYPROTEIN
    £24.00
    4
    best large gym bag
    adidas by Stella McCartney adidas.co.uk
    Studio bag
    ADIDAS
    £150.00
    5
    best gym and work bag
    Under Armour underarmour.co.uk
    UA hustle pro backpack
    UNDER ARMOUR
    £55.00
    6
    best gym bag with shoe compartment
    nike nike.com.uk
    Women's training duffel bag
    NIKE
    £49.95
    7
    best drawstring gym bag
    Columbia columbiasportswear.co.uk
    Unisex drawstring bag
    COLUMBIA
    £13.00
    8
    best cute gym bag
    PUMA x LIBERTY uk.puma.com
    Women's grip bag
    PUMA
    £100.00
    9
    best black gym bag
    Superdry superdry.com
    Unisex code barrel bag
    SUPERDRY
    £49.99
    10
    best stylish gym bag
    P.E Nation pe-nation.com
    Game changer bag in camo print
    P.E NATION
    £190.00
    11
    best quilted gym bag
    DOMYOS decathlon.co.uk
    Gym bag
    DECATHLON
    £24.99
    12
    best gym bag with compartments
    Sweaty Betty sweatybetty.com
    Icon gym bag
    SWEATY BETTY
    £95.00
    13
    best small gym bag for phone and keys
    Alo Yoga aloyoga.com
    Utility mat bag - black
    ALO
    £120.00
    14
    best canvas gym bag
    VARLEY thread.com
    Cabana slouch tote
    THREAD
    £80.00
    15
    best cheap gym bag
    Puma amazon.co.uk
    Unisex challenger duffel bag s sports black, one size
    AMAZON
    £19.99
    16
    best designer gym bag
    MZ Wallace thesportsedit.com
    Medium metro tote deluxe - lilac
    THE SPORTS EDIT
    £200.00
    17
    best gym bag with laptop compartment
    GOODMOVE marksandspencer.com
    Multi pocket gym backpack
    M&S
    £39.50
    18
    best gym tote bag
    lululemon lululemon.co.uk
    Clean lines canvas tote bag
    LULULEMON
    £78.00
    19
    best retro gym bag
    Nike Heritage nike.com.uk
    Duffel bag
    NIKE
    £27.95
    20
    best gym bag with yoga mat holder
    Gaiam johnlewis.com
    Metro gym bag
    JOHN LEWIS
    £33.99
    21
    best small gym bag
    Alo Yoga aloyoga.com
    Utility tote bag - black
    ALO
    £110.00
    22
    best gym duffle bag
    Glossier glossier.com
    Sunshine yellow duffel bag
    GLOSSIER
    £19.00
    23
    best mini gym bag
    GOODMOVE marksandspencer.com
    Cross body gym bag
    M&S
    £29.50
    24
    best gym shoulder bag
    Adidas by Stella McCartney adidas.co.uk
    Tote bag
    ADIDAS
    £90.00
    25
    best gym bag backpack
    Reebok x VB victoriabeckham.com
    Cargo backpack in black
    VICTORIA BECKHAM
    £119.00
    26
    best holdall gym bag
    Gymshark gymshark.com
    Everyday holdall
    GYMSHARK
    £35.00
    27
    best medium gym bag
    New Balance newbalance.co.uk
    OPP core medium duffel
    NEW BALANCE
    £28.00
    28
    best waterproof gym bag
    RAINS rains.com
    Gym bag
    RAINS
    £65.00
    29
    best swim gym bag
    Boost amazon.co.uk
    Sports gym bag
    AMAZON
    £35.52
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