10 Cute Gym Bags That Will Make You Actually Want To Work Out

10 Cute Gym Bags That Will Make You Actually Want To Work Out

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The perfect gym bag will keep you organized, streamline your getting-ready process and help motivate you to actually make it to your workout. You’ve invested in stylish activewear, the perfect running shoes and even the best water bottle on the market. Why not pack it all up in a stylish bag that does everything you need it to, plus a whole lot more?

So toss that old canvas tote or college backpack to the curb and dive into our picks for your new workout buddy, all of which we’ve tried ourselves and love.

Sweaty Betty

Icon Luxe Kit Bag

If you frequent the gym before or after heading to the office and you want a bag that can keep those two parts of your life separate, there’s no better option than the Icon Luxe Kit Bag. It has two main compartments, with a smaller pocket in the middle. That smaller pocket is perfect for anything you need on hand, like your wallet, headphones or phone — and it’s big enough to comfortably fit all those things.

The larger two compartments are ideal for separating out your gym and work items. The interior of one of the compartments is completely waterproof — perfect for any dirty clothes, swimsuits, used towels or leaky water bottles. The other side is lined with a standard polyester material and is big enough to fit a 15-inch laptop, along with a lot more. There’s also a mesh water bottle holder and smaller zippered pocket within that compartment. All in all, if you want to keep your gym things separate from your other things, there’s nothing as simple (yet effective) as a roomy, waterproof pocket.

Sweaty Betty

Icon Luxe Kit Bag

The other big benefit to this bag is just how comfortable to carry it is. There are two strap lengths, one of which is perfect for carrying the bag in your hand and the other as an over-the-shoulder bag. The size of this gym bag makes for a comfortable distribution of weight, so even if you pack it full, it doesn’t feel too heavy. The material is soft yet durable, and there’s a yoga mat strap at the bottom (which is actually quite easy to miss) — just another winning feature in our books.

Baboon to the Moon

Go-Bag, Mini

The Go-Bag isn’t your typical backpack/gym bag combo. For starters, it’s made from what Baboon to the Moon refers to as an “OM Stardust Ballistic shell material” that’s secured by a double-stitch construction. That’s all to say it’s seriously indestructible as well as waterproof and sandproof. Features like a lockable zipper head closure, four external handles and a lifetime warranty make for a versatile yet utilitarian gym bag option that will last years, if not forever.

Baboon to the Moon

Go-Bag, Mini

One of our favorite parts of the Go-Bag is its detachable, adjustable and super-comfortable shoulder straps. In addition to the bag’s external handles, these straps make it possible to carry the bag in a variety of ways — backpack-style or as a shoulder bag or briefcase. However you spin it, it’s comfortable and easy to use. An added bonus is that it’ll fit in all airline overhead bins and meet those pesky TSA guidelines too.

Baboon to the Moon

Go-Bag, Mini

One thing to note: If you do plan to use this as an everyday bag that doubles as your gym bag, there isn’t a compartment made for a laptop or tablet. So if you want to bring one along, we’d recommend a protective case. There is a discrete side pocket, but no front pockets, which some reviewers see as a big plus — no “extra pockets for any curious strangers in cramped spaces.”

Caraa

Sport Tote

This gym bag (which arguably doesn’t look like a standard “gym bag” at all) has quickly become our go-to everyday bag for a couple of reasons. The first is how seamlessly you can switch between carrying it tote-style and backpack-style.

Made from waterproof Italian nylon and buffed Italian leather, the tote straps are a perfect length (and feature a gripping fabric, so no slipping!), and the detachable backpack straps are surprisingly comfortable. Other key features include yoga mat straps at the bottom of the bag, a dust bag and a built-in key fob.

Caraa

Sport Tote

The bottom portion of the bag sports a separate shoe compartment that’s chicly disguised by its leather exterior. There’s also a waterproof wets compartment so you can keep everything used in a separate portion of your bag. Keep in mind the wets pocket isn’t huge, but it’s big enough for a small towel and maybe a top. If you’re not using the shoe compartment, you can expand the interior of the main bag, which is super useful for if you’re trying to pack more into that main compartment.

Caraa

Sport Tote

For instance, we noticed that a 15-inch Macbook Pro only fits into the bag when the interior is expanded. Another huge plus to the bag is its handy built-in phone charging station. The bag comes with a Caraa-branded Anker charger, one of our favorite, reliable brands when it comes to portable chargers, and a USB charging cable. There’s a handy internal compartment to fit the charger and an opening that allows you to connect that charging cable to your phone, which sits in a roomy side compartment of the bag that’s accessible via a zippered pocket on the outside of the bag.

Everlane

The Oversized Carryall

If you prefer to keep your gym bag setup simple, you can’t go wrong with Everlane’s Oversized Carryall. With a super-comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap and roomy interior, this is a perfect option for anyone who’s just looking for a simple yet reliable, understated yet stylish gym bag. The overall material of the bag feels super durable and high quality, and it’s easy to clean. What’s even better is that it’s made from 100% recycled materials. The exterior is 100% recycled nylon, while the interior is 100% recycled polyester.

Everlane

The Oversized Carryall

The bag features an exterior slip pocket that’s the perfect size for easy access to your phone or a smaller wallet, and two interior pockets as well as a laptop sleeve. The only downside to the design is that your laptop may get jostled around a bit since the bag is pretty unstructured, but it does carry comfortably regardless.

Everlane

The Oversized Carryall

The tradeoff is totally bearable given how soft and easily collapsible the bag is, making it really easy to store and comfortable to carry throughout the day. The interior pocket is also perfect for a water bottle, and the entire interior can be closed off by a secure zipper closure, so nothing makes its way out, and nobody can easily sneak their way in.

Athleta

Kinetic Gym Duffel

This classic gym duffel is the perfect combination of utilitarian and chic. Made from a recycled nylon fabric, the Kinetic Gym Duffel is super soft and lightweight yet durable enough for all your workout needs. It has tons of space for everything you’d want to bring to the gym — including a large, expandable side pocket perfect for sneakers.

Athleta

Kinetic Gym Duffle

The two main interior pockets are cleverly labeled “sort” and “stow.” The sort side features a zippered pocket perfect for valuables, while the stow side is a larger pocket with a snap button, perfect for stashing any sweaty towels or post-workout clothes. Both pockets also have additional mesh compartments, which is all to say there’s no lack of storage spaces in this duffel.

Athleta

Kinetic Gym Duffle

Our favorite part of the Kinetic Gym Duffel is how comfortable and easy to use it is. There are two different sized handles — so you can carry this as a bag or over your shoulder — in addition to a super-comfortable, fabric crossbody strap.

Away

The Everywhere Bag

While Away is best known for its travel gear, we found that the brand’s Everywhere Bag works just as well as the perfect office-gym hybrid bag as it does a travel companion.

Away

The Everywhere Bag

One thing that sets the Everywhere Bag apart from others on this list is how structured it is. If you prefer to pack an organized bag with just what you need, this is the bag for you — particularly if you pack light for work. The Everywhere Bag can comfortably fit a 15-inch laptop and features six interior pockets for all your necessities. If you’re traveling, there’s a trolley sleeve that was designed to fit perfectly with the brand’s suitcases — Away’s The Carry-On actually snagged a spot as the best carry-on suitcase of 2021.

Our favorite yet unexpected feature of this bag is the hidden waterproof pocket intended for umbrella storage. While you can absolutely use it for your umbrella, it’s also the perfect compartment for a pair of flats. Unfortunately, your sneakers won’t fit into the zippered pocket, but it’s a fun perk nonetheless. Especially if you frequent yoga or barre classes that don’t require sneakers, you can stuff your work flats into the hidden pocket without having to worry about dirtying the inside of your bag or a shoe bag.

Alo Yoga

Stow Backpack

If you opt for backpacks over shoulder bags for everyday use, this option from Alo Yoga is one of our favorite options, particularly if your preferred form of exercise is yoga or Pilates. For starters, the backpack has bungee straps at the bottom, so you can easily carry a yoga mat around. It’s discrete (and doesn’t look weird if you’re not carrying a mat) while also adjustable, so no need to worry about a certain sized mat either. The backpack’s straps are adjustable and padded, making this bag comfortable to carry throughout the day, even if you’ve packed all your work and gym must-haves. The neoprene material is water-resistant, which is always beneficial when spending time in a gym bathroom or changing room.

Alo Yoga

Stow Backpack

The rest of the backpack has everything you need without any unnecessary bells or whistles. There’s a padded laptop sleeve that fits a 13-inch laptop, a removable pouch for valuables and one interior pocket perfect for any wet clothes or small towels that you don’t want touching the rest of your stuff. There are two side pockets, one of which is meant for a small water bottle or umbrella, and the other of which has a zipper for any smaller items. Finally, the pocket at the front is always super useful for anything you need safe yet easily accessible. Overall, the Stow Backpack is a great option if you’re a yoga lover looking for a backpack that’s sleek, minimal and simple to use.

MZ Wallace

Medium Metro Tote Deluxe

Perfect for anyone on the go, MZ Wallace’s Metro Tote Deluxe is a brilliantly designed bag that checks all our boxes when it comes to space, functionality and style. Made from MZ Wallace’s signature REC Nylon material, it is absurdly lightweight, features natural Italian leather trim and protective feet and has an optional crossbody strap.

MZ Wallace

Medium Metro Tote Deluxe

The bag has a seemingly endless amount of room, and enough pockets to keep everything in it organized. There are four exterior pockets as well as

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