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You've got your gym bag (Tory Burch, natch), your water bottle (Swell, duh) and your earbuds (obviously Skullcandy). You're ready for the gym, right? Not so fast! Before you head to spin/boot camp/your workout of choice, make room for a few more essentials that could save the day.

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What is it about a good, hard hour-long sweat that makes your mouth so dehydrated and weird-tasting? After a workout, pop one of these bad boys. On top of tasting fresh, mint has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antioxidant effects, making it useful for exercise recovery.

Shop: Altoids (from $6)

gym essentials towel

a cooling towel

Sometimes gym air conditioners break. For those times, it's incredibly necessary to have something to wipe up your hard-earned sweat. Enter this microfiber towel, which cools skin when soaked with water, wrung out and snapped in the air to activate cooling. Hey, if it's good enough for Serena Williams...

Shop: Mission Athletecare ($15)

gym essentials bandaids


Whether you're breaking in a killer new pair of sneaks or punching extra hard during boxing, blisters and cuts happen. Keep a few Band-Aids (in different sizes) on hand in case of fitness emergencies. 

Shop: Band-Aid (from $3)

gym essentials wipes

face and body wipes

No time for a shower post-sweat? No problem. It's super easy to freshen up in a pinch--especially with these terrific wipes, which cleanse your face and body with cucumber, mint, aloe vera and omega oils to fight bacteria, exfoliate and moisturize.

Shop: Mio ($37 for 25 wipes) 

gym essentials dry shampoo

dry shampoo

Your breath is fresh and your face is clean. What's next? Hair. To salvage yesterday's blowout, we like Living Proof’s dry shampoo, which comes in an easy-to-tote 1.2 oz. bottle.

Shop: Living Proof ($12)

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