Do you find yourself trying to cram trainers and dry shampoo into your already overflowing handbag, squashing your post-workout banana in the process? If you’re sick of toting your kit in unpractical ways, or you’ve been reduced to lugging around supermarket bags for life, know that there are plenty of stylish, affordable and practical ways to transport your kit.
Whether you’re in the market for a stylish tote that can take you from the gym floor to the office or a fuss-free backpack to stash all your essentials, we’ve got you covered.
Lululemon Define Duffel Bag
The kind of arm-candy Mary Poppins could only dream of, this has a removable, adjustable shoulder strap, quick-access side pockets to stash your water bottle and essentials plus a padded exterior pocket that fits a 15in laptop. It has interior pockets to keep your stuff organised and your sweaty gear stashed separately. Oh, and it’s water-repellent too. While it’s definitely at the “investment” end of the price spectrum, if you’re looking for a bag that can do it all, look no further.
Nike One Club Training Duffel Bag
Available in three chic colours, the USP of this sleek holdall is a clever vented compartment to stash your kit and trainers separately after a sweat sesh. That elastic bungee cord detail isn’t just decorative either: it’s designed to hold your mat. Yogis rejoice!
Buy from Nike (opens in new tab) | £44.95
WIT Medium Ripstop Backpack
This is a versatile backpack that can be used for the gym as well as work. We love that it’s water-resistant and that any dirty kit or muddy shoes can be stashed in the expandable internal side pocket. The 17-litre capacity is just right, fitting the necessities without being oversized. It’s also comfortable to transport: we used it to carry gym gear, toiletries and a laptop on a 45-minute commute, and our shoulders and back stayed pain-free!
Boux Sport Camo Print Durable Rucksack
Girly with an urban twist, this rucksack adds extra comfort with padded straps. Three side pockets on the outside of the bag keep your store keys, coins and even your water bottle to hand, and the rolltop is also handy – if you need to squeeze in extra bits, you can.
Chrome Blckchrm 22X Lako 3-Way Tote
We require a pretty epic gym bag for three figures and this one delivers, making the spend totally worth it. The clever design means it works as a backpack as well as an over-the-shoulder tote bag. It’s super-spacious and comes with wet/dry internal compartments so your damp, sweaty kit won’t rub up against your clean clothes. A padded sleeve for your laptop means it’s practical for gym-to-work, plus the top of the bag rolls up for extra storage if needed.
Glossier Sunshine Yellow Duffel Bag
A surprise entry from beauty brand Glossier; we couldn’t resist that smile-inducing sunshine yellow shade. As you’d expect for £19, it’s simple, but with a zippered main compartment, front pocket and adjustable, detachable shoulder strap, it does the job just fine.
Under Armour Favourite Metallic Tote
This stylish and practical tote from Under Armour has two sets of handles offering multiple ways to carry it which are sure to include your favoured method. Within the large zip-up main compartment you’ll find smaller pockets as well as handy elastic straps to keep small items anchored. There’s also an easy-access pocket on the outside. Tough, lightweight and weatherproof, it’s not called the Favourite tote for nothing.
Adidas by Stella McCartney Backpack
Fusing Adidas technology with Stella McCartney’s design credentials, this is one fashion collab that’s stood the test of time. Like everything in the range, this workout-to-work (and beyond) backpack is made from recycled materials and has multiple zip pockets for easy access and impeccable organisation. The padded straps make it super-comfy to carry too.
Gymshark X Series Backpack 1.0
You can’t beat Gymshark for technical specs at a purse-friendly price. Case in point: the brand’s best-selling X Series backpack. The list of features is plentiful, from mesh side pockets and adjustable padded shoulder straps with a chest buckle to an air-mesh back panel and an internal padded laptop sleeve. For £35, you’d be hard pushed to find a harder-working gym bag.
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Adidas Badge of Sport Backpack
The design may be classic, but the rest of this bold backpack is bang up to date. Roomy enough for your exercise essentials and cool enough for post-workout brunches, it’s got adjustable padded straps for maximum comfort. Made with recycled materials, it’s kind to the environment as well as your shoulders.
Buy from Adidas (opens in new tab) | £25 (currently reduced to £13.17)
PUMA Buzz Backpack
Available in four colours, this PUMA backpack is proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a functional gym bag that packs in practical features. We’re talking a two-way zip opening, laptop compartment, plentiful pockets and a padded back to up the comfort factor.
Buy from Puma (opens in new tab) | £20-25 (some styles currently reduced to £11-13.50)
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