What Are The Best Gym Bags For Women On The Go?

Friends, we are here to stage a gym bag intervention. Please, just put down that flimsy freebie tote that was foisted on you at that work conference five years ago or the cool thrift-store find with the non-working zipper — save it for an Instagrammable picnic come summertime. These literal sad sacks have no business acting as the trusty workout, weekender, and commuter bag you deserve.

In our era of competitive wellness and uniform-like devotion to activewear, there are gym bags on the market for every lifestyle, schedule, and taste — and they don’t have to cost big bucks. And sure, you may not be trekking back and forth to the gym right now, but owning a functional bag where you can store your workout-at-home equipment will make even a Zoom sweat session feel a little more exciting.


Scroll through our exhaustive list ahead to choose a style that’s right for you. With a new gym bag, you’ll find yourself reveling in the process of packing up and sprinting out the door feeling organized and on top of your game.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

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Lululemon On My Level Bag 30L

This bag is for the chic commuter that likes to sneak in a workout on the way home from the office. It's roomy enough to fit everything you'll need and stylish enough to earn you a compliment or two when we finally head back to work IRL.
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Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Tote

An indestructible weekender/gym bag that comes in several sun-baked shades of canvas for those of you who prefer to channel Nantucket at the gym.
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Dagne Dover Landon Carryall

It’s difficult to find words to explain the cult status of Dagne Dover’s Landon Carryall. People really, really like this bag — our executive creative director Piera Gelardi swears by her citron-colored one. There’s kind of nothing that this sturdy and stylish neoprene weekender can’t do.
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Nike Court Advantage Tennis Duffle Bag

Stay organized without compromising on style. This sleek duffle bag offers compartments and pouches for storing all your gym-going essentials. It even has a separate compartment for shoes and a coated bottom to keep your gear dry.
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Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Tote Pack

This ultra-lightweight tote bag converts easily into a backpack to accommodate heavier loads. With a water-resistant finish, drawstring top, and designated water bottle pocket, this chameleon-like bag will be a great companion for a variety of adventures.
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Baboon Small Go-Bag

We’re so addicted to Baboon’s fun-fun-fun branding and colorways, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The start-up specializes in heavy-duty bags with super-stitched, waterproof materials — perfect for gym-goers who have to lug a lot of stuff.
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New Balance X Staud Gym Bag

A versatile bag with a removable strap, this chic black gym bag will turn heads on your way to the locker room (or your at-home gym setup).
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Adidas by Stella McCartney Large Tote

This cool-looking durable gym bag is made from an innovative, biodegradable thermoplastic polyurethane material, so it's easy to clean and — in true Stella McCartney form — easy on the environment.

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Db The Carryall 40L Duffle Bag

Get yourself a gym bag that practically does the hard work for you. OK, it's not exactly going to take your spot in spin class, but it will protect and carry everything you need... and then some. It has internal mesh organizers for all your various fitness fixings plus a bottom pocket for separating shoes or dirty laundry.
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Y.U.M.C. Travel Yoga Bag

This nifty tote has plenty of (expandable!) space for storing gym equipment, workout gear, extra clothes, a water bottle, and towels. Extra points for the yoga mat holder, which means you can finally top lugging that thing around under your arm.
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Everlane The Renew Transit Backpack

Sometimes you just need a hand-free backpack and this one from Everlane is made from recycled materials, has a magnetic closure, two water bottle holders, and several zip pockets for stashing personal items.
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Lipault City Plume 24 Hour Bag

This fancy French luggage brand is one of our go-tos for super-sturdy duffles in colors better than they need to be. Their 24 Hour Bag is exactly as described — the cute, roomy, rugged carry-all will take you throughout your day in style.
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Andi Duffle Tote

Why settle for one bag when you could have two? This option can be worn as a standard duffle or a backpack.
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Caraa Nimbus Weekender

If you're looking for a bag that doesn't add extra weight to your gym load, look no further than this waterproof option from Caraa. It's light as air and features ample space and compartments to suit your needs.
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Dalix Signature Gym Bag

There's lots to love about this versatile bag, but don't just take our word for it. It's got an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on and customers are in agreement that it's perfectly sized for hitting the gym.
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Topo Designs Cinch Tote Bag

Ask your outdoorsy friend about this cultish gear-maker and get ready for a really strong reaction — the Colorado-based brand’s backpacks and rucksacks have an ardent following. They’re designed for heavy-duty mountaineering, but this drawstring tote with two exterior pockets definitely suits the urban explorer’s lifestyle, too.
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The North Face Explore Utility Tote Bag

If you're the type of person who keeps like to keep things simple and streamlined, this smaller tote option is just what you need. It's got a dependable structure with plenty of pockets for your reusable water bottle, phone, and headphones.
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Society6 Be Kind Colors Rainbow Duffle Bag 

A motivational sentiment we can all get behind.
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Pan Am Original Retro Gym Duffle

Going to the gym sucks sometimes, so we suggest finding a bag that's going to cheer you up a little. Enter this super retro and nostalgic duffle that will put a definite spring in your step.
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Caraa Cirrus Backpack

A super-light, extra-large back that will accommodate all of your gym and life needs, thanks to a passport pocket, three zippered exterior pockets, mesh vents, and a water bottle pocket.
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STATE Bags Felix Barrel Duffle Bag

This understated classic duffle has plenty of pockets to stash your valuables and exercise accessories. And at over 60% off, the price can't be beat.
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Paravel Fold-up Bag

This super-lightweight, roomy bag magically folds up to the size of a tablet when it’s not in use. (It can also be monogrammed, for maximum fanciness!) Bonus: Oprah gave it her coveted seal of approval.
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A New Day Square Backpack

This periwinkle knapsack is certainly roomy enough for the gym, but will also look very cute tucked into the backseat of the car in preparation for a weekend out of town.
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Adidas Unisex Santiago Gym Bag

A sturdy classic with proven durability and style, along with a lifetime warranty. (Lifetime, people.)
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BOOST Gym Bag with Shoe Compartment

A fanatically-rated (we’re talking 4.8 stars, people) duffle that has many a gearhead satisfied. “I love this bag,” says Amazon reviewer CW. “It’s a beautiful color, nice material, holds a ton of stuff — 40 oz. water bottle, speed rope, knee sleeves, supplements, wraps, gloves, lifting belt, etc — with plenty of room without being too bulky. I love the wet bag and the shoe compartment, too.”
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BEIS Backpack

A high-capacity backpack with all the bells and whistles — including a croc-effect base — and the nice price of $78.
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Wandf Foldable Nylon Gym Bag

For those who haul a little less stuff to the gym, this lightweight and multifunctional bag will do the trick.
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Adidas Yola II Backpack 

We love a convertible backpack/top handle situation, and this Adidas option checks all of the gym-friendly boxes —  it sports a front zip pocket, zippered main compartment, and media pocket with tricot-lining for keeping devices protected.
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