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. 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 19L
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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Zara Nylon Tote Bag
This quilted tote from Zara's new yoga collection features side and front pockets, shoulder straps, and convenient loops to slip your yoga mat through.
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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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BÉIS The Convertible Duffle Bag
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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Away Convertible Backpack Tote
You'll be ready for anything with this sleek convertible backpack with all the bells and whistles.
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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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Baboon Mini 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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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 — R29 co-founder 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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If you're into making a statement, this eye-catching foil backpack — featuring a mesh laptop sleeve and a matching zip pouch — may be the workout buddy for you.
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Nike Brasilia Training Duffle
Stay organized without compromising on style. This sleek and classic 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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Arizona Love Beach Bag
A versatile tote bag in a classic bandana print, this chic bag will turn heads on your way to the locker room (or just give you a little endorphin boost every time you open your closet).
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Adidas by Stella McCartney Medium Tote
This cool-looking, durable gym bag is made from 100% recycled polyester material, so it’s easy to clean and — in true Stella McCartney form — easy on the environment.
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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. (Bonus: it’s strategically designed to satisfy even the most draconian of carry-on restrictions.)
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Db The Carryall 40L Duffle Bag
Get yourself a gym bag that practically does the hard work for you. 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. We’re also awarding extra points for the yoga mat holder, which means you can finally stop lugging that thing around under your arm.
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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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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 Walmart.com and customers are in agreement that it’s the perfect size 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 likes 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 Happy” Colors Rainbow Duffle Bag
A motivational sentiment we can all get behind. (In other words. remember to be kind to yourself as you work out! You’re doing great!)
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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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Parkland Lookout Rec Duffle Bag
This understated classic duffle has plenty of pockets to stash your valuables and exercise accessories. And at over 50% 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 dark green 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 Diablo Small Duffle 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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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.