A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Gym Backpack Part 2

Finding the perfect gym backpack can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many different types, styles, and sizes to choose from. Part 2 of this guide provides an in-depth look at what else to consider when making your purchase. With information on the various types of backpacks and features, this guide will help you discover the perfect gym backpack for your individual needs. 

Let's pick up where we left off:

  1. Consider How You'll Organise Your Gear

A good workout backpack should have plenty of storage and different pockets for organising your gym clothes, shoes and other items. Smaller pockets with zips or hook-and-loop fasteners made from mesh are ideal to ensure you can easily find your keys and wallet. Dedicated compartments are also great for keeping your worn garments, sweaty footwear and towel separate. If you're taking your laptop along, look for one with a 15-inch capacity and cushioned dividers to keep it secure.

  1. Pick the Right Size

To determine the size of a backpack, one can measure its length, width, and height. Then compare that to the length of the person's back, starting from the neck and ending at the top of the hips. This will give a good indication of how well the backpack will fit the wearer.

If you're planning a trip to the gym, you'll need to select the right size backpack to fit your needs. To ensure you have enough room for everything you need, think about how much space you'll need to store your items. A good rule of thumb is to look for backpacks ranging from 30 to 40 litres, which should provide plenty of room for a pair of shoes, a change of clothes, a water bottle, toiletries, and some gym accessories.

  1. Choose the Design That Suits Your Training

When looking for a workout bag, consider the activities for which you will be using it. Make sure to find a bag specifically designed for the sports and fitness activities you will be doing. Think about how you want to carry the bag. Some backpacks come with a single cross-body strap, while others have two straps over your shoulders. If you plan on carrying a lot of items or heavy items, opt for the two straps. Additionally, some bags can be converted into a tote for versatility. This can be helpful if you want to use the backpack for work purposes but also need something to carry your gear during a game.

  1. Do Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

When looking for a workout backpack, it is important to pay attention to the materials' quality. Choose something strong and can withstand wear and tear over time. Make sure it is easy to clean, as you may want to store sweaty clothes and other items. Look for a backpack that will last for years, even with frequent use and washing.

Check the label of your backpack for cleaning instructions. You can usually put it in the washing machine if it's made from nylon or canvas. However, if it has any leather or leather trim, it's best to hand wash it and then air dry it.

To keep your bag clean, you can use an old toothbrush or damp cloth to wipe it down. Use a mild soap or detergent to eliminate any dirt and grime. To ensure your bag stays fresh between washes, try using a deodorising product like dryer sheets for your backpack or gym shoes.


Choosing the right gym backpack is critical for staying organised, efficient and comfortable while on the go. By considering factors such as capacity, durability, breathability, and style, you can easily find the perfect gym backpack for your lifestyle. Additionally, consider other features such as straps, pockets, and materials to ensure the backpack is comfortable and secure. Ultimately, the right gym backpack can make a big difference in your fitness journey.

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