Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul here for About.com, and today, I'm going to show you how to pack a gym bag. Finding the time to work out can be difficult, so packing your gym bag properly and in advance is one way to ensure you won't let important routines fall by the wayside. Consider the following.It's best to pack your gym bag the night before you plan to use it, so you can just grab it on your way out the door in the morning. If you hit the gym before work, pack the work clothes you'll need for the day, whether it be a suit and tie, or slacks and a polo. Don't forget your dress shoes, socks, and undergarments. Conversely, if you prefer to workout after you leave the office, make sure your gym bag contains your work out clothes and sneakers.Next, you'll want to put any and all essential toiletries in your gym bag. This will most definitely include deodorant or antiperspirant, but from there will vary by gender. Soap, shave cream, a shaving razor, cologne or perfume, a hairbrush, and makeup are just a few extras you may want to include based your individual needs. If you do plan on showering at the gym after your workout, consider packing a pair of rubber flip flops for the shower.Finally, don't forget to pack any extra items you might need to make your workout routine successful. This may include, but is not limited to, an iPod or MP3 player, a water bottle, lifting gloves, and a fitness heart rate monitor.Just a tip: If you want to cut down on unpleasant odors emanating from your gym bag, pack a plastic bag or two for dirty laundry. Tightly tying up your socks, sweaty t-shirt, and any other soiled garments will do wonders. If you need a little extra help keeping your gym bag fresh, there are a number of odor eliminating products available at most drug stores worth trying. A well-packed gym bag can only aide you in meeting your fitness goals. Filling your bag with the essentials the night before your next visit to the gym is a great way to stay on track.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.