The best gym bags for women blend fashion and functionality, and will inspire you to get fit.
You already have enough excuses sabotaging your get-fit-goals: you're busy at work, you're feeling tired, there's a new episode of The Bachelor on TV. So don't let an ugly duffel bag that you're too embarrassed to carry in public hold you back from logging a sweat session. The gym bag you use to tote around your clothes, sneakers, and toiletries should be so stylish that you want to show it off—and inspire you to go work out, of course. The best gym bags for women are versatile enough to carry from the office to the gym to dinner out, and everywhere in between. They're also spacious enough to fit everything you need comfortably, and made of durable materials built to last.
Plus, they make great holiday gifts, and many offer additional features like waterproof fabric, sustainable designs, and handy inner pockets to help you stay organized. Whether you prefer a gym backpack, a roomy tote bag, or a convertible option that can act as either, you’ll have no trouble finding the right gym bag in this list.
Here, the 12 best gym bags for women to shop this year.
- Most Versatile: MZ Wallace Medium Metro Tote
- Best for Organization: Lululemon All Day Tote
- Best 3-in-1 Bag: ANDI Convertible Tote
- Best Convertible Backpack: Athleta Camo Bucket Sling
- Best Tote: Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote
- Best Waterproof Backpack: Fjällräven Kånken Water Resistant Backpack
- Best Sustainable Design: Everlane The Twill Weekender
- Best for Commuting: Timbuk2 Recruit Backpack
- Most Stylish: Dagne Dover Landon Carryall
- Best for Yoga: Sweaty Betty All Sport Backpack
- Best Waterproof Tote: Caraa Cumulus Tote
- Best Duffel: Herschel Supply Co. Sutton Duffel Bag
Most Versatile: MZ Wallace Medium Metro Tote
Walk into any New York City gym, and you're bound to see a woman carrying an MZ Wallace tote. Workout fiends love these bags because they're roomy, lightweight, durable, available in tons of colors and prints, and fashionable enough to carry everywhere you go.
Best for Organization: Lululemon All Day Tote
Best 3-in-1 Bag: ANDI Convertible Tote
No two days are the same, which is why it’s nice to have options when it comes to your gym bag. The 3-in-1, multi-use ANDI Convertible Tote can be worn over the shoulder, as a backpack, or as a crossbody tote, so no matter how full your hands are, this versatile, lightweight gym bag never adds to the chaos. The leather-free tote features plenty of interior and exterior pockets—all coated in a water-resistant fabric made of recycled plastic bottles—to keep your belongings organized and protected no matter where your day takes you.
Best Convertible Backpack: Athleta Camo Bucket Sling
Best Tote: Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote
Best Waterproof Backpack: Fjällräven Kånken Water Resistant Backpack
Best Sustainable Design: Everlane The Twill Weekender
Designed by Everlane, a brand known for its sustainability efforts, Everlane’s super popular Twill Weekender carry-all makes the perfect gym bag. Complete a water-resistant, cotton twill exterior and leather straps, your workout gear will stay incognito in the chic tote. Since it’s made to fit inside overhead bins during flight, it can also double as your new go-to travel bag when you’re not getting your sweat on.
Best for Commuting: Timbuk2 Recruit Backpack
Eliminate having to carry multiple bags during your daily commute with Timbuk2’s Recruit backpack. It has a handy inside pocket for your laptop or iPad, and you still have room for a pair of shoes and water bottle. Plus, the air mesh straps provide comfort and breathability—especially helpful when you’re super sweaty after a workout class.
Most Stylish: Dagne Dover Landon Carryall
While this bag can also be used as a weekender travel bag, it works well for daily trips to the gym. What’s great about Dagne Dover bags is the genius inside pockets—you can carry your gym clothes and tennis shoes but still easily find your phone, thanks to the interior pockets (there's even one for your water bottle). Inside, you’ll also find a shoe duster and air mesh pouch for other loose items. With 12 different colorways, you can shop for more than one so that you’ll have one to match all of your workout outfits.
Best for Yoga: Sweaty Betty All Sport Backpack
Best Waterproof Tote: Caraa Cumulus Tote
This sleek waterproof tote just may be the ultimate find in work-to-gym style. And with so many compartments and pockets included, it’s like having multiple bags rolled into one stylish design that’s super easy to clean (thanks to the durable nylon material). It features designated spots for storing sweaty clothes after your workout, and even a separate bag for keeping germ-ridden sneaks away from the rest of your essentials. Plus, nothing elevates a functional gym bag quite like a chic, light pink shade.
Best Duffel: Herschel Supply Co. Sutton Duffel Bag
As amazing as you feel post-workout, finding the motivation to head to the gym after work can be a real struggle. We look for gym inspo wherever we can find it, which makes this Herschel Supply Co. duffel bag all the more appealing thanks to its cheery, vintage floral pattern that won’t look out of place in your morning commute. The compact duffel construction by the cult-favorite backpack brand means you’ll have enough space to fit all your work-to-gym essentials, but without taking up too much room on the subway. And since the bag features a two-way, top-zip closure and an adjustable strap, you can choose to wear it as either a shoulder bag or a crossbody bag. If florals aren’t your thing, snag the classic shape in two other just-as-fun shades.