Best Professional Gym Bags for Work in 2023

by Albert Varkki updated 01-09-2023

best gym bag for work

During the pandemic, many gyms closed, and people were working out in their living rooms, eliminating the need for a workout bag.

Now gyms are opening their doors and people need high quality and roomy sports bags again.

When you are searching for the perfect bag to hold all of your workout gear, first and foremost look for something that has enough room to hold your gym clothes and any gym accessories you need.

If you bring toiletries to the gym for freshening up after a hard workout, look for a bag with separate smaller compartments.

Make sure the strap is adjustable so carrying your bag is as comfortable as possible.

But if it's for work, then you also need it to look professional when you walk into the office carrying it.

So in this guide, we outline our top picks for a professional gym bag for 2023.

Best Gym Bags for Work 2023

Here we have our choice for the best gym bags for work by type and style:

Best Garment Holdall Gym Bag for Work

grand leather garment travel bag in brown

Winner: Grand Leather Garment Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated garment carrier.
  • Carry a suit and shirt without creasing.
  • Large main compartment for other items.
  • 16 inch laptop compartment.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Duffle Gym Bag for Work

weekender leather travel bag in brown

Winner: Weekender Leather Travel Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • 16 inch internal padded laptop sleeve.
  • Internal zipped pocket for essentials.
  • Plenty of space for all your gear.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, and red.

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Best Gym Toiletry Bag

Superior leather toiletry bag tan

Winner: Superior Leather Wash Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • Durable waterproof lining
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Strong YKK zippers
  • Available in brown, tan, red, or black leather
  • Internal zipped pocket for small accessories
  • Handles on both sides
  • 2 main compartments
  • 23cm wide, 13cm high, 8cm deep
  • Can be personalized

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Best Backpack Gym Bag for Work

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack


  • Fits under airline seats
  • A convertible bag that's perfect as a gym rucksack.
  • Unisex
  • Top and side handles
  • Full grain leather
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red.

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Best Rolling Gym Bag for Work

voyager leather carry on bag with wheels in brown

Winner: Voyager Leather Carry-on with Wheels


  • Full grain leather
  • Plenty of space for gym clothes and shoes.
  • Hand luggage compliant.
  • 16 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Two exterior pockets for easy-to-reach items.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, and red.

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How to Buy a Gym Bag for Work

There are several factors to consider when you are searching for the perfect gym bag for yourself or for a man in your life.


Consider first what will need to be carried in the gym bag. This will differ depending on the individual and the type of sport they are involved in. For example, a triathlete will need to carry different things in their gym bag than a weightlifter. Begin by making a list of all the items you need to carry.

Don’t forget to include toiletries for after your workouts, a change of clothes, shoes, and any accessories you may need, such as weightlifting straps or swimming goggles. You may even need space for office supplies or a laptop if you plan on heading straight to work after hitting the gym.

Unlike other types of bags such as a briefcase or crossbody bag, bigger is generally better when you are considering which gym bag to purchase. A gym bag that can hold several items can be useful as a weekend bag or carry-on as well.

One thing to remember, however, is that your bag needs to fit inside the lockers at the gym you attend.

Gym bags can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. The most common type of gym bag is a duffel bag but almost any style of bag can double as a gym bag including backpacks, messenger bags, classic totes and even a briefcase. Backpacks are probably the easiest and most comfortable to carry.


Gym bags can be made from almost any type of material, but nylon and cotton canvas are the most common. Heavy-duty nylon is very durable and won’t cost much. A cotton canvas bag can look cute and double as a general tote bag. Canvas is also a highly durable, easy to clean material.

A leather gym bag can look very classy but might not be completely practical as a place to carry sweaty clothes and stinky shoes. Leather can’t be just thrown in the washing machine, and it needs to be kept fresh by oiling and gentle cleaning with special leather cleaners. Leather does have good durability though, so is less likely to end up damaged over time. A leather duffle bag is a popular gym bag choice for working professionals who care about fitness.

If you walk or cycle to the gym your bag is likely to get wet at some point, so make sure you buy a bag that is made from water repellent or water-resistant material. If you carry an iPad or laptop in your bag, it is even more crucial that you find a water-resistant bag.

Some gym bags are made specifically for outdoor adventures. These bags are typically abrasion resistant and are perfect if you are worried about your bag getting torn or damaged during training.



The cost of a gym bag varies greatly and is dependent on the quality of the material it is made from and the extra features it has.

A good gym bag does not have to break the bank but there are a few features you should look for when shopping for a gym bag.

Take a look at the following list before buying a gym bag.

  • Lining – A water-resistant lining is important if you get very sweaty during your work-out or if you are a swimmer.
  • Pockets and compartments– Pockets and compartments are essential so you can easily find things in your bag. Keep your keys, earbuds and phone separate from your clothes and running shoes with handy compartments in your gym bag.
  • Straps – Make sure the straps on your gym bag are comfortable and adjustable.

A fashionable gym bag can cost in the region of $300 - $800, whereas you can get a cheap gym bag for under $100. But if you're buying it for work, then you want to invest in something that keeps things professional.


Important Features of a Gym Bag

A good gym bag will be somewhat dependent on the person that is using it. If it can hold all of your essentials, is durable and looks good it is probably a decent bag. If your bag has a few compartments for staying organized and doubles as an overnight bag it is even better!


How to Pack a Gym Bag

Inside most men’s gym bags, you should keep workout clothes, a water bottle, a pair of trainers, toiletries, and towels. Other things you might want to consider storing in your gym bag include energy bars and supplements. Headphones are also important for working out and flip-flops are useful for the showers.

Best Size of a Gym Bag

We suggest looking for a 30–40-liter gym bag. This will be small enough to allow you to take your gym bag on an airplane as a carry-on but large enough to fit most people’s work-out gear. it will

How to Pack a Gym Bag for School

If you are taking a gym bag for school you will need comfortable exercise clothes, running shoes, a water bottle and perhaps a towel and toiletries for the shower afterwards. We also recommend throwing in a high energy snack such as a protein bar or some nuts and fruit.


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Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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