Locker Room Essentials: The Perfect Gym-Goer's Dopp Kit

It's a gym bag, not a weekender. So pack light with these seven dopp-kit staples that will take you from workout to workday.

1. The Sheen Eraser
Recipe for Men Anti-Shine Moisturizer
If you plan to hit the steam room, use this lotion after you shower to avoid a shiny face. It's made with a fine powder to absorb sebum and dull reflective light. ($37;

2. The Quick Lift
Bosley BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo
Apply this to oily hair instead of washing it. Workouts release testosterone, an excess of which can cause hair loss; built-in DHT-inhibitors help stave off widow's peak. ($20;

3. The First Step
Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder
Dust this on your feet and other sweat-heavy spots before you start exercising—absorbent cornstarch and soothing lavender keep things fresh during intense sessions. ($19;

4. The Air Freshener
Aesop Déodorant
This aluminum-free, nonaerosol spray is a compact alternative to the usual brick of a stick, with natural scents of vetiver root, clove, and lemongrass oil. ($35;

5. The Soap Replacement
EvolutionMan Nu Noir Face & Body Wash
Breaking a sweat can lead to breaking out, so toss in this fragrant wash containing salicylic and glycolic acids, which together keep acne at bay and exfoliate. ($36;

6. The Breath Saver
Supersmile Powdered Mouthrinse
Leave your toothbrush at home. Instead, just add water to this single-dose pouch for an instant, alcohol-free minty wash that also whitens teeth. ($16;

7. The Solid Choice
Fulton & Roark Shackleford Solid Cologne
With subtle notes of sandalwood and amber, this wax-based fragrance won't douse your gym bag if the cap comes off. ($42;

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Top Trainers Come Clean

How the pros get the best results from their post-workout ritual.

Joey Gonzalez
Celebrity trainer and COO, Barry's Bootcamp
"The first thing to do after exercising is wash your face to avoid breaking out, specifically in the sweat trails—under the sideburns and jaw."

Kenny Santucci
Personal trainer, Equinox group-fitness instructor
"Wash your feet—too many guys forget that. It's an odor issue, but you can also get foot fungus or athlete's foot."

Kent Edwards Personal trainer, Crunch
"Bring your own scrubber or washcloth to use in the shower—depending on which gym you belong to, you can't necessarily trust the laundry service."

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Photograph by Victor Prado. Prop styling by Philip Shubin. Dopp Kit courtesy of Valextra.
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