Make your healthy event a positive experience by filling goodie bags with items that make an impact.

If you plan on stuffing boring literature into your swag bags, be sure to have plenty of trash cans available! People who sign up for races, walks and other wellness events want useful products. It’s also nice if the giveaways commemorate the experience.

Start by choosing a customized bag or tote. Drawstring bags are a big hit for their hands-free carrying option. The most popular styles for athletes have side mesh pockets for storing water bottles and zippered pockets to secure cellphones, keys and cash. Personalized tote bags are very durable and budget-friendly. Go “green” with eco-friendly tote bags made of cotton and jute.

What do you put in a swag bag?

Below is my list of healthy giveaway ideas to consider for your event. Many of these items can be customized to promote your organization and message. I suggest buying products in bulk to save money. Keeping costs down is incredibly important if you’re on a tight budget or if your event is a charitable activity.

Make sure the giveaways you choose properly represent your organization or message. (Hint: It’s easy to find a stress ball shape or character that aligns with your brand or charitable cause!)

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Healthy goodie bag ideas

  1. Can cooler and Koozies®
  2. Custom T-shirt
  3. Energy or protein bar (Not chocolate; could melt on a warm day.)
  4. Toothbrush/toothpaste
  5. Sport/water bottle
  6. Bottle of water or electrolyte drink
  7. Bottle opener
  8. Sports cooling towel
  9. Pen
  10. Athletic socks
  11. Stress ball
  12. Body lotion or muscle cream
  13. Lip balm
  14. Hand sanitizer
  15. Sunscreen
  16. Frisbees® and flying disc
  17. Hot/cold pack
  18. Sunglasses
  19. Mini tissue pack
  20. Ceramic mug
  21. Portable pillbox
  22. Key chain
  23. Deodorant
  24. Chip clip
  25. Discount to join local fitness center
  26. Tape measure
  27. Cap
  28. Notebook
  29. Nail file
  30. Phone wallet
  31. First aid kit
  32. Portable earbuds
  33. Comb
  34. Trail mix
  35. Portable charger

Bonus tips for your health and wellness swag

  • You don’t have to put full-size products of healthy giveaways into each bag. Sample sizes will do!
  • Contact local vendors who may give you a discount for the swag items you want. Some retailers may even be interested in becoming a sponsor and helping you fill the bags.
  • Ask your chamber of commerce or visitors’ bureau if they have anything to donate to the goodie bags to boost area tourism. Just be sure their donation is safe for participants of all ages and makes sense for your event.

Pat yourself on the back!

It takes a lot of work to plan and successfully execute a health fair, 5K run, bicycle race or any activity that gets people moving. But it’s well worth the time and energy to help others get in shape. Research by the National Institutes of Health shows we can lower our risk of disease and increase our chances for a better quality of life by adopting healthy lifestyles.

Kudos to you for getting involved, filling those goodie bags and watching your community get healthy!

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Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.


  1. Hi, I’m the CEO of Mecklenburg International. International Fashion Week .
    Our show is scheduled for May 7-8 2021
    Our show is focusing on Mental Health Awareness. Out Theme : You Are Not Alone
    I need to know what companies I can contact to give away free promotional products that will be good to go in the gift bags that surrounds our theme.

    • Thanks for contacting us, Delores! I would suggest reaching out to local businesses and organizations who may be interested in donating items for your upcoming fashion show. That gives them an opportunity to show their charitable side and gain exposure for the products they sell.

      I will email you more details very soon. Thanks and best wishes for your show!

      Shelley Grieshop
      Totally Promotional

  2. I asked the local chamber of commerce for community info brochures
    The person who replied said that they get too many requests and cannot honor any but now my event is postponed anyway for social distancing

    • Hi Sandy! Sorry for the late reply. I’m disappointed that your chamber could not help you with this but I understand their dilemma. You may want to reach out to area family resource agencies, hospitals or even fitness centers. It’s amazing what information some of them supply as outreach projects.

      I’m sorry to hear your event was postponed. So many have been due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our company is busy helping businesses and organizations prepare for the events when they can finally be held in the future. Feel free to check out our website or give us a call at 1-866-795-4657 if we can help make your event unique and successful.

      Best wishes!

      Shelley Grieshop
      Totally Promotional

    • Hi Randy! Thanks for visiting our blog page. As a 5K runner myself, I applaud you for seeking out great gift ideas for your participants. Let us know if you need any help or advice. We’d be happy to assist.

      Thanks and best wishes with your 5K!

      Shelley Grieshop
      Totally Promotional

    • Thank you, Grace! We appreciate you checking out our site. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you!

      Shelley Grieshop
      Totally Promotional

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