People normally don’t wear clothes in a sauna. It’s common to just wear a towel.
No shoes. No shirt. No problem.
The sauna is meant to be a clean environment. You should always shower before entering, especially if you just worked out.
That means you won’t be putting on your sweaty gym shorts after a shower. Instead, wrap a towel around your waste.
I wouldn’t wear anything in a home sauna. Just a towel to sit on and wipe sweat with.
Europeans are much more accepting of nudity than in the US. Most use the sauna naked.
It would be weird if you did not go naked.
Part of the sauna experience is that we are all human. We are all equal. There is no status in the sauna.
You are a naked body, sweating from the heat. The nakedness humanizes us.
That’s different in the US.
What to wear in a public sauna
A public sauna is different because of social norms and actual rules.
Most Americans are only exposed to saunas in health clubs and gyms. The vast majority of people have something around their waist, a towel, or bottoms.
The person who is naked is the weird one.
Wearing just a towel is your best bet in the US.
Many local health clubs have stopped doing towel service because of Coronavirus. You may need to bring your own towels. Spas should still have them.
What not to wear in a sauna
You really shouldn’t wear any clothes in the sauna.
Clothes aren’t usually meant to be heated at such high temperatures. Most clothes have toxins in the material.
One of the main reasons to use a sauna is to detox from these toxins. You are most likely defeating the purpose by wearing clothes.
They are also more uncomfortable to sweat in.
If you have no other option, wear a clean pair of shorts or a bathing suit.
Never wear shoes in a sauna. Not only do you drag dirt into the sauna, you suffocate your feet in the heat.
Being barefoot is much better for you than shoes.
Lastly, do not wear jewelry in the sauna. Your gold chain will get hot, real quick.
What not to bring into a sauna
The only thing you need in a sauna is you and your towel. You should leave everything in a locker, or outside, unless you are bringing in sauna accessories.
I don’t bring water inside.
A Yeti or metal water bottle will get too hot. And I don’t want a plastic water bottle because drinking water from heated plastic can’t be good for you.
It’s best to just leave it outside for when you take a break between sauna sessions.
Remember, the sauna is not your personal locker room. Do not dry your clothes, change, groom yourself, or use the benches as shelving for your bag.
Leave everything outside. Yes, your phone too.