When it comes to communal bathrooms, there is one thing every college student needs: a durable shower caddy. Shower caddies are great because they keep everything nice and organized, especially in small space dorms. More importantly, they allow you to have everything in one convenient and portable place, which makes showering and getting ready for your day a breeze by having. Here’s what you need to have in your shower caddy for your first communal bathroom trip.
1. Shower Flip Flops
Flip flops or some kind of water shoe/ sandal is an absolute must. It protects your feet from potentially shared germs and keeps them clean when walking to and from the bathroom. Keep an extra pair around so your last-worn pair can dry in the caddy.
2. Dry Hand Towels or Loofah
However you plan on washing yourself off, make sure you have a dry one available. Keep a few in rotation and be sure to wash frequently to ward off mold or smells. For loofahs in particular, experts recommend getting a replacement when they start to expand or change colors.
3. Hand Sanitizer
This one is a bit controversial as not everyone believes in hand sanitizer. For germaphobes or those who get grossed out by the idea of sharing a bathroom, it’s a must-have. We say carry a travel-sized one around with you just in case.
4. Hair Brush
Keep your other hair goods, especially the electric ones in a separate carrying case or caddy. Instead, only bring along those things that can get wet like a hair brush with metal bristles or a plastic comb for quick comb throughs before heading back out into the public.
5. Shampoo and Conditioner
Shower essentials cannot be forgotten. The last thing you want to do is strip down, get wet, and realize you forgot one of these! If your hair cannot be wet every day, you may also want to throw in a hair protector like a shower cap.
Some people love exfoliating brushes. Others love waterproof electronic exfoliating tools. Whatever your style, this is one you can’t leave behind.
7. Facial Cleanser
Makeup, dirt, lotion, grime, and just everyday ickiness can leave your face feeling gross and oily. A good facial cleanser that gets the job done and makes your face feel and look fresh is crucial for guys and girls.
8. Body Soap and Scrub
When it comes to soap, you don’t want anything too powerful. Grab a bottle or bar that isn’t too fragrant or distinct. Otherwise, you’ll be known as the guy that smells like the body wash that stinks up the place or the girl whose soap gives headaches.
9. Fresh Razor and Razor Heads
If you shave, especially while showering, you’re going to want to have a good razor nearby. Make sure it’s a good one that can get the job done -- cheap ones tend to break or go dull quickly and easily. Also, carry extras. The last thing you want is to miss a spot because your razor failed to do its job.
10. Shaving Cream
Along with razors, you’ll need shaving cream that will help you look and feel your best. Buy brands that use plastic bottles or rust-proof canisters. Since you leave your shower items in your caddy, you’ll want items that can make it the long-term in watery environments.