College Bathroom Essentials: A Guide to Packing for College

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The thought of college is stressful enough as it is. And packing for your dorm adds to that stress, but knowing what to pack and where to buy your dorm essentials help you immensely. One thing you have to make sure of before entering college is knowing your dorm setup.

Knowing your dorm bathroom situation is especially important so you will know what to pack beforehand. Whether you have a private bathroom or share a communal bathroom, you will need to have your college bathroom essentials with you. 

Here is a list of college bathroom essentials we’re sure you will use in your dorm. 

College Bathroom Essentials


A must-have set of items in your college dorm bathroom is your toiletries from shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and facial wash, to your toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss. They help keep you feeling fresh and clean after a day’s worth of busy schedules.

Botanic Hearth Body Wash

College can be stressful, and this stress may sometimes manifest on your skin. Botanic Hearth Tea Tree Body Wash promotes healthy skin and feet. Perfect for college athletes, this body wash helps treat athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworms, eczema, and body odor.

Tea Tree Special Shampoo 

Perfect for all hair types, the Tea Tree Special Shampoo is a must-have on your college packing list. This shampoo washes away impurities with a blend of tea tree, lavender, and peppermint for fresh and clean hair. 


College will be a hustle-bustle, but you need to keep smiling through it. With the Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste, you can show those pearly whites with confidence. This toothpaste has a gentle teeth whitening ingredient and helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth. 

Shower Shoes/Slippers

Sharing a bathroom with roommates or other students is a typical setup in college. While your dorm cleaning staff keeps your bathroom squeaky clean, sometimes sharing the same bathroom with your dorm roommates requires you to be hasty, and this may lead to slippage or accidents. With a good pair of shower shoes, you help prevent these things from happening. 

adidas Shower Slide

adidas slides are best for showering with its quick-drying Cloudfoam footbed for cushioning. It even has an EVA outsole for your lightweight comfort when taking a shower.

Equick Shower Sandal Slippers

These slippers offer your ultimate comfort when taking a shower with their ergonomic design made of lightweight and durable EVA materials. It also prevents slipping and is easy to clean with its quick-drying feature.

Secure Shower Shoes

These heavy-duty shower shoes allow expansion of foot opening for easy wearing. It has a comfortable quick-drying nylon mesh with non-skid grooved treat soles to prevent slippage. 

Towel Set

Indeed, you don’t want to exit the communal showers all dripping wet from your bath. One of the many important college dorm room essentials is a towel set to dry yourself with after a shower or even use while you’re showering.

Trident Bathroom Showers

This towel set includes two each of bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths that are easy to care for and clean. It provides luxurious comfort that guarantees softness, durability and is ultra-absorbent with a quick-drying feature. 

American Soft Linen Towel Set

This set of cotton towels consists of 2 pieces each of bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths. Drying up after your shower has been made comfortable and luxurious with its natural vat-dyed cotton for ultimate softness and absorbency. 

Utopia Towel Set

Available in a different set of colors, this product has two bath towels, two hand towels, and four washcloths in a set. It is highly absorbent and lightweight, giving your skin a soft and delicate touch when drying up. Made with ring spun cotton, this towel set offers a softer feel and durable make. 

Shower Caddy

It may be a small thing, but organizing your toiletries and other bathroom dorm essentials with a shower caddy saves you space and time. Gone are the days when you used to reach out for your shampoo on the floor. 

Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy 

A portable shower caddy is convenient to have for communal dorm bathrooms. It has high-quality mesh material for versatile use and quick-drying ability. To use or to dry, just hang it on a hook or over your door or showerhead. 

Kincmax Shower Caddy

For a more fixed and organized bathroom, this shower caddy offers a no-drilling traceless adhesive basket. This rust-proof caddy is made of stainless steel material.

iDesign Hanging Shower Caddy

This stylish caddy offers a wide space to organize your toiletries. With its rust-resistant finish, this shower caddy will probably see you through your college experience. 

Shower Curtain and Mat

If you have your own dorm bathroom or sharing it with one or two dorm roommates, getting a shower curtain will save you from a lot of puddle floor mopping.

JSLove Shower Set

This set of shower curtains and rugs is water and tear-resistant and easy to clean. 

Amazerbath Shower Curtain

This thick shower curtain is made of durable EVA material, allowing you to use it for a long time. It is easy to clean and convenient to use as it has heavy-duty clear stones at the bottom for the curtain to hang straight, so the water doesn’t splash easily. 

Gorilla Grip Shower Mat

This shower mat has hundreds of suction cups to hold the mat in place on a clean surface. A non-slip mat is essential to keep you safe from accidental slippage when showering. 

Before you head off to your dorm, make sure to have these essentials with you. Otherwise, you’ll still end up running around to buy the same things.

Written by The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis is a lifestyle blog about the journey of college to adulting. Here you can find the tips for college, self-improvement, adulting, and more.

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