Getting ready to move into a dorm soon? One thing you’ll need for your stay is stuff for the bathroom. Unfortunately, the dorm room bathroom experience is less than ideal, as you’ll be sharing the bathroom with dozens of other students, and you’ll have to walk down the hallway to get there. But by purchasing a few simple things, you can make the experience a little less icky.
Here are five things you need for your dorm bathroom experience:
- Disposable flip flops for the shower. Believe me, I’m no hygiene nut, but this is one important purchase you don’t want to do without. Even if the dorm bathroom is cleaned well on a regular basis, there’s a good chance that some not-so-pleasant germs live on that shower floor. Buy yourself some super cheap flip flops (or similar flimsy shoes that can get wet), and throw them away when they start to get grungy.
- A decent bathrobe. Are you walking down the hallway past your dorm floor neighbors in a bath towel? If so, good for you—but most people are just a little bit more modest than that, so get a bathrobe that covers all. Be sure to get a bathrobe that contains sizable pockets. These are great for carrying your keys and other small items that you might need in the bathroom.
- A small basket with a handle. At home, you can throw your stuff around the sink and the vanity and all around the bathroom, but you don’t have these luxurious in college. Instead, get yourself a waterproof basket with a handle for carrying things like shampoo, soap, and other shower necessities. You can buy cutesy little baskets at discount stores before school, when they sell college-related gadgets and such.
- Toothbrush and soap holders. In your basket, include a plastic toothbrush holder and an enclosed soap dish. You can buy these in the travel section of drug and discount stores. These tend to get grungy, so buy super cheap ones that you can replace periodically.
- Towels. Bring at least two bath towels (more if you don’t like to do laundry), some washcloths, and maybe a hand towel. Towels don’t have to be nice and they don’t have to match, and you always raid your parents’ closets. However, big fluffy towels can be comforting, so consider treating yourself to a nice set.