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Going from the bathroom in your parents’ home to a bathroom at your college is going to be a whole new experience. You will either have to use a communal bathroom with your floor, or you will have to share a single bathroom with your roommate. Whatever the circumstance, one of these arrangements is something that you will have to get used to during the school year. It will be a unique experience that you may grow to love having. The first step is to be prepared!

Up until now, you probably haven’t had to shop to stock a whole bathroom for yourself, so you might not fully know what you need. Even though you may use certain things everyday in the bathroom you’re used to, since you didn’t have to think of how those things got there, you may not have them in mind while doing your shopping. 

Ending up in a situation where you’ve turned on the showerhead and realized you forgot the shampoo just as you step under it is not the best way to enjoy your first on campus shower. And when you don’t have what you need, little annoyances like this could happen over and over until you finally get your bathroom stocked. To avoid this, we put together a helpful list so that you can make sure to have everything you need right off the bat. 

If you’re not on top of things, you could end up having to run back and forth to the store for little things you need every time you realize you forgot something important. This experience will be new enough without you also having to worry about what was missing from your shopping list. Here is a list of the main bathroom essentials that you will need! 


Keep dry and covered up on your way out the shower. 

Five bright green towels of different sizes piled on a stool in a shower.
These bright towels will keep you warm and dry. Image courtesy of College Raptor

Towels are of course a necessity, but the major question is, just how many towels do you need? When you’re off to college, you may want to take as many things with you as you can, but that is not always possible for space reasons. You will have to share some storage spaces with a roommate and overall won’t be as comfortable as you can be if your space is too cluttered. 

It is best to bring at least two towels with you. Three towels is a good number if you really want to be prepared for anything, but it could be too much to take more than four. That way you can have enough towels to keep from having to do laundry more frequently than you would like to. Your workload can get hectic at times, so having enough extras is useful to keep from being overwhelmed with chores at the worst times. 

Bath Mat

Keep your floors dry and your feet warm. 

A bath mat is essential to keep outside of your bathtub. It helps to have a mat on the floor picking up all the water dripping off of you when you step out. Stepping on a cold floor with wet feet and then trying to navigate that without slipping is not ideal. It is best to have a bath mat before you take your first shower, otherwise you’ll end up with a wet floor, wet sandals, and water tracked around your dorm room floors. 

Any water that might splash onto the floor during your shower will be thwarted by the rug right on the outside. Your bathroom floor being soaked with water all the time can also cause unfortunate issues like mold and mildew. And on top of protecting your floors, a rug can make a great style statement. You can mix and match your rug with other bathroom items for a cool bathroom look. 

Shower Caddy

Keep your bathroom supplies organized. 

A shower caddy is necessary for anyone who shares a bathroom with someone. Even if you have a bathroom to yourself, a shower caddy can help keep your things organized, especially if you have multiple shower supplies. There just isn’t enough room around a bathtub to store all your shampoo and conditioner bottles along with whatever else you may have. A shower caddy will solve all those problems and keep everything you need within reach during your shower. 

If you use a communal dorm bathroom, you will definitely need a shower caddy to carry all your things with you to and from the bathroom whenever you need them. These types of shower caddies are usually different from the ones you would hang around your shower head. They tend to be softer and made to carry around. The ones that hang in the shower are a lot sturdier and built to stay in place. 

Shower Curtain

A shower curtain gives you privacy and style. 

A white bathroom with a blue shower curtain and blue towel hanging.
Blue is a peaceful color for a bathroom. Image courtesy of Craft Your Happiness

A shower curtain is mainly used to keep water from leaving the bathtub. Without a shower curtain, you’re liable to get your floors soaking wet just about every time you take a shower. You can try to avoid it, but some water will still get on the ground. When too much water constantly accumulates on surfaces, there is a chance of mold growing, something that you do not want to have to deal with. 

You can also have some fun with a shower curtain. A shower curtain will likely be the largest decorative item in the bathroom, so you can use it to set a color theme. There are shower curtains with all kinds of designs to choose from. Choose one that’s a joy to look at every time you enter the bathroom!

Trash Bin

A needed bathroom trash dispenser. 

Having a trash can in the bathroom is ideal for keeping the space clean. It is good to have a trash can in the bathroom along with the one that’s in your bedroom. Having a convenient bathroom trash can makes it easier to throw anything that you need away without leaving the bathroom. It won’t be great having to run into your bedroom to throw things out, especially because it will cause too much trash to pile up in one space rather than be nicely divided in two. 

This trash can doesn’t need to be anything too big. It is best to have a really small one so that it doesn't take up too much space. When you’re in the bathroom, you likely won’t be throwing away many large items anyways, so it makes the most sense to have a really small trash can that can hold on to a few things when needed. You can also choose from trash cans of many different colors so that it also looks good in your bathroom. 

Toilet Brush/Plunger

Keep your toilet clean.

A toilet brush and plunger set are necessary for every bathroom there is. A plunger is necessary for whenever there might be an issue with the toilet. If it is refusing to flush for one, a plunger could work to solve the problem. Though it is not useful for serious toilet troubles, it is a great thing for any minor quick fixes that you need to make. 

A toilet brush is useful for scrubbing your toilet from time to time to keep it clean. You can clean your toilet bowl on a regular basis or simply when you feel the need. Either way, it is good to always have the option to clean it. These items are best kept right by the toilet so they are easy to reach when you need to use them. 

Flip Flops

Keep your feet safe. 

A bright green pair of flip flops next to a blue and a yellow rolled up towel on a blue tiled floor.
These are perfect for a trip into the shared shower. Image courtesy of Fodor's Travel

Flip flops are mainly necessary when you use a communal shower. It is not a good idea to walk around barefoot in an area where several people are also walking around. That is one way that people can face issues like athlete’s foot. If any bacteria spreads on the ground you walk on, it can easily spread to you. You need to be cautious when you’re sharing a bathroom with several other people. 

Flip flops also happen to be the best shoes for showering. They work great under water and won’t get soaked and gross the way other types of shoes can. You will need to make sure not to forget your flip flops on the way to the communal shower because there isn’t really a suitable replacement. 

Even if you don’t believe that certain issues are likely to arise, it is always best to be safe. It is better to prevent the possibility of something rather than deal with potential consequences of not doing so. If you have a bathroom that you only share with one roommate, flip flops would still be a great option to enter the bathroom with. You just won’t need to keep your flip flops on in the shower like people in communal showers have to. 

Toothbrush Organizer

Keep your toiletries accessible. 

A toothbrush organizer will hold your and your roommate’s teeth brushing supplies. It will hold them upright by the sink so that they are well stored and easy to access when it's time to use them. Some toothbrush holders can hold more than two toothbrushes which can make them even more convenient. Some of them can hold toothpaste, tongue scrapers, and floss as well. You can find a toothbrush organizer that only holds toothbrushes or one that can hold plenty more. Either way, it is a convenient item to keep in your bathroom. You don’t want to toss your toothbrush just anywhere. 

Hygiene Essentials

Keep your body fresh and clean. 

These items exist to keep your body clean and keep you feeling fresh. You might already have in mind some of the basics you use to groom yourself on a regular basis, but it is always good to consult a checklist and make sure that you don't forget anything. Some basic things you need to get right away are shampoo and conditioner. You will also need some sort of soap or body wash, and wash rags or loofahs. 

You also need toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss. You should also get Q-tips, cotton swabs, shaving supplies, and lotions. Make sure to keep a comb and a hairbrush in there and a hairdryer as well. Toilet paper is an absolute necessity, and it could also be useful to have a box of tissues in the bathroom. 

A first aid kit is a good thing to have in case of any emergencies. These items should be stored in your bathroom for whenever they might be needed. You can easily find small first aid kits that are easy to store in the bathroom cabinet. Also make sure to hold onto any medications or personal items that you may need in case there are moments when you need them. Having these things will give you peace of mind knowing that you’re ready for just about anything. 

Cleaning Supplies

Make sure to keep your bathroom clean. 

You need to keep some cleaning supplies to have a clean and well functioning bathroom. The bathroom is a space that you should keep especially clean, so it's good to have supplies on hand for when you need to do some cleaning. You can also store cleaning supplies that you will use for other rooms in the bathroom cabinets. It is a great place for storing things you don’t want in other parts of the home!

There you have it -- 10 dorm bathroom essentials you don't want to skip this semester.

A dorm bathroom should hold onto all your hygiene needs. You might have a hard time figuring out everything that you need on your own since you haven’t had to stock a bathroom on your own before, but with a little checklist help, you can have your bathroom fully stocked and ready to use in no time.

Looking for an all in one dorm bathroom essentials solution? If picking up all of these items individually sounds like too much of a hassle during move-in season (which, let's face it, can be pretty hectic to begin with), you can always opt for a dorm bath bundle that gets you everything you need for school, all in one purchase.

Whether you decide to stock your bathroom a la carte or go for a bathroom bundle, we're wishing you best of luck on your back to school shopping, and an awesome semester at school!