Packing for college can be stressful enough. Your new dorm probably isn’t going to have a closet big enough to house your entire wardrobe, and isn’t it time to step up your fashion game now anyway? While shopping for new bedding, mini appliances, and, oh yeah, textbooks, it can be easy to overlook the little essentials you’re going to need every day.
Sure you know you’ll need shampoo, toothpaste and a toothbrush, but don’t overlook the need for shower flops, a good exfoliator, and some other little touches that will make your dorm experience a little more spa-worthy.
So pick out your favorite shower caddy, and let’s get organized! Here are the top ten shower caddy essentials you’ll need to get your act together and make your mornings flawless.
Showaflops are a number one seller for a reason — they’re made specifically for the shower. Ultra lightweight, anti-microbial, and designed with holes in the sole for quick drainage. They come in two different styles and a million fun designs for men and women. You can even toss them in the wash when it’s time to give them a quick refresh. You’re going to love them so much, you should probably just get a couple pairs now.
Price: $16.99 – $32.89 depending on size and style
2. Bath & Shower Loofah Brush by Lotus Ana Essentials
It may look like an exotic sea creature, but this nubby silicone brush is your secret to bright, refreshed skin. Better than a pouf that falls apart with use or a loofah that gets moldy eventually, this brush has all five-star reviews on Amazon. It’s even easier to clean than a washcloth (just run it under the shower spray to remove soap scum) and is stimulating enough to wake you up for that 8 a.m. class. But if you can’t give up on your love for bath poufs, nab this six-pack of Lulu Essentials Premium Loofah Bath and Shower Sponges. That way when it’s time to toss one in the wash, you’ve got a backup ready to go.
3. Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Energy Orange Ginger Body Wash
Speaking of waking up in time for that early morning class (whose idea was that anyway?), this invigorating body wash from Bath & Body Works is sure to perk you up. Ginger and orange scents are both fresh and enlivening. The fast-foaming body wash is infused with soothing skin conditioners, while an aromatherapy blend of essential oils and natural ingredients benefits body, mind, and spirit. Breathe deeply for best results. And if you’re looking for a fragrance to help you unwind after a long day of classes, try their Lavender Chamomile for a deeply soothing experience.
4. Art Naturals Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set
We all know by now the amazing restorative power of Argan oil and this shampoo and conditioner set doubles up on the oil’s nourishing properties. Chock-full of botanical extracts and oils, these products are sulfate, paraben and cruelty-free, and ideal for all hair types. So whether you’re going natural, have your locks colored, or favor a Brazilan blow-out, this combo promises hair that’s healthy, shiny, and thick. For an even more luxurious hair-washing experience, try the Scalpmaster Shampoo Brush ($3.40) to stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth.
5. Rugged and Dapper Skin Fuel for Men
Guys, skip the Axe body spray (please) and opt for a more subtle scent while crushing two tasks in one. This dual purpose body wash and shampoo will cut your morning routine in half. Natural and organic ingredients nourish and detoxify with essential oils and plant-based botanicals, leaving you with a fresh and masculine scent. The suds will leave your locks squeaky clean and won’t dry out your skin.
6. Clean & Clear Day/Night Cleanser 2-Pack
Yes, you really should wash your face twice a day, and this combo pack makes it easy to fight breakouts and have clean, glowing skin. The morning formula has beads that burst with energy and vitamins while the invigorating citrus fragrance helps wake you up. The evening cleanser goes gently washes away daily build-up including oil, dirt, and impurities deep in pores while the calming aromas help wind you down, leaving you clean and relaxed. Together, these non-comedogenic facial cleansers provide oil-free cleansing that is gentle enough for daily use.
Price: $8.97 (17 percent off MSRP)
7. Clarisonic Mia 2, 2 Speed Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System
The Clarisonic Mia 2 is a game changer for anyone with skin. Gentler than spinning brushes that can tug and damage skin, Clarisonic’s gentle back and forth movement paired with water creates a vacuum effect to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin’s surface and pores. The built-in timer prompts you when it’s time to stop cleansing, so even if you’re not awake yet, your skin will glow like you are.
Price: $149 (12 percent off MSRP)
8. St. Ives Even & Bright Face Scrub, Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange
St. Ives upgrades their classic blemish-control peach scrub with a new, invigorating scent. When you need a little extra exfoliation, reach for this pink lemon and mandarin orange scented scrubbing cream and wake your pores up. Use three to four times a week for beautifully polished skin that glows. Pro tip – use it before applying makeup for a lovely smooth base.
Price: $9.25 for two
9. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM/PM Bundle
CeraVe is the #1 recommended moisturizer by dermatologists for its non-comedogenic formula that contains slow-release hyaluronic acid to improve moisture retention. This AM/PM duo ensures you’ve got sunscreen built right into your morning routine and deep replenishing moisture at night. It’s somehow magically good for all skin types including oily and combo. Try the uber-popular CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion for full-body moisture or any time you need a pick-me-up.
Price: $31.60 for both
10. Vernal SKINourish Super Antioxidants Organic Eye Cream for Puffiness, Wrinkles, And Dark Circles
Don’t let those late-night study sessions show on your face. Unpack your under-eye bags with this antioxidant organic eye cream. This specially formulated cream contains ORAC scale-topping Sumac, regarded as the most powerful super antioxidant in the world with 3x the amount of antioxidants of acai and 60x that of blueberries. Primrose, mango, cocoa butter and aloe extracts soothe, plump, and de-puff dark circles so you’ll look bright and refreshed no matter late you stayed up.
11. Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Moisturizing Razor With Bikini Trimmer
This razor does double duty in the shower. Not only will the blades with moisturizing strips keep your legs and underarms smooth, the built-in waterproof trimmer will keep your bikini area under control. The razor has five flexible blades and a skin smoother strip a “Hydra-Boost” serum formulated with shea butter to provide lasting hydration. The trimmer end has four settings for a customized trim length and can be used in or out of the shower for convenient bikini maintenance. At this price, why would you bother with anything else? While you’re at it, pick up a pack of Hydro Silk blade refills so you’ll be set for a while.
12. IntiMD Coochy Plus Intimate Shave Cream
Coochy shaving creams have gained a cult following for their ability to almost eradicate shaving irritation and ingrown hairs for the most sensitive skin. The powerful moisturizers help soften the skin and hair, requiring less pressure from the razor while reducing irritation and the occurrence of snags. The thick formula creates a very slick and protected surface on the skin so your razor glides effortlessly and closely to prevent nicks, cuts, rashes, or ingrown hairs even in the bikini area and moisturizes well so you may not need any after-shower moisturizing. If you’re embarrassed by the name, look for a discreet shower caddy that will keep its name hidden. Trust me, even men with the toughest facial hair swear by this stuff.
13. Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity
Get a good electric toothbrush that will do the heavy lifting for you. The Oral-B has timed settings so you can just glide it over your teeth and let it tell you when you’re done. Bluetooth connectivity works with an app on your phone so you can track your dental health even when you’re too tired to remember if you brushed your teeth this morning or not. Keep the charger on your dressed but take the toothbrush into the shower with you to save extra time in the morning.
Price: $97.97 (39 percent off MSRP)
14. MY Activated Charcoal Konjac Sponge
This Korean beauty staple is a game-changer for blackhead-prone skin. Activated bamboo carbon cleanses pores, removes excess oil, and fights bacteria to help clear acne. The sponge softens up with water and gently exfoliates to give you a radiant glow. This sponge comes with a convenient string to hang it from so it dries quickly. If you haven’t tried a konjac sponge yet, your skin is in for a treat.
15. Microplane Pedicure Rasp File
Your feet work hard for you and they deserve love too. Don’t be intimidated by this cheese-grater-looking pedi rasp — it really gets the job done. Microplane is the leader in all type of graters, including those intended for your feet. Target those callouses after a good steam and leave the shower with baby-smooth heels.