Dorm life can be hectic enough with meeting new people, cramming for exams, and who thought an 8 a.m. class was a good idea anyway? At least you can streamline your morning (or evening) shower routine streamlined by keeping all of your showering needs organized and ready to go. Stop wasting time looking for your conditioner and razor and get it all together with one of these handy shower totes and caddies.
When choosing a shower caddy, it’s important to think about your needs. Do you stock up on jumbo size bottles of shampoo and conditioner? Do you need room for a washcloth, bath pouf or loofah? Want a safe compartment to store your razor? Will you be taking this to the gym, traveling with it, or just heading down the hall to the shower? Have your own bathroom that you share with suitemates? Once you figure out what you need your shower caddy to do for you, it will be a breeze to figure out what the right solution is for you.
So whether you’re sharing a bathroom with multiple roommates, have a million morning essentials, or just want an easy way to tote your soap and shampoo to the stalls down the hall, there’s something on this list for you. Here are the top ten best shower totes and caddies for dorm living. And don’t forget to load up on all the essentials you’ll need to make the most of your shower time.
1. Best Basic Shower Tote: Handy Bathroom Personal Organizer
This simple mesh basket is the perfect basic shower caddy when you don’t have a lot of stuff to organize. It comes in a variety of colors and has three internal pockets to keep things separate. The pop-up style frame means it folds flat for storage or for packing (hooray for not taking up extra space in your luggage!). Despite its minimal design, it can hold quite a lot, and the sturdy handle means it should last throughout your college career. And at this price, you can afford to get one in every color!
2. Best Jumbo Shower Tote: Go Fresh Shower Caddy
If you’re toting around jumbo-sized bottles or want extra room for all of your products, this is the tote for you. It has seven pockets: six on the side, and one large pocket in the center. I love the cheerful aqua blue quick-dry mesh that allows you to see where everything is and resists mold and mildew. You can even fit a pair of sneaks, a towel, and your water bottle for a quick trip to the gym.
3. Best Hanging Shower Caddy With Pockets: Honla 2-Pack Hanging Mesh Bath Shower Caddy Organizer
If you have your own en-suite shower, think about this handy hanging shower pocket organizer. It comes as a 2-pack, so you will immediately make friends with your new roommate by having one for her too. The mesh pockets are deep and wide, drain and dry quickly, and are mold and mildew resistant. Organizing absolutely everything you need in your shower couldn’t be easier. It doesn’t come with its own hooks, so consider picking up a pack of these at the same time: AmazonBasics Rust Resistant Shower Curtain Roller Hook Rings (pack of 12 for $6.93).
Price: $10.98 (50 percent off MSRP)
4. Best Customizable Hanging Shower Caddy: Vidan Rustproof Dual Installation (Hanging or Mounted) Shower Caddy
Another great solution, if you have your own shower, is this adjustable hanging shower caddy. It’s got tons of room for everyone’s jumbo-sized bottles and lots of hooks for razors, poufs, and more. You can hang it from your shower head, or mount it on the wall using the heavy duty suction cups. It’s both sturdy and stylish, and the rustproof stainless steel means it will last for ages.
Price: $45.99 (34 percent off MSRP)
5. Best Shower Tote For the Gym: Showaflops ShowaBag Waterproof Drawstring Shower Backpack
This lightweight waterproof backpack is the ideal solution for taking all of your shower products to the gym, and it doubles as the perfect daybag for the beach. One central pouch carries a change of clothes and the many external mesh pockets can hold soap, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, flip flops, a loofah, and whatever else you need. It even includes a see-through waterproof bag for your phone so you can text from the shower.
6. Best Fabric Tote: mDesign Vegan Patent Leather Tote
This brightly colored tote is both sturdy and attractive. The vegan patent leather keeps your products secure without showing them off to the world. Drainage holes in the bottom mean water won’t get trapped inside, and internal pockets keep everything organized. If you’re looking for something sturdy and cute while still being discreet, this tote is just the ticket. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes to suit your needs.
Price: $12-19.99 depending on size and color
7. Best For Travel: Diniwell Travel Hanging Toiletry Bag
If you love to travel (even if it’s just home every other weekend to beg mom to do your laundry), this is the perfect toiletry organizer for you. Stop packing and unpacking your shower products for every trip and keep them organized in this cute travel tote that easily unzips to hang from your shower rod. It’s also a great way to keep your business private on your way to and from the bathroom. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns at a really great price.
8. Best Minimalist Design: Yuma Active Shower Bag Tote
If you’re someone who likes to keep your shower routine simple, then you don’t need a huge, honking tote to lug around. Keep your basics secured in this simple mesh zippered bag. It’s big enough for full-sized bottles but still very light and compact. The mesh caddy comes as a set with a (non-waterproof) black drawstring pouch to keep your belongings private. The suction cup works best on glass so you might want to invest in a hook to hang it from the curtain rod or shower head. I recommend the Stansport Oversized Carabiner ($2.47) because it’s inexpensive and large enough to fit over a shower rod.
Price: $13.84 (60 percent off MSRP)
9. Best Adjustable Tote With Razor Storage: Quirky Cargo Shower Caddy
Quirky is the leader in new design ideas, and this adjustable tote is the perfect example. It has an internal bungee system that can be customized to fit your needs exactly. It’s large enough to hold even jumbo sized bottles along with everything else you’ll need. The unique external hook is perfect for keeping your razor safe and secure, and the sturdy plastic means it will last long beyond your college years.
Price: $12.99 – $35.98
10. Best For Carrying Cosmetics: mDesign Bathroom Shower Caddy Tote
While this tote is intended as a shower caddy, I find the smaller compartments and drainage holes more suited to carrying cosmetics or basic toiletries to the bathroom or keeping them organized on a shelf. It is the perfect solution for carrying your makeup to the loo down the hall to get prepped in the morning, or transporting face wash and toothpaste to get ready for bed at night. If you have a bathroom en-suite, it’s also a stylish solution to keeping everything organized and tidy.