Essential Bathroom Items For College-Bound Student

Sending your child off to college to live in her first dorm or apartment? Here is a checklist of essential bathroom items.

When you are starting to pack for your journey to college, it can be difficult to think of every single little thing you will need for the bathroom in your new apartment or dorm room. Back home, it is easy to take for granted the fact that the linen closet is always full of fresh towels, the shampoo bottle is always full and there is never a shortage of toilet paper. Now that you will be on your own fending for yourself, you need to create a checklist of all the essential items you will need for your own college bathroom, so you don't end up one day sitting on the toilet with an empty roll of toilet paper by your side.

* Why don't we just start with that then? You will need plenty of toilet paper on hand. Sure the four packs of toilet paper are much cheaper, but, if you have a roommate, the toilet paper will be gone before you know it, so be sure to invest in large packs. On that same note, always have a few boxes of tissue on hand for those seasonal allergies or colds.

* Many stores sell a combination pack of a soap dish, glass and toothbrush holder to place on your vanity. These are great investments so you have a place for everything and won't need to simply place your toothbrush on a dirty sink.

* Be sure to pack all of the toiletries you normally use at home, as well. These include, but are not limited to, toothpaste, dental floss, face creams, face washes, lotions/creams and hair products. Also include all hair equipment like blow dryers, hair straighteners and curling irons.

* In addition to toiletries, you will also want to invest in a first aid kit to store in your bathroom. The first aid kit should include antiseptic wipes, band-aids of various sizes, pain relievers, gauze, tweezers, scissors and ointments for scrapes and burns. Also be sure to include any medications you normally take and other essential medications like cough syrup, cold medicines and ibuprofen.

* Unless the dorm or apartment shower has a glass door, you will need a shower curtain and a separate plastic liner, so water does not spill onto the floor. Be sure to also get the shower curtain hooks, as well.

* Invest in a few bath mats to step on while at the sink or after you have taken a shower/bath.

* Get a few quality bath towels and hand towels you can store in your linen closet.

* Many stores sell a shower caddy that hangs from your shower head for easy access to your favorite shampoo, conditioner and soap or body wash.

* Especially if you are moving into an older apartment complex or dorm, you will need to get a toilet plunger. Even new toilets clog up every once in a while, so a toilet plunger will come in handy.

* Don't forget to get a small trash can to put near your toilet.

* Be sure to also get a few cleaners for the toilet, sink, tub and mirrors. These can be easily stored underneath your sink, along with a few rags dedicated to cleaning the restroom. In addition, you will definitely want to invest in some air freshener spray or a plug-in type of freshener, especially if you will be living with roommates.

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