Of all the dorm room essentials, few are as iconic (is that the right word?) as the classic shower caddy. For those without the luxury of a private bathroom, living in a dorm means showering in a communal bathroom, which means toting shower essentials—like hydrating shampoo, moisturizing body wash, and shaving cream—to-and-from the shower each time you want to bathe.
That's where the shower caddy comes in handy. Rather than scrambling to carry your bathing products to the bathroom (or worse—forgetting, say, your new razor, and doing the dreaded towel-run down the hall to retrieve it...), a shower caddy allows you to store and carry your essentials from shower-to-shower with ease.
These durable baskets are usually made of waterproof or water-resistant material, like mesh or plastic, designed to go directly into the shower while you bathe. There's no juggling bottles of body soap while trying to keep your towel tied, no worrying about hallmates stealing your shampoo—your shower caddy acts as a portable shower kit, giving you everything you need to get squeaky clean without the hassle.
Whether you're hitting the dorms yourself this fall, or shopping for your favorite student, a good, hardy shower caddy is a must for going back-to-school.
10 of the best shower caddies for college
Want a waterproof caddy that will withstand the wild west of a dorm shower? Meet this flexible basket from The Container Store. It’s cute but functional, made of pliable plastic that allows water to run off—and through—the caddy itself, as to not waterlog your toiletries. It’s grippy handle and integrated divider are the definition of “convenient”, too.
This sleek shower caddy has over 2,800 5-star reviews on Amazon for its durability and design. It features holes along the sides and in the bottom to allow for maximum drainage, while its deep, divided sections allow you to easily store your favorite shampoo, conditioner, shaving butter, and more. Available in black, white, grey, coral, mint green, and pink.
If plastic isn’t your thing, check out this mesh tote caddy that’s also available on Amazon. It features seven extra large compartments, allowing for ample storage and organization. Plus, the canvas handle makes carrying or hanging up easy, so it’s always in reach. Available in grey, black, aqua, and hot pink.
Tight on space in and outside of the shower? This round shower caddy from Dormify actually pops-up and folds-down, so when you’re not using it, it can easily be stored away, saving you space. It’s mesh, making it waterproof and quick-drying, and features two handles: a wristlet (for when it’s folded) and regular strap.
An eco-friendlier alternative to traditional shower caddies, PB Teen’s model is made from recycled plastic water bottles. Its deep, center bucket is surrounded various pockets, all spacious enough for large bath products, like jumbo soap bottles, bulk shampoo, and body brushes. Choose from a palette of trendy colors and patterns including chevron and white marble.
Never forget any bath or body products again with this super spacious shower tote from Bed Bath & Beyond. The mesh bag features a slew of pockets on the inside and outside, plus an extra mesh storage bag for keeping small accessories, like razors and hair ties, in one place. Available in grey or black.
This shower caddy doubles as a toiletry bag, allowing you to take your favorite bath and beauty products from dorm to beyond. It features water-resistant materials that dry fast plus a ton of zippers and pockets for simpler storage. It’s also available in a wide range of sizes, so if you have a looot of shower stuff, maybe invest in a bigger bag.
Not only is this lightweight caddy super affordable ($5!), it’s super convenient. Each basket features a pop-out smaller basket that nests within the larger one. On the days you want to get squeaky clean, take both. On days you just need a quick rinse? Pack light with the smaller caddy.
Function meets beauty in this modern shower caddy from Amazon. Featuring two separate containers and one sturdy handle, it’s hardy enough to carry all your shower necessities day-in and day-out. It’s available in a palette of chic color combos, like mint/silver, and clear/ rose gold.
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