Back to School: Skin Care Items to Bring to College

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • Packing for college is a daunting experience, especially if you will be attending college several hours or more away from home. You can’t simply make a trip home to pick up whatever it is that you forgot and many college students don’t have the money to go out and buy whatever they need, whenever they need it.

    The following is a list of skin care items to help you plan what you need to pack for college:


    Every Day Skin Care

    • Facial cleansers
    • Body soap
    • Shampoo
    • Hair Conditioners
    • Acne cream
    • Contact lens solution
    • Contact lens overnight case
    • Lip balm
    • Vaseline
    • Body lotion
    • Cotton balls
    • Q-tips
    • Deodorant
    • Hair combs/brushes
    • Hair spray/gel or other styling products
    • Mirror
    • Razors
    • Shaving Cream
    • Tweezers
    • Sunscreen
    • Loofah or body scrubber
    • Washcloths
    • Hair dryer
    • Curling iron/flat iron
    • Foot powder


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    • Foundation
    • Cover-up cream
    • Eye shadow
    • Mascara
    • Eye liner
    • Lip gloss and lipstick
    • Nail polish
    • Nail polish remover
    • Nail file or emery boards
    • Nail clippers
    • Manicure kit
    • Cologne, perfume or body sprays

    Oral care

    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Mouthwash
    • Dental floss
    • Small rinse cup

    First Aid/Medical

    If you are going to be living in a dorm with communal bathrooms, be sure to purchase a shower caddy you can use to keep all the items you use on a daily basis together. This way, you can grab your caddy as you head to the showers and know you have everything you need with you. Other, less used items can be kept in your room in a storage bin.  You will also need a bathrobe or cover up and flip flops or shower shoes to wear in the communal bathroom.


    Use this list as a guideline. You may not need every item on the list, customize it to fit your specific situation and needs.

Published On: July 13, 2012