Communal bathrooms can be a big change when moving into a dorm or staying at a hostel.
The key is to respect the privacy of others and maintain your own boundaries so everyone can use the bathroom in peace.
1. A Shower Caddy
Keep your personal care products away from communal spaces if you can.
A shower caddy will keep your grooming products organized and ready to go.
Pro tip: Get one with hooks so you can latch it onto the shower door.
2. A Towel or Bathrobe
You'll likely need to cover up when going from your room to the shower to your, so a bathrobe or towel will be essential.
Pro tip: Use your bathrobe's pockets as a caddy if you don't use a lot of products in the shower.
3. Shower Shoes
It is impossible to know how hygienic the people who used the bathroom before you were.
Shower shoes will limit your risk of contracting athlete's foot or a bacterial infection.
Pro tip: Wear your shower shoes from your room to the shower and back, then clean them after each use.
Schedule Your Time Wisely
Avoid a situation where you need to take a shower and all the stalls are occupied or the bathroom is being cleaned.
Do some reconnaissance and plan your shower schedule around when the bathroom is most used or scheduled for cleaning.
Every morning, when Lisa takes showers at 6 a.m., her floor mate obnoxiously sings "scrub scrub scrub scrubity scrub" in stall next to her. This drives her crazy. What should Lisa do?
Politely talk to the floor mate about it
Find another time to shower
Yell at the top of her lungs
Avoid showering to avoid the song
Remember that you're using a shared space. With that in mind:
Take long showers
Use up all the hot water
Leave a mess
Be cordial but not chatty with others
Clean up after yourself
Larry used up the last roll of toilet paper. What should they do next?
Leave the bathroom in a panic
Blame it on someone else
Replace it with a new roll
Using a communal bathroom is just like using a private bathroom but with a few extra steps.
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