showerHelp us celebrate ‘Shower with a Friend’ Day

Yesterday was National Shower with a Friend Day.

Wait…what?!?

While holidays and special occasions are fun to celebrate, we didn’t know what to expect from this one. On the National Day Calendar (URL: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/shower-with-a-friend-day-february-5/) website, this day can be described as:  “Winter is the coldest and loneliest season of the year. With dwindling daylight and Valentine’s Day at its heart, February can often leave people feeling dejected and somber. National ‘Shower with a Friend Day’ injects a bit of humor into the season while also serving to educate people on the benefits of showering in fresh, filtered water (and the effects of chlorine).”

Again, not what we expected. And although water conservation and safety is important, we thought we’d take our own spin on how to celebrate…with some tips on how to get the most out of communal showering and the college dorm shower experience.

  1. Bring your supplies. And we’re not just talking about a bar of soap. You’ll want to get a super cool shower caddy that can tote your soap, shampoo and conditioner, razor and whatever else you need.
  2. Wear shower shoes. While your best friend, neighbor, and RA may be the coolest people in the world, feet are feet and dirt is dirt – and fungus is fungus. Make sure to wear shower shoes to keep any funk away from your own feet.
  3. Don’t take too long. Although you’re used to a 30 minute shower and have an eight step regimen, the college shower experience isn’t a spa. Taking a ton of time in the shower creates a huge backlog. Pretend you’re sharing the college bathroom like you were still living at home – and you’re mom would come knocking after 10 minutes (And nobody has time for that.)
  4. Clean out your hair (and other gunk). Whether you have long locks or a buzz cut, be courteous to the next guy or gal who is using the shower and remove your hair, dirt, fuzzies, garbage, etc. The next person will thank you.
  5. Bring a towel – and your key. No one wants to be doing a walk of shame back to their dorm. Remember to bring your towel, robe, or a set of clothes so you don’t have to walk back to your room using a washcloth. Oh, and remember your key. You don’t want to be left locked out in the hallway in your towel.
  6. Be respectful. While we are celebrating “Shower with a Friend Day,” we are by no way encouraging you should share your shower stall with a friend. Showering in college may be stressful enough with sharing a bathroom with other folks, people talking, your friends using all the hot water, etc. – with that said, be respectful in the shower and forego any “romantic rendezvous” in the communal bathroom.