Prepping to leave for college feels like
one big checklist; there's a list for all the school supplies you'll definitely need, a list for the extra clothes hangers you think you'll need, and a list for the cute dorm décor you won't really need (but will buy anyway). Amidst this sea of checklists, there's an important one that you might have missed: a sexual health list.
We're not just
talking about protection, although that's definitely important. This list covers everything you need to be prepared for safe and enjoyable sex while on campus, if you do want to have sex in college ( about 39% of college students are virgins). Ahead, we've rounded up a few sex-related essentials that you may want to add to your running college prep-list — or at least order from inside your cute dorm room. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Condoms
For anyone having sex with penis-having people,
are probably at the top of the college sex checklist. For people having sex with vagina-havers, condoms can also be cut open to serve as makeshift dental dams, or
used on shared sex toys
. But if you either feel uncomfortable about buying them at the local drugstore, or can't afford condoms, then visit your college health center: Chances are good that there will be a bowl full of condoms and no one will bat an eye when you grab a handful.
Ultra thin lubricated condoms, $11.00
Buy Dental Dams
For oral sex on vaginas — because you need to use protection when you do that, too —
are a sheet of latex that you
lay over someone's vulva
when you go down on them, protecting you from STIs that can spread through tiny cuts in your mouth. They generally aren't as readily available as condoms, but your your college health center should have some.
Dental Dam, Latex, Mint Flavor, $19.85
Because all sex is better when you add a
little bit of lube
. Lube comes in two main types:
. Silicone-based lube is generally slicker and longer-lasting, so it's great for things like
(not that you really
to have sex in communal college bathrooms). But, silicone lube breaks down silicone sex toys — so if you're mainly planning to use lube with toys, then you're going to want to go with
a water-based formula like Sliquid
H2O Original Water-Based Lubricant, $14.99
Buy Sex Toys
Because college is all about exploration, and your body is worth exploring both solo and with a partner. Many people get their first
after leaving home, because being away from your parents' house may mean that you finally have more sexual freedom. So, go ahead and wait until you're at school to order your
, if you want. And don't worry, sex toy companies often send products in totally inconspicuous packaging. So the people who log dorm mail aren't going to know what's in your box. (Do your roommates a solid and look for a
, because dorm walls are notoriously paper-thin.)
Le Reve Mini Bullet,
$27.99 $17.99 Buy Sex Toy Cleaner
Make sure you're
cleaning your sex toys properly
after each use! Even if you're using sex toys for masturbation but not partnered sex, bacteria can build up over time. While you can use a mild, unscented soap and water, keeping a sex toy cleaner on hand might help you remember to clean your toys — and it saves you from having to explain to your roommate just why that lavender-scented soap won't work for you.
PinkCherry Anti-Bacterial Toy Cleaner in 8oz/240ml, $8.94
Buy Wet Wipes All that sweat, friction, and fluid can sometimes result in a little bit of a swampy situation post-sex. Freshen up down there with single-use biodegradable wipes that offer a quick clean without disrupting your vagina's pH. Megababe Beauty
Megafresh Wipes, $10.00
Buy Ear Plugs
(if you're into that), but also for drowning out your roommate's sexcapades.
Slim Fit Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair, $10.79
Birth Control, $30.00
Buy An Overnight Bag
Because college hookups never seem to happen when you're totally prepared, be like a camp counselor and
make sure you're always prepared
. Pack a small bag with condoms, lube, extra contacts and solution, breath mints, underwear, and anything else you need to feel like an actual human when you wake up in someone else's bed. Carry it with you any time there's even a tiny chance of a hookup.
Herschel Supply Co.
Herschel City Mid-Volume Backpack,
$54.99 $44.99 Buy A Comfortable Rug Because those dorm room beds are really only made for one person. Sometimes, you might want to skip trying to squeeze two full-grown people into a bed made for a child. And, if you're going to have sex on the floor, it'll be so much more enjoyable with a fluffy rug cushioning you. Urban Outfitters
Dollie Woven Rug,
$39.00 $29.00 Buy The Kama Sutra
Or at least a few good links to informative
sex position roundups
. Most people aren't super experienced with sex when they first start college. But
gets old fast, friends. So do yourself a favor, and read up on some other fun things you might want to try.
Kama Sutra: A Position A Day: 365 Days a Year, $15.29