How To Travel With Your Toothbrush
If you're like me, one of the best parts of vacationing is tasting as much of the local food and drinks as you can. (And on a road trip, who can resist snacking? )
Regardless if you're going somewhere tropical, mountainous, or a little staycation, maintaining your oral hygiene doesn’t take the same RNR. Especially if you don’t want a mouth full of dental problems to be your most expensive souvenir.
That’s why step one on how to travel with your toothbrush is to be sure your toothbrush ends up in your toiletries bag and you stay on your normal brushing routine.
And, look at that! You’re already ahead of the 15% of people that forget theirs at home.
Now let’s go over how to properly pack and protect your trusty traveling toothbrush while you’re on the go.
How do I protect my toothbrush while traveling?
Dry It Out
Bacteria and germs thrive in cool, wet, and dark environments. Basically, any crevice in your suitcase.
This is why air drying your toothbrush before packing it away is ideal.
But with the hustle of traveling, this isn’t always possible.
Before packing a damp toothbrush, shake off as much residue water from the bristles as you can. Then once you arrive at your destination, it's recommended you remove your toothbrush to air out.
Be mindful that you store the brush upright rather than placing it directly on a surface like a hotel counter to limit further contamination. The AutoBrush Pro has a flat base, allowing your brush to stand up straight up independently. Also make sure your toothbrush is away from the edge of the counters to prevent it falling on the floor.
Use a Brush Head Case
What worse than bacteria in your toothbrush? Hair.
Nobody likes plucking out fuzzies from their bristles before cleaning their teeth, so brush head covers are a must-have traveling hack.
Brush head cases help protect your bristles from damage, debris and limits contact from other germs.
What if my brush head container is dirty?
The best thing about most travel toothbrush holders is that they are made of hard plastic and super easy to clean.
All you need to do is rinse it with warm water and dish soap to loosen any gunk. Don’t forget to thoroughly dry it off before it’s used. You can also sanitize most covers on the top rank of your dishwasher.
Can I travel with an automatic toothbrush?
When using an electric or automatic toothbrush on vacation, it's important to consider how long you will be away.
For shorter trips around 1-5 days, a fully charged toothbrush should last for the entirety of your stay. If you bring your AutoBrush Pro, your battery life should last for up to 10 days.
If you plan to be away from home much longer than that, don’t forget to pack your brushes charger.