If you're planning a trip, one of the last things you bother to pack is your toothbrush and toothpaste. If you are looking for alternatives to the old stand-by method of stuffing your toothbrush and tube of toothpaste into a plastic bag, consider purchasing a travel toothbrush for your trip.
What's Wrong With the Plastic Bag?
Storage for your toothbrush should have some ventilation, especially if you're packing it while it is still damp. A toothbrush sealed in a bag will take longer to dry, giving more time for moisture-loving bacteria to grow.
The bulk of a full tube of toothpaste and toothbrush might mean you stash your bag in one of your larger suitcases, instead of somewhere where it will be easily accessed while you are traveling. If you are traveling by plane, the liquid and gel restrictions on flights can keep you from bringing your tube of toothpaste in your carry-on bag, which will prevent you from properly cleaning your teeth after any in-flight meals.
What Kind of Travel Toothbrush Should You Buy?
The best toothbrush for your travels can depend on many factors, including how you're traveling, for how long, and for what reasons.
For many trips, a toothbrush/toothpaste combo in a small size is a great option. They come in many varieties, including travel electric toothbrushes, for those who prefer them. Most have a cap or cover that is vented to allow drying while keeping the bristles free of outside contamination.
A travel toothbrush that has a receptacle for holding toothpaste is great for taking through airport security, or for keeping in a bag near you in the car for road trips. Having your toothbrush handy will ensure it's not a chore to brush after sugary snacks or meals while you are traveling.
Another option is to use disposable toothbrushes. There are many options for single-use toothbrushes that fit neatly into a pocket or purse. These are great for in-flight brushing, or getting a quick cleaning in after a business meeting or family meal. Some, like the Colgate Wisp, don't even need water, so you can brush your teeth no matter where you are.
Thinking about where you will be, and how to carry your toothbrush and toothpaste to ensure you use it as often as you should, will help you make the right decision about what type of toothbrush to take on your trip.