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How to Travel with an Electric Toothbrush: The Ultimate Guide

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Travelling with an electric toothbrush is easier than you might think! Just walk through the basics of travelling with your electric toothbrush so that you can have a worry-free trip. Here is everything you need to know, from packing tips to where to store your brush when on the go and some tips on keeping your toothbrush clean while you are travelling. 


Whether you are jetting off for vacation or just travelling around town, follow these tips to keep your smile looking its best. Let us get started!


Can you bring an electric toothbrush on a plane?

Electric toothbrushes or any other type of battery-powered device may be considered hazardous materials under the national aviation regulations, so some restrictions apply.


The most important restriction is not putting the toothbrush into your checking luggage when travelling by air. Always carry it as part of your personal item or hand luggage and pack it in a way that will not cause any potential damage during transit.


Most check-in and cabin baggage restrictions state that the Lithium battery must not exceed 160 Wh. However, some airlines impose more stringent restrictions on the carriage of luggage equipped with lithium batteries. Therefore, it is advised to consult your airline before your flight. 


What is the best way to travel with a toothbrush?

The best way to travel with an electric toothbrush is in your carry-on luggage. This will also make sure that it does not get lost, and you can use it whenever needed during the flight or when you arrive at your destination. However, please do not put any liquids such as mouthwash or toothpaste in your carry-on luggage as they are considered to be hazardous materials. Instead, put them in your checked baggage.


Tips for carrying an electric toothbrush on your trip

Here are some tips for carrying your electric toothbrush on your trip:


Ensure that it is fully charged

When travelling with an electric toothbrush, the first thing you need to do is make sure that the battery is fully charged. You do not want to have to worry about finding an outlet to charge your toothbrush during your trip. If it is not, you can either charge it before you leave or bring a charger with you. Most hotels will have a charging station in the room, but if your hotel does not, you can always ask the front desk for a charger.


Do not forget the charging cord

If you have a rechargeable toothbrush, pack your charger separately. Make sure that it is in a place where it will be easy to find, such as in your carry-on bag or backpack. Moreover, having a USB cord means that you can charge the toothbrush more easily, without worrying about an adapter or finding an electrical outlet. 


Check the airline baggage rules

The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) may or may not allow you to bring a battery-operated toothbrush on the plane with you in certain baggage types. So if you are travelling by plane, pack your electric toothbrush in your carry-on luggage. However, if you are travelling by car or train, you can get it with you in your carry-on bag.


Pack it in a sealable pouch

When packing your toothbrush, make sure to put it in a sealable travel pouch. This will protect it from getting dirty or wet during your trip. Some electric toothbrushes come with travel pouches. 


Get a compact one

If you are travelling for an extended period of time, you may want to consider purchasing a travel toothbrush. These toothbrushes are smaller and more compact than regular electric toothbrushes, and they come with their own charger. 


Keep it clean

Make sure to keep your electric toothbrush clean before and after travelling by removing the brush head and rinsing under running water. Clean the handle of the electric toothbrush with a damp cloth, but never rinse it under water. 

Pack spare bristle heads

Pack an extra toothbrush head in case the one you have with you breaks or gets damaged.


Best electric toothbrush for travelling

We recommend the Colgate Electric Toothbrush. This sonic powered electric toothbrush comes with a plethora of benefits. It is compact and comes with a travel case, making it easy to take with you on your trip. It is a standalone brush (without a docking station) making it compact and easy to carry. 


It also has a USB charger, so you can easily charge it while you are on the go. This soft bristle electric toothbrush also comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 15 days on a 4-hour charge*. You will also get 2 gum care replaceable brush heads that are easy to carry in a travel pouch.


*when brushing twice per day on squeaky clean mode


Here are some other great features of this travel-friendly electric toothbrush:


  • Combines its four brushing modes (Squeaky Clean, Sparkle, Gum Care and Night Spa) and 10 vibration intensities to tailor your brushing to your oral care needs.

  • The built-in timer helps you brush for the recommended two minutes.

  • Smartly coaches your brushing with a quad pacer that pulses after 30 seconds to cover each quadrant of your mouth. 

  • A pressure sensor to let you know when you apply too much pressure.

  • It uses Sonic technology to clean your teeth and gums more effectively than a manual toothbrush.

  • The tongue cleaner at the back of the brush head will remove odor causing bacteria for fresher breath. 

  • It is gum safe, and gives you a superior cleaning performance in stain removal and whitening efficacy versus a manual toothbrush.

How to maintain your electric toothbrush when travelling?

Finally, here are some tips on how to keep your electric toothbrush clean while you are on the go:

  • Pack a mini bottle of water. This will allow you to brush your teeth with clean water, and it will also help keep the bristles of your toothbrush clean.

  • Pack a small toothbrush cleaning kit. 


Travelling with an electric toothbrush is easy when you know how to do it. With these tips, you will be able to keep your teeth clean and healthy while you are on the go!