TTT: Travel toothbrush

March 25, 2008 at 9:04 pm 5 comments

My travel tip for this Tuesday is to pack a toothbrush designed especially for travelling.  Not only do they take up a little less space than their standard counterparts, but they’re usually designed with at least a nod to hygiene issues.

Images from, Ranir, Target. offers GUM’s standard 2 piece travel toothbrush – a 2 pack for $2.99.  The bristles have a patented Chlorhexidine antibacterial coating for continuous bristle protection during the recommended life of the brush.  These are fine, but I don’t really like the bottom part for a handle.  I also don’t like that they sometimes pop apart while brushing. 

I have a folding toothbrush just like the one pictured above.  I think it was $2 at a grocery store.  I like this design because it has a better handle and it’s easier to use.  I never have to worry about the head popping loose from the bottom portion.

I really want a nifty UV travel toothbrush sanitizer like the one from Target.  It’s not a space efficient as the two collapsible brushes, but it’s pretty much as sanitary as you can get.

At a minimum, please snag a toothbrush cover for me!  It’s for your health.  And mine, should I be travelling with you.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kay T  |  March 26, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    LOL! This is one of my obsessions also. I never really like the collapsible toothbrushes. I finally found a cover that was big enough for my favored toothbrush. It is made out of squishable plastic. But it seems to leave some sort of plastic aftertaste. Ick! I may go check on that UV thingy at Target.

  • 2. jen  |  March 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I must check out that UV one as well – the usual covers freak me out because they are not too easy to clean. Of course, the folding kind always works as well… but I like having an excuse to head to Target.

  • 3. Jake  |  October 23, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Before you go nuts looking for anti-microbial stuff:

    Probiotic is the new antibiotic.

    – In the space occupied by your body, you are 90% bacteria, cell for cell, not counting your mitochondria in each of your cells, which were once bacteria themselves.

    – A vast majority of bacterial species are benign, and there are arguably more beneficial species than there are pathogenic ones. We would not survive without bacteria.

    – Those same beneficial and benign species compete with pathogenic species, so, removing them can give pathogens an edge

    – There’s a fair amount of research that suggests that many “antimicrobial” or “antibacterial” products actually help breed super-resistant strains of bacteria

    – Since antibodies and antihistamines have the same biochemical precursors, the presence of bacteria helps reduce allergies

    Don’t take my word for it, ask a doctor! They’ll at least confirm that the research is out there, although doctors tend to be pretty conservative/old-school in matters like this.

  • 4. Jake  |  October 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Oh, and I’d like to add:

    folding toothbrushes rock.

    Boycott chlorine bleach!

    Chlorine is arguably one fo the most persistently toxic elements known. Diatomic, elemental chlorine exists nowhere in nature, and, once it’s introduced, stays toxic in various forms like PCB’s and other chlorinated ‘organic’ compounds for a very, very long time.

    Use bleach alternatives like peroxides; they’re very effective.

  • 5. R. Skoulding  |  July 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Try Cylerdent its’ a sanitizer,brushsafe and toothbrush head cleaner all in one portable unit. It comes with a free brush and guarantees you a fresher tasting, cleaner brush experience!


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