Smart Packing Tips: Taking Care of Your Teeth On the Go
No matter where you choose to go this summer, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared and properly packed. Plus, while you’re out having the time of your life, you can’t neglect an important part of your hygiene routine: your teeth. Here are a couple of ideas for packing efficiently and getting the most out of your vacation without letting your teeth take a turn for the worse.
1. Start With a List
Even a few weeks or days before you actually pack, it’s a good idea to start a list where you can write down the things you want or need on your trip. The ability to double check everything you need is important when you don’t want to forget anything!
Include a Dental Hygiene Kit
Regardless of your plans, whether you’re roughing it or living the life of luxury, you’ll want to prepare a dental hygiene kit. While there are already-prepared dental kits available, we recommend building your own, especially if they don’t include all the pieces. Your traveling dental hygiene kit should include:
- Travel toothbrush (with a cover)
- Small tube of toothpaste
- Floss or floss picks
- Retainer or aligner cases
This video gives a good idea of what other things you can include in your kit.
If you’re currently wearing Invisalign® aligners, make sure to include three aligners on your list: your previous step, the one you’re currently using, and the next one in your treatment plan. This way, if you lose one while on the go, you still have a backup, and if it’s time to move to the next step while on your trip, you don’t have to put your treatment plan behind just because you’re on vacation.
2. Research Your Itinerary
Knowing what you need beforehand helps you pack! Checking to see the activities you may want to do on your trip, such as whether you’re planning on staying in a hotel or camping, can help you determine exactly what should go on your list. No need to create a detailed schedule, just do enough research to anticipate whatever you may need at your final destination.
3. Opt for Travel-Size
Travel-size toiletries save space, weight, and expense. Before a trip, head to a local drug store or supermarket to find smaller versions of your favorite shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, floss, and whatever else you may need. You can save valuable luggage space by packing small.
In fact, there are a number of dental hygiene travel kits that you can choose from to make packing for your teeth easy. It’s important to not go for the cheapest option. Instead, choose one that’s built for travel, whether you’re looking for a cap, like these GUM® antibacterial toothbrush covers or the basic travel toothbrush, which is perfect for your whole family.
4. Pack Layers
Because weather can often prove unpredictable, it’s always a good idea to bring jackets, windbreakers, or whatever you might need for a change in the weather at your final destination. Another benefit to packing layers is that jackets, sweaters, and scarves can double as “wardrobe extenders” to make your basics last longer without having to repeat the same outfit all week.
5. Pack Tight
Whether you use space bags that remove the air from your luggage or you roll every article of clothing in your bag, find a way to make the most of your suitcase by approaching your packing with a strategy. You don’t have to be a ninja to pack efficiently but you do need a plan! There are a variety of tutorials to help guide you through the tightest packing strategies.
6. Pack Extra Bags
Grocery bags, Ziploc Bags, and garbage bags pack really tight and can be extremely useful on a trip to any destination. Grocery bags and garbage bags can be used to separate your dirty clothes, and ziploc bags can help you separate wet shoes, swimsuits, and other clothes from your dry things.
Ziploc bags can also come in handy to separate your dental hygiene kit from the rest of your toiletries, if you don’t have a dedicated bag for it.
7. Plan a Trip to Your Dentist Before a Long Trip
Planning on heading out for more than a week? Make sure to schedule a trip to your dentist first. The last thing you want is to have tooth pain ruin your vacation. Plus, dentists often give you a toothpaste sample and a new toothbrush you can bring with you on the road.
Want More Tips?
If you’re planning on travelling, there are other ways you can make sure your teeth stay clean while you’re away from home. Here are our tips for keeping your teeth clean on the go.