travel accessoriesIt goes without saying that if you are planning on traveling, you need to take your toothbrush with you. However, for some people this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Should you pack your normal toothbrush? What should you store it in? What if you use an electric toothbrush?

If you are like most people, you probably put your toothbrush in some sort of plastic tube holder. While this does work, you should consider the fact that these tubes can hold a lot of bacteria. So if you are planning on using one of these plastic tube holders, make sure that you are taking the time to properly clean it out before each use. The best way to do this is to rinse the plastic tube holder with water and then some mouthwash.

What about an electric toothbrush?

Taking an electric toothbrush can be even trickier. For starters, you paid a lot of money for your electric toothbrush and you don’t want it to get damaged on your trip. Then there’s the whole issue of charging your electric toothbrush. If you’ll only be gone a few days, you may not need the charging cord or base. But what if your electric toothbrush battery dies before you get home?

The best (and cheapest) way

So what is the best way to travel with your toothbrush? Well, it’s actually much simpler (and cheaper) than you might think—purchase a cheap toothbrush that you can take with you and throw away when you return. Don’t open your new toothbrush until you get to your destination. This way, your normal toothbrush stays nice and clean at home. And for you electric toothbrush users, there’s no risk or damaging your toothbrush or running out of battery on the road.