Melanie from PlanForAwesome.com is here today to share with us her amazing travel organization hack! Organization is best served when it allows you to have more time for fun with your family – and, what better place to have fun than on vacation! Are you ready to have your mind blown? Let’s do this.
I have found four annoying issues when it comes to tooth brushing stuff and traveling. Really?! 4 problems. I have 4 problems with brushing my teeth on vacation. It’s high time someone fixed that! So I present to you my very own travel hacks and 4 tips for packing kids’ (and adults’) teeth stuff for vacations.
But first, the problems:
- 3 of our kids refuse to brush their teeth with minty toothpaste, and that seems to be the only kind they put in travel toothpaste tubes. Even the kid kits – they’re all minty!
- Ziploc bags, zippered pouches, etc – none of these ways to store teeth stuff allows for anything to air out and dry. Gross.
- Travel toothbrushes are crappy.
- 3 of our kids refuse to use minty fluoride, and once again, I dare you to find travel size bubble gum flavored fluoride.
Travel Teeth Hack #1 – Kid-friendly (non-minty) travel toothpaste
Why don’t they make kid-friendly toothpaste in travel size?! I have a couple kids who refuse to use mint toothpaste. I can empathize. I was the same way as a kid. Brushing teeth sucks enough. Why torture them and make their mouths feel like they’re on fire while doing something they already hate doing?
I searched high and low to find a dumb mini-sized fruity-flavored toothpaste, and … nope. I found ONE on Amazon. But the reviews said it was TEENY. And it’s $2. Lame. So I looked around my house for a while, and found an almost-perfect solution. You know those little medicine thingies? The ones that come with every bottle of children’s Tylenol, Motrin, etc? The ones that you have like a hundred of, if you’re like me, and can’t throw anything away that might be of value one day? Well I found a reason to use 3 of them!!!! BAM! Proud to be a hoarder!
I fill those suckers up with the kids’ everyday toothpaste, and voila. Travel kid toothpaste. In case you’re wondering, I made that one up ALL on my own. I have transported these two different ways, and both work.
One way is to use a teeny tiny piece of Press ‘N Seal on each end of the tube, and just stick the white plunger part in separately. This would work well if you were storing it upside down.
Another way (my preferred method) is to just stand it up on the back, with the tip pointed up. If you’re storing teeth stuff in Crystal Lite containers (see tip #3), and you pack it going the right direction in your suitcase, it should always either be standing up, or sitting sideways. I’ve never had any toothpaste ooze out.
Travel Teeth Hack #2 – Kid-friendly (non-minty) travel fluoride
This one is pretty easy, and doesn’t require as much creativity as the others. Just buy a normal travel fluoride, dump it in your big fluoride that you use, rinse it out, and fill it with your kids’. Easy peasy.
Travel Teeth Hack #3 – Pack each person’s stuff in their own Crystal Light container
I pack each person’s teeth stuff in their own separate labeled Crystal Light container.
I prefer these over anything else. Even over the little zippered pouches that little kid toothbrushing kits come in, and here’s why.
- Those zipper pouches never allow the toothbrush to dry. Gross. With these Crystal Light containers, the toothbrush can stand up and dry…just leave the lid off. But then when it’s time to pack it up, you have a lid to keep it all contained.
- Those zipper pouches are a mess and just slide right off each other in a pile on the counter. These Crystal Light containers sit neatly on the counter, in the upright position the whole time.
- Those zipper pouches cost money. Crystal Light containers are free (if you drink Crystal Light, which we do).
- They are big enough to fit a travel toothpaste, travel fluoride, floss, and even a tooth timer. The only thing they aren’t big enough for is a full-sized adult toothbrush. Kid toothbrushes fit, but adult ones don’t. I tried a kid toothbrush for me, but the bristle area is just too teeny. I need an adult one. So….see tip #4…
Travel Teeth Hack #4 – Cut the bottom off of a normal toothbrush
I hate travel toothbrushes. The actual bristle part is total crap. I just want my normal toothbrush, but shorter. That’s nothing that a hacksaw can’t fix! It may seem like an extreme solution. But seriously. It’s one chop, for the next 10 years of use for your travel toothbrush. Totally worth it. You won’t regret it. Especially if you plan on using Tip #3, because normal adult-sized toothbrushes are too tall for Crystal Light containers. So you need to hack off an inch or 2. Regardless of your storage method, I highly recommend using a decent toothbrush for your travel one. Why settle for anything less?
Well, there you have it. My 4 Teeth Travel Hacks for Kids and Adults.
Hopefully something on here will help make brushing teeth more positive on your next vacation!
Thanks, Melanie for the amazing travel organization suggestion. I think I’d better go get me some Crystal Light!