The importance of dental hygiene, including tooth brushing, can’t be overemphasized on backpacking trips. You’ll feel better if your teeth are clean and people won’t shy away from you because your breath smells bad.
One of the oldest pieces of gear that I still carry with me on overnight trips is a portable travel toothbrush, called The Toob. It’s a completely self-contained toothpaste and toothbrush system that lives in my bear bag.
It’s quite simple really. It’s a plastic tube that breaks into 3 pieces. The middle piece holds a sawn-off toothbrush. The bottom piece holds a small tube of toothpaste that you fill from the bottom and slides inside the middle piece. The top piece is a cap that covers the toothbrush and keeps it from getting dirty. It has a small hole at the top that helps the toothbrush dry out when not in use.
When you run out of toothpaste, you simply refill the tube. You can also buy replacement brushes when you wear those out.
I’ve owned mine for eleven years now and it comes with me when I backpack or travel on business. It’s perfect!
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