Christmas vacations are a mere few weeks away, and there is a good chance that you have already started to pack and prepare for the big trip. One of the most commonly overlooked things that people forget when leaving for vacation is to pack their toothbrush! This leads to having to go out to the local Walmart or CVS to pick one up when you get to your destination, which is never enjoyable. All dental routines that you have worked so hard on building up these past few months also go out the door, as it is likely that you are not tossing in all of the items you normally use to keep your mouth nice and clean.
However, with a little preparation and forethought, this common occurrence does not have to happen to you. Preparing a dental kit will not only save you precious vacation time, but you will also be looking great for all of those pictures that will be taken! When you have your end of the year dentist visit and checkup, make sure to take the free tooth brush and small tube of toothpaste they give you and set those aside as the dedicated toothbrush and toothpaste for the vacation. Sometimes your dentist will hand you a little box of floss as well. Add that to the pile and make sure you know exactly where you place these items, do not just chuck them under your sink and lose track of them.
Right there, there are three free items that are ready to go for the trip. However, some people are particular about what toothbrush they use and need to bring the exact one they have been using. This is especially true for people with electric toothbrushes, as they are used to the speed and efficiency an electric toothbrush can provide and could not possibly imagine going back to using just a stick. The good news is that a lot of these electric toothbrushes have specialized carrying cases for them. We recommend making sure that the case gets added to that pile of items you set aside for the dental travel kit. Since the battery life is about 2-3 weeks, if you charge your toothbrush before you leave, that is one less cord to bring along.
Other items to include are a small bottle of mouthwash and a bag of floss picks. The bottles of mouthwash can be found at any local pharmacy, or if you have been using a larger bottle, you can just pour some into a small container. Remember that if you are planning on bringing your dental kit on your carry-on, all liquid must be in 5 oz. containers or smaller. This includes even mouthwash, so you probably will need a few different containers if you are wanting to use mouthwash every day. Floss picks are essential, as they are light and easy to include a handful for any trip.
Having a great dental travel kit is essential for any vacation that you are taking. Taking advantage of the free items and setting aside the rest of the items ahead of time will make this process easy and painless for you this holiday season.