As much as I love bringing the newest piece of travel gear on my trip, sometimes you have to start from step one. Right, personal maintenance.
For years, it’s always been about keeping myself properly hygiened. There are tons of travel-sized toothpastes, lotions, shampoos and deodorants on the market, and for the love of God, I hope you are actually using them. But nothing has anything beat when it comes to keeping your pearly whites sparking clean.
Toothbrushes are just one of those things you lose the most (because you still need to brush the morning of your departure), so I go out of my way to purchase multiple sets, one to keep in my travel bag at all times and one in my bathroom at home. The Colgate travel toothbrush is one of those delightfully ingenious things where it’s a one-piece solution, but still folds up nicely so that you just can just about throw it anywhere.
In fact, when the brush is its unfurled state, it’s about the same size as a standard toothbrush. All in all, it was just a smidge smaller than my Oral B toothbrush—the main one I use on a daily basis—when I placed both of them side by side. When the Colgate brush is folded, it's unsurprisingly about half that size. That’s about comparable to other some of the smallest “travel toothbrushes” I’ve seen on the market.
I happen to be absolutely anal about keeping the toothbrush head from being exposed to other objects in my bag. Bacteria-infested brushing, yum? I’ve bought everything from toothbrush head covers to small hygienic cases. The main problem with those is that the heads usually are at risk for becoming a mildew-infested growing pile of feces. (Okay, I’m overdramatizing.) This particular brush solves that problem by putting small three air vents near the head so the toothbrush can dry even when it is folded and closed.
The build quality of the plastic is solid, including the areas around the head and the rubber-gripped handle. The bristles on the other hand, which are “soft,” tend to fall slightly mid-range. They’re not super soft, but they’re not super hard. If anything, I would classify the bristles as medium strength, leaning toward the soft side. While I am not a dentist, they’re sufficient as a secondary toothbrush as long as you have a main one at home.
You can pick up a pack of six on Amazon for $11.57 ($1.93 per piece) or try your luck at a standard Target or Walgreens. I’ve typically had my best luck at Target — I bought my latest stash at about 97 cents apiece, though the average price I typically see it for ranges around $2.
Trust me, these things are worth investing in.