A very important part of taking a vacation is being able to set aside personal responsibilities in favor of taking time to relax and enjoy the vacation. By personal responsibilities, we are referring to getting away from work, sometimes getting away from the kids and being able to forget the day to day hassles of life. We are not referring to personal responsibilities like hygiene.
When you go on vacation, you still want to represent the best you possible. The best you likely includes nice clothes, a clean body, kept hair and brushed teeth. In regards to brushed teeth, this is not something you want to ignore. Just the same, taking care of your personal hygiene, including your teeth, is a little more difficult when you are away from home without access to your own “tools of hygiene.”
The reality is you would never leave home without adequate clothing, so why would you leave home with a diminished ability to take care of your personal hygiene? The answer is you most likely wouldn’t. The following discussion is intended to show you how you can build a terrific dental care travel kit to use any time you are away from home, even if it’s only for a night.
Your Dental Care Travel Kit Essentials
We are working under the assumption you have great dental hygiene and wish to keep it that way. You have likely been taught about the importance of and how to take care of your teeth since childhood. With that in mind, here’s our suggestion of the things you should and can include in your dental care travel kit.
Toothbrush and Toothpaste – Obviously, your dental hygiene starts with being able to brush your teeth at least once every day, more often is recommended. A toothbrush and toothpaste don’t take up any room at all in your travel bag. If you are concerned about space, they do make “downsized” toothbrushes and toothpaste containers. Instead of having to worry about packing the ones you use everyday, these two items should become a permanent part of your travel bag with no packing required.
Mouthwash – Mouthwash serves two very important purposes. First, it freshens your breath at times when it might not be easy to find time to brush. Second, it decreases the possibility others will find your breath offensive. When you are traveling, it’s not always easy to find a place to brush. Whether sitting in a car or on an airplane, there are times when your mouth is gathering bacteria and needs a good rinse. A small bottle of mouthwash in your travel kit is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Dental Floss – Dental floss is one of the most forgotten and underused tools for dental hygiene. Regular flossing is a hard habit to establish. The great things about flossers are they fit in a pocket or purse, are easy to use and can be disposed of after completing the flossing process. Even if you can’t brush after each meal when traveling, it only takes a moment to floss before moving on to the next vacation adventure.
Sugar Free Gum – One should not underestimate the importance of chewing gum. By the way, sugar free gums is preferable for dental health and hygiene. The other benefits of gum, especially to the traveler, are it alleviates ear pressure during takeoff and landing of airplanes and helps keep the breath fresh during the day.