Jul 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm #1291620
Gregory SteinBPL Member
@tauneutrinoLocale: Upper Galilee
First of all, yes I know some use tooth powder or baking soda, but I like toothpaste more. The weight is not an issue if you pack just for the days you're hiking. Not sure about environmental impact. Any advise is welcome.
Maybe there are better options to pack a toothpaste, but I use my own. It will be nice if you could suggest me another idea to do it. For now this method works very well, so I decided to share it.
So first of all, I use a cling film. Unroll a piece of 2" wide:
then just place portions of toothpaste on it (mind the gap between them). Each portion is for single use.
Then I roll the film the film as you know sticks very well to itself, so it creates fully enclosed tube with portions.
And after that I twist the film so that it will create a "sausage chain".
Trim extra film on both ends:
Now it is really easy to squeeze the toothpaste from the package. In order to keep the chain out of any pressure within your pack, a tiny container would be essential. So if you already bring little container for whatever, you can use it. I use a kinder surprise egg container. After you place your chain in it there still remains quite large space for storing additional things.
You can use it one-handed: just pull one portion of the chain out, close the container, cut the end of the chain and squeeze the toothpaste (press against the container).
After use, cut the used portion off the chain:
That's it.Jul 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm #1891976
@thefatboyLocale: St. Louis
Have you considered just making toothpaste pellets? Basically, you squeeze single-serve drops onto cling wrap, wax paper, or a glass plate, let it sit in a dry place for a couple days and slowly dehydrate. you can then put a few days worth into a mini ziploc bag (like for pills) or even just wrap them in a cling wrap square. No worries about crushing them, so no need to take the extra weight of another container (or stuffing them in with something else in an already purposed container).
In my case, I'm way too lazy for that… For less than two nights, I brush without toothpaste. For more than two nights, I take toothpaste sample packets or the extra-mini toothpaste tube that you get in airline complimentary toiletry bags (good for three or four brushes).Jul 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm #1891981
Relatively cheap and super easy. Pack them in an extra small zip-lock bag and they will hardly show up on your scale. Add a Scope Outlast miniature toothbrush and you are set to be the lightest hiker with the freshest breath and the whitest teeth. LOL
I found a pair of these (2 brushes total) at my local dollar store for guess what a dollar!
For the severe gram weenies amongst us you can even trim off the pointy toothpick portion. Happy dental health y'all!
NewtonJul 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm #1891984
eric chanBPL Member
i just buy a small travel size tooth paste tube for < $1
no fuss …Jul 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm #1891985
@thefatboyLocale: St. Louis
Thanks for the pointer to the pre-made pellets! That's just the right level of lazy for me!
As for the disposable toothbrushes… I tried another brand (wisp), and wasn't impressed. I'll have to give these a shot.Jul 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm #1891986
But as I use up my toothpaste tablets I have much less volume to carry in my pack! ROTFLMAO
NewtonJul 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm #1892002
Stephen MBPL Member
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Plus 1 on that Eric.
I do decant sun block, talc, and bug cream in to small bottles where liberated from hotel bathrooms :-)Jul 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm #1892008
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
I keep my eyes open for very small sample tubes. Not the "Travel size" or "Trial Size" ones sold in stores, but much smaller ones. Overseas Airlines give you very little toothpaste tubes as do Asian hotels. And they're free. Dermotologists have 0.25 oz (7.4 ml) tubes of sunscreen. And they're free. My little 1.5 gram tube of topical steroid (like hydrocortisone but prescription strength) was a professional sample from my wife. And it was free.
Then, after a trip or two, I refill them from bulk containers. Some, I just butt the two tubes together and sqeeze the big one. For others, I fill a hypo with a big-bore needle and inflate the small tube after inserting the needle. I do that enough for the mini sunscreen that I keep a "flavor injector" (designed to inject broth into a baking turkey, it was $4 at the grocery store) full of high quality sunscreen and refill it after a trip.
I don't actually need the whole 50-tablet bottle of iodine tablets on most trips. Plus, the screw cap is kind of a pain when juggling a water bottle so I'm switching to some little plastic vials I got on eBay. 3/8" by 2" so it tucks in anywhere. With a pretty secure press-fit cap. But it would also make a great container for those dried toothpaste pellets.Jul 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm #1892119
I just got this little set-up, and so far think it's pretty cool- .9 ounce total, and comes with refillable tube.Jul 4, 2012 at 12:16 am #1892133
Gregory SteinBPL Member
@tauneutrinoLocale: Upper Galilee
What is the weight of this kit?Jul 4, 2012 at 12:37 am #1892135
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
"What is the weight of this kit?"
27.5 grams, according to the web site.
–B.G.–Jul 4, 2012 at 12:38 am #1892136
Ole SaetherBPL Member
27 grams (0.95 oz) on my scale. Paste and brush only: 16 grams (0.56 oz)Jul 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm #1892265
Been using Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste which is a foaming TP so a little goes a long way. Walmart sometimes sells the travel size or you can refill an empty travel/sample size from a regular size tube by holding the two together.Jul 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm #1892266
adam blantonBPL Member
@adamallstarLocale: Central Texas
Slightly more expensive than plain old baking soda, this has a good flavor to it and works just as well as tooth paste. A small sprinkle goes a long way, you can repackage in a smaller bottle.Jul 9, 2012 at 8:06 am #1893316
John S.BPL Member
Thanks for sharing your idea Gregory.Jul 12, 2012 at 2:16 am #1894210
The four pack usually sales for about $2.00.
Cheap, UL, teeny-tiny and comes with a small dot of toothpaste. I can get at least 6-8 good brushes with the toothpaste dot and a few more brushes after that before the brush disintigrates.Jul 12, 2012 at 3:20 am #1894213
James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Actually, you don't need tooth paste. It is just a bit of soap and flavouring. I simply drop it. I do bring a toothbrush head from a Boob Tube (something like that, anyway.) Just a cut down brush. With a bit of water it works as well as any.Jul 12, 2012 at 8:27 am #1894238
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
ZPacks sells a very tiny UL kit at 1oz. Get rid of the container and you have full length toothbrush plus toothpaste at 0.5oz.Aug 13, 2012 at 11:34 am #1902328
I'm adding this post to include the link to my review of the Scope Outlast Minibrush.
NewtonAug 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm #1902349
Rusty BeaverBPL Member
I started out using the small travel tubes then graduated to a small vial of baking soda and finally to nothing at all. My entire hygiene kit consists of a small modified tooth brush and a flosser. Simple. Just the way I like it.Aug 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm #1902357
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
I load the liquid gel stuff like Colgate 2in1 into a small squeezable vial. If you find one with a top opening that your toothbrush will fit into, you can get at the last bits.Aug 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm #1902365
Gaute LoteBPL Member
i've been quite happy with my refillable toothpaste tube and brush
Rei claims 1 ounce weight, but mine weighs 43 grams with a full toothpaste container which is enough toothpaste for 10 days…
Although not the lightest option available it is quite light and convenientAug 14, 2012 at 9:07 am #1902574
Ajona is a super concentrated toothpaste. 6ml version is fine for at least 2weeks. O few grams only
Here is bigger 25ml versionAug 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm #1903303
After I found out that my Scope Outlast wouldn't – I went on a search for a replacement.
The Outlast was stored along with a zip lock of 10 Archtek toothpaste tabs in a reclaimed prescription bottle. Total weight 24 grams or less than 1 ounce.
The replacement brush is a ….
I stuffed the zip lock of 10 Archtek tabs inside of the self storing handle of the brush along with the brush itself. Total weight of the kit is now 27 grams with a relatively "full size" toothbrush!
You'll notice that there is a large chunk of plastic on the rear of the brush section of the G U M unit.
It is just begging to be drilled full of holes or somehow cut down to get rid of some of that dead weight.
The self storage "case" portion has ventilation holes. More of those could be added or enlarged for more weight savings. I could possibly get it in under the weight of the original failed "kit".
My next focus of kit lightening will be my roll of Leukotape and my FAK.
NewtonAug 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm #1903319
Toothpaste can make everything in your pack, or foodbag, smell like toothpaste.
Baking soda does not.
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