You may love travelling, or you might not be too fussed.
Maybe your job means you have to travel, maybe your lifestyle leads to you travelling, or maybe you have family all over the world.
Whatever your reason for travel, you still need to take care of your teeth.
So what options do you have, in particular with a toothbrush, when is comes to travelling?
In this article, I am going to present what I believe to be some of the best travel-friendly toothbrushes.
I will list both manual and electric options with an explanation of why they are good choices.
I shall also go explain what options you have to help you travel with more ease with your existing toothbrush.
Best Toothbrush for Travel
Simply put there is no one best toothbrush for travellers.
This is because what every user needs and wants from a brush will differ.
The needs of someone travelling for a weekend break will be quite different to that of a backpacker or that of worker on assignment overseas for 6 months.
I have, however, listed what I deem to be the most suitable for most people.
1. Colgate ProClinical Pocket-Pro
A superb blend of simplicity, functionality and practicality at a fantastic price, the PocketPro is a travellers dream electric toothbrush.
It comes with a rounded travel case that holds the brush handle and one brush head, but also allows the brush to be charged in the case
Using a standard USB to microUSB cable (provided) the brush charges in 10 hours and offers 2 weeks of usage time when fully charged.
A 100-240v 2pin power adapter is provided too, but you don’t have to use this.
The brush and case are as slim and lightweight as they can be, at just 143g in total.
A good clean is offered by the brush and it has a 2 minute timer and quadpacer built-in as well as an automatic power off feature.
Solid build quality, 2 year warranty and cost effective replacement heads, as well as a low initial purchase price, make this our favourite electric toothbrush for travel.
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2. BAMBOOGALOO Organic Bamboo Toothbrush
A manual toothbrush this is, but a more environmentally considerate option.
It requires no batteries to power it, so you can be sure that it will always work wherever you are.
Whilst it does not come with a travel case, it comes in a slim carboard box that can be used to protect it when travelling.
Whilst we don’t encourage throwing away a perfectly usable toothbrush, at least with this one you can do so knowing the impact is not so great as the bamboo handle will decompose considerably quicker than the plastic alternatives.
This is also very cost effective!
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3. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
The DiamondClean does clean a very good job of cleaning the teeth, thanks to the sonic brushing technology.
Multiple cleaning modes and a range of interchangeable heads available make this suitable for a large number of users.
It is a particularly stylish toothbrush, it is available in a range of colours to suit different users styles.
It comes supplied with an equally stylish charging stand and premium travel case.
The charging stand works with voltages of 100-240v out of the box, making this one of the most capable brushes for travellers.
The DiamondClean has one of the best travel cases also.
Unlike most electric toothbrushes, the brush can be charged in the case.
Using a standard USB to microUSB cable, the brush can be charged via a standard USB port, or using a USB power brick.
No proprietary cables required and there is space for 2 brush heads in the case, in addition to the brush handle itself.
Despite this immensely useful features, the impressive 3 week battery life means you will unlikely have to charge it that often.
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Please note: There is a newer model, the DiamondClean Smart, that has the USB charging cable built into the travel case. Technically it is better than the DiamondClean featured here, but I have excluded it from the list because although great it is VERY expensive.
4. Oral-B Pro 2 2500
The Pro 2 25000 is one of my most recommended brushes.
It offers a superb clean and all of the essential features required of an electric toothbrush.
Part of its superb value comes from the inclusion of a travel case in the box.
It is a slim handled brush, that feels comfortable in the hand.
For the price you don’t get the most premium design or wide range of colour options, but this if a functional toothbrush.
A timer, pressure sensor and multiple cleaning modes are built-in and it uses the rotating-oscillating technology and round brush heads Oral-B are famous for.
The 16 days of battery life is pretty good too for something that is this slim.
The charging stand works on only 220-240v without an adapter or voltage converter.
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A cracking electric toothbrush this is really good for those who travel.
The size and the innovated travel cap come wall mount is what makes it so special.
A plastic tube slides over the brush to protect it when travelling.
That same tube has an adhesive pad, that sticks to a mirror or tiled surface and allows you to hold the brush up off a countertop and generally out of the way.
Quip is an American company, that offers their toothbrushes for sale internationally.
It is an electric toothbrush, with a sonic motor, that delivery 15,000 movements per minute.
A very slim handled unit, it feels a little like a crossover between a manual and electric toothbrush.
It has a 2 minute timer and pacer built- in.
Powered by a AAA battery, you get about 3 months use from it, before it needs replacing.
If you subscribe to Quip a new head and battery is delivered at 3 monthly intervals.
A timer and battery indicator are built-in and the interchangeable brush heads are cheap to replace.
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Buyers Guide – travelling with an electric toothbrush
The electric toothbrush can go with you when travelling, it does not need to stay at home.
Many people I have spoken to seem to leave their electric toothbrush at home in preference of taking the traditional manual brush, when travelling.
Most often say it is more convenient.
A manual toothbrush is smaller and lighter for sure. But, to me this seems slightly counter-intuitive when convenience (it doing the work not you) is one of the reasons some go for the electric toothbrush in the first place.
So let me answer some common queries and explain some of the options you have when travelling with an electric toothbrush.
Can you take an electric toothbrush in hand luggage?
There should be no issue with you taking an electric toothbrush in your hand luggage.
I have done this many times. I have personally never been stopped or had my toothbrush inspected.
Technically, the exact rules on whether you can or cannot take an electric toothbrush with you onto an airplane will vary from one airline to another.
The customs/airport security ruling can change from one country to another also.
However, the likelihood of it being an issue is very slim. An electric toothbrush is really considered a bit like a mobile phone. It is one of those essential items that passengers will carry.
Many thousands of passengers travel with electric toothbrushes in their hand luggage daily.
Travelling domestically with an electric toothbrush
When travelling domestically or inside your home country, nothing about the way you use your toothbrush changes.
You can continue to use your electric toothbrush as you would at home.
You will need to consider how long you are away for and what you need to do if anything about recharging the battery in the brush.
If away for a couple of nights you can take just the brush. If away for a few weeks you will need to take the charging stand in most cases too.
You might also want to consider a case for the brush to keep it protected and avoid accidental activation when transporting.
Some brushes come with a travel case included, others do not.
You could check out our best toothbrush travel cases article that gives a few universal travel case options.
Don’t forget to consider whether you need to take a spare brush head with you, might it be time to change your brush head whilst you travel.
Travelling internationally with an electric toothbrush
When travelling internationally with an electric toothbrush, things can become a little more complicated.
However, by taking a couple of minutes you can be assured or what you need or have to consider when travelling with an electric toothbrush.
The key thing to determine is the voltage and power sockets used in the destination country.
You need to know whether they have the same power/voltage and whether they have different plug sockets.
My guide to travelling abroad with an electric toothbrush tells you all you need to know.
However, for your convenience, I include a quick reference chart below.
- Printed on base of the toothbrush or charging stand – 100-240V
- Where can it be used? Globally
- Do I need a voltage convertor? No
- Do I need a plug adapter? Subject to country
- Printed on base of the toothbrush or charging stand – 220-240V
- Where can it be used? In countries with 200-240V (e.g. most European countries, NOT US/Canada)
- Do I need a voltage convertor? Yes if the voltage of the country you are travelling to is less than 220V
- Do I need a plug adapter? Subject to country
- Printed on base of the toothbrush or charging stand – 110 Volts 60 Cycles
- Where can it be used? In countries with 110 volts (e.g. US/Canada)
- Do I need a voltage convertor? Yes if the voltage of the country you are travelling to is higher than 110V
- Do I need a plug adapter? Subject to country
It is the act of travelling to a country that has both a different power supply voltage and power connectors that makes travel with an electric toothbrush more difficult.
If the battery life of your brush extends the time you are in the country there is no need to worry.
If your toothbrush has USB charging, this is also not an issue.
However, if you own a brush like the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 and you are spending 6 months in the USA for example. This is the slightly more confusing setup.
The UK uses 240V electrics whereas the USA uses 110V.
Most electric toothbrushes bought in the UK and Europe have charging stands that work on 220-240V. The Pro 2 2500 is no exception.
So to use them in the USA, you need a power converter to allow the charging stand to accept the 110V.
What you may need as well though is a plug adapter. This is to convert the 2 pin adapter found on most charging stands in the UK to work with the power supply in the USA.
You can buy both the voltage and power adapter from various retailers online or in the high street.
When using a voltage converter, you may need a different adapter to the one you think.
Do your research on the voltage in a particular country to ensure you are getting the right converter.
In the instances where the voltage in the country you are travelling to is lower, you need a ‘step up’ converter and when the voltage is higher you need a ‘step down’ converter.
Using the travel form the UK to the USA example, the ‘Step Up’ voltage converter has the 2 pin US connector on it, but actually offers up a 3 pin UK power adapter.
However, your toothbrush has the 2 pin adapter, so although you are travelling to the USA, you will need the 2 pin to 3 pin adapter, like the one shown below.
Some electric toothbrushes have charging stands that will support 110-240V meaning you will not need the voltage converter. Most Philips Sonicare models have dual voltage charging stands.
Advice when travelling with a manual toothbrush
With a manual toothbrush you need not worry whether you are travelling 3 miles down the road or 3,000 miles across the globe as these are typically less hassle when travelling.
You don’t need to worry about power sources, your manual brush does not need charging.
You may want to consider a travel case though, to protect it from getting damaged when in a bag.
Most brushes do not have a specific travel case, but there are loads of third party options from simple caps for the brush head or that encase the brush and leave space for your tube of toothpaste.
Take a look at our toothbrush travel case post for more details on the options available to you.
It is because of the desire to keep things compact and the brush head protected that folding or foldable toothbrushes have become so popular.
Folding in on itself the brush head flips over to be protected by what is the handle and case to the brush. This typically makes the brush a bit thicker in transit, but not as tall and is a neat option and it’s a more practical shape.
Do seriously consider the more environmentally considerate options such as bamboo brushes which will leave less impact on the environment when disposed of.
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