The holidays are a time for travel with friends and family.
Of course with traveling comes a different means of caring for your oral and general health.
However, traveling is not an excuse for neglecting your hygiene.
Here are some tips to staying healthy on your holiday travels:
Opt for travel-size hygiene products.
Especially if traveling by plane or traveling for a very long period of time, there may be little to no room in your suitcase for anything other than clothing items. This is when travel-size products come in handy.
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, and other miniature-sized products can be found in most convenience stores. Many of these comply with most airport regulations and restrictions.
Some of these products may also be found at dollar or discount stores. If you can’t find your favorite product in travel size, purchase travel-size containers (such as tiny bottles) to place your products in.
Keep in mind that if you’re staying at a hotel, cotton swabs, cotton balls, shampoo & conditioner, soap, and lotion is typically (but not always) supplied and can be replenished when asked. You can always purchase these products when you arrive at your destination if not.
Pack your hygienic products first.
The first thing usually on our packing list is our electronics and our clothing items. Toothbrush and toothpaste in specific is commonly forgotten or packed last, especially because they are small.
Be sure to pack these first, or at least make a list of all of the items you’ll be needing. If you can’t remember what you need, you can find travel check-off lists online for free.
Also consider everything you use throughout the day to remember what you’ll need to bring. Again, no worries if you forget to pack these items. Likely, you can purchase these after you arrive at your travel destination.
Commit to your hygiene.
Make it a daily habit to remember to care for your hygiene! Ensure there is time out of your busy day to brush your teeth, floss, and participate in any other hygienic ritual while you are away from home.
It’s especially vital to care for your oral health in particular as just one missing of brushing and flossing can increase one’s risk of cavities and other oral-related issues sooner than one may think! Just because you are on holiday travels does not mean it’s “okay” to neglect your oral or general health or that you’re too busy to do so. Remember that a simple toothbrushing session only lasts two whole minutes.