Best Travel Gear Yet! – A Glowing Toothbrush Review.

By Posted in - Travel Gear on October 26th, 2009


Lately I’ve been wondering if it is possible to have a full time job while gear shopping. Luckily for me I’m self employed so I don’t have to worry about it but it seems I have spent countless hours over the past 2 weeks gear shopping. Mainly I’ve been purchasing the big items at REI simply because they have such a fantastic return policy. I’ve returned many things and never had a problem – they even let you return used gear at any point in your lifetime. It’s pretty nice, I can try things out and if they don’t work I can return it and get something new. They had a big sale last week which led to countless hours wandering around the store checking out new backpacks, sleeping bags & shoes.


I have a couple items I’ll be posting reviews on but for now I wanted to focus on one awesome little item that has literally stolen my travel heart.

I picked this little gem up at Bed, Bath & Beyond which is another store I highly recommend for travel items, esp. toiletries. They have a killer travel size toiletry section and you can get anything there! I was totally in awe when I discovered all the trial sized items.

It seems I am always on the search for a good travel toothbrush. Now that we’re living the nomadic life it is more important than ever. I’m either on the boat, camping or staying at a friends. I’m on the road and so are my teeth so I need a toothbrush that can take the heat. I’ve tried them all:

– The tiny toothbrushes that comes apart into 2 pieces and you click them together to form one long toothbrush. Not bad but how much does it suck when you are brushing your teeth and it comes apart and the part w/ the brush on it falls into the sink? Sucks pretty bad, especially when it’s not your own home sink.

– The regular toothbrush with the little cover that you snap onto the brush. Inevitably it always comes apart in my luggage and then I have a toothbrush with strange yarns all over it. Not good.

– The mini toothbrush which isn’t bad but it never feels big enough to really clean my teeth. Feels like it is made more for a child.

– The only thing that worked well was the large tube that you put the entire toothbrush in. The only downside? It’s gigantic and takes up so much space. I don’t know about you but I just don’t want to commit that much space for my toothbrush. Plus it always gets kinda nasty inside it from what I guess, is toothbrush sweat.

Then I walked down the aisle at BB&B and a ray of light seem to guide me to this vision of a perfect travel toothbrush made by Butler!

Check it out:

It starts small.


Then it unfolds out of itself.



Until you get a full sized toothbrush!


It snaps in place (closed & open) so it is always secure and it is so easy to carry around and air out if need be.

I love this toothbrush! I think it is my favorite piece of gear right now. And get this –

You can get 2 of them for .99 cents at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Under a buck for 2 of them! That’s a fantastic deal. I ended up buying 4 and then later on I spent a while trying to figure out what is wrong with me that I would need 4 toothbrushes at one time.

I think I was just a little over excited. But now I have stocking stuffers for the family trip to Italy.

This belongs in your travel bag so go get one (or 4) !


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  • Dave and Deb -

    October 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Ok, I am so going to bb&b this weekend to buy that toothbrush. I love it. I always have a hard time with toothbrushes too. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Brooke vs. the World -

    October 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Oh awesome, those are sweet. I always had trouble trying to stuff my toothbrush into my tiny toiletry bag. Great find!

  • beersandbeans -

    October 26, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I’m glad you guys like it. I totally recommend it. Brooke, I will bring an extra one with me when I get to your neck of the woods just for you. 🙂

  • Megan -

    October 31, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Good find. We just threw regular toothbrushes in a ziploc, but if you seal the bag right after using the toothbrushes, they can get a little manky. One more thing I did on the trip for the first time: washing toothbrushes. nice.

  • Lauren, Ephemerratic -

    October 31, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Great find. I traveled with a regular toothbrush – a Preserve – which comes with a plastic case. Unfortunately the case cracked a few months into the trip and, as you mentioned, got kind of gross inside.

    I don’t have any long-term travel planned anytime soon but I will go and compulsively buy some of these brushes anyway.

  • Blanch Hoger -

    March 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Gives Thanks for this article, I will bestow this web site to my bookmarks, my roomie just stated to me about this just last week. gracias again

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