Here is a quick tip for backpacking or camping where space and weight is a premium – make Dehydrated Toothpaste Dots.
To make a chewable single use dry toothpaste “mint” lay out foil sheet or parchment and make rows of toothpaste spots.
Allow to dry for 2-4 days.
Sprinkle baking soda on top to keep from sticking.
Repackage in small bags.
I stopped making these Dehydrated Toothpaste Dots when the boy began thinking they were candy. But they are good for trips and traveling – once you have a can of shaving cream explode, or some shampoo leak into your luggage you begin to think about new ways to pack your stuff.
There really isn’t much more to say about this project other than you should be careful where you let them dry at – you don’t want to leave them in your bathroom because of the bacteria, and you don’t want the to sit out too long because they get really hard and nasty.
If this is not something you want to try, but you still have the issue of packing something light and easy for tooth brushing in the outdoors, you may want to just get a small container of baking soda – but I will warn you – this tastes better.
Pop one Dehydrated Toothpaste Dots in your mouth, chew, then add a small amount of water in your mouth and start brushing.