DIY Dental Travel Kit for Kids: Essentials & Tips


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Traveling can be a stressful, especially if you have a young child. Despite your best efforts to plan, it always seems like an important item gets left behind. When that something is your child’s toothbrush and toothpaste, it’s not always easy to find timely replacements. Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of forgotten items by creating a simple DIY travel kit for your child.

What Is it?

While you could purchase a mini travel bag for your child, it’s not generally the most practical or cost-effective strategy. Many forgetful children struggle to remember where they left their jackets, backpacks and shoes. Experienced parents know that if they expect their children to remember to bring a leather travel toiletry bag from hotel to hotel, they will probably be disappointed.

For most parents, it’s more practical (and fun!) to help their kids craft a simple DIY travel carrier out of a plastic cup. This way, children can use the cup to rinse after brushing and as a storage case for their toothbrush, toothpaste and other bathroom items.

What You Need

You won’t need much money to create a colorful, sturdy DIY travel case. That said, you will need the following items:

  1. Plastic cup with a reliable lid
  2. Your child’s favorite toothpaste
  3. Dental floss
  4. Mini travel mouthwash

There’s not much to assembling your dental travel kit: Simply remove the lid and add your toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. You will want to make sure you select a cup that is both tall enough to accommodate the toothbrush and durable enough to withstand mild pressure from items in a suitcase. You should also consider selecting a colorful cup that won’t get mixed up with trash.

Whatever type of cup you choose, make sure your kids know to put everything back inside as soon as they finish brushing each night; so they won’t accidentally leave something behind as you travel from hotel to hotel. You should also be sure to remove or loosen the lid once you unpack at your destination to help dry out the toothbrush and prevent bacteria from proliferating.