As we travel round the world, trying all sorts of new foods and drinks, we need to constantly clean our teeth. I’m a “minimum twice a day” person – I’ll try to clean them as much as I can! And it’s CHEAP. I haven’t bought a toothbrush for about 5 years, nor have I bought toothpaste for about a year! Here are my Monday’s Money Saving Tips on why nomads never need to buy toothpaste or toothbrushes. This post was inspired by fellow travel blogger Katie Aune’s comment on Facebook this week that claims that hotels don’t have FREE toothpaste and toothbrushes. From my experience they do, and so do some hostels (which is my preferred way to travel), and most aeroplanes. You just need to know where to get them!
OK so really just TWO main tips on this, so simple and so effective:
1. Everytime you stay in a hotel, TAKE ALL the toothbrushes and toothpaste!
From my experience almost ALL hotels will have free toothbrushes and free toothpaste. And more than one packet of them. Once you get into your hotel room, check the bathroom. If there’s none sitting out, check all the cupboards and drawers. In China they sometimes keep them in drawers. If there’s still none – just ask reception. They’re not going to say no – you’re a customer. I’ve worked in hotels that had toothpaste and toothbrushes. My girlfriend actually recently complained because I had about 30 toothbrushes! That should be enough for a few years!
2. Everytime you’re on a flight, TAKE ALL the toothbrushes and toothpaste!
On flights, visit the toilet on the plane and open the cupboards to take out the FREE toothpaste and toothbrush packets. OK, so cheap ass airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet might not have them, but in the last year I’ve never had an airline say no to free toothpaste or toothbrushes. If they’re not in the cupboard just ask the flight steward/stewardess for them. Again, they won’t say no, unless that airline really doesn’t have them.
I currently have about 30 toothbrushes and 20 small tubes of toothpaste. Another advantage is that the toothpastes you get for FREE are small and therefore they fit easily in your toiletry bag and never get banned in airports. You’ll never need to buy either toothpaste or toothbrushes again now…
Happy brushing! Happy Saving Money!