You may love travelling, or you might not be too fussed.
Maybe your job means you have to travel, maybe your lifestyle leads to you travelling, or maybe you have family all over the world.
Whatever your reason for travel, you still need to take care of your teeth.
So what options do you have, in particular with a toothbrush, when is comes to travelling?
In this article, I am going to present what I believe to be some of the best travel friendly toothbrushes.
I will list both manual and electric options with an explanation of why they are good choices.
I shall also go explain what options you have to help you travel with more ease with your existing toothbrush.
Best Toothbrush for Travel
Simply put there is no one best toothbrush for travellers.
This is because what every user needs and wants from a brush will differ.
The needs of someone travelling for a weekend break will be quite different to that of a backpacker or that of worker on assignment overseas for 6 months.
I have however, listed what I deem to be the most suitable for most people.
Best Electric Toothbrushes for Travel
- Colgate ProClinical Pocket-Pro (view on Amazon)
- Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (view on Amazon)
- Oral-B Genius X (view on Amazon)
- Oral-B Pro 2 2500 (view on Amazon)
- Quip (view on Quip website)
- Oral-B Advance Power (view on Amazon)
Why these brushes? I explain each recommendation in more detail below.
1. Colgate ProClinical Pocket-Pro
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A superb blend of simplicity, functionality and practicality at a fantastic price, the PocketPro is a travellers dream electric toothbrush.
It comes with a rounded travel case that holds the brush handle and one brush head, but also allows the brush to be charged in the case
Using a standard USB to microUSB cable (provided) the brush charges in 10 hours and offers 2 weeks of usage time when fully charged.
A 100-240v 2pin power adapter is provided too, but you don’t have to use this.
The brush and case are as slim and lightweight as they can be, at just 143g in total.
A good clean is offered by the brush and it has a 2 minute timer and quadpacer built in as well as an automatic power off feature.
Solid build quality, 2 year warranty and cost effective replacement heads as well as a low initial purchase price make this our favourite electric toothbrush for travel.
2. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
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The DiamondClean does clean a very good job of cleaning the teeth, thanks to the sonic brushing technology.
Multiple cleaning modes and a range of interchangeable heads available make this suitable for a large number of users.
It is a particularly stylish toothbrush, it is available in a range of colours to suit different users styles.
It comes supplied with an equally stylish charging stand and premium travel case.
The charging stand works with voltages of 100-240v out of the box, making this one of the most capable brushes for travellers.
The DiamondClean has one of the best travel cases also.
Unlike most electric toothbrushes, the brush can be charged in the case.
Using a standard USB to microUSB cable, the brush can be charged via a standard USB port, or using a USB power brick.
No proprietary cables required and there is space for 2 brush heads in the case, in addition to the brush handle itself.
Despite this immensely useful features, the impressive 3 week battery life means you will unlikely have to charge it that often.
Please note: There is a newer model, the DiamondClean Smart, that has the USB charging cable built into the travel case. Technically it is better than the DiamondClean featured here, but I have excluded it from the list because although great it is VERY expensive.
3. Oral-B Genius X
A highly featured electric toothbrush, the Genius X has all the features you could want of an electric toothbrush and a few more.
The 2 week battery life is satisfactory, but it is the premium travel case that makes this good for travellers.
The brush handle can be charged in the case and another USB device can be charged at the same time.
Unfortunately it requires a proprietary charger, and does not use an internationally recognised charging system such as a USB cable like Sonicare do.
The charger for the travel case works on 100-240v making it suitable for international travel, whereas the more standard charging stand functions on only 220-240V.
It cleans using the effective rotating-oscillating technology Oral-B are famous for, and which studies show to be the most effective for plaque removal.
The brush offers 6 different cleaning modes, a timer, pressure sensor, battery status icon and customisable LED light ring.
It looks stylish, available in black, rose gold and anthracite grey.
Bluetooth connectivity is built in, so that the brush can communicate with an app on your smartphone for tracking of your cleans.
Sensors in the brush handle track its exact position, whilst artificial intelligence interprets that data to provide feedback on the brushing technique. The aim is that your oral hygiene is improved on the back of the feedback it provides.
4. Oral-B Pro 2 2500
The Pro 2 25000 is one of my most recommended brushes.
It offers a superb clean and all of the essential features required of an electric toothbrush.
Part of its superb value comes from the inclusion of a travel case in the box.
It is a slim handled brush, that feels comfortable in the hand.
For the price you don’t get the most premium design or wide range of colour options, but this if a functional toothbrush.
A timer, pressure sensor and multiple cleaning modes are built in and it uses the rotating-oscillating technology and round brush heads Oral-B are famous for.
The 16 days of battery life is pretty good too for something that is this slim.
The charging stand works on only 220-240v without an adapter or voltage converter.
A cracking electric toothbrush this is really good for those who travel.
The size and the innovated travel cap come wall mount is what makes it so special.
A plastic tube slides over the brush to protect it when travelling.
That same tube has an adhesive pad, that sticks to a mirror or tiled surface and allows you to hold the brush up off a countertop and generally out of the way.
Quip is an American company, that offers their toothbrushes for sale internationally.
It is an electric toothbrush, with a sonic motor, that delivery 15,000 movements per minute.
A very slim handled unit, it feels a little like a crossover between a manual and electric toothbrush.
It has a 2 minute timer and pacer built in.
Powered by a AAA battery, you get about 3 months use from it, before it needs replacing.
If you subscribe to Quip a new head and battery is delivered at 3 monthly intervals.
A timer and battery indicator are built in and the interchangeable brush heads are cheap to replace.
6. Oral-B Advance Power
The big advantage of this brush is the fact that it is powered by AA batteries.
It does not require a fixed power source.
It cleans well, and is water resistant.
Sadly, there is no timer or pacer built in.
But, it is cheap!
You can generally buy if for less than £10 and comes supplied normally with the batteries included.
Best Manual Toothbrushes for Travel
Manual toothbrushes are better for travel generally.
They have the benefit of being smaller and lighter to travel with.
The clean might not be as good as an electric toothbrush, but they are satisfactory, when used correctly.
Despite the traditional toothbrush being pretty travel friendly as standard, some neat options such as a folding toothbrush exist to enhance that portability even more.
- Wisdom Travel Toothbrush (view on Amazon)
- Colgate Portable Toothbrush (view on Amazon)
- Voyager Folding Toothbrush (view on Amazon)
- Wilko Folding Toothbrush (view on Wilko)
Why these brushes? I explain each recommendation in more detail below.
1. Wisdom Travel Toothbrush
Made by one of the leading dental brands, the Wisdom travel toothbrush is compact in its design and very cost effective.
You have the handle come case and then the brush head.
The head fits inside the handle for travel, halving the height of the brush and protecting the bristles.
To use the toothbrush, just pull the head out from the handle. Flip it over and slot it onto the handle.
The cap is vented to allow airflow and reduce the chances of bacteria building up on the brush but keeping it protected.
A very portable toothbrush, this is small enough to fit in a jacket or trouser pocket, if needs be.
Its size, makes it ideal fro travel or to keep in a bag or even a car as an emergency option.
2. Colgate Portable Toothbrush
This is a folding toothbrush from one of the best known dental brands.
One of many different manual toothbrushes the firm designs and produces, this portable option is hinged in the middle so that the brush head can tuck away into the handle.
When the head if folded out from the handle, it forms a more traditional looking toothbrush.
The handle is fairly robust and easy enough to hold onto whilst brushing.
When the head is folded into the handle, it provides adequate protection to the soft bristles on the brush head and allows air to flow, to dry off any moisture.
3. Voyager Folding Toothbrush
A folding toothbrush, this is another super portable toothbrush option.
Hinged in the middle the brush, between the handle and the neck of the brush, the head tucks away into the brush handle when not in use.
When folded, the brush head is protected from accidental damage and makes for a compact and neat shape for fitting into a pocket or bag.
Airflow still gets around the head to dry of the bristles.
The handle has a good amount of grip and they come as a pack of 2.
4. Wilko Folding Toothbrush
2 brushes are included in the pack and offer excellent value.
Folding in the middle the brush handle is either a vibrant green or blue.
The design is such that the brush head is protected when in transit whilst allowing for air to flow through and dry out any remaining moisture on the head.
Advice when travelling with an electric toothbrush
The electric toothbrush can go with you when travelling, it does not need to stay at home.
Many people I have spoken to seem to leave their electric toothbrush at home in preference of taking the traditional manual brush, when travelling.
Most often say it is more convenient.
A manual toothbrush is smaller and lighter for sure. But, to me this seems slightly counter-intuitive when convenience (it doing the work not you) is one of the reasons some go for the electric toothbrush in the first place.
So let me answer some common queries and explain some of the options you have when travelling with an electric toothbrush.
Can you take an electric toothbrush in hand luggage?
There should be no issue with you taking an electric toothbrush in your hand luggage.
I have done this many times. I have personally never been stopped or had my toothbrush inspected.
Technically, the exact rules on whether you can or cannot take an electric toothbrush with you onto an airplane will vary from one airline to another.
The customs/airport security ruling can change from one country to another also.
However, the likelihood of it being an issue is very slim. An electric toothbrush is really considered a bit like a mobile phone. It is one of those essential items that passengers will carry.
Many thousands of passengers travel with electric toothbrushes in their hand luggage daily.
Travelling domestically with an electric toothbrush
When travelling domestically or inside your home country, nothing about the way you use your toothbrush changes.
You can continue to use your electric toothbrush as you would at home.
You will need to consider how long you are away for and what you need to do if anything about recharging the battery in the brush.
If away for a couple of nights you can take just the brush. If away for a few weeks you will need to take the charging stand in most cases too.
You might also want to consider a case for the brush to keep it protected and avoid accidental activation when transporting.
Some brushes come with a travel case included, others do not.
You could check out our best toothbrush travel cases article that gives a few universal travel case options.
Don’t forget to consider whether you need to take a spare brush head with you, might it be time to change your brush head whilst you travel.
Travelling internationally with an electric toothbrush
When travelling internationally with an electric toothbrush, things can become a little more complicated.
However, by taking a couple of minutes you can be assured or what you need or have to consider when travelling with an electric toothbrush.
The key thing to determine is the voltage and power sockets used in the destination country.
You need to know whether they have the same power/voltage and whether they have different plug sockets.
My guide to travelling abroad with an electric toothbrush tells you all you need to know.
However, for your convenience I include a quick reference chart below.
- Printed on base of the toothbrush or charging stand – 100-240V
- Where can it be used? Globally
- Do I need a voltage convertor? No
- Do I need a plug adapter? Subject to country
- Printed on base of the toothbrush or charging stand – 220-240V
- Where can it be used? In countries with 200-240V (e.g. most European countries, NOT US/Canada)
- Do I need a voltage convertor? Yes if the voltage of the country you are travelling to is less than 220V
- Do I need a plug adapter? Subject to country
- Printed on base of the toothbrush or charging stand – 110 Volts 60 Cycles
- Where can it be used? In countries with 110 volts (e.g. US/Canada)
- Do I need a voltage convertor? Yes if the voltage of the country you are travelling to is higher than 110V
- Do I need a plug adapter? Subject to country
It is the act of travelling to a country that has both a different power supply voltage and power connectors that makes travel with an electric toothbrush more difficult.
If the battery life of your brush extends the time you are in the country there is no need to worry.
If your toothbrush has USB charging, this is also not an issue.
However, if you own a brush like the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 and you are spending 6 months in the USA for example. This is the slightly more confusing setup.
The UK uses 240V electrics whereas the USA uses 110V.
Most electric toothbrushes bought in the UK and Europe have charging stands that work on 220-240V. The Pro 2 2500 is no exception.
So to use them in the USA, you need a power converter to allow the the charging stand to accept the 110V.
What you may need as well though is a plug adapter. This is to convert the 2 pin adapter found on most charging stands in the UK to work with the power supply in the USA.
You can buy both the voltage and power adapter from various retailers online or in the high street.
When using a voltage converter, you may need a different adapter to the one you think.
Do your research on the voltage in a particular country to ensure you are getting the right converter.
In the instances where the voltage in the country you are travelling to is lower, you need a ‘step up’ converter and when the voltage is higher you need a ‘step down’ converter.
Using the travel form the UK to the USA example, the ‘Step Up’ voltage converter has the 2 pin US connector on it, but actually offers up a 3 pin UK power adapter.
However, your toothbrush has the 2 pin adapter, so although you are travelling to the USA, you will need the 2 pin to 3 pin adapter, like the one shown below.
Some electric toothbrushes have charging stands that will support 110-240V meaning you will not need the voltage converter. Most Philips Sonicare models have dual voltage charging stands.
Advice when travelling with a manual toothbrush
With a manual toothbrush you need not worry whether you are travelling 3 miles down the road or 3,000 miles across the globe as these are typically less hassle when travelling.
You don’t need to worry about power sources, your manual brush does not need charging.
You may want to consider a travel case though, to protect it from getting damaged when in a bag.
Most brushes do not have a specific travel case, but there are loads of third party options from simple caps for the brush head or that encase the brush and leave space for your tube of toothpaste.
Take a look at our toothbrush travel case post for more details on the options available to you.
It is because of the desire to keep things compact and the brush head protected that folding or foldable toothbrushes have become so popular.
Folding in on itself the brush head flips over to be protected by what is the handle and case to the brush. This typically makes the brush a bit thicker in transit, but not as tall and is a neat option and it’s a more practical shape.
It might be you need to be thinking about when your toothbrush needs replacing, and if you need to carry a replacement.
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Last updated: 2019-08-19 at 08:33 // Source: Amazon Associates