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Pack Your Toothbrush VERY Carefully When You Travel. Here’s Why

by SharonKurheg

When you’re packing to travel, there are some things you can pretty much just throw into your suitcase – socks, underwear, chip clip to keep the edges of the window curtain together, etc. You might pack other things with a little more care – clothes so they don’t wrinkle as much, glass bottles so they won’t break, plastic bottles of liquids and creams so they don’t open and get all over everything, and so on.

But there’s one thing you want to pack especially carefully – your toothbrush. Specifically, if you use an electric toothbrush. Oral-B, Philips Sonicare, doesn’t matter what brand. I discovered this the hard way.

I don’t remember where we were going, but we got to the hotel and while Joe was checking in, I walked a foot or two away and opened my bag. Things must have moved around while we were to/from/on the plane and while we had been walking to the hotel, I could hear two glass bottles hitting each other with a clanking sound. I didn’t want anything to break, so I tried to rearrange things.

Mission accomplished and bottles separated, so I closed my suitcase and went to put it “wheels down” so I could bring it to the room after Joe was done checking us in. As I did so, I heard a telltale noise come from my luggage:


I immediately knew what the sound was from. But when I looked at the guy at the front desk, I could tell, just from looking at the smirk on his face, what the guy thought it was. So I actually opened my suitcase again, found the thing was making noise and showed it to him,  so he could see that it really was just an electric toothbrush and not…something else. 😉

I suppose I got off easy with this “mistaken identity.” After all, this is what happened when someone heard an unfamiliar noise coming out of a suitcase at an airport a while back. And this guy…he just cut to the chase and left this note in his bag for when the TSA officers examined it (cuz he KNEW they would), LOLOL!


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Dustin November 1, 2019 - 3:56 pm

Lol especially if you user the higher model oral b or sonic cares. They have some serious vibrations

SharonKurheg November 1, 2019 - 4:02 pm

You know us…sometimes it’s news, sometimes it’s tips & tricks, sometimes it’s silly little stories. It’s all good, IMHO. And as the website says, Your Mileage May Vary 😉

DaninMCI November 2, 2019 - 8:32 am

Fun stuff but on a serious note the one thing to be VERY careful about is leaving your toothbrush out. Never, ever, ever leave it out in a hotel room. It is very common for bad apple room staff to do bad things with it while you are out. This is even worse for places that don’t like you, the country you are from or even a lack of tip left for them.

Christian November 2, 2019 - 9:44 am

The moral of this story is not to travel with a electric toothbrush IMO.

httran04 June 11, 2021 - 10:44 am

i fully support traveling with a sonicare. i even pack my portable waterpik as well. risk of the shame of people thinking i have anything else is worth it for me

derek November 2, 2019 - 1:59 pm

Save your toothpaste boxes. They are long and often can contain or almost contain an electric toothbrush.

I am not MacGuyver but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

Steve November 27, 2022 - 8:45 am

buy the travel cases made for them


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