Toothpaste tabs

Discussion in 'Hydration, Hygiene & Health' started by Munro277, May 17, 2019.

  1. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    so looking to buy some of these small tabs of toothpaste instead of taking a small tube . eBay lists loads anyone have a link to some that they have used and liked ? Ta
  2. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Section Hiker

  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I tried making my own but they didn't turn out well, wrong type of toothpaste I think
  4. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

  5. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    Could you not put a dozen on baking paper in a very, very slow oven?
    This is one of those occasions I feel a wee tube is warranted or the DIY version, I say this as an avid (perhaps manic, imagining a level of twitching ) ultralighter.
  6. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    Interesting - I'd not seen those tabs before. The translation on the description needs a bit of work mind! My mate just squeezes a bit of toothpaste into some foil. And I've been known to pop some into a re-used balm tub.
  7. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    My gf works at lush, they have a product called toothy tabs in peppermint spearmint charcoal or lime. 6 or 7 quid for a hundred tabs.
  8. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Found some on eBay 3.99 for 60. I’ll see how that go meant to be same as link above
  9. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Baking paper; Colgate works best for making toothpaste dots.
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  10. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Another option is the small travel toothpaste tubes, they're usually around 15ml and weight around 25g

    I usually put my nearly empty ones to one side for hiking
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  11. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Toothpaste powder? In little plastic box or tiny bag.
  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Gets gummed up in zip seals and threads IME; dots more resilient.
  13. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

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    The 2 small round screw top tubs on the right are ideal for toothpaste. Works for us..
    £1 for the lot in Primarni.
  14. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    Toothpowder is available at many health/organic type stores. Decanted into a 5ml jar is plenty for a trip. I got some of the lush toothy tabs recently. They’re easy but end up a fair bit bulkier. Either is fine, not really motivated by weight savings but small volume (i haven’t really seen travel sized toothpaste in local shops) + thé fear of squeezing toothpaste all through my bag (again).
  15. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I had a stash of tiny wee tubes of Colgate which I managed to blag off a very nice air stewardess on a flight to China once, back on the travel size tubes now from Asda.
  16. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    Dentists here have them and give them away. Samples. Check your local fang doctor. Get a few and just keep refilling.:thumbsup:
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  17. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    If you know someone who frequents hotels (business travel ??) - see if they can blag the wee toothpaste tubes that are provided gratis :).
  18. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    You could injure yourself to the point you get kept in hospital for a few days too, I got a little sanitary pack each morning and pocketed the tubes for a few days :frown:
    Been using them for over a year now...
  19. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I've had many "stays" in hospital but never been offered any such things :wideyed:.
  20. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    Nah, you have to ask. They will leave you to rot otherwise...
  21. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    You get socks, a comb and soap and mini toothbrush and paste. Ohh and poundland deodorant.
  22. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    In extremis ( having hypothetically left the dinky refillable tube at the last washroom )
    I have cut a 3" corner from a food grade poly bag, and filled it with 'borrowed' toothpaste.

    Then rolled down the hypotenuse, reef knotted the ends, neckerchief style, and put that little package within a bank change bag* or similar.

    Thorough toothbrushing, whilst enjoying a spectacular view, is one of trail lifes simple pleasures.

    * I find them good for transporting solid soap, and all sorts of other things too.. Gives enough containment, but allows air in to prevent sogginess.
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  23. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    I use a tiny little plastic pot with a screwlid (the old version contact lens container) for toothpaste, you just dip the brush into it. Only (roughly) take what you need. Can be easily refilled. I also use these pots for suncream etc.
  24. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

  25. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    Fresh air and minty fresh breath - swilled out with mountain water. A sure sign you are clean and ready for the off again.
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