Toothpaste Dots Keep Down Toiletry Bulk When Carrying Light

Whether you enjoy backpacking or just subscribe to the one bag travel philosophy, a lot of little items can quickly add to up a lot of weight to carry around. Save weight and bulk by drying toothpaste into toothpaste dots for use while on the go.

Tactical skills weblog Imminent Threat Solutions shares a simple method for making toothpaste dots by squeezing small, chocolate-chip sized "dots" of toothpaste onto aluminium foil, allowing those dots to harden for a week or so, and then transferring to a small waterproof bag. To use, all you need to do is pop a toothpaste dot in your mouth, chew for a few seconds, and start brushing. Two caveats: this technique doesn't work with gel toothpaste (check out the source link for photos) and you'll want to toss a pinch of baking soda in your storage bag to keep the dots from sticking.

In addition to backpacking and travelling, I can see this also being a good thing to keep in your go bag with one of those small travel toothbrushes for times you'd like to brush your teeth at the office or on the go.

Trimming Weight with Toothpaste Dots for Lightweight Backpacking [Imminent Threat Solutions]


    sounds like a lot of effort for a few grams of saving.

    The easier method would be to open a new toothpaste when the old one is almost empty

      I go hiking, and there's plenty of people who are obsessed with weight, to the point of shaving down spoons. I can absolutly see those people doing this.

    The height of absurdity. Either David Galloway has a bad, no extreme, case of anal retention or Lifehacker has gone to the dogs.

    Would this not look incredibly suspicious to international customs?

      Oh, that's just golden. :)

      Not if you wrap it in several zip lock bags, put it in some coffee beans, and put some heroin around it.

      Between the dots themselves, and the suspicious white baking powder, you may as well just walk into the interview room at the airport with some elbow-length gloves

      That's what I was thinking!

      Do they realise that you can buy mini tubes of toothpaste?

    Well if this isn't the stupidest thing I've ever read on this site, I don't know what is.

    You can buy smaller toothpaste tubes.....Boom!

    You're about 9 weeks too early.

    Agree with all of the above comments. Maximum effort for minimal savings.

    Are you guys completely insane? Small , unidentified white tablets with white powder in a plastic bag in your luggage? This is the stupidest advice I have ever seen. Anybody that gets a customs officer's gloved finger up their rectum and 6 hours in interrogation should go looking for David Galloway with a very large cucumber to let him know how it felt.

    Oh... (just read all the comments)... I would totally do this.

    It's a great idea. i'd do it. plus when was the last time customs actually opened your luggage? last time they did it to me was in 2003. AND I'M ASIAN.

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