Introduction: Hiking Toothbrush

Whether you are climbing up Mt. Everest or a weekend hike in the backwoods your pearly whites still need brushing! Every ounce counts in the backcountry, this is a inexpensive way to save a few ounces on your next hike.

In this Instructable I'm going to show you how you can save your teeth from cavities while saving a few extra ounces in your backpack!

All you need for this Instrucatable is;

1. A cheap lightweight toothbrush
2. Multitool (Optional)

Step 1: Saving Weight and Your Teeth

Since the size of toothbrushes vary, measure off about 3 1/2 " inches or the length of your middle finger from the top down.

Next take a multitool and snip off the handle of the toothbrush.

The multitool is not necessary, but I find that it makes a cleaner cut then just bending it.

Step 2: All Done!

Your project is complete! Throw it in you backpack next time you hike the Black Mesa or canoe down the Buffalo River!

I hope you've enjoyed this Instructable! Feel Free to post a comment or question!

This is commemoration to Dan the Backpack Man, my trek guide when I hiked Spanish Peaks!
Thanks Dan!

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Joe Bass made it! (author)2015-02-03

Yes that's an option too! But it would take out all the fun of building it!

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afrancis20 made it! (author)2015-01-31

I prefer these:

http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/tradeshow-promotions/plastic-travel-toothbrush.htm?variant=BLANK&imageID=289141&gclid=Cj0KEQiAl7KmBRDW6s-Xi_uT9OgBEiQAZdbbSZAmarE0c8dE-YUNi5xuTcuvm5nd4tLuWV-SFehD5CUaApQv8P8HAQ

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dr_peru made it! (author)2015-01-01

That is exactly what I did to my toothbrushes before hiking holidays...exept I used a saw to cut it. Light weight luggage is essential for the quality of a hiking trip, but most people carry too much stuff with them all the time.

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DiverMedic made it! (author)2014-12-21

I guess buying a small travel toothbrush (that comes with toothpaste) was too easy?

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Joe Bass made it! (author)Joe Bass2014-12-21

I guess you could, but it might take all the fun out of it!

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lovethebackwoods made it! (author)2014-11-10

If I don't get a smooth clean cut at the end of the brush I give it a few brisk rubs with my fishhook sharpener, a file, nail file, or in the weight-saving inconvenience of their absence, any handy smooth rock. It can make a big difference! Hike on!

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Joe Bass made it! (author)2014-10-13

Ha ha! Thank you! Hope you enjoy!

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Uncle Kudzu made it! (author)2014-10-12

Ha! This has to be the simplest instructable ever! I want to do this one just because...

Hats off to you, sir.

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Loki1988 made it! (author)2014-10-12

Are you serious?

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MsSweetSatisfaction made it! (author)2014-10-11

Awesome quick fix! Thanks for sharing!

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