Introduction: Ultimate Tiny Camping Hygiene Kit.

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This instructable is perfect for camping and backpacking. It contains everything you need to have good hygiene while camping, in an ORBIT gum package.

Step 1: Materials

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These are the materials that you need for the kit:

1 ORBIT gum big-e-pack

1 AXE BULLET pf any flavor
1 CHAP STICK stick
1 top to an electric toothbrush
1 small nail clipper
1 small soap
1 mini toothpaste
1 floss pick

Step 2: Step 1

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The next thing you need to do is open the top to the gum container, and make a mark where the pour thing is. This will tell you where the highest point in the container is.

Step 3: The AXE

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Unscrew the lid to the container. Take your AXE BULLET and place it where we made the mark in the last step.

Step 4: The Toothbrush and the CHAP STICK

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The toothbrush comes from the top of an automatic toothbrush. Put it on the left side of the AXE, and the CHAP STICK on the right.

Step 5: The Soap

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You need to find a very small bar of soap for this project. The easiest way to do that is to jack one from a hotel. I got mine on a vacation to Mexico. The soap goes in front of the AXE, toothbrush, and CHAP STICK.

Step 6: The Toothpaste

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Now, take your mini toothpaste and empty some of it out. You have to do this so that it can fold in half. I don't care how you do it, dump it down the drain or eat it (ewww!), just make sure it will fold in half. Push it in between the soap and the other side of the container, with the half with toothpaste in it nearest to the soap.

Step 7: The Nail Clipper and the Floss

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You need a small nail clipper for it to fit in the kit. Mine is 2 inches long. You can get the floss pick either from your dentist (where i got mine), or I imagine that they sell them at Walmart. Put the nail clipper on the left, and the floss pick on the right.

Step 8: The End

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Put the lid back on the container with the top open. If the top is closed it won't fit when you try to put it on. After the lid is screwed on, you can close the top. It may take a few tries to get it all to fit. You now have a compact hygiene kit perfect for backpacking. Your feedback is welcome as this is only my second instructable.


moneyfuskie935 (author)2012-01-29

I would replace the floss pick with a pack of floss, and would replace the axe bullet with a small bar of soap or a cologne- scratch that, a small bar of soap and a small bottle of cologne

squidstew (author)2009-09-13

I've got an empty spice bottle that I think would work. But I agree, get a cheapo brush and cut it off. The razor too, although I'm stumped about what to do for shaving cream that will fit. For a good all purpose camp soap, I'm thinking of some sort of small bottle filled with dish soap. I don't need the axe, but I think I will carry a hotel shampoo bottle refilled with aftershave for trips into town.

badwooki (author)squidstew2011-08-27

if you put a hot wet cloth over your face for 5 minutes before you shave you wont need shaving cream ... would recomend getting used to at home first .. shave without cream right outta shower .. dont dry face

b1russell (author)squidstew2009-09-20

I'm told olive oil works pretty well for alternative shaving cream - and it's easy to pack into tiny little containers, too, especially using the "condiment" technique I found in someone's I'ble (plastic straws - 1 per day?). On the other hand, why pack the razor? Personally, I sort of like the fur-face look!

sbarker2 (author)2011-07-14

If you have the space I found going to camping stores sometimes have these little 'self contained' toothbrushes. The head basically unclips and flips into the handle. My family used them while beach camping and it saved so much time! We even could fit a tiny tube of toothpaste in each one and the best thing, no sand/grit/fluff in our toothbrushes!

squidstew (author)2009-09-23

I just found something even better than cutting the handle of a toothbrush. I was browsing the local thrift store and found a fingertip toothbrush for cats. The package looked a bit old, but was unopened. Only cost me $1. That's why I LOVE thrift stores

GeckoHiker (author)squidstew2010-02-27

Fingertip toothbrushes are the best for ultra-lightweight backpacking.  I carry powdered toothpaste in a tiny zip-lock bag plus a tiny roll of floss inside of the fingertip area.  I carry the whole tiny kit in another tiny zip-lock bag (get them in the craft are of Walmart).  If you prefer your own "toothpaste" just put dots of your favorite toothpaste onto a piece of wax paper to dehydrate.  Just wet the fingertip toothbrush and press the dot into the tiny plastic bristles when you are ready to brush.  It beats cutting off the handle of a toothbrush and saves a lot more space as well as weight.

berry! (author)2009-05-26

that's pretty cool. We don't have "orbit" or whatever here in NZ but i'm sure i could find something similar. keep it in my car should i ever have to leave in a hurry lol.

Warlrosity (author)berry!2009-08-05

well, I'm in australia but, we do have them here.Juicy fruit and extra

berry! (author)Warlrosity2009-08-07

We have those kinds of gum, but i've never seen that kind of packaging here. Ah well, could probs just find something at the warehouse.

Warlrosity (author)berry!2009-08-07

how about a jar?

berry! (author)Warlrosity2009-08-08

Actually, that's a really good idea! Thanks.

grundisimo (author)2009-04-14

You can also jack those little shampoo bottles from hotels >=)

Hoaxinmi (author)grundisimo2009-05-11

Cleaver idea. I like to take those home and use the rest. You only use a fraction of it in the hotel, and they have to throw them away. But..
That type of shampoo isn't mother nature approved.
call me dirty, but i dont use soap when i'm hiking..Only Hand Sanitizer.

Warlrosity (author)Hoaxinmi2009-08-05

I keem em

piepieburger (author)Hoaxinmi2009-07-01

What works really well is just bring a small pack of disinfectant wipes, not only can you wash your hands with them but it makes dishes a lot easier.

TinaAshling (author)2009-07-02

I don't get the point of using the top of an electric toothbrush--why not buy a toothbrush from the dollar store (Dollar tree carries Colgate and other "brand name" brushes as well as no-name stuff) and cut the handle off?

kosmo0483 (author)2009-06-28

When I was biking the west coast I used a couple things: first, you don't necessarily have to buy an electric toothbrush top. If you have access to something like a saw (maybe even a really sharp serrated knife will work), simply cut off about 3/4 of the brush and voila: mini-brush! you can also do the same thing to utensils and make mini-spoon and mini-fork. as far as soap goes, i recommend bringing a concentrate of Dr. Bronner's in a small bottle, and carrying a second bottle for mixing down with some water (you can stretch it for months like this). It is 100% biodegradable hemp soap and you can wash with it and apply it afterwards under your smelly armpits to keep you smelling clean--though it won't stop you from sweatin' but hell it's camping! also if you use mint i found you can brush your teeth with it too. good post.

Lowney (author)2009-06-15

Wow this will be useful for a hiking expedition I have in July thanks!

gorgo333 (author)2009-01-24

the only question (and dont get me wrong i LIKE the smell of axe) is would somepeople be more offended by the smell of your B.O. or AXE?

piepieburger (author)gorgo3332009-01-26

True, but AXE is the only deodorant I could find that would fit. Just don't use it in your tent. Plus, I would think that AXE smells better than me after a six mile backpacking hike.

chuckr44 (author)piepieburger2009-04-30

Now imagine an AXE fight in a WW2 submarine with 30 twelve year olds. Bleck. (True story.)

mg0930mg (author)2009-03-13

I'm sorry but I don't like axe, I'd rather use the extra space for my curve.. haha. Cool way to keep things together, though.

kcli (author)2009-01-25

Very clever...a great way to combine all that little stuff that can easily get misplaced!

atombomb1945 (author)2009-01-22

Nice work. Another option for the tooth brush is to just cut a normal toothbrush down to size as well.

That would work too

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