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3958Re: [John Muir Trail] Toothbrushes

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  • Jessica Campbell
    Mar 24, 2009
      I think oral hygiene is very important and I am always looking for ways to reduce my impact on the environment. As far as toothpaste they make biodegradable neem,tea tree, and mint toothpaste that works great and can be buried when finished. As far as bathing I use lakes when I can, without soap of course, and wet wipes that you must pack out with the rest of your T.P. Being a women I worry about infections that we are susceptible to when outdoors for an extended time without bathing. Also washing your hands and arms either with bio soap (please bury,bio soap does not bio degrade in water!!) or anti- bac gel before cooking and handling food, is very impotant to prevent giardia. I have found more people transmit it through dirty hands and poor camp hygiene than actually getting it from there drinking water and having diarheaa on the go is the most unpleasent of things.
      I have learned a lot from other peoples ideas so I wanted to express mine for all of you who are still finding your grooves.
      See you all this summer!

      The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.- John Muir

      From: "vmaki@..." <vmaki@...>
      To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 4:22:44 AM
      Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] Toothbrushes

      How about just a baby toothbrush from the dollar store. I've used those for years. Package of 8 for 1 dollar. Leave the head cover at home....
      ------------ -- Original message from "richfax" <richfax@yahoo. com>: ------------ --

      For you weight weenie backpackers here's a couple of ultralight toothbrush options. Of course you can always bring NO toothbrush, if that's an option for you (maybe you've already lost all your teeth).

      1. The finger toothbrush. This just slides over your finger. http://www.nwbackpa ck.com/products/ ultralight_ toothbrush. php You can also find versions of this same thing in the baby aisle at CVS or Target. It's marketed to parents for brushing their baby's teeth.

      2. Last year I brought two CVS clean & fresh teeth wipes on the JMT. These are similar to Oral-B Brush ups. They also slide over the finger but are made of paper. I reused each one for about a week although their only supposed to be used once. Not as effective as a real brush but still left my mouth feeling clean.

      3. My new favorite is the Colgate Wisp. It is a very small mini-brush and has a bead of freshening paste. It also has a nice toothpick on the other end. These again are marketed as single use but I find it can be used for the entire trip. http://www.colgatewisp.com/wisp/HomePage

      4. Yes, you can bring a travel toothbrush or cut your old toothbrush in half and drill it, but what fun is that?

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