I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Today is the first day of our summer break. We have a lot of things planned for our summer, including a bunch of traveling. This means I will be doing a lot of packing and a lot of worrying that I forgot something.

One of the most common things that people forget to pack when traveling is a toothbrush. And toothpaste. Your mind is off thinking about hitting the beach or worrying that you forgot your passport. You can easily forget about taking care of your teeth while traveling.

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Just because you are on summer break doesn’t mean you can take a break from your oral hygiene routine. Keep these tips in mind when packing your suitcases and heading off to your well-earned vacation!

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Pack your toothbrush properly!
Before you pack your toothbrush into your case, wash out the case! Many people forget to do this. But think about it. It’s a breeding ground for bacteria! When choosing a toothbrush case, make sure it’s large enough for air circulation and doesn’t hold your brush tightly. Also look for one with holes for drainage.

Wash your hands!
After a long day of traveling, your hands are gonna be pretty dirty and germy. Make sure you wash them before brushing and flossing.

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No excuses for packing your oral health supplies. 
Look for a collapsible toothbrush and disposable tooth flosser to throw into your carry-on. Now you have no excuse not to have your oral health supplies. This is also helpful in case your luggage gets lost. At least you’ll have fresh breath until your luggage arrives.

Check your water.
If you are traveling to a place and you aren’t sure if the local water is safe to drink, use bottled water instead!

Pack some gum.
Sugarless gum sweetened with xylitol will help stimulate the flow of saliva, which helps to cleanse your teeth. Bacteria and bits of food will also stick to the gum instead of to your mouth. Throw this in your carry-on or your purse to keep your teeth clean between meals.

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Use LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE.
LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE totally takes care of all the mouths in your traveling family in one bottle! LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE helps prevent cavities, restores enamel, and kills bad breath germs.

Before you head out on your vacation, swing by Walgreens! You can pick up a wide range of wellness products, including LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE rinses to totally take care of your family while traveling.

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