Camping Tips for Summer: No Toothbrush? No Toothpaste? No Worries!

We have all had that sinking realisation of forgetting an essential toiletry item while away from home. If you are staying in a hotel, they usually offer complimentary toothbrushes and toothpaste. However, if you are camping then don’t despair! There are alternatives that can help to freshen your breath, and which will tide you over, just until you can purchase a real toothbrush and toothpaste.

Tooth Brushing

Instead of a toothbrush, you can use a damp washcloth or even a paper towel. Just wet a small corner and apply toothpaste if you have any before wrapping the cloth around your index finger. Gently rub the cloth or paper towel over your teeth, making sure you clean the front and back of each tooth. Another alternative is to use leaves or small twigs. Choose a softer, bendable twig that doesn’t have any bark and cut the end of the twig off to reveal the inner fibres. These fibres will act as a temporary toothbrush. Just take care when selecting your twig and choose a safe, non-poisonous tree such as maple, birch or dogwood.


If you have any mouthwash, you can use this in place of toothpaste. Otherwise, a mixture of baking soda and water mixed into a gritty paste will work reasonably well. Alternatively, just brush your teeth with a wet toothbrush or toothbrush alternative. The brushing motions will help remove plaque and food particles and is far better than skipping brushing altogether.