Make Toothpaste Dots for Lightweight Backpacking

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Making your toothpaste lighter? Yep, today I’ll be showing you how you can even trim weight on your toothpaste. I’ll admit this technique sounded silly to me when I first heard about it, but if you’re serious about trimming ounces for lightweight backpacking,  then toothpaste dots might be for you.

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In my ongoing quest to make my backpacking dopp kit even lighter, I decided to test out a technique that a buddy of mine used on a camping trip. Between Seth’s experience and reading about toothpaste dots in Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips by Mike Clelland, I set out to make my own.

Toothpaste Dots

The gist of creating toothpaste dots is to first select a toothpaste that isn’t a gel. If you try to use a gel, you’ll get globs not dots. Plus, gel toothpaste never fully cures like the paste will. For my experiments, I used Sensodyne Pronamel (Paste) and Crest 3D White (Gel). To create toothpaste dots, you want to squeeze out a tiny dot the size of a chocolate chip. Next, use tin foil to squeeze your toothpaste on to while it’s drying out. The dots will be very easy to remove from the tin foil and I let mine sit for about a week before removing them. A hint is to write the date you started with a sharpie, just in case the days blend together for you, like they do for me. The last step is to remove the dots from the tin foil and drop them into a small ziploc, or my preference, ez-dose pill pouches. The ez-dose pill pouches are great to have around for a variety of reasons. I also use them to store Asprin and Advil within my backpacking minikit.

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Before closing up the bag with your new toothpaste dots, sprinkle a little baking soda in so they don’t stick together. That’s all there is to it! You can now simply take out a toothpaste dot, toss it in your mouth, chew it a little bit and start brushing. You have already cut down your toothbrush to save weight, right?

Just so you have a general idea, the ez-dose pill pouch shown here with 10 toothpaste dots, weighs just .2 ounces. Much lighter than the 1/2 ounce plus weight of a well used tube of travel toothpaste. Another benefit with toothpaste dots is that you know exactly how much toothpaste you have.

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22 Comments

  1. Phil Reed's Hikes

    nice stuff, I find I can leave out tooth paste altogether and just use a wet brush, has worked for a while, at least no one has run away (yet) , or they’re just being kind!

  2. @makingkai

    Now that’s travelling really light!!… Any ideas on lightening the load on shower gel/shampoo?

  3. wisemonkeysabroad

    Great idea! Might have to give this a go…

  4. Eduthusiast

    I was looking through your blog with my 5 yr old on my lap and when he saw this he said cool can we do that with our toothpaste? So even though we aren’t even leaving the house I will know be making toothpaste dots. lol

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  5. ehveedubu

    Toothpaste dots? Well, maybe I’m old fashioned, but there’s always toothpowder.

  6. willowdot21

    Very interesting!

  7. thoughtfullyprepping

    Oh yes, no more split toothpaste tubes, love it!

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  8. sincerelykymberly

    Unique idea you got here and great reviews on the backpack and water bottle! Best of luck! Thank you for the follow :)

  9. Marie

    That’s clever. I never would have thought of it, but once you say it it’s obvious.

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  11. Ama

    Thanks for liking my poem. After checking you out, it’s obvious we have nothing in common but toothpaste dots — Wow…your blog is intriguing!

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  12. evzilla

    Great idea for bike tours!

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  13. Carolyn Cook

    Hi! I’m going to share your backpacking tips with my daughter! And thank you so much for visiting my blog. It’s great to discover yours!

  14. tskraghu

    v creative!

  15. psychologistmimi

    i travel a ton and never thought of this. great idea

  16. shoalseeker

    Reblogged this on SHSKR JOURNAL.

  17. Rachel

    Wow! That is a brilliant idea!

    Thanks for following my blog!

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