What’s in your bag?

You’ve probably seen those features in fashion magazines where celebs reveal the Vivienne Westwood purse, Chanel lipstick and Smythson address book they carry about in their Mulberry handbag.

This post is along those lines, but a little bit different!

In addition to the crumpled receipts, old shopping lists and loose change in my Topshop handbag, you’ll now find my Orthodontic Travel Kit. I thought it might be useful to show you what I carry around to look after my braces when I’m out and about.

{© Inside I’m Smiling}

MY ORTHODONTIC TRAVEL KIT

Makeup bag:  I had to hunt around a bit to find one long enough to fit a standard toothbrush.

Toothbrush + case: you can get folding toothbrushes but I prefer to take an ordinary one in a waterproof case.

Compact mirror: useful for checking if there’s anything stuck in your brace and applying wax.

Tissues: for drying off your brace before applying wax and wiping your mouth after brushing.

Interdental brush: in its case, for tricky bits of cleaning.

Breath spray: chewing gum is a no-no, so this is useful for freshening your breath on the go.

Orthodontic wax / Gishy Goo: emergency relief for rubbing brackets and poking wires.

Toothpaste: a small tube is most convenient. Stock up when it’s on offer as you’ll use loads.

Mouthwash: again, a miniature bottle from the travel section of Boots. It works out around the same price as a standard size bottle, but can be refilled.

What do you carry around in your bag to look after your brace?

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