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How to Sterilise Baby Bottles in a Hotel

You’ve finally cracked your routine at home on how to clean, sterilise, disinfect and make your next bottle for your little one without them screaming the house down and then you decide to go on holiday or vacation.

You might have questions about how to how to sanitize baby bottles while traveling on vacation/holiday like I did.

Whether your baby drinks baby formula or breastmilk, these tips and tricks will help making bottle feeding and cleaning when traveling with an infant easier for you. 

How To Sterilise Bottles Whilst Travelling I've had several people ask me how I've managed to sterilise bottles on a 24-hour flight. Here are some useful tips and products that have helped me.

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I pack a small amount of washing up/dish washing liquid to use for cleaning. It’s also useful for helping get rid of any stubborn greasy stains on clothing.

Can you use tap water abroad to sterilize bottles? If you are not in an area where you can drink the water, you can still sterilise your bottles by boiling them by ensuring you bring a travel kettle, (if where you are staying does not have one.) I just bought a cheap one from Amazon.

  • First of all, boil the kettle and clean the sink, (drying rack if available), stopper/plug and any tongs or brush before you start.
  • Next, fill the sink with boiled soapy, water and wash your bottles. It is advised to boil the kettle again to rinse the different parts of each bottle after washing.
  • Fill the sink again and place your bottle and each part in here.
  • Be careful to use something clean to remove the parts from the sink and let them air dry on a drying rack or paper towel. Tip: Avoid using dish towel because it might be carrying germs.
  • This method can also be used for cleaning and sterilising dummies or pacifiers.

Other options for sterilising baby bottles if you don’t have a kettle.

If you have room in your suitcase, you could bring a portable travel bottle steriliser like this battery charged one from Walmart for my U.S.A readers or this Nuby UV steriliser available in the UK. These portable bottle sterilisers can be used for dummies and pacifiers.

The big brands such as Milton and Tommee Tippee have several portable options and they are generally inexpensive to buy online; however, there is often only room for one bottle meaning using these travel baby sterilisers could be time consuming. In order to use the travel sterilizer without a microwave, you will need to use cold water steriliser tablets.

Another option to sterilise and disinfect bottles on the go or for shorter journeys is pre sterilised bottles. These are single use and super easy if you are only away from home for a short amount of time. They’re even recyclable, so no need to worry about the impact on the environment either!

Bottle liners are also a disposable way of sterilising and baby bottles without a steriliser as there is no need to do so. The liners are sterile and just need to be placed into the bottle before the milk. 

If you have a microwave.

If where you are staying has a microwave, there is the option of microwave steriliser bags. They’re very easy to use as you just need to add water and pop them in the microwave. Each bag can often be used about 20 times and can fit more than one bottle in. However, be careful when removing the bag as the steam can be very hot.

Cheapest and easiest way to sterilise

The easiest way to sterilize and disinfect bottles in terms of minimum effort or cost could be using a large container filled with cold water and cold water steriliser tablets. You just need to pop your bottles in water solution and they stay sterile for 24hours. You can use heavy duty resealable bags to do this too, if you have no access to a microwave or a sink.

The water must be changed every 24 hours.  However, this does mean you have to pack a container, a resealable strong bag or ask where you are staying if they have an available container for you to use.  We have never had an issue with such a request when abroad.

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