How To Sterilise Bottles Whilst Travelling | 5 Tips to Help
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. (I’ve both breastfed and bottle fed with formula, so for breastfeeding tips on a plane, you may find this post useful.)
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- For sterilising bottles or dummies consider bringing with you some disposable sterilising bags. They come complete with a sterilising tablet so you just need to add water. These are ready for use within 15 minutes. The bags are also suitable for use with water abroad and last for 24 hours. They can get a little heavy so either put them in a safe place on the plane or use at your destination.
- If your flight is fairly short, bring plenty of bottles (allow for delays) which have been pre-sterilised. I opted this for a 12-hour flight with my then 11 week old. I put each bottle into a zip lock bag with and labelled each one with the time her feed was due.
- Another option is to consider using bottle liners, which cut down the number of bottles you need to bring. These are pre-sterilised and you simply replace for the next feed. Several brands liners double up as milk storage bags too but check all bottle liners to see if they fit your bottle type first!
- A further solution is to bring a travel steriliser. There are several single bottle travel sterilisers on the market which can work in microwaves or for cold water. There are also microwave steam steriliser bags available too.
- Once at your destination, ask for a large container so you can use the cold water sterilising option such as Milton. If one isn’t available, simply fill the hotel room sink.
Can I use the water abroad to make up bottles?
Always check to see if drinking the local water is recommended or advised against. If it is allowed, then always boil it first and don’t use previously boiled water. Generally, bottled water is not recommended because it may contain too many minerals- namely sodium or sulphate and it is not sterile.
However, when you are travelling or visiting some countries using drinkable tap water and boiling it may not be possible. If you do need to make up a feed with bottled water make sure it has;
- Less than 200 milligrams (mg) a litre of sodium (Na)
- No more than 250mg a litre of sulphate (SO4)
- Boil water to make up formula feeds
- Seek advice from your nurse or your doctor before you travel if you are unsure.
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