4 Ways to Sterilise Bottles when Travelling with a Baby

4 Ways to Sterilise Bottles when Travelling with a Baby

A simple guide on how to sterilise your bottles when travelling with a baby.

How do you sterilise your baby’s bottles when you’re travelling or on holiday with your baby? This is a question that keeps coming up and whilst it’s been a while since we travelled with bottles the question “How do I sterilise my bottles when I’m on holiday?” is one that was etched on my mind from when we first flew when the twins were 6 months old. Inspired by this, I’ve put together this guide featuring different ways to sterilise when travelling.

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  1. Microwave Sterilising Bags – How to sterilise your bottles when travelling

You can use microwave sterilising bags to sterilise when travelling, and they’re also great for when you’re on the go. They’re very easy to use – you just need to add water. These microwave steriliser bags were really useful for us when travelling on holiday. They take up very little room in your luggage. Each bag can be used up to 20 times and you can fit a couple of bottles in or one breast pump. Be very careful when you take them out of the microwave as the steam can be very, very hot. Microwave sterilising bags are an excellent product especially for short trips. You can get them from Amazon.

Munchkin Cool Touch Microwave Steriliser Bags, Baby Bottle Teat & Dummy Steriliser, 6 Reusable Cold Water Sterilising Unit Alternative, Baby Essentials, Newborn Essential Mini Travel
  • MUNCHKIN BABY MICROWAVE STERILISER BAGS: Pack of six large reusable baby bottle sterilising bags with 30 uses for each bag. Lightweight, portable steriliser bags can be marked after each use.
  • QUICK BABY STERILISING BAGS FOR BOTTLES AND ACCESSORIES: Cleans teats, soothers, teethers, bottles, breast pump parts and small toys in as little as 3 minutes. For 500-1000W microwave ovens
  • SAFE HANDLING: Cool-Touch grip enables burn-free handling, and the sliding closure makes sealing a cinch. Features an easy close pull tab with safety steam vent and pouring spout
  • GREAT FOR HOME OR HOLIDAY: An easy clean solution to on-the-go baby feeding. Ideal for sterilising newborn baby bottles through to cleaning toddler sippy cups and dummies when you travel
  • PART OF THE MUNCHKIN BABY BOTTLE ACCESSORIES RANGE: Innovative baby bottle brushes, sterilisation and cleaning essentials, all designed with your little one in mind
ECOOPTS 12 Count Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags Reusable Micro-Steam Bags for Baby Bottles and Breast Pump Sterilizer Parts Microwave Steam Bags
  • Not Just For Baby Bottles: The large sterilization pouches are ideal for baby bottles but they can be used for teethers, dummies, pacifiers, breast pump & tubes, and training cups.
  • Easy Steam Cleaning: quickly eliminate 99.9% in only about 3 minutes, using just a microwave and water, for convenient cleaning anywhere
  • Reusable Steam Bags for bottles, pump parts, and more: Each bag can be used up to 20 times and is designed for durability and convenience, whether at home or at work; bags also double as a great option for neatly organizing and storing pump parts
  • Made without BPA: all ECOOPTS breast milk bottles and products that come in contact with breast milk are - and have always been - Made without BPA or phthalates
  • How To Use: Simply add tap water and the parts you wish to sterilize. Put the bag in the microwave for the correct amount of time. Use the safety grips feature to remove the bag from the microwave. Full instructions in the description!
Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Steriliser Bags, Pack of 5,packaging may vary
  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria/germs
  • Up to 20 uses per bag (up to 100 uses per pack of 5)
  • Clear step-by-step visual instructions on each bag.
  • Check boxes to track usage
  • Safe Zone area for removal out of the microwave - more convenience and less risk on burns.

2. Use Bottle Liners – sterilising bottles on holiday

Using bottle liners can be a really efficient way of dealing with sterilising and cuts down on the number of bottles you need to take too. The bottle liners are pre-sterilised and you simply pop them into the bottle before use. These ones from Nuby suggest they are clinically proven to reduce colic too but I don’t know anything about that! Again they are available on Amazon.

Playtex Nurser Drop-Ins Liners Premium 8-10 oz BPA-Free Bottle 1 ea (Pack of 1)
  • Pre-sterilized liner gently collapses like Mom's breast as baby feeds.
  • Baby sucks and swallows in a coordinated rhythm that mimics natural breastfeeding, so baby breathes more naturally during feeding!
  • Most like Mom™ Naturalatch nipple has a raised texture area that helps baby latch on naturally. Mimics baby's latch-on like the breast for easy natural feeding.
  • Promotes proper latch-on for easy switching between breast and bottle.

3. Travel Steriliser can sterilise your bottles when travelling

We have packed a travel steriliser before and found it a great way to sterilise when travelling. With twins with double the bottles this is possibly more necessary than with one, however if you have a fairly compact one at home you could pack that, or invest in a smaller single bottle steriliser.

  • Not watertight- do not carry around full of water.
  • After microwaving- leave to cool to avoid plastic distortion.
  • Warning when microwaving- check power of microwave, use correct amount of water. Failing to do this could lead to product distortion.

4. Milton Tablets for sterilising bottles on holiday

Sterilising tablets, like these from Milton, were a popular choice when we were babies and are still a great way to sterilise now. Cold water sterilisation is a good option for when you’re on holiday with babies and staying somewhere like a hotel room or apartment, where you can replace the water and sterilise bottles before heading out for the day.

Milton Sterilising Tablets 28 tabs 112g
  • Milton Maximum Protection Sterilising Tablets 28 Tablets 112g

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2 thoughts on “4 Ways to Sterilise Bottles when Travelling with a Baby”

  1. The bottle liners can be kind of expensive but they’re definitely handy! It’s so much easier not having to constantly wash bottles and keep track of dirty ones. Just throw out the dirty liner and put in a new one and you’re done.


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