Top Tips for Food and Family Travel

Travelling with a baby can seem daunting at first, but we've collected a selection of tips and tricks that will allow you and your little one to enjoy your trip!

Firstly, it’s important to allow extra time while travelling so you can take breaks with your baby every few hours. Even a quick stop for a nappy change or to stretch your legs, can benefit both you and your child! In addition, make sure you pack enough nappies, food, and other essentials in case of delays of restrictions.

Breastfeeding is a great way to travel light. Take a muslin cloth or lightweight blanket with you if you want to give your baby some privacy. Alternatively, you could express your milk beforehand and feed your baby with a bottle when you’re out and about.
If you’re formula feeding, the easiest travel solution is to use ready-made formula, available in handy cartons and disposable bottles. These are convenient as they can be offered at room temperature.
If your baby has started eating solid foods, you may prefer to use ready-made pouches and jars while you’re on the go or pack some homemade food in clean jars or resealable bags. Finger foods such as sliced fruit or vegetables, and dry cereal are ideal.
When it comes to weaning, ready-made foods last much longer than handmade ones, so it may be better for a long journey.
Finally, it’s important to note that if you intend on flying with your little one, the hand luggage restrictions on liquids don’t apply to your baby’s food and drink. So make sure you pack plenty of snacks! 

As for creating travel baby food, here are some easy and quick foods to feed your little one:

  • Easy to mash foods that don’t require cooking, such as bananas, mangoes, or berries
  • If you have access to a kitchen, you can cook soft vegetables such as peas, carrots, or sweet potatoes; they are a good way to allow your baby or toddler to feed themselves while on the go.
  • Depending on your access to other foods, other great options are scrambled eggs, tiny bits of chicken, shredded cheese, or cooked pasta.
  • For travelling with a baby that is very new to eating solid foods, you can bring single-grain cereals usually fortified with iron and you can mix it with formula, breast milk or water.