I don't really think skipping the steriliser will save that much weight/space tbh, just fill it with things from your suitcase anyway. When taking my older DC's away when babies, I took the microwave style steriliser and used that as my bowl for Milton tablet'd water if there were no microwaves available over there. I would also take the number of bottles your dc has in a day with you, and just one set of cutlery, maybe the bowl too if he's used to attempt feeding on his own. It is a bugger but if you be sensible about where things go in the case you'll be fine!
Never been to Burma, been to the other two though. I honestly never saw a microwave in either country. Bottles are def available in Thailand. Could you go with two and pick up some more while you are there? They are pretty cheap.
Milton sterilising tablets are a godsend when going to out of the way places. Otherwise, boiling for 10 mins is the old school method of sterilising. Can you just take one bottle and wash it straight after its finished? Then before next feed, boil the washed bottle for 10 mins (rolling boil) and prepare it straight away.
Thanks for these tips. Travelling to Burma, Cambodia and Thailand. Not sure about microwaves. Anyone ever heard of more compact bottles? My hand luggage will be bursting and thought there might be some products out there for travelling families (we are frequent travellers). Thanks again!
Milton do some tablets that don't require rinsing. You can reuse the steriliser bag things with those instead. That's what I do when camping - usually get a good 3 or 4 goes before bag needs replacing.
Small bottle of washing up liquiid (decant into one of those travel toiletries bags?)
You can use a normal Tupperware as a microwave steriliser in a pinch, just leave the lid a tiny bit unclipped.
Rather than take the microwave steriliser, you can buy disposable steriliser bags from Mothercare or Boots. They are just bags with a line to show you how much water to fill them with, and and sterilising tablets inside. However you would still need cooled boiled water to rinse them with before use.
I was wondering if anyone has struggled to travel light with bottle/feeding gear? I can't get my head around the need to pack 4 bottles for the flight, a large cleaning brush, microwave steriliser, plastic bowl and cutlery and formula! I am (travelling to South east Asia so not sure how much of this will be available there. Also don't feel like buying it all again over there even if it were available?
Any tips on how I can ligten this load?!? DS is 8 mts. Has anyone else felt carying all this kit is a real pain?