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Is a holiday with baby a packing nightmare? Tips on the baby stuff you can buy abroad

Young child pulling a pink suitcaseIt is incredible how much you think you need to pack for your baby on holiday.  There are nappies, baby milks, high spf sun creams, bottles, sterilisers, water wings, umpteen changes of clothes and… need I go on? 

Surely you don’t need to pack absolutely everything?  But what do you need to take on holiday and what can you buy at the holiday resort when you get there?  We have researched the most popular holiday destinations for which baby products are available abroad and which you’re going to have to cram in that case.

1. Baby formula milks
Baby formula milks are available in supermarkets and pharmacies abroad.  Cow and Gate and Aptamil are available in some European countries under other brand names, but do be aware that they can be much more expensive.  Some people have experienced that milks brought abroad have a different consistency.  But you know yourself if your baby would tolerate a change in formula milk or whether you would prefer to add your favourite brand to the packing list.

2.  Baby food
Jars of baby food can be brought supermarkets and pharmacies in most of the world.  Be aware that the flavours may differ from baby food available in the UK; for example in Spain, the fish dishes have a strong flavour, in Italy you can find Ostrich flavour baby food and in France, the range of baby foods available are particularly broad and are considered excellent quality.  No doubt you can find something to suit your baby.  Or, if you have the facilities, you can make your own.  Seasonal fruit and vegetables particularly in Spain, France and Italy are excellent and make great baby purees or snacks. 

3.  Nappies
A two week supply of nappies, takes up a fair amount of valuable suitcase space.  So why not buy these at your holiday destination?  Take enough for the flight and the first day or two in case the supermarkets are closed when you arrive.  Huggies and/or Pampers, as well as shop’s own brands, are available in most stores.  Though do note that Pampers are called Dodots in Spain.  You’ll easily find wipes too, though they can be more heavily perfumed in some countries.  Nappy sacks are a rarer commodity.

4.  Sterilising baby bottles
There are some great products available for sterilising baby bottles when travelling.  Find out if you have a microwave where you’re going as sterlising bags are really handy and take up very little packing space.  You could consider disposable baby bottles, or a collapsible bucket and some sterlising tablets.

5.  Medicines for Baby and Children
Nurofen can be found in some pharmacies abroad, but Calpol isn’t known to be widely available.  It is reassuring to have a familiar brand to give your baby or toddler if they are ill on holiday so it may be a good idea to take some of the 5ml sachets.  These are very handy and don’t take up much suitcase space.  If you forget, however, or need more while on holiday, France, Italy and Spain for example, all have excellent pharmacies and you’ll find paracetamol and ibuprofen for babies and children there.  Dose tables should be obvious to read in whichever language, but do double check before administering any medicine.

6.  Baby Travel Seats
Babies and children are very much welcomed in Europe and will undoubtedly receive a lot of attention, particularly if eating out.  However, this affection doesn’t always go hand in hand with good baby facilities abroad.  You may, for example, need to change your baby’s nappy in their buggy and high chairs are frequently not available.   Consider taking an easy to pack travel seat that you can carry around with you on holiday.  Some of the material ones are also handy to use in high chairs or supermarket trolleys that may come without safety straps.  

Are you prepared now?  Is that suitcase finally shut tight?

Of course, as well packed as you might be, when go on holiday with your baby and children, there are bound to be things you forget or didn’t realise you might need.  But don’t despair as supermarkets abroad at popular tourist destinations will stock most baby products.  You can find more information on BabyAbroad, including some useful translations of the most common products, in the travelling to just select your destination

Can you help?
At BabyAbroad, we would love to provide a wider knowledge base and the best sources of baby knowledge are parents.  If you’ve been somewhere on holiday and have some information about buying for baby there, please do contact us and let us pass on your knowledge to others.  Thank you and happy baby holidays.


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