Travel with Infant

#1 Aug 15th, 2012, 15:14
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Hi Team,

I will be traveling by Rajdhani from Delhi to Ernakulam with an infant of 5 months.
It is a very long journey of around 40 hours. We are a family of 8 adults and have booked 3 AC ticket in Rajdhani (six berths in one compartment and 2 side berths opposite to that compartment). The air travel appeared costlier and thus have booked train.

Can you please provide me a check list of things to be taken care of for the infant. I am concerned about the infant food as my baby is on breast feed & formula. As I would be looking for boiled water for making my baby formula.

Can I get boiled water in the train?
Can I use the electric kettle in train for boiling water? Will it work in train?
Or there is one very small electric immersion rod (coffee maker) which is used to boil one cup of water. Will that work in train?

Any other suggestions or valuable inputs for boiled water as well as for the traveling with infant. Please share.

Thanks!
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Thanks Aarosh, i have gone through the post, it is useful,
but i can not find the details about the electric kettle or other equipments, can they be used in the trains for boiling water? Any idea any one?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by mdi View Post Can you please provide me a check list of things to be taken care of for the infant. I am concerned about the infant food as my baby is on breast feed & formula. As I would be looking for boiled water for making my baby formula.

Can I get boiled water in the train?
Can I use the electric kettle in train for boiling water? Will it work in train?
Or there is one very small electric immersion rod (coffee maker) which is used to boil one cup of water. Will that work in train?

Any other suggestions or valuable inputs for boiled water as well as for the traveling with infant. Please share.
Boiled water is not part of things that are sold in Indian trains, but in a train that has a Pantry car, the staff may be willing to provide on request for an infant. However I would prefer to carry water for the feed rather than rely on the water (heated or not) provided by the pantry.

All electric outlets are 220V, so a kettle should work. I am unsure if it is permitted though. Anything that is 220V will work.

Is your infant used to AC climate. Remember its not just the cooler air, its drier as well. And its a long way from Delhi to Trivandrum. An infant will certainly feel cold if it is already not used to that climate. See how you can make that easier on the infant.

Other than that, as a parent, you are the best person to decide what is needed.
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There are power outlets for laptop etc. Buy a travel kettle(around 500W - I have kenstar). To heat bottled water.

Carry 4-5 bottles of bisleri for baby's use.

Carry 2 large thermos flask filled with just boiled hot water from home. They will stay hot for around 24 - 36 hrs at least. After that you can use the kettle. Formula needs lukewarm water.

Carry adequate number of feeding bottles.
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Wow, what a fire hazard an electric heating coil device. Not that Indian trains ever have fires though..
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Can you plug in even a 500w kettle or other device on a train? I've had flames coming from a house socket from doing so.

I'd bet that if a few people, in one carriage, did so, the wiring would burn out.
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I would advice the OP NOT to use a Electric kettle or immersion coil heater. The electrical sockets were provided for charging low power devices like mobile phones/laptops.
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Thanks for all your replies. will get back to you with more doubts if any.
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Electric Kettle

Hi @nayan and @mdi did the electric kettle work for you guys while travelling in train? Please advise as I will be traveling with my 7 month old baby on a train journey recently.
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Originally Posted by delta83 View Post Hi @nayan and @mdi did the electric kettle work for you guys while travelling in train? Please advise as I will be traveling with my 7 month old baby on a train journey recently.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post I would advice the OP NOT to use a Electric kettle or immersion coil heater. The electrical sockets were provided for charging low power devices like mobile phones/laptops.
Not to mention they are dangerous and illegal. Have you forgotten the Fire accident at Nellore in the Chennai train already.
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Indeed. Don't even think about it.

If hot fluids are required ... take a thermos (vacuum) flask.

Do not put the lives of hundreds of others at risk.
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Just a comparison: A Laptop draws about 65-90W or less of power at peak power use. An electric kettle between 800W-2400W depending on size, capacity, and how fast it heats water.

Please don't use a kettle.
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Walk to the pantry car to get some boiling water.

If breast feeding, the lower side berth is perfect, you have curtains to pull across for total privacy.
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