When we left for Asia we had an idea of costs for ourselves, but no idea how much money we should budget for our baby.
Below is a rough guide based on an average week (at the time of writing £1= approximately $1.20 USD):
- Accommodation – £7.50
Many places charge either for a cot or for putting an extra mattress on the floor. If you don’t have a travel cot then you will need to account for these additional charges. I’ve based the cost on 3/7 nights being charged for at an average of £2.50 per night.
- Food – £12.00
Many homestays, B&Bs and hostels have breakfast included, so the cost is based on lunch, dinner and snacks. We tend to share our meals 50% of the time and buy him meals for the remainder (one portion lasts him 2 meals) plus snacks.
- Nappies – £4.50
Based on 5/6 nappies per day
- Milk powder – £4.00
Based on 3 x 6oz milks per day
- Wipes – £2.00
Based on 2 packs of 50 wipes (also used for wiping surfaces, hands, face etc)
- Medical supplies and toiletries – £1.50
Includes teething products, baby toothpaste, body and hair wash etc
- Bottled water – £1.00
Based on a combination of buying 4 litres and staying in places that provide free filter water.
- Travel costs – £1.50
The only transport we’ve had to pay additional costs for our baby is on a few ferries. The charge covers insurance, but also means your baby is given their own seat,
- Conservations fees – £1.00
Only a few National parks will charge a conservation fee for your baby.
Total average weekly baby budget – £35.00 (£5 per day)