If you’re a world traveler who appreciates fine wines, you may want to bring a few bottles home as a memento of your trip. Although there are now certain restrictions for traveling, you may be able to pack a bottle of wine in your suitcase or have it shipped through a Local Post Office or shipping company. Packing any type of liquid in your suitcase presents a risk for potential breakage and spills, so you’ll need to take extra precautions when traveling with wine bottles.
Packing Wine Bottles in Your Luggage
* Wrap the bottle in heavy weight bubble wrap
* Put the bottle in a heavy sock, then wrap a piece of clothing around the neck of the bottle until it’s the same width at the top and bottom of the bottle
* Pack the bottle tightly in the middle of a fully-packed suitcase to keep the bottle from moving
If you feel like you need extra protection, you can find some great products that are used for transporting wine:
* WineSkin Bags – Wine-shaped bags that contain bubble wrap on the inside of the bag and skins that contain adhesive. WineSkin bags can be purchased through various retailers and online merchants. Average price: about $15 for three bags.
* Vinni Bags – Wine bags that inflate around the bottle to add protection against breakage. Average price: about $28 per bag.
* Wine Check – A handy case for transporting several wine bottles at one time. The case holds up to 12 wine bottles and has wheels for easy transport. The case interior is padded with Styrofoam, creating a light-weight case that meets checked-bag weight restrictions. Average price: about $70.
* Direct Shipping – Most wineries offer customers direct shipping deals on their wines. Depending on the size and amount of the purchase, many wineries offer free or minimal shipping charges.
Airport restrictions often vary between airlines, so it’s important to check with your airline before you pack your wines. Most airports allow the transport of alcohol in checked baggage, but certain travel restrictions may apply:
* Alcohol content can not exceed 70 percent. Most wines contain less than 24 percent alcohol content, so transport limits are not usually restricted.
* Travelers are allowed to transport a maximum of five liters of alcohol with bottles that contain between 24 and 70 percent alcohol content
* All carry-on bags are restricted to 3.4 ounces of liquid, but there are no restrictions on alcohol and wine bottles. To avoid possible problems with carry-on luggage, you can purchase wine from a duty-free store after you pass through security.
If you’re a wine connoisseur who has purchased rare or expensive wines, it’s best to have your wines crated by a professional shipper who can ensure protection against breakage and spillage to protect your investment.