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Oct 6, 2007 09:27 PM

Case for wine in checked luggage?

I frequently travel for business, and occasionally want to carry a bottle of good spirits I've found home with me. I often travel on Southwest, which has the following luggage policy: "Alcohol (wine and liquor) in checked baggage must be securely packaged in a leak-proof bag with adequate professional packaging designed to fit the proportions of the bottle to prevent breakage." I have checked bottles without obeying this, surrounding them with clothing for padding, but I would prefer to conform to guidelines --- it's only a matter of time until some luggage handler is too rough with my soft- sided travel bag, and a bottle breaks. One idea: a hard-sided travel case, e.g., . (I don't think neoprene sleves would provide sufficient protection.) But I would prefer something smaller or collapsible, for those trips when I do not find anything worth bringing home. I suspect no such case exists, but hey, there's no harm in asking! Any thoughts?

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  1. I travel with wine all the time. I use a styrofoam shipper and cardboard box. This summer, I had wine with me for two months straight and I noticed it had been opened and reseald by TSA twice. TSA will put tape on it and put the brochure explaining that they opened the parcel in the box.

    So far I have had no issues. My co-worker has had wine stolen from her luggage before though.

    1. I often bring wine home in my checked luggage. I carry with me a box of 2 gallon Zip lock freezer bags, a roll of bubble wrap and some tape. The bottles get the "treatment" before they get lined up in my suitcase. Have never had a problem with anything or anyone related to it...

      1. If you are really serious about it, Pelican makes a rugged wine shipper. It's a special order type thing. It's not on the website, but you can call them up and they can help you out.

        there's this product called wine skin that is functional enough.

        1. We've travelled with wine several times (France-US; Argentina-US and within the US). We have a simple wine-specific cardboard box with foam inserts shaped to secure the wine. It holds a case. We've used it 5 or so times now and though its a little worse for wear, it has always worked beautifully. Our favorite wine shop in Seattle, Esquin, gave it to us and others (Pete's in Seattle) had them for sale so you might check with your local wine store if you don't feel like investing in something more expensive.

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