How do you pack wine to fly home

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#1
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Joined Apr 2001
Just wondering how everyone pack their wine purchase from ship to home - i.e. for those who needs to fly home.
Do you pack them in your suitcase? or any genious ideas?
#2
Springfield, VA USA
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Joined Mar 2003
Whether it's wine or liquor, we take 1 and sometimes 2 picinic wine carriers with us. We empty the contents (2 glasses, corkscrew, foil cutter, toppers) so that each carrier can hold up to 2 bottles. We then pack that in our suitcase. Have never lost a bottle this way.

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#3
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Joined Sep 2006
Last Sat, I had to pack 2 bottles in a hurry at the airport just before the security screening (I forgot about the restriction and put them in my carry on). I had no choice but to pack them in my little pull suitcase (carry on bag) and recheck that bag. They came out alright and these are my tips:

(1) good padding - make sure the bottles are wrapped in some sort of clothing and the area immediately around them is well padded (line the suitcase with some sort of clothing first before you place the bottles) and on top of the bottles too.

(2) tight packing - the bag/ suitcase should be well packed; there shouldn't be a space for the bottles to roll around. I ended up wedging my books, my biscuits etc in the bag to fill up the space.

If I had to do it all over again, I would bring some bubble wrap with me (to wrap the bottle with) and several plastic bags (preferrably larger ones) to contain the spill (the last thing you want is red wine all over your suitcase). And then make sure the bottles are well padded and the suitcase tightly packed. I also think that the fact those bottles are in a smaller bag means less throwing about by the baggage handler (they could actually carry the bag quite easily and don't have to 'swing' it).

Hope that helps!
#4
Centennial CO
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Joined Sep 2005
We just got back Sunday and used 3 options, they all worked.

I bought a wine shipping box from the local liquor store for $15. It had molded cardboard inserts and could hold 12 bottles. On the way to the ship I filled the box with bottled water and tapped it shut. It looked just like these.
http://www.ebeaver.com/EBpulppak.html

My wife bought a bottle of Crown and it would not fit in the box so I just wrapped it in clothes and packed it in a suitcase.

My Stepfather brought back 3 bottles in the regular box that the liquor store put them in.

I would advise the shipping box.

Also note TSA (airport security) will only allow 5 bottles per container! If you have more they will probably not let the box on the plane.

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#5
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Joined Oct 2006
I usually put a couple of sheets of bubble wrap in my bag to use in case I want to bring home alcohol of any kind. By wrapping the bottle in bubble wrap and then in clothes, I have never had any problem with breakage.
#6
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Joined May 2006
We used bubble wrap bags from staples and packed clothes around the bags. 6 bottles of alcohol and 5 vanilla bottles came through in flying colors split in suitcases to even out the load