Whenever we travel to wine regions, we always like to buy wine at wineries we visit. But as we often visit five, ten, or even more wineries in a single trip to popular regions, the wine we accumulate adds up (we very rarely leave any winery without a bottle- call that a good or bad habit, we'll accept either distinction).
Then we are faced with a problem that traveling wine addicts know all too well- how do you take wine on a plane?
As liquid limitations more or less discount carry-on bottles (outside of duty-free purchases abroad without a domestic connection once stateside), we turn to our checked luggage. But as these are taken outside of our control shortly after arriving at the airport, we have to take great care in how we package our wine to survive the bumps and jolts they may experience along the way.
In this one, we wanted to share some of the ways we go about checking wine in suitcases to help improve the odds of having intact bottles when we arrive home. Currently, we have used the below to bring 24 bottles home from a single trip without issue!
Disclaimer: The below steps are what we personally use to fly with wine in suitcases that are checked. Please note that this is not foolproof and there are inherent risks associated with each method. If you take bottles on a plane, be aware that they could break and airlines often want you to sign a liability waiver for products like wine. While we've had good luck with the below, we also cannot call them foolproof. As such, if you are checking wine, note that it is a risk that you are accepting on your own.