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Big Money-Saver: Wine and Liquor Bottle Protectors Made for Travelers!

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Bringing your own wine or liquor can save you a bunch of money when you travel to certain locations. For example, drinks in Las Vegas are ridiculously expensive; it’s cheaper to enjoy some cocktails in your room (and/or head up back up there for a refill). I also know people who pack gin and whiskey when traveling from the mainland to Hawaii.

Or maybe you plan to buy something special during your travels. An Avelo trip to Sonoma Wine Country, perhaps? Heck, my local Costco doesn’t carry the excellent Kirkland bourbon — so I have to pick it up when I visit certain locations in the Midwest.

But how do you safely and affordably transport this precious cargo in checked luggage?

We used Hiltmark’s WineSafe two-pack during a recent trip to Vegas. (There are similar products available — we just happen to have the WineSafe bags.)

For about $10, you get two reusable, leak-proof, padded bags. They each fit 1.2-liter bottles.

Hiltmark's WineSafe travel packages.

Consider that a Jack and Coke for my wife and Woodford Reserve for me cost $30 total at the Mandalay Bay sports book bar. Each drink had a carefully measured single shot of its respective bourbon. Thirty bucks for two drinks? Lesson learned.

So the WineSafe two-pack was perfect for us. We brought a $12 bottle of red wine (Colby Red Blend for the win!) and a $25.99 bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon (1 liter). Our sunscreen flasks came in handy for pool time, too!

Packing them is very simple.

Open the bag —

Hiltmark's WineSafe travel packages.

— then slide in your bottles. Each bag comes with pre-cut bubble wrap to help you fill any additional space. Then close the bag with its velcro strips.

Hiltmark's WineSafe travel packages.

I dropped one of the packed bags from a height of about four feet. It survived just fine.

Just to be safe, though, we pack them between jackets or other clothing.

Hiltmark says the bags work for other glass or fragile products (statues, artwork, etc).

Don’t Forget a Vital Tool: A Travel Corkscrew

Have you ever brought a bottle of wine to your hotel room — only to discover you don’t have a way to open it? (Been there, done that.) Then this bladeless travel corkscrew is a must. And it only costs about $7.

Quick tip if you place it on your carryon: take it out of your bag and put it in a small bin before running it through the TSA scanner. This will save you a bag inspection. You may have to demonstrate to the officer that the device is bladeless. But if you check your luggage, you’re much better off putting it in one of those bags.

Final Approach

Buying alcohol during trips can be expensive and time-consuming. Bringing your own is a cheaper, more convenient option. Using the WineSafe two-pack is our preferred method — but there are many other options available.

 

If you drink, please do so legally and responsibly. Worried you have a drinking problem? Consider contacting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit SAMHSA.gov.

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3 Comments

  1. We travel internationally with liquor all the time. We have found it most effective to double vacuum seal the bottles and simply place them in the center of our checked bags within the clothes. We have never had a bottle break and are confident the thick plastic used with the vacuum sealer would prevent puncture and keep the liquid contained.

  2. Twice now I have brought back Tennesee whiskey on my monthly trips to Nashville. There is a local brand with a 70 proof coffee and salted caramel infused whiskey that is really good and we can’t get them locally in South Florida. I ended up boxing them really well and made a tape handle.

    The only downside is that bottles in a case may cause you suitcase or in my case box to be opened by TSA and inspected. In the case of the box, they opened it from the bottom and then re taped it with TSA tape. When they do a suitcase inspection, they leave a piece of paper in the suitcase saying it has been inspected.

  3. I use the wine bags as above but usually pack them in a separate box with bubble wrap around them so i do not have to check a bag on return.

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