Wrap Your Bottle in Thick Clothing!
Whether you’re traveling to a wine destination or just a really cool city, you could find yourself falling in love with a bottle of wine…and wanting to bring a few home. When I used to travel from Boston to New York, it wasn’t unusual for me to tote a bottle home. And when I returned from Toronto a year ago, my bags were bulging with ice wine. It was annoying while I was in transit, but I still have a bottle left (which I’m planning to crack open this weekend).
Wine can be difficult to transport. The bottles aren’t small, and they’re a bit heavy. To make matters worse, they’re breakable. The worst-case scenario, of course, is a broken bottle of wine that absolutely drenches (and possibly ruins) everything in your luggage.
So, it’s all about managing risk. Here’s what you can do:
1. Ask questions: Before you even think about how to get a few bottles of wine home, get some advice from the wine shop. They’ll probably have ideas that haven’t occurred to you … and you probably aren’t the first person to ask.
2. Face facts: Getting one or two bottles home is easy. Transporting a case, however, is not. You’ll need to balance greed and practicality. If you plan to make a major buy (like a case), having it shipped home is probably a smarter move.
3. Use what you have: Like traveling with glass and other breakables, you need to take advantage of what’s already in your suitcase. Wrap your wine bottles in thick clothing, and put the bottles in the middle of your suitcases. This will provide the most protection.
4. Be judicious: If you have room in your carry-on, stash a wine bottle in it. You’ll have much more control over these bags and will be able to take better care of the wine that’s worth all this trouble! It might be a pain to carry, but you’ll be glad you did when you uncork the bottle at home.
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