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