This time of year, travelers in the northern hemisphere start going on food and wine trips. If you’re one of them, there’s no doubt you’re going to want to bring back some vino home with you, but you’ll find yourself with a dilemma: how to pack bottles of wine so they don’t break! You can’t carry wine through security and you don’t want the bottle(s) to break in your checked luggage, ruining all of your clothes (a friend of mine actually had that happen to her and she wasn’t happy).
After the carry-on liquid rules went into effect I stopped traveling with bottles of wine simply because it wasn’t worth the risk. But now thanks to some innovative companies, you can buy bottle protectors that will make transporting wine (or olive oil) much safer in checked luggage. There are now bottle protectors on the market like the ones above from TravelSmith.com that have padded sleeves and come with padded PVC lining to prevent breakage. If a bottle does break inside, the contents are sealed with two leak-stopping zip closures and a foldover Velcro strip making it nearly impossible for the contents to leak out. You can by two for $25 and each sleeve holds a standard 750ml bottle.
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