The Secret to Packing Beer, Wine, Olive Oil and Other Speciality Items

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You can bring wine on a cruise ship from home

Well, you do also have the option of bringing wine or champagne on board many ships. But, if you do bring a bottle to enjoy a glass of wine at dinner, take for example Carnival’s wine policy:

“A $15 USD corkage fee, per 750 ml bottle, will be charged should guests wish to consume their wine or champagne in the main dining room, steakhouse or bar.”

What Type of Suitcase To Use

If you regularly bring beer or wine home from a trip, you’ll want to invest in a sturdy, durable hard-shell suitcase. The ideal piece of luggage should have a rigid, hard-sided structure. Bags with collapsible walls, such as duffels, are not suited for transporting such delicate cargo.

The hard outer shell of the suitcase will ensure that, whether the bag gets thrown around a lot by baggage handlers or ends up at the bottom of the cargo hold with tens of other suitcases piled on top of it, the weight won’t press down on your suitcase contents and potentially break anything fragile inside. It’s true that some soft or fabric suitcases are still durable enough to provide protection, especially if you make sure the fragiles are well-padded, but you have no control of what happens to your suitcase once it gets put on that conveyor belt behind the front desk to go to the great cargo hold in the literal sky, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Aside from a heavy-duty suitcase, you also want to make sure the bottle or cans are safely wrapped up and packaged. 

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Drink responsibly at sea

However you get your alcohol, DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

Being at sea is different from being on land.

If you do irrational things on land as a result of drinking too much, maybe you’ll just fall flat on your face and wake up on the ground the next day.

If you do irrational things at sea as a result of drinking too much, well, you can fall into the ocean never to be found again. The vast majority of man overboard situations likely involve drunk people.

Will Beer Cans Explode In Checked Luggage?

No. The cargo hold is pressurized just like the cabin. Your beer cans won’t explode because of air pressure.

However, luggage handlers are not renowned for being the most gentle people. Your beer cans or bottles could be damaged due to handling issues. For example, your suitcase being thrown around.

For this reason, you still need to pack beer carefully in your checked luggage when flying.

Can I bring any type of alcohol on the plane?

If your booze is unopened and 140 proof or less, you can safely bring your alcohol on board. Anything over 140 proof is prohibited, though, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition to alcohol, here are some other things you might not know you can take on an airplane.

Packing Music Instruments in Your Suitcase

If you’re a musician, traveling with a musical instrument can be a real struggle. Especially if you’re traveling with the larger ones, like the cello, a guitar, or a contrabass. Smaller instruments like flutes, ukuleles, violins tend to be easier. You should begin by checking in with the airline for any specific rules, as each airline can have different directives. Most commonly, smaller instruments that fit the size restrictions of a carry-on can be taken with you onto the plane. On the other hand, larger instruments have to be either checked-in or you can purchase a separate airline seat for them. I’d advise you to always call the airline before buying tickets and inquire about specific musical instruments; they’ll usually help you to find the best solution.

When it comes to packing your musical instruments, you should follow these tips:

  • Always purchase insurance for your checked musical instruments, as most professional-grade instruments are extremely expensive, and the last thing you want to do is pay to replace them. As with many things, the cost of insurance is minimal compared to the price of replacement.
  • If you plan on checking in the larger instruments, make sure to pack them in a hard case, as this dramatically increases the chances of your instrument surviving the flight.
  • If your musical instrument fits in a suitcase, make sure to pack it really well. That means stuffing the hollow parts with clothes, like socks and t-shirts, and wrap them in a thick layer of soft clothes to avoid any damage.
  • Always detune string instruments before packing as the pressure changes could snap some strings.
  • For guitars, violins, cellos, and similar instruments, consider packing a case humidifier to avoid any damage.

The Verdict

If you want to fly with beer you need to pack it inside your checked luggage. If you are flying across borders you will probably need to declare your beer when you land and you might need to pay some tax.

Given that checked luggage usually costs more than flying carry-on only. You need a pretty solid reason for flying with beer.

It might be better to consider other ways to get the beer where you want it to go. I would also check online beer retailers and see if they can deliver the beer I want before trying to fly with beer.

Also, consider checked to see if your beer can be transported by courier instead of taking it with you on the plane.

But then I do love to pack light and fly carry on only.

The Best Materials for Packing Fragile Items

When it comes to packing materials, it really depends on the situation. When traveling, most of the time you’re limited on the materials that you can choose, so you have to be creative about what you choose. If the material is soft and flexible, you should be good to go.

Bubble wrap. From my own experience, this is the best material for packaging wine, beer, champagne, and other alcoholic beverages. We like to use it as an extra precaution because we don’t want the drink to spill all over my baggage. When we know I’ll be returning with a few bottles of wine, we usually bring a sheet of bubble wrap. If you forget to bring some with you, it’s readily available to find in bookstores, DIY stores, stores like Home Depot.

Clothes. They’re the next best thing after bubble wrap and don’t result in extra space and weight. Usually, synthetics work better as they’re elastic and soft by nature.

Containers and boxes. For really fragile items, like wine glasses, dishes, and plates, a cardboard or wooden box works excellent. Usually, they’re available in bookstores, DIY stores, and local post offices.

Ziploc bags. If you’re packing liquids, a Ziploc bag is a must to protect against any spillages.

Paper. This works best for packing wine glasses, mugs, dishes, other glassware, and ceramics.

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Can I buy alcohol in a duty-free shop in the airport and bring it on the plane?

If you purchase alcohol in a duty-free shop, you can generally take it with you on the plane – but that doesn’t mean it can travel with you the entire way home. If you have a connecting flight and need to pass through a TSA security checkpoint, your bags are once again subject to carry-on restrictions, which means anything over the 3.4 ounce limit needs to go in your checked baggage. This can be especially frustrating to learn during a layover, as you may not have access to your checked bags to check your alcohol (though you will likely have to claim your baggage and re-check it if you’re re-entering the U.S. and then have a connecting domestic flight). To be safe, be sure to purchase your duty-free alcohol at the last airport you visit before arriving in your final destination to avoid losing it at a security checkpoint.

Never Fear Flying With Beer or Wine Again

Now, next time you hop on a plane to take a trip or are coming home from a vacation, you’ll know exactly how to make sure that the wonderful bottle of wine you tried at that scenic vineyard or those couldn’t-leave-without lagers from that hip brewery will make it to their final destination safe and sound.

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