Traveling with wine is not as easy as it used to be.
Previously, you were able to just put bottles of wine in your carry-on bag and bring them on the plane. Unfortunately, due to stricter security measures, this is no longer an option.
TSA prohibits all containers of liquids over 3.4 ounces from being passing through security. The only way to carry wine on to the plane is to buy it from one of the airport shops– not quite as “special” of a souvenir!
What many people don’t realize is that the rules that apply to checked luggage are actually much less restrictive. There are, in fact, no limitations on the amount of wine that can be transported in a checked bag. The U.S Customs and Border Protection website states:
There is no federal limit on the amount of alcohol a traveler may import into the U.S. for personal use.
Passengers flying in/out of the US can travel with an unlimited amount of alcohol in their checked-luggage, as long as it is under 24% alcohol volume (which even the highest % wines should be!).
Wine Bag vs. Wine Skin
Single bottle transport bags such as Wine Skins are great for loading 2-3 wine bottles into your checked bag. But what if you’ve just spent a week trekking through Italy tasting wine and have 10-12 bottles that you want to bring back? There is a hot item on the market that allows you to check a full case of wine. Is it good investment?… We think so!
The Wine Check Wine Bag allows you to pack 12 bottles of wine and check the bag, while staying well under the 50 lb. weight limit for checked baggage. Your wine is enclosed in a wine shipper box inside a padded case. The Wine Check is collapsible and reusable, so you can store it and use it whenever you want to take wine with you. This is perfect for trips where international shipping is costly.
- Lightweight – the bag itself is under 5 lbs, so it won’t exceed the weight limit for checked luggage, even with 12 bottles of wine in tow.
- Easy to transport, with an attached strap and wheels.
- Collapsable – can be easily stored when not in use.
- Reusable and durable.
- Less expensive than shipping a case of wine (especially for international travel).
- “Safer” than shipping the wine – You run less of a risk of your wine getting lost or damaged.
Some customers complain that the bag is a bit difficult to wheel. The handle doesn’t extend and it only has two wheels. Would be easier to transport if the design had an extendable handle and/or 4 wheels instead of 2.
While the bag itself is pretty durable, the styrofoam inserts are less so and may need to be replaced after a few uses.
Despite some small “flaws” in the product design, if you are a traveling wine aficionado who frequently seeks to transport wine from destination to destination, investing in a Wine Check Bag is worth the $75!