You smell it before you see it. Your booze-soaked suitcase rolls down the luggage carousel and you know exactly what you’re going to find inside of it—broken glass. That once intact souvenir bottle you haphazardly tossed into your checked bag is in shards and the precious liquid it contained is soaking into your sweaters. Next time, heed our advice on proper packing techniques. Here, the ultimate guide to traveling with booze.
Pick the Right Suitcase
That soft duffel may be perfect for chucking in the backseat of your car for a quick weekend getaway, but it won’t do your airborne bottles any good. That loud pop you hear during takeoff isn’t just air pressure popping your ears—that’s the sound of your precious souvenirs exploding all over the checked luggage compartment. Upgrade to a hard rolling suitcase to ensure your goods aren’t crushed by that tuba the guy in 18C checked.
Stuff Your Stockings
Even if you’ve protected your liquor from an outside attack, it could still bump its way to an explosive end within your suitcase. According to Conde Nast Traveler, you can secure the innards of your luggage without the hassel of buying packing materials by repurposing your clothing. One thick, long sock can encase a bottle, while its mate wraps around the bottle’s delicate neck. A scarf then swaddles the whole bundle in stylish security.