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There are several ways to get that precious bottle home safely.
A member of Team Daily Sip often tells a tragic story in which he packed a bottle of vintage Port in his checked luggage, and arrived at his destination with a bag full of stained apparel and broken glass. Should you buy a bottle of wine during your long-weekend travels this summer (that you plan to tote home), you needn't suffer a similar fate.
Since the TSA banned reasonable-sized liquid containers on airplanes, plenty of products have been introduced.
A couple years ago, we let you know about the Wine Diaper, a padded, sealable plastic bag that encapsulates a bottle for safe stowage in your luggage. Should the worst happen, the absorbent padding soaks up all the wine, protecting the rest of your bag's contents. The product has since been updated and renamed the JetBag. It's not only a much better name, you can see the product (three for $15) tested here.
Alternatively, you could try one of two inflatable, reusable wine protectors--the WineHug ($20-$25) or the VinniBag ($28). Or you could opt for the more stylish roll-up case by BottleWise ($20), a company that also offers nicer, larger wine carry cases that range up to $130.
Lastly, there’s the ever so simple bottle-shaped pack of bubble wrap by Wine Skin (two for $11), made by the same folks who produce the Wine Shield (a thin layer of plastic that floats atop the wine in an unfinished bottle, protecting the remaining contents from oxidizing).
Admittedly, all these options seem better than wrapping the bottle in a t-shirt and throwing caution to the wind...which is what went wrong with the Port. If you've tried any of the aforementioned travel bags or have another proven wine-transport method, share it with us here.
Tags: jetbag, winehug, vinnibag, wine skin, wine shield