I travel for business from time-to-time. The trips are typically short and there’s often limited time to explore the destination – so I bring beer home to explore it afterwards:
I’ve experimented with different ways to fly with bottles of beer and haven’t had a single break yet. Here’s my short list of tips:
- Weigh your luggage on the way to your destination. Know the limit for the airline and how much extra weight you can spare on your return.
- A quart (750-1,000 ml) weighs around 3 pounds with the bottle. Although some can be higher and others lower, I’ve found 3 pounds to be a good average to avoid going overweight.
- I pack extra (clean) socks. You can use other things such as dirty clothes but most of my travel is fairly short so I need additional clothes and socks keep the glass from touching other glass (which is the key).
- I place a layer of clothes around the outside layer of the suitcase.
- Each bottle gets placed in a clean sock and then placed in the suitcase – I use the legs from jeans to weave another layer of fabric between the bottles. Two pairs of jeans will pad 12 bottles (use each leg separately).
- Pack the bottles tightly – they are far better to be compressed as a unit than jostling around (the photo at the end of this post contains 12 bottles which were all packed on one side of a suitcase to ensure they didn’t shift around).
- Ask if the airline has a ‘heavy’ sticker (most will ask you to place it on). When it’s heavy, people tend to take more care as they use caution in lifting heavy things.
- A fragile sticker is a controversial thing: some believe people will be mean and treat your package rougher. I believe humans are mostly good and have never had a bad experience using said sticker.
- Make sure you know the customs laws in advance if you’re crossing the border.
What tips would you add?