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How To Pack Alcohol In Checked Luggage For Airline Travel

How To Pack Alcohol In Checked Luggage For Airline Travel

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I have to be honest sometimes, on vacation at an all-inclusive, I want to bring some alcohol home with me. You know, when they stock the bar in your room with full bottles of alcohol, and you just can’t resist? Or you can’t pass up that fantastic bottle of wine as a gift for friends. For this reason, we will discuss how to pack alcohol in checked luggage.

Some questions need answers before we answer the big question. Like, can you pack alcohol, and what are the regulations? So, first, let’s examine some of these and then answer the big question.

Can I Bring Alcohol In A Checked Bag When Flying?

Yes! Packing alcohol in your checked bags is perfectly legal, but there are a couple of regulations to follow.

  • You may take wine, beer cans or bottles, and spirits.
  • The alcohol content must be between 24%-70% ABV. 
  • No more than 5 liters of alcohol per bag per person.
  • The bottle must be in the original manufacturer’s retail packaging and sealed.

TSA, And Airline Regulations 

With all of the information, I found the regulations vary according to each airline, each country, and TSA rules. The guidelines I listed here are only that, a guide to follow. However, if you plan to transport alcohol in your checked bags, read the rules for the airlines you will fly, whether domestic flights or international. If you are traveling on an international flight, check with the customs office of the country you visit.

OK, So These Answers Lead Us To, How To Pack Alcohol In Checked Luggage

Now that we have a fair idea of the guidelines to travel with alcohol and you have read TSA (Transportation Security Administration) regulations let’s figure out the best way to pack alcohol in a checked bag. 

So you went on vacation and are bringing home some wine as gifts. You might find some bubble wrap or tape, but right now, you have an entire suitcase of packing materials known as clothes. 

The only problem is you don’t want to ruin all of your clothes with red wine stains. The baggage handlers throw your luggage around from the baggage car to the baggage carousel a few times. The chances of breakage are pretty high if not packed properly.

We can help with some tips for packing alcohol in checked luggage without ruining your clothes. So your bottles of alcohol must be secure and cushioned, and what is the best way to accomplish this task? Let’s get started.

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3 Ways To Pack Alcohol In Checked Luggage

These are 3 suggestions on how to pack your alcohol to bring it home safely on vacation or to take it along with you. 

Packing With What You Have

  • Get Your Bottles Of Alcohol Ready For Travel. Ensure your alcohol meets all the regulations and requirements for packing in checked luggage.
  • Pack Your Liquids Into Ziplock Bags
  • Check your bags and clothing for sharp objects or zippers. Use the softest clothing in your baggage to pack your bottles.
  • Pack each bottle that is in a zip lock bag into a shoe to stabilize it, then wrap that up in a few layers of clothing. 
  • The more full your case is, the better it will stabilize your bottles of alcohol. 
  • Put the bottles right smack dab in the middle of your suitcase with padding on every side, including the top and bottom. 

Packing With Purchased Supplies

  • Get Your Bottles Of Alcohol Ready For Travel. Ensure your alcohol meets all the regulations and requirements for packing in checked luggage.
  • Pack your bottles into ziplock bags
  • Once they are in the sealed bag, wrap them up with bubble wrap and seal with packing tape all the way around the bubble wrap, top to bottom to side to side. 
  • The more clothes in your case, the better it will stabilize your bottles of alcohol. 
  •  Put the bottles right smack dab in the middle of your suitcase with padding on every side, including the top and bottom. 

Packing With The Assistance Of The Supplier

If you purchased your alcohol for a gift, you could ask the retailer if they can individually seal your bottles in leak-proof bags. In other words, do they have a way to ensure the alcohol does not get on your clothing if the bottle breaks?

A zip lock bag may leak or become punctured on a sharp piece of glass from a broken bottle, which would be a mess. So the key to packing alcohol in checked luggage is not to prevent leaking but to prevent breakage. Because if it breaks, it will leak in a zip lock baggie. 

If you are lucky enough to have someone seal the alcohol bottle to prevent leakage, then follow the steps above under “packing with what you have” and complete your packing process.

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Quick Video on Packing Alcohol in Checked Luggage

Here’s a quick video on how you can safely pack your alcohol in your checked luggage.

How To Pack Alcohol In Checked Luggage – Conclusion

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First things first, read all guidelines and regulations to fly with alcohol. 

Then follow the steps above to pack alcohol for travel, and wrap tape, wrap, and tape some more? Pack as tightly with as much padding and place it directly in the middle of your luggage. Cushion, support, stabilize and arrive home with an intact bottle of alcohol and clothes that are not affected by their temporary traveling alcohol companion. 

Know the maximum weight allowed per suitcase and when you are all packed, weigh your luggage so you do not exceed the weight limits. 

Happy Travels, My Friends

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Laura Fuller

My name is Laura Fuller, I am a fanatic about luggage and all types of travel. I will be your luggage pilot to help you make the right choice for your travel needs.

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