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Snooth User: Dr Brock

Envoy or Bottlewise wine case for air travel

Posted by Dr Brock, Sep 21, 2010.

Has anyone used the Envoy 2-bottle aluminum wine case for air travel? My fiance' and I need to take a bottle of champagne with us to our wedding (we are flying), and we would also like to bring back a bottle or two from our honeymoon in France. The airline said we could put it in our checked baggage if it was in a waterproof bag and was well padded. The Envoy doesn't say it is waterproof, but I think we could put the bottles in the Wine Skins inside the case. There is also a good review of the Bottlewise soft case. Has anyone used that one? Any advice?


Reply by dmcker, Sep 21, 2010.

So you're only looking for a couple of bottles worth of capacity? Or are you looking for a separate piece of check in luggage that can carry, say, six 750ml bottles?

There are easier ways of storing wine in your checkin, such as the Wine Mummy, or homemade solutions. I still dream of the pre-9/11 days when you could carry on a cardboard 12pack into the cabin, and store it in the overhead compartment....

Reply by Dr Brock, Sep 21, 2010.

We just need something that will carry 2 bottles. Is the Wine Mummy really sufficient? I've had a bottle that was wrapped in bubble wrap broken in my luggage before, so I think a hard case like the Envoy might be a better solution.

Reply by wine not 292929, Nov 28, 2010.

I too had a couple of bottles that were wrapped very well in my luggage break.  Now I use WineHug when traveling with wine in luggage.  When traveling with many bottles of wine, I'll check in my wine trolley.  I always add fragile stickers to wine that is checked in with the airlines.


Reply by wineydoc, Nov 28, 2010.

what a great idea!!  fragile stickers, so the luggage handlers know which bags to throw REALLY hard! 

this thread actually will be helpful for me, too, as i plan to send a couple of bottles home with my sister when she comes to visit for the holidays.  after looking at the products each of you has described, i think i'm going to get a couple of the wine hugs, and put them inside the envoy.  that should survive the plane exploding!

Reply by outthere, Nov 28, 2010.


If you plan on up to a case of wine then The Wine Check is the one for you.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Nov 29, 2010.

Words to never put in the same sentence: plane. explo... you get the picture.  Headline:  Wine website shut down in FBI raid.  Seriously, I remember the good old days, you'd take it on board.  I once packed some beer in a suitcase... what a mistake! I was 21 and on one of my first business trips, they had this craft beer in Wisconsin I liked, bought it in Chicago, stuck it in a piece of luggage.  I do really worry about shipping stuff like Champagne on a plane--the baggage handlers have no incentive to treat it well.

Reply by winetrvl, Sep 26, 2011.

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 26, 2011.

There are quite a few other options presented in the thread underneath my very first post on Snooth entitled 'How to transport wine internationally'.

Reply by GregT, Sep 27, 2011.

I wouldn't really go out and buy something for only 2 bottles. You can go to your local wine store and ask them if they'd sell you a 2-bottle styro pack.  If you send me your address, I'll send you one.  Warning - I don't know how to get private messages on this forum any more, so until they restore that feature, I won't see your note!

Anyhow, the styro container in a box is how wine is shipped all around the world.  And you can spend the money you save on your honeymoon, not a wine carrier.

You can tape up the box and then check it as luggage.

Alternatively, wrap the bottle in bubble wrap and put in your luggage.  I do it all the time.

Alternatively, take a 12-bottle box with the styro insert.  It's built for exactly what you're talking about.  Fill it with wine when you're over in France.  I do that frequently too.

If you're set on getting a special container just for wine, get a Pelican case.  They're made to transport fragile photography, sound, surveying equipment.  They make one for keeping files in on construction sites that's pretty nice.  These are all built to run a truck over and make it through heavy construction so theyre strong.  They were smart and took that file container and made a foam insert for it that fits perfectly and holds 8 bottles.  They call that the Wine Cruzer and charge you a few hundred more because it has the insert.  Just buy the case w/out the insert - I can't remember the model but you can look it up.  Comes in orange, yellow, tan and black.  Then you wrap your bottles in bubble wrap and stash in that container.  It takes rough handling and if you wrap well, you can fit 10 bottles instead of 8.  I have one of those and it's made it all over the US and all over Europe.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 27, 2011.

Great practical suggestions, Greg.

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