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  • Writer's pictureChristine Hopkins

How to Travel with Wine


One of my hats is an independent wine consultant and, as you can guess, wine is typically part of my travel. One of the perks of this job is sharing my favorite wines when I travel with family and friends and bringing back wine to enjoy at home.


According to the FAA, it’s all about the alcohol content! So lucky for you, wine is lower than spirits.

Alcohol less than 24% alcohol by volume (ABV) or 48 proof, like wine:

  • For your carry-on, you are limited to containers of 3.4oz or less that can fit comfortably in one quart-sized, clear, zip-top bag. If it’s overflowing from the bag, that isn’t comfortable. But, honestly, who wants to fool with that.

  • For checked bags, there is no limit! I wish this were true when I was in college. Domestically, I have checked six bottles of wine for a trip to visit family. I’m sure you understand. But, if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to check. When I went to Italy, I was able to bring back two bottles in my checked luggage.

Here are my essential tools for traveling with wine.

Don’t you remember the days of wrapping up your wine in clothes or a hotel towel and keeping your fingers crossed it will make it back on the flight unscathed? Well, things have come a long way.


Wine Wings

Let me say - 4 Pack Wine Wings Reusable Bottle Protector Sleeve Travel Bag Luggage Leak Safe. Yes, these things work. You won’t have to hassle with wrapping your wine in clothes and saying a prayer beforehand. No one wants red wine to ruin their dress for the wedding you’re attending.


Wine Carrier

If you’re taking a road trip, Wine Enthusiast 6-Bottle Wine Bag - Waxed Canvas Weekend Wine Carrier is reasonably priced and will carry six bottles. It has thick thermal insulation and includes a reusable ice pack that keeps pre-chilled wine cool during transport for a picnic or a weekend getaway.


And, just in case…

Wine Opener

My favorite is the Hicoup Wine Opener. Remember, don’t bring this in your carry-on. Instead, pack this in your luggage. You never know if the hotel has a crappy wine opener.


Red Wine Stain Remover

You never know… Chateau Spill Red Wine Stain Remover is something to keep in your purse, but check it when traveling.


There are my favorite essentials for traveling with wine. If you’re interested in learning more about being a wine consultant, let’s connect. Find me on Instagram and request more information on my wine link.



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