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The process of loading/unloading luggage from an airplane may imply some strong impacts, which can break your suitcase and/or its contents.
Grumpy employees may also be the cause in some cases…Have a look at the following footage that I shot three years ago.
In this video I’ll show you how to transport wine on a flight.
Breaking a single bottle of red wine would imply not only losing a bottle of that that precious drink, but also staining irreversibly all your clothes inside the suitcase.
There are many different ways to protect the bottles, but the most important thing is that they must be isolated from each other, from any hard objects inside the suitcase and from the walls, which will receive all the impacts from outside. Also, the suitcase must be full, so that nothing moves inside.
In this case I’m transporting 5 bottles of top quality Argentinian red wine (Rutini) and one of Spanish sherry (Jerez oloroso Canasta) (only four bottles of wine are seen here, but I’ll introduce the fifth one later).
First of all, cover the bottom of the suitcase putting soft items on the uppermost part.
For the first three bottles, I’m using bubble wrap. I will hit it afterwards to verify that the bottles are properly isolated from each other (i.e. when you hit them it does not have to sound like glass hitting glass).
For bottles 4 and 5 I’ll use a remaining bubble wrap and a soft net used to protect a wine glass.
For the sixth bottle, I’ll use a polo shirt which will introduce later into a plastic bag (so that if it breaks the wine doesn’t spill over) and will wrap later with a short.
I will put these three bottles into a plastic bag in order to avoid any unwanted spills should one or more bottles break.
Remember to put the bottles facing the upper part of the suitcase.
I’ll place these two bottles onto the others and hit them. Again, you don’t have to hear glass hitting glass.
Now that the bottles are isolated from each other, they need to be isolated from outside.
For this purpose, you can use all sorts of objects, like shoes, sandals, rolled clothes, you name it.
Put all the remaining clothes on top. Now the bottles will be isolated from all sides.
Close the suitcase
Now, it is very important that you hit firmly and strongly the suitcase from all possible sides. Again, you don’t have to hear glass hitting glass.
I use a TSA recognized padlock. I’d recommend you to use one of this type instead of the standard ones in order to avoid that a custom agent damages or breaks your lock or even the suitcase.
The last part is to weigh the suitcase. Wine bottles are heavy, let alone five plus a 1 liter bottle of sherry.
I’m flying Aerolineas Argentinas, which allows only 20 Kg (44 Lb). There’s always a tolerance, but you should not exceed it by far.
This scale is very useful for traveling. I bought it on Amazon. The link below. It costs 8 USD approx.
This time I exceeded the limit by 2 kg or 10%, but eventually they didn’t say anything.
After a 2.5 hours I arrived In São Paulo. My suitcase and everything inside, included the six bottles, arrived in perfect condition.
The tracks used are all from YouTube audio library.
1. Spanish Summer by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
2. Abracadabra, Silent Partner
3. Everyday, Jason Farnham
My apologies for the bad quality of this video, but I had poor lighting and was using one hand to handle the camera and the other to pack.
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