6 Essential Tips on How to Pack Your Drinks When Travelling

6 Essential Tips on How to Pack Your Drinks When Travelling

Packing drinks (alcohol/beer) in a suitcase has been a bit of a challenge to most travellers. This article guides travellers on how to pack a suitcase, travel packing, how to pack alcohol in checked luggage, how to pack wine in a suitcase, how to pack beer in checked luggage, how to pack alcohol in your checked luggage, can you pack a bottle of liquor in your luggage, can you take glass bottles in checked luggage

Remember that famous line from the ‘Cups’ song in PITCH PERFECT that makes you want to pack some drinks when travelling? If you have forgotten, let us remind you: “I got my ticket for the long way ‘round; Two bottle ‘a whiskey for the way.”Now you remember, don’t you just want to pack up a bottle or two for that long trip home this Christmas?

Packing drinks, along with your clothes and other stuff, is never an easy task even for the ones who start packing a week to the travel date. However, a few tips always come in handy so you can have your bottles well laid, and your luggage still intact.

1. Know your Aviation Rules

It is important to have a good knowledge of the aviation rules before taking alcohol along with you on your journey. If you are going by road or rail, do well to research on the transport company’s regulations on alcohol as well as that of the Railway Corporation. This will help you know exactly what volume of alcohol you can take on your trip. For example, you are not allowed to carry more than 100ml of alcohol on your carry-on luggage.

2. Choose the Right Bottle Sizes

It is impossible to fit a 4L bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label into a small suitcase. That means you should go for a bottle size that is compatible with your bag. This will allow you to pack the bottle neatly, with a lot less clumsy carrying. Also, consider the weight of the bottle so as not to exceed the weight limit. Note that the weight limit on most checked luggage is 50 pounds, and a full 750 ml bottle of liquor weighs a little under 3 pounds (1400 grams).

3. Wrap the Bottles

A sweater, jeans, socks, sweatshirts, or whatever thick material of clothing. The general rule of thumb here is “the thicker, the better.” Pay special attention to the neck of the bottle, because most bottles break once the neck is cracked or broken. It is much safer to wrap the bottle in a ziplock bag before wrapping with your thick clothes. This way, if the bottle gets broken before reaching your destination, you can control the damage, as well the stop splinters from getting into your clothes.

4. Pad your Bag

You do not need extra pads or foams to do this, your clothes are enough padding. This creates a soft layer for the bottles to make sure that there is no way any of the bottles can touch the sides of your suitcase or travelling bag. Use shirts as your base, but make sure not to pack the suitcase to be too full – you need space to pack your bottles. Use shoes on the sides, or folded pants, jeans, or sweatshirts – just make sure to provide that extra layer of protection between the bottles and your suitcase.

5. Layer your Bottles

When layering your bottles into the suitcase, make sure to place the head of the bottle pointing to the bottom of the other bottle. Place a pair of flip-flops or another thick material of clothing in between the two bottles to stop from coming in contact with each other.

6. Top off your Padding

This is the time to use towels, books, blankets and all your remaining clothes to pad your suitcase again before closing and zipping it up. This is just as important as the base padding as it provides protection for your bottles.


If you carefully follow these tips, it is possible to travel with wine, whisky, beer, champagne or vodka without having any of the bottles broken. If you are the one who loves travelling with alcohol a lot of times, it is better to buy a dedicated suitcase for your drinks like a beer or wine case.

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