According to the Travel Industry Association, 17 percent of American leisure travelers, or 27.3 million people, have engaged in culinary or wine-related activities while traveling. That would include us, and probably you. And it most definitely includes my friend Kristi.
All the kids in the marketplace say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian…
~ The Bangles, “Walk Like An Egyptian”
Before we went to Sonoma for Barrel Tasting last month we told you about another product Kristi found that will help make sure your unmentionables do not disembark the plane covered in red wine. As usual, on this last trip we bought more wine than would keep our suitcases to under 50 lbs, so we ended up having to ship four bottles home, and pack the rest. Since we hadn’t time to order and receive our Bottlewise, I improvised. All dark clothes in one suitcase, with four bottles of wine each wrapped in paper, then plastic ziplocs, then rolled in a couple pairs of jeans. Way too much work when one is on vacation.
Kristi is off again to another fabulous vacation, and in the process of preparing she found yet another great product to help keep your wine purchases safely unbroken in your checked baggage. And she left a little purple Post-It stuck to my keyboard so I could pass it along to you.
Hey Big Daddy meet the Wine Mummy
Recall the travel tips from the good people at Bottlewise:
- Bottles in carry-on luggage, even if done so by accident, are confiscated at security check points. Few provisions, if any, are available for quickly packing and shipping bottles once in the airport. Most passengers report having to give up a good bottle or drink it before being allowed through security.
- Airport security personnel will typically x-ray and, if necessary, manually inspect the contents of your checked luggage. Even if you took great care to wrap your bottles in clothing, there’s no guarantee that a TSA agent with a back log of bags to inspect will be as careful. With BottleWise, it’s easy to quickly zip the Bot’lPak back up and ensure the bottle stays safe throughout the flight.
- Under normal conditions luggage compartments on modern aircraft are pressurized so there is no risk to bottles popping an unopened cap or cork. It is not recommended that you transport open or re-corked bottles.
- Airlines do not provide compensation for damage to luggage contents created from spills or leaks. Passengers are generally advised to take the necessary precautions to protect bottles and other glass in their bags.
- Some airlines have their own alcohol restrictions so it’s wise to check beforehand just to be safe. In addition, some States in the US restrict the transport of wine and alcohol so be sure to know the rules of your state before you fly.
Developed in response to the Transportation Safety Administrations (TSA) restrictions on liquids in carry-on luggage, the Wine Mummy is a padded, zip-sealed travel bag designed to protect bottles when transported inside your checked luggage.
A durable double layer polybag with layers of bubble padding, the Wine Mummy will hold a 750ml wine, spirit or champagne bottle. At dimensions of 17” H x 7” W, the Wine Mummy’s compact size can easily be stored inside suitcases of nearly all sizes.
Vino Amici, maker of Wine Mummy, is a Torrance, CA-based company that develops and markets wine and travel accessories. The company is currently offering the Wine Mummy for M.S.R.P of $4.95, or in multi-packs of 2 for $9.75, 3 for $14.50 and 5 for $19.95. the company offers either single orders for individuals, or bulk orders for companies who wish to customize the bag with their company logo. For more information check out their site at www.winemummy.com
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