The problem is to bring everything home. All travelers who smuggle even a single bottle of Havana Club know how it goes: the last day of your trip, you wrap your treats in dirty clothes, place alcoholic beverages in the center of your padded suitcase and hope that everything will go for the best. you watch an airline terminal agent suddenly throwing your soft suitcase on the treadmill. I have never broken a bottle so far, but my nervousness is still enough to push me to drink.
Good news, Boozehounds. One solution is there: the VinGardeValise, a suitcase specially designed for traveling with wine (or other types of glass-liquid combinations).
The VinGardeValise is a spinner-style hard case (18 x 13.5 x 27 inches), with four independent wheels and a typical telescopic handle. The manufacturer claims that the outer shell is made from an "exclusive compound material", which looks like a type of nylon. Close it by sliding it to the middle and you will find two identical compartments, each covered with its own zipper flap. Under each of these flaps are three large bricks of foam each with two cuts in the shape of a bottle of wine. (With six foam bricks in total, the total capacity is 12 bottles.)
This should be pretty obvious how it works; just slip a bottle into each case, close it and you're ready to go. A few small touches of foam in the holster will give you additional flexibility to more fully pad the sloping shoulders of Burgundy bottles or other differently shaped carafes. A variety of straps both inside and outside the case allow you to be absolutely certain that nothing will explode, and a combination lock approved by the TSA is also standard if you are concerned about the porter will try to pinch you in your duty. -No blue free.
Not in wine, but you still want that kind of protection? Seven different foam inserts are offered as add-ons, designed to allow you to carry beer bottles, wine glasses or any other breakable object if you opt for the modular DIY insert. These inserts cost between 40 and 50 dollars each.
I will start with the good news. the best news, really. The VinGardeValise works like a champion. I sent 10 bottles of wine from the IAH from Houston to SFO via the checked luggage of an airline, and they did not move an inch in transit, or throwing the suitcase home to try to detach objects. Packed with wine, it's solid. He feels incredibly safe because he is clear, and I can tell from the (unfortunate) reading of the scratches on the silver case that nobody during the trip handled the file with care. (Black, blue and burgundy options are also available.) In case of disappearance, a HomingPIN tag with a one year subscription adds another level of trust.
On its feet, the case is incredibly easy to handle, with well tuned wheels and a handle that stretches almost to my size. But the VGV is not as easy to handle – not just because of its weight, but because of the operation of the handles. Since the case is symmetrical, a single handle on the side and on the top will not work: the case splits in half in the middle of the handles. Instead, the casing includes two handles hinged to either side of this slot, which bend inward and meet in the middle; you catch both when you haul the case. But the handles do not fit together and allow a rather voluminous and uncomfortable grip. They also tend to annoy when you try to decompress the file.
Speaking of weight, this is another problematic part of the Grand VinGardeValise 05. The empty case weighs only 13.5 lbs. Twelve bottles of wine weigh 40 pounds. Together, you exceed the 50-pound limit imposed by most airlines on checked baggage (which is why I shipped only 10 bottles in my test). The VinGardeValise Petite 03, with a capacity of eight bottles, could be a better bet for most travelers, except the hardest of alcoholic dogs.
The last problem should be obvious: with 12 bottles of wine in the box, your clothes are no longer a place, which would be a very interesting week abroad, but not very practical. The solution is just as obvious: remove half of the inserts and use half of the holster for your belongings, the other half for alcohol. I've managed to comfortably get a value of one week of clothes in one side of the case, and enterprising people can also squeeze some extra clothes into the space between the two sides of the hull.
On the other hand, this strategy involves traveling with a larger suitcase than you would have otherwise wanted to take – and at $ 330 that one. It takes a particular type of drinker to start a trip with a half-empty suitcase, sure it will be filled in time for the return. But hey, I believe in you.
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