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How to travel with your wine

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Wine on the go made easy

Just because you're traveling doesn't mean you have to go without your favorite wines. You can be on the beach, in a campground or at a fancy resort and still bring your own wine.
Woman having wine outdoors

With these portable and eco-friendly wine options or must-have carriers for safe transport of your favorite bottles, traveling with wine can be easy!

Outdoor adventures with wine

Camping, beach excursions and other outdoor adventures usually mean you have to go without wine, but only because most outdoor destinations don't allow glass for safety reasons. Thanks to the wide (and growing) variety of boxed wine, you can abide by the no-glass rules and still enjoy your vino. Here are some of the most popular boxed wines to consider for your next outdoor travel adventure.

CalNaturale

CalNaturale is boxed in flexible Tetra-Pak for ease of travel and for environmental reasons. While the packaging is eco-friendly, the grapes are certified organic and are grown in the Paso Robles Appellation without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. CalNaturale offers Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bandit Wines

Bandit Wines, also boxed in an eco-friendly and durable packaging, uses premium grapes sourced from Monterey and Napa, California. Bandit Wines offers Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Moscato and Sangria.

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Traveling on a budget with wine

To help cut the cost of traveling, you have the option to bring your own wine with you. These smart travel tips help to cut down on overpriced wines while eating out and ensures you will be drinking wine you know and enjoy.

Tips for cost-effective travel with wine in tow

  • Call ahead to verify that your destination allows you to bring your own wine. Most restaurants — both in hotels and near hotels — allow customers to bring their own wine, but typically charge a corkage fee.
  • Traveling by car is the best way to bring your own wine, as it can be stored safely in your trunk until you reach your destination.
  • Verify you can check your wine before flying! When traveling by air, not all alcohol is allowed in checked luggage. The TSA only allows up to five liters of alcohol with alcohol content between 24 percent and 70 percent, per person, and alcohol must be packaged in a sealed bottle. Alcohol over 70 percent alcohol content is not permitted and alcohol under 24 percent alcohol content is not subject to hazardous materials regulations. Alcohol that does not meet the requirements for air travel must be boxed and shipped.

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BYO wine favorites

Whether you're headed up the street for dinner at a friend's house or driving cross-country on a vacation, these wine carriers will help you get your wine safely and easily to your travel destination.

Weekend Wine bag

Weekend Wine bag (wineenthusiast.com, $25)

VinniBag

VinniBag (vinnibag.com, $28)

BottleWise Roll Up

BottleWise Roll Up (bottlewise.com, $20)

BUILT wine totes

BUILT wine totes (builtny.com, $15)

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