I do a lot of traveling for wine. Just the last 6 months has seen me pop up in New York twice and Charlottesville once. Strangely enough, this means that I tend to accumulate a fair amount of wine during my travels (I know, cue the weeping and lamentations). This does tend to present a Conundrum, however. When one needs to fly these days, it tends to be very difficult to hide 750 mL of glass-encased liquid.
OK, but that’s fine, right? I’ll just check my baggage with the bottle of red stashed inside…surrounded by all of my favorite clothes because I just went to NYC for the first time. Hmm…not a recipe for success, especially as I watched the suplex being applied to my suitcase out on the tarmac. Cue: the Jet Bag (Twitter).
I received a couple sample Jet Bags in the mail just under four months ago, from Spread the News PR. I had planned to write a more extended article about this great product and was waiting for the perfect time to test out the Jet Bags. Along comes
procrastination WBC11 and I realize, bingo! I always get a tons of vino at those awesome conferences, let’s bring them on the trip! There’s nothing like a real life test scenario to well, realistically test things out. Coming back, exhausted, from Virginia, I was subjected to American Airlines definition of flight-canceling weather at O’Hare in Chicago. Never mind that no other airline appeared to be even delayed and my (slightly) discounted hotel for the few hours of no sleep night was mystified in regards to the supposed weather conditions (the Hyatt Regency O’Hare (Twitter) ROCKED, btw). All this means is that my poor luggage was beat up much more than normal and most likely sweltering all night out in a non-temperature controlled warehouse somewhere.
All that said, after I got home for work and could unpack, I discovered that my fantastic sample of 2005 Tabarrini Montefalco Colle Grimaldesco Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG (garnering an OldWorldWK badge) Italian red was perfectly safe and insulated. Very impressive. And it’s actually the simplicity of this wine product that allows me to finish this article in way under 500 words.
Open the bag, place the bottle inside the absorbent, insulated bag, close the Ziploc and place it in your luggage. Done.
I couldn’t be more pleased and thrilled to say that they’re also reusable. Starting at $15 for 3, they throw down some good value. A complete win! Check out their video of a Jet Bag in action. Cheers!