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Styrofoam Cases as Checked Luggage

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Globlauch
places 15 º 06:45 Thu 7/25/2013

Iím visiting the states and my greedy eyes have acquired more bottles than I can fit in my suitcase to bring back. Iíve seen those styrofoam 12-packs sold at places like bevMo! and Iím curious if anyone has had success checking that as luggage without any damage to the bottles inside.
Iím travelling with multiple people so we can technically split up the bottles per person without being slapped with extra taxes on our bottles per person limit at customs, so thatís no issue.

Iíd really appreciate any advice or anecdotes.

Cheers!

 
TheAlum
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beers 6373 º places 10 º 06:46 Thu 7/25/2013

Iíve used styro 12 slotters as my 2nd bag @ Southwest a couple times.

Checked as oversized baggage.

No issues.

 
Keir
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beers 180 º places 1 º 06:50 Thu 7/25/2013

We do it on every trip at this point and have never had an issue.

 
Globlauch
places 15 º 07:04 Thu 7/25/2013

Thanks kindly for the responses!
Itíll take a huge burden off of bubble wrapping things and hoping they donít break in my bags. I also noticed one bottle has a slight imperfection in the glass, that isnít really a chip - itís kind of a surface bubble chip sorta thing, and didnít want smoked stout all over my underoos...

 
BMan1113VR
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beers 7904 º places 422 º 07:38 Thu 7/25/2013

Iíve used 12 slot styros in checked bagage plenty of times on airplanes (20+). Never had an issue, but I also never have tried to go through customs with one.

 
Globlauch
places 15 º 08:04 Thu 7/25/2013

just to be sure, I donít to add extra padding inside, so long as they are 650-750 ml bottles right?

 
MacBoost
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beers 1539 º places 25 º 08:06 Thu 7/25/2013

Originally posted by Globlauch
just to be sure, I donít to add extra padding inside, so long as they are 650-750 ml bottles right?


I would add bubble wrap to eliminate bottles moving around. Itís not always a perfect fit.

 
Torontoblue
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beers 85 º places 43 º 08:11 Thu 7/25/2013

Donít even need to add bubble wrap; just use newspaper around the neck of the bottle, that stops movement, too. Just check in as an extra bag, mark the box as fragile and Bobís Yer Uncle. Done this a few times and everything comes through fine. The outer box doesnít even have a ding or mark.

 
StefanSD
beers 2218 º places 45 º 15:22 Thu 7/25/2013

TSA usually leaves me a note that they opened and inspected, but no issues yet.

 
pinkie
beers 470 º places 10 º 15:25 Thu 7/25/2013

Donít be afraid of customs. Fill out the forms and declare what you have. Most of the time the amount you think is great enough to cause you to pay additional tax is not even worthy of anyoneís attention.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/190/~/bringing-alcohol-%28including-homemade-wine%29-to-the-u.s.-for-personal-use


http://www.dutycalculator.com/?gclid=CInekZ7Zy7gCFY6k4AodQiMAsQ

 
HighWine
beers 955 º places 29 º 15:27 Thu 7/25/2013

I like to put a small wad of newspaper underneath each bottle, too. It helps with rattling and protects if the bottom of the styro should break. When you land go straight to baggage claim. Airlines insure luggage but not boxes so if it gets stolen youíre out of luck.