Packing for a trip can be a stressful exercise. Not only do all the travel plans and accommodations have to be attended to, but also the question of what to bring along must be considered. And then considered again. And then double and triple checked. Finally, our lives are compressed down into a suitcase, and somehow everything important and necessary must fit into a travel bag. Luckily, when traveling with wine that means getting to choose up to a dozen bottles to bring along.
The VinGardeValise ($169.99) is a wine suitcase. When packed with a full case of wine, the valise weighs less than 43 pounds. Keeping the precious fluid safe is a removable foam interior and concealed steel support bars, all packed inside a polycarbonate shell. If you must insist on bringing other items for your trip such as clothes and toiletries, the foam interior is made so that it can be rearranged as necessary.
No doubt this traveling wine cocoon fulfills a specific need that most travelers will not need. Those that do, however, might welcome the fact that the wine suitcase will be available with a Trakdot Luggage Tracker option for about $80 more. The VinGardeValise comes with a pocket designed to hold the tracking device, while the device itself (can be placed in any checked bag) notifies users via text or e-mail the location of the bag upon landing -- not only supplying peace of mind regarding the suitcase's whereabouts, but also making it easy to find the wine after a hectic day of traveling.