Just wondering about buying rum and / or Mexican vanilla with the newest airline regulations. Has anyone carried it in their checked luggage without problem? Do they help with the packaging piece in the Caribbean, knowing the new regulations? Or can you buy a case [!] of alcohol & check on the plane?
Also, 150 proof rum is not allowed back in the USA, from what I understand? Am I wrong? Has anyone tried bringing it back recently?
From what I understand (from reading several boards) the limit on liquor is 140 proof. If you want to try bringing something stronger you can try it. The worst that can happen is that you'll be charged for the duty (I think). I don't think you'll have any problem with the vanilla. You can check a case of liquor on the airlines, but don't expect it to get to your home with no breakage . (I've seen how the bags are "tossed" around .)
It's pretty much up to you whether to try it or not! Personally, we've never found anything that was worth packing in our checked luggage vs. buying it at home .
I hope someone who's actually done this will give you a better response.
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Yes, bubble wrap is the way to go, but bring enough to wrap the booze and vanilla well. I bought three bottles of vanilla and a bottle of Jamaican rum this past January. I packed the vanilla semi-tight in a ziplock bag, then put it in another bag slightly larger. I wrapped the booze in a sweatshirt I wore for the trip down--don't get me on that, I know, a sweatshirt when the weather was 25C, ya, well it as was -25C when I left for the airport...
I was peeved when I got home and opened my bags to take out the dirty laundry and stuff that needed to come out asap (even though it was around midnight). It seems homeland security at Ft. Lauderdale decided to check ONE of my suitcases and didn't repack it the way I had it. The booze didn't break, however, one of the vanilla bottles sprung a wee leak and all three bottles had to be wiped down and left in a bowl in case the leak got worse. A friend suggested a plastic container with bubblewrap or tissue around it to transport booze home.
Gotta tell ya: We bought 8 bottles in St. Thomas, forgetting that only 7 are allowed from there and 1 must come from elsewhere, but no one checked. Yes, it was beautifully packed for the airplane ride, but as DH said, they are marked as booze and they would probably never make it home. So we decided to pack them in our suitcases and they made it just fine. The problem is that your suitcases are then very heavy to haul around and all your trinkets and stuff displaced have to go into totes. That means more to tote around. Rethink this...we did...and we'll never do it again. One or two bottles, yes. Eight? Never!
Hope this helps.