I love whisky.
I love drinking whisky. I love drinking whisky everywhere. But since personal-portable-bars have not been invented yet, I sometimes need to find alternative ways to transport my whisky. Whether I’m going on a cross-country trip or I’m crossing the Pacific Ocean, one thing is for certain, whisky is on the menu. To make it easier to enjoy the golden liquid on-the-go, I’ve compiled some tips that, while pretty obvious, I think are still worth mentioning.
Get a flask.
The most obvious way to have whisky on-the-go is to get yourself a flask. These things can fit in your back pocket, hang from your belt loops, hide in your purse. Hell, you can head over to Aunt Funky’s Closet and your flask can even be your purse. The flask is also an amazing way to show your personality. I have about 4 flasks, of different sizes and styles, because variety is the spice of life. You too can spice up your life with beautiful products from X Flasks, Swig Flasks or The Vintage Gentleman. But know, there are some guidelines to using a flask. A flask is meant to be a fun, but discreet way to enjoy your whisky. You got to play it cool but confident. As such, sipping from your flask while backpacking on vacation? Kosher. Having a flask in your suit jacket while at work on a random Wednesday? Not so much.
Pack some nips.
When hopping on a flight, you need to understand TSA’s regulations. You can carry whisky with you in your carry-on luggage, it simply needs to be in a travel-sized container of 3-ounces or less. Many liquor stores sell these travel-sized bottles, or nips, for the very purpose of enjoying whisky while you fly. These will be perfect when paired with W&P Design’s Old Fashioned Carry On Cocktail Kit. Note, I’m not advocating for walking with 37 nips in your backpack or purse but having a couple of these in your bag will make that middle seat immensely more tolerable.
Secure your bottles.
Whether checking your bag in on a flight or packing a suitcase for a car ride, you bottles need to be secured properly. A good travelling tip is to constantly have bubble wrap, plastic bags, packing tape, and resealable freezer bags in your suitcase front pocket. They take up little to no space and weigh just about nothing. As another layer of protection, wrapping bottles in clothes (sweaters, jeans, towels, whatever) is a good way to buffer the bottles.
Sharing is caring.
During your excursions, you’re probably only going to have one or two bottles on deck. Cause again, you can’t walk with an entire bar in your knapsack. Thus, it’s important to walk with a dram that you trust. A dram that you believe in. A dram that you love. A dram that you know is not going to let you down during your trip, no matter the occasion. A dram, you are confident enough in to, yes, share. Because at the end of the day, enjoying whisky should be a social experience; even more so when travelling. You will meet new people, see new sights and experience new things. Whatever dram you have on you, whether it’s in a flask, a nip or a bottle, let it be one that cements new memories that you can reminisce about years to come.
And that’s it! Four simple tips for travelling with whisky! Now go out there and drink responsibly!