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Photodudems
03-04-2012, 14:16
Here's the deal - I'm moving from the Washington, DC metro area into western Maryland, and have to take my stash with me. Too many bottles and not enough time to finish them all. So I was wondering if anyone had any info on how best to move my stash from one state to the other without breaking laws or bottles.

My thought was to pack them in a box surrounded by towels, bubble wrap and the like to keep them from breaking.

My second concern is that I don't have a trunk to put them in. I drive an SUV, and the entire vehicle is considered the passenger compartment. Yeah. So...any info ideas or experience are fully welcome.

CADMixes
03-04-2012, 14:49
I've done this myself with 50 or so bottles (all survived btw). Check in with a couple of your local liquor stores and ask for empty cases that have dividers. Those really help. Then you can bubble wrap your bottles and keep them stationary using the dividers. A couple pages of newspaper actually works ok in a pinch.

I don't have any advice on the vehicle front. If you can borrow someone's trunk-equipped car for an afternoon that seems like it would be the safest approach.

Young Blacksmith
03-04-2012, 14:51
Stop by your favorite liquor store, pick up boxes with bottle separators, put booze in boxes, load boxes towards the rear, drive.

Don't make a fool of yourself on the road, and you won't get pulled over.

easy peasy

hectic1
03-04-2012, 15:51
Pick up the boxes from the liquor store and tape them shut...you shouldn't have any issues with sealed boxes. ;)

cigarnv
03-04-2012, 15:52
How many bottles are we talking about?

Photodudems
03-04-2012, 17:30
Not a whole lot, maybe 15 or 20. There is a liquor store right by my old place, and I hadn't thought about getting divided boxes. This whole move is super sudden, so I haven't really spent much time thinking how to pack the liquor cabinet. It's currently in boxes separated by rags and towels, but the necks of most of the bottles are exposed, and I don't think that's the best idea for travel. We'll see. I may have to get my wife to carry them up in her car for me, or I may just throw a blanket over them in the back of mine. :D

bgageus
03-04-2012, 18:25
I would prbably try this, http://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies/Boxes/Kitchen-moving-boxes/Wine-Shipping-Kits?mid=169
Unless you have any 4 roses small batch, jeffersons, willett pot still, handles...well you get the point.

BTW I'm in DC if you need help emptying any half full...

cigarnv
03-05-2012, 06:37
I may be missing something here but you have less than 2 cases... get two liquor boxes from the ABC and stick them in your trunk...I don't see any problem with exposed necks. You are not really traveling that far....

Bmac
03-05-2012, 07:47
In regards to the law, I am not sure if Washington or Maryland share similar laws to Texas, The bottle cannot be open and accessible and it cannot be "seen." That's why all alcohol purchases have to have a paper sac to people can't see the label/bottle/etc.

Previous advice above would work. Simply put them in a protected box, seal the box and there are no worries. Even if you were pulled over cops don't have a habit of opening boxes of people who are moving. Even if they did, you could argue that the 'open' bottles were sealed in a box and not accessible.

p_elliott
03-05-2012, 08:05
The open container law in Iowa says in vehicles with out a trunk it must be behind the last row of up right seats. In other words in the farthest back compartment from the driver.

callmeox
03-05-2012, 09:07
Thats the perfect solution for the OP.

Box 'em up, put the boxes as far back as you can and move to Iowa.

p_elliott
03-05-2012, 10:59
Thats the perfect solution for the OP.

Box 'em up, put the boxes as far back as you can and move to Iowa.

I don't know if I want him for a permanent house guest but his bottles are welcome to stay. :grin:

callmeox
03-05-2012, 11:56
I don't know if I want him for a permanent house guest but his bottles are welcome to stay. :grin:

How permanent would less than two cases of partials be anyhow? :lol:

p_elliott
03-05-2012, 11:59
How permanent would less than two cases of partials be anyhow? :lol:

Not very long :cool:

Photodudems
03-05-2012, 17:55
I would prbably try this, http://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies/Boxes/Kitchen-moving-boxes/Wine-Shipping-Kits?mid=169
Unless you have any 4 roses small batch, jeffersons, willett pot still, handles...well you get the point.


That could definitely work. I do have a few oddly shaped bottles (irish cream, brandy, etc) but this could work for the rest.

As for putting them behind the seats, I talked to a VA state trooper friend, and he said that was fine as long as they weren't visible (as mentioned above).



BTW I'm in DC if you need help emptying any half full...
That sounds like a plan sometime. ;)

Thanks for the ideas!

unclebunk
03-06-2012, 10:26
Not a whole lot, maybe 15 or 20...

Fifteen or twenty straws ought to do the trick!:grin: