Packing tips for wine and art souvenirs

If you are visiting Montreux Switzerland, you are in for a real treat.  This beautiful city boosts some of the best Swiss ski resorts and is the home of the Montreux Jazz Festival.  In addition to fantastic skiing and entertainment options, the shopping in Montreux is fantastic.  You can pick up great Swiss wine, beautiful pieces of art and other great souvenirs for yourself and for people back home.  However, packing wine and other delicate souvenirs for the trip home can be tricky.  Here are some great souvenir packing tips that should help you keep your precious finds intact on the way home.

  • Begin by packing an extra bag just to carry souvenirs.  Reusable canvas bags are perfect because they will fold flat and not take up much room in your suitcase.  You can also carry an extra piece of luggage (small overnight case) to hold souvenirs.  It may be less to check an extra bag on the way home than pay expensive shipping costs to have items shipped back home.
  • Never place art at the bottom of your suitcase as the weight of clothing and other items can damage the artwork.  Instead, cover them with tissue, bubble wrap or parchment paper and lay them flat on the top under a few delicate items for cushion.  If artwork can be rolled without damage, it is best to purchase a poster tube to carry artwork home.
  • If you purchase delicate or breakable items, request that the store wrap them and place them in a sturdy box for travel. If the store cannot accommodate you, you can usually purchase a box from a convenience store or ask for one at your hotel (they usually have extra boxes in the kitchen or service areas).  If you anticipate purchasing breakable items, pack bubble wrap and tissue in your suitcase so it is handy when you need it.
  • If you plan to bring back a bottle or two of wine, shipping directly is the best.  However, you can also use a specially designed bag by Wine Skin or Vinni Bag that are leak-proof and cushioned to protect the wine bottles during travel.

When planning your trip to Switzerland, check our hotel booking page for the latest travel discounts for Montreux hotels and accommodations.  We can help you find the best hotels in Montreux for your Switzerland vacation.

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