Belgium Brussels Packing supplies - Styro Shippers

Discussion in 'Europe' started by fthomasl, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. fthomasl

    fthomasl Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2007 Texas

    I will be visiting Brussels very soon. And of course I want to bring to beers home with me. Do you all know a place around Cantillon brewery that sells them? I will be checking them at the airport so I do not need to mail them back. Just need to find a place that sells them - specifically a 12-pack.

    Thanks in advace for any info.
  2. Erzengel

    Erzengel Aspirant (293) Sep 8, 2008 Germany
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    I'm sorry, but I haven't seen styro shippers or something like that in Belgium or Germany... Bubble-wrap or something is quite easy to get, but something made out of styrofoam or Styropor (German word for it) not - nearly all companies stopped using it due to the fact that it is plastic and not good for the environment...
    --> even Wine is shipped in card-board-boxes if you do mail-order...
    Probably you can pack the bottled with bubble-wrap on a plastic (beer-)crate??
    Good luck and have a nice trip!!!
  3. beerpirates

    beerpirates Defender (676) May 4, 2010 Belgium
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  4. Erzengel

    Erzengel Aspirant (293) Sep 8, 2008 Germany
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    Great to see that they exist :slight_smile:
  5. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,686) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Good information to know when it comes to my upcoming Europe trip. In particular I'll be in Switzerland, Paris and flying out of Brussels. So I'm sure I'll accumulate a nice cache of bottles in my backpack that I'll need to package to take home.
  6. DStoked

    DStoked Aspirant (257) Sep 28, 2011 Ohio
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    I was discussing this with someone else who raised the question as to whether these come with tops. So: do they? It would seem silly that they wouldn't but just want to be sure.
  7. beerpirates

    beerpirates Defender (676) May 4, 2010 Belgium
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    They don't have tops because they are used for cellaring bottles , but they are the same like nirmal styro shippers , but there is no bottom and no top , so i always use strong carboard and then i put bubblewrap or foam in each hole so it's even better then the regular styro shipper , on top i do the same
    You can find Cardboard and boxes enough at the supermarkets
  8. DougOLis

    DougOLis Initiate (185) Aug 15, 2008 California

    AVA Papierwaren (which is like a Michael's in the States) sells things like boxes, bubble wrap and styrofoam peanuts too.
  9. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    In retrospect, I would have been a lot less stressed on my trip to Europe if I'd just brought styro-shippers with me on the way there. I took one over to carry the beers I was trading, but then planned to acquire shipping material for the additional beers I was going to bring home and it turned out to be an unnecessary pain in the ass I could have avoided by just bringing a second empty one with me. (I was travelling with my wife and we each got 2 free bags, so there were no concerns about extra luggage charges.)
  10. mrkrispy

    mrkrispy Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2006 California

    That was my plan until I saw that British Airways charges $50 each way for a second bag, that screwed me.
  11. pbudny

    pbudny Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2016 France

    Cantillon now sells styrofoam shipping boxes, albeit for 3 bottles. They are made by Lazenne which sells a whole range of wine shippers at They ship throughout Europe including to hotels if you purchase online. They also sell the Wine Check which is a specialized type of luggage for 12 or 15 bottles. It can be checked onto the airplane, and fully loaded comes under the 50 lbs airline luggage weight limit.
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  12. ManforallSaisons

    ManforallSaisons Disciple (386) Mar 20, 2008 Belgium

    Any info on prices, and how they compare with competing products elsewhere? I could use a shipper and live here, passing by Cantillon every so often, but I could also pick one up if there's better and cheaper elsewhere in Europe or the US.
  13. dcgunman

    dcgunman Defender (656) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    I was going to ask about a place that will box up bottles near the Cantillon Brewery. I think this is what I am looking for. The Lazenne Bottle Protector for 6 large bottles or 3. I will be in Brussels as my final stop before flying back to the US. And I was wondering if I were to buy and bring some bottles back home with me how was I was going to box them up and check them in as luggage on my flight. So does Cantillon sell the 6 bottle shipper/protectors? Or will I have to purchase 2-3 bottle protectors? How is the box sealed? Or will they put in to another box for check in bags? I can check 2 bags in for free so I would like to take advantage of this and bring some Cantillon bottles back with me.
  14. adkieffer

    adkieffer Disciple (326) Nov 23, 2010 Washington

    Yes, they only sell the 3 bottle currently. You could buy several of them and lash them together with a ton of tape and probably be fine. Or order them online when you are there and have the 6 or 12 delivered to wherever you are staying. The styro comes inside a cardboard box which is pretty sturdy but may be better off inside another box or the WineCheck luggage they also sell online. If you are only doing a few bottles you can always just pack securely in with your clothes and be just fine.
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  15. Ferocious

    Ferocious Aspirant (278) Nov 17, 2012 Illinois
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    Bumping this thread back up. Anyone know a place in Brussels that I could buy a shipper up from? I see the place listed above on the thread that ships them, but my Airbnb is weird about receiving packages. If anyone local would be able to provide one, I've got a fresh can of Heady Topper with your name on it
  16. tduecen

    tduecen Aspirant (231) May 6, 2014 Louisiana
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    I went to the local supermarket and bought some garbage bags and diapers. Wrapped each bottle in a diaper and then placed them in the garbage bag. Put in my suitcase and brought it home with me. Would probably do the same if I was shipping using a box, was fairly cheap and easy. Diapers have a lot of cushion as well so bottles didn't bump each other.
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  17. F2brewers

    F2brewers Defender (653) Mar 12, 2005 Massachusetts
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    No styro shippers, but I've used Shurgard:

    in and around Brussels many times for boxes, tape and bubble wrap. Pack yourself some scissors (or buy a cheap pair in Brussels), rubber bands, a marker and some resealable plastic bags and you're ready to roll.

    They've got (among others) a location right by the airport, another about 5 minutes drive from Cantillon and one nearly 1/2 way between Cantillon and 3F. Not kidding.
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