I am a total over packer when I travel. And one thing I will never scale down is my jewelry. It’s such an easy way to add a little extra flair to your outfit or even change-up the look of your basics. Packing your jewelry can turn in to a nightmare, though, when your necklaces get tangled or you’re worried about how to keep your pieces safe. I thought I’d share these easy tips on how I keep my jewelry safe and organized when traveling. I don’t have a lot of expensive pieces in my jewelry collection. I’m definitely not dripping with diamonds. But I have a few nice things, like my engagement ring and wedding bands. I also like to wear my vintage pieces that my grandmother gave to me before she passed away. While those are not hugely valuable in terms of money, they are totally sentimental and mean more to me than many of my possessions.
Carry it On
I almost learned this one the hard way. For years, I would carry everything that I couldn’t live without in my carry on. That included my very heavy makeup bag (because I’m a little high maintenance even though I may not look like it), my glasses, an extra pair of underwear, etc. Basically, I would carry everything I needed with me in case my luggage got lost. But my luggage never got lost. And so I got cocky, and a little lazy, and wanted a lighter carry on bag. So I stopped putting anything other than my glasses and my reading materials in my carry on.
And then it happened. I checked in for a flight home from the East Coast in the midst of a horrendous storm. And wouldn’t you know, my flight was cancelled. Thanks to some family that lived close by, I was able to spend the night at their house, but I couldn’t get my luggage back. I went to a drug store and bought makeup to use for the next morning. I finally got on a flight home but, of course, my luggage wasn’t there when I arrived. And then it dawned on me. All my favorite necklaces from my grandma were in that bag. I didn’t care about the shoes or dresses that were in my luggage. I could never replace those sentimental jewelry pieces. Luckily, my bag showed up at my door before dawn the next morning. But it forever changed the way that I will handle packing my carry on. How to Stop Necklaces from Getting Tangled
I love to layer necklaces, so I take a lot of them with me when I travel. But I definitely don’t want to spend time untangling them in a hotel room when I could be out by a pool with a frozen cocktail. Who knew straws would come in handy for packing!
All you do is thread your necklaces through the straw (there is usually one end that is smaller than the other and will fit in the straw opening. Then clasp it together. This also works for most chain bracelets too, you just cut the straw length to fit. The necklaces still may seem to get a little tangled, but it is so easy to undo it with this method! This has saved me so much time on trips! Plan your Outfits
I like to plan out my outfits ahead of a trip so I don’t have to think as much (and because I’m super Type A). I also want to make sure I have everything I need like the right bra or slip. I usually plan out the accessories I’ll wear for that outfit also. I usually grab a post it note and write out the outfit details. Then I put the notes in my jewelry bag. When I get to my destination, I put out the notes (somewhere hidden so it doesn’t ruin the vibe of the room) and I can easily see what my outfit options are, complete with jewelry that goes with it. Of course, I sometimes deviate, but this helps me from fretting over what to wear. Contain It
I don’t shower or wash my face with my wedding rings on. At home, I have a cute little dish by the sink, where I know they’ll be safe. But when I travel you never know what the sink situation will be like. Also, I once accidentally left them on the sink when I went out for the day. Color me anxious when I realized that housekeeping would probably come in to make the room up and have total access to my most valuable jewelry. All was well, but I knew I had to do something different. Now I bring this tiny little plastic container, with me, that perfectly fits my rings. When I take them off, they go in this container. I set the container in my toiletry bag, usually inside my glass case. That way when I go to put my glasses on, I see the rings and put them back on my finger. Or if I take my glasses off in the morning I see them. OR if I happen to forget them in the hotel room, they are tucked out of sight and a little more safe than if they were just hanging out on the sink. This helps me to feel way less anxious about my rings! Ensure You’re Insured
Did you know that your jewelry might not be covered by your current insurance policies?? Before you head out on your summer adventures, make sure you find out if your jewels are safe when you’re away from home! Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has been exclusively insuring jewelry for more than 100 years! They offer repair and replacement coverage that includes worldwide travel protection for all types of jewelry and watches. Coverage includes loss, theft, damage and mysterious disappearances (unexplained loss). That kind of coverage would totally put me at ease, especially as we start to prepare for our trip to the mountains for fishing, hiking and other outdoorsy things. While I may not be bringing an extensive jewelry collection for this rustic vacation, I certainly want to make sure my wedding ring and bands are safe!
No matter how hard we try to keep things safe when we travel, accidents happen. That’s why there’s insurance. Jewelers Mutual can give you the piece of mind to fully enjoy your vacation and not worry about your beloved jewelry.
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