6 Things You Need to Know About Traveling with Jewelry
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Getting ready for your next vacation?
Don't want to leave your jewelry behind?
Traveling with jewelry can create a lot of headaches if you don't do it right. Before you leave for your trip, you need to think long and hard about your jewelry and decide how you're going to keep your favorite items safe while on the road.
Problems With Traveling With Jewelry
There are many common problems that come with traveling with jewelry. While it can be great to have your favorite pieces of jewelry with you for your once in a lifetime travel experience, there are few reasons that it can be particularly difficult.
Below are some of the main problems you'll face when traveling with jewelry:
- You might lose important pieces of jewelry while traveling. This jewelry might have been very expensive or have sentimental value.
- When carried in your luggage haphazardly, your necklaces and other types of jewelry may become disorganized and get tangled or knotted up.
- It can be difficult to keep track of your jewelry effectively when you are traveling, whether you are on the plane, in the hotel room, or beyond.
- Wearing jewelry can attract the wrong kind of attention, in the form of pickpockets and thieves.
Below we'll tell you exactly what you need to know when traveling with jewelry, so you can avoid all of these problems.
1. You Need to Know What Jewelry to Bring With You
While you may feel like you need some of your more expensive pieces with you when traveling, you may want to think twice. It may be in your best interest to leave your most expensive and sentimental pieces of jewelry at home.
When you look through your jewelry and are deciding what to bring, you need to be realistic about your needs for the trip. Decide what you will need your jewelry for and when you will be wearing it.
Will you spend lazy days under a palm tree on the beach? Or will you be attending exquisite dinners? Will you be attending a business function or a wedding?
Be realistic about what you need on your trip and what your trip will entail. Only bring what you need. Bringing stud, hoop, and dangle earrings, pendants, a few bracelets, and a watch will offer a lot of versatility an may be all you really need to coordinate with your outfit while traveling.
2. You Can Use a Wedding Finger Alternative
If you're going on a trip, you need to have a plan for protecting that special ring on your finger. It may be the best decision to leave your wedding band and engagement rings at home in order to avoid problems.
Losing or misplacing your wedding ring can particularly be a risk if you'll be in the outdoors camping or going out into the wilderness during your trip. Bridal sets and rings can easily get lost in the woods during a hike or while swimming.
Additionally, wedding rings that are particularly alluring can also attract the wrong kind of attention to you in the form of thieves and pickpockets.
As a solution, you may choose to use a cheaper wedding band that is set aside specifically for travel. Having a good stand-in wedding band or placeholder engagement ring on your trip can be an excellent idea and will help you to breathe easier while on the go.
3. You Need to Pack Your Jewelry Right
When it comes to the jewelry that you do decide to take with you while traveling, there are good ways and bad ways to pack it up in your suitcase.
Here are a few items and tips that will allow you to pack up your jewelry with minimal hassle:
- Jewelry Travel Case: You might consider a jewelry travel case or jewelry roll if you travel often and want a convenient way to carry and protect your jewelry
- Pearl Folder: A pearl folder can be great for protecting necklaces, pearls, and other large pieces of jewelry from scratches and abrasions.
- Jewelry Pouches: Jewelry pouches can be great for carrying earrings and pendants.
- Straws: You can use straws to pack your chain necklaces up and keep them untangled. To do this, place half of the necklace into a drinking straw and then hook the clasp
- A Pill Box: A seven-day pillbox can serve a great double purpose as a jewelry carrier, ideal for individual earrings, rings, smaller necklaces, and bracelets.
4. You Should Keep it Close At All Times
When you are traveling you need to be sure to keep your jewelry close to you and well-protected at all times.
When flying, it's important that you take your jewelry in the carry-on. You may also consider wearing your jewelry while on the plane to keep it extra secure.
Be sure to never carry important pieces of jewelry in your checked baggage. Checked baggage is at a greater risk of getting lost in transport.
Additionally, while in an airport terminal or elsewhere, be sure to never leave your jewelry unattended in a suitcase or bag. Always carry your jewelry personally, don't let hotel staff carry a bag with jewelry in it, and always be aware.
It can be a nightmare to check your bag during your trip only to find that your favorite jewelry has gone missing, so make sure to be careful when traveling and always be on the lookout.
5. Consider Jewelry Insurance
Many homeowners and renter's insurance policies automatically cover some amount of jewelry loss. However, you need to do your due diligence and determine if this is the case.
If not, or if you are traveling with very expensive items, you may want to look into getting a separate jewelry insurance policy specifically for your jewelry. Discuss it over with your insurance agent to determine what choices you have and what will best meet your needs when it comes to traveling with jewelry.
Additionally, be sure to take a photograph of your jewelry before leaving on your trip. You can then save the images on your phone, on your home computer, or even on a cloud service such as Google Drive.
In the case that a piece of jewelry is stolen or goes missing this will be a lot of help when working with insurance agents and hotel staff to find it again.
6. Keep Your Jewelry Secure After Arriving
When you are on a vacation or traveling, you need to keep your jewelry safe at all times. Chances are that your hotel will provide some accommodations for protecting your jewelry when not wearing it.
Hiding it in your luggage isn't a good idea. Many hotels will have a safe that you can use in your room to place important items, so make use of this when your jewelry isn't needed.
In addition to the features of your room, many of the better hotels will have other security services. They may be able to hold your jewelry in a hotel safe or safe-deposit box.
Consider contacting your hotel ahead of time if you will be traveling with expensive items. The hotel might charge a fee for high-security services, but it may be well worth it if you are traveling with jewelry that you don't want to lose.
While it may be difficult to leave your favorite jewelry behind or to prepare a little extra, it beats losing your jewelry on what should have been an enjoyable trip. By considering the tips above and thinking it through beforehand, you'll have the best chance of having a smooth trip.
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