Jewelry is an essential part of fashion --even when you travel. Whether you're planning a big trip abroad or attending a wedding you may have questions about what jewelry to leave behind, what to bring and how to pack it. Often packing for a trip can be stressful, and worrying about your jewelry getting lost or winding up with tangle of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in your luggage is often a major issue. The key to packing jewelry for travel is selecting minimum versatile pieces that will work with the clothing you plan to bring and learning the right way to organize your jewelry . Here are some of my favorite packing tips for traveling .
1. DECIDE WHAT JEWELRY TO BRING WITH YOU
Even if you are a big jewelry lover that doesn’t mean that you should bring every piece you own in your next trip. For one, it’ll be challenging for you to keep track of your jewelry if you bring a lot. Second, you can end up losing jewelry that’s expensive or heirloom pieces. Also, your jewelry can get tangled or knotted with each other if placed in a single container.
So for most leisure travel, the simple rule is don’t bring anything you’re going to worry about losing. It’s best to leave expensive or heirloom pieces at home unless they’re a key part of how you plan to outfit yourself for a special trip event. For the most part, stick with just a few neutral pieces — gold or diamond hoop or stud earrings, a small pendant, a simple bracelet — that will work with multiple outfits. But throw in a few statement pieces too like 22K gold drop earrings, necklaces or cocktail rings. For weddings or any other special event trips, try to match jewelry that goes with your outfit. Again, try to minimize and take just the pieces that you absolutely need. Mixing and matching jewelry helps a lot in these occasions. Be realistic about what you need on your trip and what your trip will entail. Only bring what you need!
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2. PACK YOUR JEWELRY RIGHT
One of the challenges of bringing jewelry is making sure that it doesn’t get tangled or knotted. To achieve this goal, pack your jewelry in the right way. You can do this by using a jewelry travel case, pill boxes, ziplocks or jewelry pouches.
- Travel jewelry case: If you travel frequently, it might make sense to invest in a travel case made specifically for jewelry. (These are sometimes called travel jewelry organizers or jewelry rolls.) It doesn’t have to be pricey, but a good travel jewelry case will have compartments to keep your individual jewelry items both organized and free from tangles and scratching.
- Daily pill box: You know those seven-day pill boxes used to manage weekly pill doses? They’re the perfect size for storing individual earrings, rings and even smaller bracelets and necklaces. By putting just one item (or earring pair) in a box, jewelry stays tangle-free and organized. And since the boxes are connected, you have all your jewelry in one place.
- Small ziplock bags: Put one jewelry item in small ziplock bags to keep things organized and prevent tangling. Then drop all the little plastic bags into a larger ziplock bag for travel.
- Jewelry pouches: Soft fabric jewelry pouches is the best to keep Temple jewelry, Uncut diamonds and Antique gold jewelry pieces.
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3. ORGANIZE & MAKE A LIST
If you’re planning to travel for a longer duration, or attending an event and bring jewelry with you, a list is necessary. This is an easy way for you to monitor your jewelry and determine if any are missing anything. Once you’ve decided what jewelry to bring, list everything as you pack. If possible, indicate where you’ve placed the jewelry too so its easier to track.
4. KEEP YOUR JEWELRY IN CARRY-ON BAGS
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. Be sure to never carry important pieces of jewelry in your checked baggage. Remember checked baggage is at a greater risk of getting lost. If you’re traveling by bus, train or boat, place your bags near your seat and keep an eye on them. Additionally, while in an airport terminal or elsewhere, be sure to never leave your jewelry unattended in the suitcase or bag. Always carry your jewelry personally and always be aware.
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5. TAKE JEWELRY INSURANCE
Many homeowners 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 document details and take a photograph of your jewelry before leaving on your trip.