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Travel plans are nearly synonymous with the summer months. Whether you’re planning a big trip abroad, a meandering road trip or plenty of adventures at the beach, you may have questions about what jewelry to leave behind, what to bring and how to pack it.

Don’t leave your accessory plan to the last minute. Instead, start by reviewing these travel jewelry tips.
 

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.
  • So 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?

    So, you have to 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.
     

    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.
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    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 and 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 and 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 renters’ 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 and 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 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.
     

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    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.