Summer is the perfect time of the year for realizing the long-awaited travel plans and complete some of the ‘To-Dos’ from your personal life-goal list. Whether a memorable exotic journey or a heavenly honeymoon getaway, you should think about the safety of your precious jewelry that you surely want to keep for the many years to come.
Before leaving your home and delve into the adventure, you should verify if you have completed your ultimate travel-packing checklist, which also includes how you will take care of your precious jewels while being on the road. In fact, this is the most daunting mission for many, so that is why we have prepared some fantastic tips that we are sure will come to the rescue when you need it the most.
Q: “WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME & WHAT TO BRING WITH ME?”
A: The very first thing to start with is to decide which pieces of your precious jewelry collection will stay at home and which ones will go with you. Whether you are going to be off for a week or a month, you should opt for a leisure travel that will allow you to break away from the daily routine and busy schedule. And this won’t be the case if you overload your suitcase with your entire wardrobe and jewelry treasury. Instead, act smart and select only the jewels that will best accessorize the clothes you are taking with you. Leave the expensive adornments at home, including those holding a great emotional value for you. Not taking them with you means not worrying about losing them. As simple as that.
Q: “ARE THERE ANY ENGAGEMENT/WEDDING-RING ALTERNATIVES?”
A: It all depends on your particular travel destination and the types of activities you will have there. In most of the cases, the best thing to do is to leave your precious jewelry of promise at home. Normally, this should not be a problem for your partner, especially if accompanying you on the journey.
But, if you really find it difficult to take your dear engagement or wedding ring off your finger (which is also completely understandable), the ‘plan B’ is to set up a jewelry insurance that will at least cover the monetary value of your jewels in case you lose them.
Q: “HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY PRECIOUS JEWELRY FOR TRAVEL?”
A: Once you have made the selection, the next step is to ensure that your jewels will arrive at the desired destination safe, clean and organized. Here are a few ways to do it so.
- Travel Jewelry Case
This handy gadget is surely the smartest investment for women who travel a lot and love wearing jewelry all the time and everywhere. A travel jewelry case is the most secure and suitable item to organize your precious jewelry by keeping it safe from scratching, tangling and most importantly, losing. It is not necessary to buy the most expensive and the most quality one, you just need a simple travel jewelry case that will effortlessly provide the aforementioned requirements.
- Index Cards & Buttons
Earrings with safety backs are the easiest to lose, especially when it comes to safety backs. Since they are tiny and lightweight, it is hard to find them once being lost. To avoid such an inconvenience, we advise you to protect your earrings with a piece of cloth and an index card. How? Use one of the safety pins to poke two holes and then insert the earrings into them. Seal the backs and wrap a cloth around the index card. Thus, your best-loved earrings can be safely packed with the rest of the jewelry and join you on the upcoming journey adventure.
The same result can be also obtained by using buttons. Get yourself equipped with large and sparse buttons that will help you to easily pair the earrings through the holes and then seal the backs. Put the ‘earring buttons’ in a zip-lock bag and mission completed!
Although it might look strange at first glance, but a simple straw can help you to better organize your precious jewelry adornments and prepare them for traveling. The role of the straw is to preserve your necklaces from tangling. To perform this ‘trick’, you only need to slip one end through the straw and then close the slap. Remember that one straw goes for just one necklace, so if you plan to take more necklaces with you, you will obviously need more straws. The last step in successfully completing this task is to nicely place all straws in a toothbrush holder to keep your darling necklaces secure and contained.
- Pill Box
If somehow you have this gadget in your home, you should freely give it another important function – holding your jewelry pieces while being on the road. A pill box is undoubtedly another great option to safely pack your individual rings, earrings and even smaller necklaces and bracelets. Put one piece in each box and your jewelry will stay organized and tangle-free. Moreover, you will have all your favorite adornments in just one place. You can also use empty pill bottles to store your travel jewelry. Put the bottles together in a zip-lock bag and you are ready to go.
-Snack Cups and Sealable Plastic Bowls
Mothers with small children are very likely to have these ‘special objects’ in their homes. If you are one too, here is one more clever idea to store your travel jewelry. Snack cups and sealable plastic bowls are the perfect size to fit numerous pieces of jewelry at the same place, including chunky necklaces, bracelets and ‘earring buttons’. Put all of them in a snack cup, wrapped it nicely in a piece of cloth and you are all done.
In case you are traveling by plane, we recommend you to keep your precious jewelry with you in a carry-on bag and not in your checked luggage. Keep in mind that checked bags can be lost and you surely do not want to put your dear jewels at such a risk, do you?
Written by: Liljana Tomova