HOW TO TRAVEL WITH JEWELRY SAFELY
Traveling can be a great way to explore new places and see the world. But when it comes to traveling with jewelry, it's important to take some precautions to ensure that your prized possessions are safe and sound. Here are a few tips on how to travel with jewelry safely:
1. The less jewelry you travel with, the less there is to lose or have stolen. So when flying with jewelry, make sure to only bring along the pieces that you really need.
Pack as little jewelry as possible to match what you'll be wearing. Be savvy by bundling outfits that work together in similar color palettes or complement each other enough to allow you to match different outfits with the same few pieces of jewelry. This way, you can save valuable suitcase space and have more outfits to choose from while on your trip.
2. Fine jewelry is generally more expensive and more likely to be targeted by thieves. So unless you're going to an event where you'll need to dress up, leave your fine jewelry at home. If you must bring it with you, keep it in your hotel room's safe and only wear a few pieces at a time.
3. Take an inventory list. Before flying with jewelry, take an inventory list of the items in your suitcase. This precaution might not be necessary if you're not carrying anything too valuable on the plane. However, if you bring something of value along with you, it is best to know exactly what is in your purse or carry-on bag so that if something goes missing, you have a better chance of getting it back.
4. When traveling with jewelry, we find that using a jewelry roll is the easiest. A jewelry roll will keep all of your jewelry safe and organized, so you don't have to worry about losing or misplacing anything. A jewelry roll will also reduce the space your jewelry takes up in your bag, making it easier to fit everything you need. You can just unzip, choose your outfit, and go!
When packing jewelry, try to include a few anti-tarnish strips alongside your precious jewelry and seal every jewelry piece in an individual, airtight poly bag before placing them away in the pockets of your jewelry roll. Packing jewelry this way will protect it from any harmful chemicals the airplane cabin may contain, keeping your beautiful pieces looking as good as new!
5. If you're not using a jewelry roll, try to pack jewelry in a small, sturdy jewelry box. A jewelry box will help protect your pieces from being damaged while in transit and keep them organized.
If you're traveling with a lot of jewelry, investing in a special jewelry case with multiple levels and compartments might be good. A jewelry case will help keep your pieces from getting tangled up or lost in the bottom of your suitcase.
6. As an alternative to using a jewelry box, you can choose to use a jewelry pouch instead. A jewelry pouch is very convenient if you own a lot of jewelry and need to access it often.
Like a jewelry box, a jewelry pouch will protect your pieces from being damaged and help keep them organized. And because it's small and compact, it is easily stored in your purse or carry-on bag.
Choosing a soft and flexible jewelry pouch is best, not stiff or rigid. You also want to ensure the zipper is sturdy and won't accidentally unzip itself. You may want to choose a jewelry pouch that closes at the top with a flap instead of a zipper if you want your items to be out of sight.
7. When packing for a trip, you must ensure all your valuables are securely stored. This includes jewelry. While packing your jewelry in your checked luggage is tempting, this is not the safest option. There is always the possibility that your luggage could be lost or stolen while in transit.
Instead, pack jewelry in a carry-on bag. This way, you can be sure that your jewelry will always stay with you. Use a small pouch or case to store your jewelry when packing your carry-on. Packing your jewelry in a carry-on bag will help protect it from getting scratched or damaged.
8. For extra safety, consider investing in a TSA-approved padlock. Just attach this small lock to your luggage, and it is sure to deter any would-be thieves from trying to get through your suitcase. A TSA-approved padlock also makes it easier for you to go through the airport security line!
9. If you're wearing personal jewelry at airport security, you don't have to take it off. Placing personal jewelry in those containers increases the likelihood of loss, damage, and theft. Wand searches are available; you can ask for one, so you won't have to part with your personal treasures.
If you are traveling with a lot of valuable jewelry and don't want to put it on public display, you can ask for a private search in an area separate from public view. It would be wise to insist on the supervisor's presence as an additional safety measure.
10. Keep an eye on your belongings. This includes any checked bags as well as carry-on items. Avoid leaving bags unattended, and make sure that you keep a constant watch over them when going through security checkpoints. Sometimes things get lost or misplaced during the x-ray process, so it is always good to keep an eye on your stuff even when getting scanned.
11. While staying at a hotel, the safest place for your stockpile of jewels is in your room's hotel safe (if you have a combination that you only have access to) or in the hotel's safe deposit box. There are other clever ways of storing your valuable jewelry- in falsely labeled containers (curled in bubble wrap, so it doesn't rattle), in your clothing, etc. Try to get creative.
12. If you travel with large, luxe jewelry, get it insured. Insurance for jewelry is great because it covers all types of loss or damage, including robbery, house fires, and even acts of nature like floods or earthquakes.
Insurance for jewelry is different from travel insurance which covers luggage or lost baggage. Although you can buy both from one company, there are still some differences between the two types of policies regarding claiming a loss. Also, if you're traveling coast-to-coast with lots of jewelry, you should purchase separate jewelry insurance from luggage insurance.
If you do lose your jewelry, or it gets stolen from your room or hotel safe, you'll need to file a claim with the insurer as soon as possible. Most policies state that you must notify them within a few days of discovering your loss. Also, keep receipts for any repairs or reasons to account for any loss.
Packing your jewelry for travel doesn't have to be a daunting task. With a little bit of planning and forethought, you can ensure that your valuables are safe and sound no matter where your travels take you.