How to Travel with Jewelry Safely

How to Travel with Jewelry Safely

 

Packing jewelry for travel is a tricky task. Many people want to take all their favorite pieces with them but don't know how to pack them safely so they won't get lost or damaged in transit. Luckily there are some simple steps that will ensure your jewelry arrives at its destination looking as good as when it left home!


Before Leaving for the Flight


Step 1: Pack as little jewelry as you can to match what you’ll be wearing. Be savvy by bundling outfits that work together, that are in similar color palettes or complement each other enough to allow you to match different outfits with the same few pieces of jewelry. An added bonus of this technique is that it will save you from paying hefty fees when it comes to checking in heavy luggage.

Step 2: Try not to take highly valuable, one-of-a-kind pieces that hold special sentimental value unless you plan to keep them on you at all times, i.e., wedding ring. These pieces can’t be easily replaced. Remember, it’s difficult to enjoy taking a piece of exquisite jewelry on a stroll when you're stressing over its safety.

Step 3: The best way to pack jewelry for travel is by using a jewelry roll. These rolls come in many sizes, but the most popular are 5 inches wide x 8 feet long. They are used to store rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets! The fabric is usually 100% cotton lined with nylon that makes it water-resistant, which will keep your delicate pieces protected during transit.

Step 4: This is the best time to create an inventory list and take photos. For added security, make a list of the items you are bringing with you on vacation. Before you leave, take photographs (or even videos) of each piece.

Step 5: Pack all of your precious jewelry in a small bag and keep it close to you at all times. If possible, use an anti-tampering device for your suitcase as well as any other luggage that may be transporting your beloved gems.


Going Through Airport Security


It's a well-known fact that airports are hotbeds for theft. According to the TSA, more than $1 billion worth of goods were stolen from travelers in 2015 alone. The most popular items taken? Jewelry and electronics. With this in mind, it's important to know how you can keep your valuables safe during a flight.

First, take jewelry on board with you. Never pack it in your checked luggage where it is out of sight and could be searched. This puts your jewelry at risk. Place your trinkets in your jewelry travel case and tuck it away in your carry-on luggage where you can keep a watchful eye on it at all times.

Secondly, if you’re wearing jewelry at airport security, you needn’t take it off. Placing your jewelry in those containers increases the likelihood of loss, damage and theft. Wand searches are still being used and you can simply 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 supervisor’s presence as an additional safety measure.


At the Hotel


First, while staying at a hotel, the safest place for your stockpile of jewels is in your room's hotel safe (if you have your own combination that only you have access to) or in the hotel’s safe deposit box. There are other clever ways of storing your jewelry- in falsely labeled containers (curled in bubble wrap so it doesn’t rattle), in your clothing, etc. Try to get creative.

Secondly, don't roll the dice by taking careless risks with your valuables. Don’t carry all of your jewellery around with you at all times. Between the weight of the bag, the burden of being responsible for it everywhere and the risk of losing it all, it will feel like a Herculean task.

Thirdly, there are moments when you will have to travel with costly jewelry. For instance, you could be taking a gift to a loved one or dressing up for a special event. Stay on the safe side and make sure your jewelry's insured and that you have a recent record of its appraised value on file. In the name of love—double check to see if you have ring insurance for your engagement ring. Making sure your ring insurance is up to date may sound like a hassle when planning for a trip, but nothing's sweeter than peace of mind.

 


In Conclusion


No matter what your plans are, you're going to want to pack some jewelry with you for a long trip. Whether you are visiting family abroad or on an overseas work assignment, there will be times when you'll need to dress up. With this in mind, we hope you have enjoyed and use our tips for traveling with jewelry safely.