Summer is the time for vacationing and travelling! Storage, safety, and even claiming items at customs can pose challenges for travellers. If you want your jewellery to be one less thing to stress over when travelling, check out our tips for travelling with jewellery.
What Jewellery Should You Pack?
Condensing your suitcase is every fashion-lovers worst nightmare. But when it comes to your jewellery, don’t be afraid to be a bit pickier. Think hard about where you’re going, the excursions you’ll be doing, how long you’ll be gone, and where you’re going. For example, if you’re backpacking through Europe, it might be best to leave all jewellery at home. However, if you’re spending a week in Vegas going to late shows and casinos, it’s appropriate to glam it up a bit.
Here’s the trick for deciding what to bring: only pack jewellery, shoes, and other items that match each other. That way, you have multiple outfits to create with fewer items to pack. It’s still important to limit what you bring but this tip should help you narrow down what you want to bring.
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Should You Bring Your Engagement Ring?
As strange as it sounds, if you wear your wedding ring or engagement ring every day, you shouldn’t bring it on vacation with you. With something as sentimental as an engagement ring, there is no replacing it if it’s lost, stolen, broken, or damaged. It’s best to leave your ring at home so that it’s never harmed.
If it’s important to you to wear something regardless, Amazon sells incredibly affordable fake engagement rings you can wear in place of your real ring.
Always Be Safe
It’s important to value your personal safety over jewellery. If you feel uncomfortable bringing jewellery to where you’re going, leave it at home! When travelling, check to see if there are travel advisories for your destination and see if crime is a concern.
No matter where you go, you should always take pictures of the jewellery you’re taking with you and what you’re leaving at home. Do this instead of writing a list so you have visual proof of what jewellery you took on vacation. Take inventory of your collection when you arrive and leave a destination. More importantly, always utilize safe boxes provided by your hotel!
How To Pack Jewellery
When travelling, properly packing your jewellery prevents damaging or misplacing your things. There are several methods we recommend using. The most important thing to remember is to find ways to pack your jewellery without damaging it.
We recommend that no matter which way you decide to pack your jewellery, always travel with your jewellery in your carry-on bag on top of your things. In fact, TSA encourages passengers to keep their jewellery on at all times.
We also recommend bringing a polishing cloth with you to prevent wear and damage on your jewellery.
Jewellery Box Organizer
The easiest way to organize your jewellery when travelling is to use a jewelry box organizer. If you’re going somewhere for a while, this is the easiest way to both organize and access your jewellery.
Travelling jewellery rolls have separate compartments that allow you to pack your jewellery without damaging or tangling your jewellery. These rolls also allow for a snug and discrete packing!
Mint Tins and Ziplock Bags
If you don’t want to spend money on a box or roll, you can use a mint tin or Ziplock bag. To prevent your jewellery from tangling or wearing, there are a few other organization tips we recommend. Use soft items like tissues and cloths to prevent scratching while items are stored.
Jewellery Pouches, Socks, and Soft Cloths
Storing necklaces and bracelets separately in soft materials like pouches, socks, and microfiber cloths keeps them organized and prevent damage. Hiding jewellery in socks can also act as an extra security measure if you’re concerned about theft.
You can use items like towels, scarves, and t-shirts to securely wrap your jewellery. If you're worried about items getting loose, store them into a pouch, like the one pictured above, then wrap your jewellery.
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Pill Boxes and Buttons
These items are amazing for storing your earrings and smaller necklaces. These are also items you likely have already or can easily find at the dollar store.
Buying Jewellery on Vacation
Buying jewellery on vacation is a fun way to shop for souvenirs and support local artists. If what you’re purchasing is just cheap and fun jewellery, don’t think twice about making a purchase. But if you’re looking for something with a bit more quality, follow these tips:
- Check Google reviews and see if they have a website.
- Ask lots of questions about what you’re purchasing! Find out what it’s made of, who made it, and where it’s sourced.
- Ask about duty fees or taxes and whether they apply to what you’re buying.
- Subscribe to our newsletter for more information about buying jewellery.
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Claiming Jewellery At Customs
Document everything you purchase while travelling. Take pictures of the things you’ve purchased once your vacation is over. Now you have visual proof of what you left at home, what you took on vacation, and what you purchased while travelling.
In some cases, you may need to claim your jewellery. However, jewellery purchased at Artina’s does not need to be claimed, as they are considered art pieces.
Always check with customs to see if you purchased goods that need to be claimed.
Losing Your Jewelry While Traveling
Losing jewellery, in general, can feel like a massive blow. Losing jewellery on vacation is even more heartbreaking because there’s a low chance of ever seeing it again. If you misplace jewellery on vacation, there are a few things you can do to try and recover it.
Before leaving on vacation, it’s important to appraise and insure jewellery you do decide to bring with you. Check your travel insurance to see if it covers theft and review some of the limitations on your policy. If you have jewellery that’s irreplaceable for sentimental reasons, it’s best to leave it at home.
If you do lose your jewellery on vacation, start by referring to the pictures you took of what you brought with you, what you left at home, and what you purchased on vacation. Assess if you may have mistaken what you brought with you. If you suspect that someone stole your missing jewellery, inform security at the hotel, airport, Airbnb owner, or cruise ship. From there, file a police report with the local authorities.
Also Read: How To Layer Any Necklace Without TanglesHave any other tips for travelling with jewellery? Let us know in the comments!