Jewelry can often be more than just a beautiful accessory; whether it’s a family heirloom, a gift from a spouse or lover, or something that carries enormous sentimental value, protecting it while traveling is a top priority. What are the best practices for traveling with jewelry? Are there any special steps to take to decrease the likelihood of a loss or theft? Keep reading to learn five tips for traveling with any kind of jewelry. 

1. Get Insurance 

You can actually insure your jewelry so if anything happens, you can at least cover the cost of a replacement piece. Insuring your jewelry is usually inexpensive and provides a much-needed safety net while you’re traveling. Things get lost in the hotel room, on the plane, or at the airport, or dropped in another city. It’s important to have a backup plan for your $10,000 diamond earrings if you decide to travel with them. 

Perhaps the best advice we can offer is to not travel with any jewelry unless it’s absolutely necessary. Those $10,000 diamond earrings will probably look stunning at the company dinner, but is it truly necessary to take such a risk? It’s important to weigh the benefits against the risk of traveling with such an expensive accessory, and if you deem the risk worth the reward, seek out insurance to cover any losses or damage that may occur. 

2. Document Each Piece 

Another important step to take is to document each piece you’ll be taking with you. If you’re only taking a pair of earrings, you probably don’t need to waste time documenting them, but if you’re taking several pieces, it’s much easier to lose track of them. Writing down what you’re taking with you will help you remember to put everything back, as well as to look for missing pieces should you misplace them. 

You can simply use a sticky note, Word document, or text message to document what you’re taking with you. Even your cheap jewelry should be accounted for, as well as thought nice earrings from your earring subscription box. You can even carry the earrings in the earring gift box they came with if it’s easier to remember. 

3. Travel Cases 

A jewelry travel case is perhaps the best way to carry and keep track of your jewelry while traveling. The cases are made with airplane travel in mind and are spacious yet compact enough to fit in a carry-on bag. This will help keep all of your jewelry organized in one place for easier tracking. You’ll know if you’ve forgotten your jewelry because an entire bag will be missing, rather than one small earring or ring. 

Travel cases come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so you can completely customize your bag to fit your personal style. You can find these travel cases online on sites like Amazon or perhaps in a department store like Wal-Mart. 

4. Always Take it on the Plane 

Jewelry should never be left in your luggage; always bring it on the plane with you in a carry-on bag. This reduces the risk of your jewelry getting lost with your luggage, which happens more than airlines would care to admit. Lost luggage is, unfortunately, a risk you take when you’re flying. Be sure that your precious jewelry isn’t in the suitcase the airline loses! 

This is yet another reason to have good insurance on expensive pieces. If the airline loses your bag, there’s a possibility you might not find it again, leaving you without the jewelry and no way to replace it if you don’t have insurance. Always, always, always take your jewelry on the plane with you on a carry-on bag, and be sure to check that it’s there when you arrive at your destination. You can’t be too careful with such things! 

5. Don’t Leave it Lying Around in Your Hotel Room 

While we’d certainly like to assume that hotel staff are honest, the fact is, not everyone is. Leaving your jewelry lying around the hotel room is a great way to get it stolen or to lose it. Treat your jewelry the same while you’re traveling as you would at home. If you wouldn’t leave your diamond earrings on the sofa at home, you don’t want to leave them lying around the hotel room. 

Traveling with jewelry isn’t overly-complicated; it just requires some extra care and attention. Keep track of all of your jewelry, don’t leave it lying around, and if you must travel with expensive jewelry, consider an insurance policy to cover any losses. A travel pouch makes jewelry easy to store and travel with and can keep it hidden from prying eyes. Happy travels, and remember: you don’t have to take your most expensive pieces with you! 

 

Published by Lavismichel Inkel