The best part about owning gorgeous jewelry is getting to show it off. Whether you’re on a honeymoon cruise, a family vacation, or headed out of state for your cousin’s graduation, you always want to look your best. You may have packing your clothes down to a science, but keeping your jewelry safe during your travels is an entirely different matter. Follow Lavalier’s tips to ensure that you and your jewelry get through any trip shining like diamonds.
While you may love drenching yourself in diamonds, the airport is not the place for lots of accessories. You want to sail through security, hop on that plane, and take off to your fabulous destination. Trust us – the people behind you in the security line do not want to wait as you undo your dangly hoops, remove bangles, and unclasp chains just to get through the X-ray machines. Save your accessories for your destination, not the journey there.
A big word of caution: don’t ever put your jewelry in your checked baggage. Always keep your jewelry with you at all times when you’re traveling. You never know what could happen to your checked bags, so your jewelry should always be in your possession. You should be able to fit all of your jewelry into your purse or carry-on bag, which leads us to our next tip…
Pack Jewelry Appropriately
If you’re a frequent flyer, you may want to invest in a travel jewelry case. This is the easiest way to make sure all of your items arrive neat, clean, and tangle free. If you aren’t willing to invest in a travel case, we recommend putting each item into its own velvet bag. That will prevent chains from getting tangled (and potentially breaking!), and keep your earrings and backs together. If you don’t have enough velvet bags to store each piece by itself, combine jewelry so you have a single bag for each outfit. However, take care to avoid placing stones and metals that might damage each other in the same bag.
No velvet bags or jewelry organizer? Not to worry! Avoid knotty necklaces by looping each chain through a bendy straw and latching it closed. You can use buttons or an index card to secure earrings and earring backs. If you pack your jewelry in a seven-day pill case, you can separate by outfit and not have to worry about your jewelry getting chipped or knocked around.
Unless you’re moving cross-country or going somewhere for months, you shouldn’t be bringing so much jewelry with you that you need to rent a luggage cart. Focus on classic staples that can go with multiple outfits, as well as a few statement pieces. You should be able to store your jewelry in your purse without feeling like you’re lugging around a sack of bricks.
When you reach your destination, talk to the manager at the hotel about options for securely storing your jewelry. Most rooms have a safe, so you can easily access your jewelry whenever you want to wear it. Even if your room doesn’t have a safe, the hotel likely will. Even cruise ships will have places to safely store your jewelry. If you’re staying with a friend or relative, or at a motel without a safe, be as discreet as you can. Don’t leave expensive jewelry sitting out on the desk or nightstand. You can also attach a combination lock to your luggage, if it doesn’t already have one, and store your valuables there.
When packing, take only those items that are insured or that you wouldn’t mind losing. Your vacation routine is (hopefully!) much different from your regular routine, so it’s easier for jewelry to get misplaced. Before your big trip, insure the jewelry you want to bring with you through Lavalier. You can purchase jewelry insurance online in minutes –less than the time it takes to get through airport security!