How to Travel with Jewelry In 2021

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As borders open and lockdowns expire, the one thing on everyone’s mind is travel. Some travel for business or work, while others travel for vacations and adventure.

Regardless, travel always means knowing how to effectively pack a bag. Some life hackers have mastered the art of getting as much clothing into a small of a space as possible. But for many others, they miss the mark when it comes to packing your precious metals and gemstones – your jewelry. 

Accessories such as jewelry are often not taken into consideration at all. However, jewelry is an essential part of a wardrobe…and also usually the most expensive and in need of safeguarding. 

How to Pack Jewelry

Jewelry is valuable and losing it when traveling could be heart breaking for many. For small jewelry pieces such as earrings and delicate necklaces, packing them incorrectly could cause them to tangle. Here’s some go-to advice.

Packing Your Jewelry

When packing your jewelry, include the following:

  • Make a list. You should make a list of all the jewelry that you’ll need when traveling. You should only take those necessary for your travel and leave the rest at home. This will enable you to save much space and also reduce the chances of losing your most valuable pieces. Keep one list at home and travel with the rest to ensure that you know the whereabouts of your items.
  • Use straws for your necklaces. One problem with packing necklaces is their tendency to tangle. The strings can be tangled, which may cause scratching, which will damage the value and the appeal of your jewelry. This is a big issue with more delicate jewelry, like pearls. Even the most careful jewelry owners often end up ruining delicate gemstones that require special care and protection – despite the best of intentions.  The best option is to use drinking straws to pack your necklaces. All you need to do is to pass the necklace along the straw and clasp the straw shut. This will prevent knotting and tangling and it will also be easy to carry.
  • Use buttons for earrings. Earrings are the smallest and hence likely to get lost. Earrings can be packed on buttons or cardboard. Make a tiny hole through the button or the card, then place your earrings just as you’d wear them. You not only keep them safe but also access all your earrings at one go easily. 
  • Use pouches and cases. Jewelry pouches and cases are essential in ensuring that you keep all your items together. There are zip-up bags that you can use to keep your jewelry. They are also easily portable, and you can quickly move with them. These pouches work for all types of jewelry and can be placed in a travel bag or carried independently.

Actual Travel

After you’ve decided on the accessories you’re going with and packed them, the second stage is the actual travel and here are some of the tips to help you through:

  • Make an inventory. Documenting your accessories will help you to claim ownership when the need arises. This will also be helpful when you need to file any police case. You should therefore ensure that you have an inventory of all your pieces.
  • Conceal your jewelry. If possible, don’t reveal your most precious jewelry when traveling because jewelry is precious and hence an easy target for thieves. You should also know when and where not to wear your jewelry. This includes crowded areas and beaches.
  • Store your jewelry safely. When you get to your destination, and you’ve been assigned a room, ensure that you don’t leave your precious items in your bag. If possible, you should take advantage of room security safes where you’re the only one with access. You should also avoid leaving your jewelry pouch with hotel attendants or in cars. 
  • Review insurance policy. If you have an insurance cover for your jewelry, ensure that you review the policy to see if it covers international travel. If there are limitations on the policy, you can look for options to upgrade or look for another cover. If you don’t have a cover, you should consider getting one as your travel will be better if you know your jewelry is covered if you lose it or it gets stolen. 
  • Alert the authorities. Because jewelry is considered as goods, you’ll be required to notify customs when traveling with a value over a specific amount. Your insurer may also require you to notify them when you’re traveling abroad. This helps you be on the good side with custom officials and have a clear path when claiming insurance. 

Buying Jewelry During Travel

Traveling with jewelry doesn’t necessarily mean going with the jewelry that you have. A more convenient way of traveling with jewelry is buying jewelry during your travel. People usually buy jewelry to keep memories, get lower prices, or better quality.  When buying jewelry during travel, here are things to consider: 

  • Quality of jewelry. You can get different qualities depending on the reason for purchasing. If you want to buy it as a souvenir, quality won’t be of much concern. However, if you want it as part of your jewelry collection, always shop with reputable brands and retailers. This reduces the risk of getting artificial jewelry. 
  • Read policies. When buying jewelry, you should always read the fine print of the sellers’ terms. This includes the return policy and mode of payment. Mostly, pay using a credit card to be more protected. Other things to check are taxes. 

Conclusion

Jewelry is an integral part of traveling. It allows you to be wherever you go. It also helps you to keep memories of the places and people you’ve visited. While this is fun, safety is another issue. Always ensure that you only travel with what you can afford to lose. The most important ones can be left at home. When traveling in 2021, also ensure that you adhere to regulations set to combat the coronavirus.

Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster is an adventure-junkie, gear expert and travel photographer based in Southern California. Previously nomadic, he’s been to ~50 countries and loves spending time outdoors. You can usually find him on the trail, on the road, jumping from bridges or hustling on his laptop working to produce the best travel and outdoors content today. You can read more about Jeremy at his bio.

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