Summer may be over, but this doesn’t mean that the traveling time is over as well. You may be already planning your next trip in which case there is always the question – what travel jewelry to take with me? Traveling with jewelry in a smart way is essential to having a great trip. And by smart, we mean what travel jewelry to take with you, how to clean jewelry, and how to keep it safe. If you want to learn all these tips, read further to find out how to travel with jewelry.

What jewelry should I take with me?

When it comes to deciding what pieces to take with you, you need to think about your destination firstly.

If you are going to a place where there will be a lot of sunbathing and swimming, avoid precious metal jewelry. The sand and water may ruin it if you wear it to the beach, not to mention that metals can get very hot in the sun. Choose wood, plastic, leather and textile pieces. You can also pack a thin gold chain or your favorite gemstone stud earrings, but make sure not to wear them to the beach.

If you are going skiing or mountain hiking, avoid jewelry that can weigh down your luggage. Also, avoid packing precious items that may get ruined or lost during your trip. A simple silver band or a pair of resin earrings should be fine to take with you.

Last, but not least, if you are going on a cultural and historical trip, then you can take more precious jewelry with you. A great idea is to pack items that have some sort of relation to the place you are visiting. An Egyptian-inspired ring, like the one below, would be great if you are going to visit the pyramids. Stacked gold bangles are a nice touch if you are going to India, while it’s always a good idea to have a jade jewelry piece if you are visiting Asia.

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What to do about the engagement ring?

Once again, that depends on the place you are going to. We don’t usually recommend the engagement ring or wedding band to be part of your travel jewelry. However, if you are not going camping, hiking or swimming, your engagement ring should be ok. For those situations, as well as for extra peace of mind, we recommend having a different engagement ring or wedding band set aside for travel purposes. It can be a cheaper replica of your actual ring and you won’t feel the pressure of always having to watch out for it.

In case you don’t want an alternative and plan to travel with your expensive jewelry, make sure to purchase an insurance for it.

How to pack my travel jewelry?

It’s important to pack your travel jewelry the right way, otherwise, it can get ruined. If you have a travel jewelry case, then use it. It will make your life so much easier. But if you don’t, here are some tips to help you pack your jewelry in a smart way:

  • For thin chain necklaces, use drinking straws. Slip one end of the chain through the straw and close the clasp. Use one straw per necklace and, in the end, put all the straws in a box to keep them safe. This way you will prevent your necklaces from getting tangled and knotted. For chunkier pieces, use toilet paper tubes instead of straws.
  • For your earrings, use an index card. Simply poke some holes in it with a pin, then slip the earrings through the holes and secure them with the back pieces. Store the index card in a jewelry pouch or soft cloth to protect your earrings from mechanical shocks.
  • For your bracelets, use individual plastic travel bags to store each one separately. After that, put all the bags in a ziplock bag. To ensure maximum protection, use cotton inside the bag to prevent damage from mechanical shocks.
  • For your rings, you can always use a special jewelry case for multiple rings. In case you don’t have one, simply put each ring in a protective pouch. After that, use a ziplock bag to store the pouches inside.

Other travel jewelry tips

If you are flying, take your jewelry in your carry-on luggage. When you arrive at your destination, don’t leave your jewelry in the luggage. Instead, ask for a safe–deposit box from the hotel. If this service is unavailable, find a safe place in the room to store your jewelry.

If you follow our advice, your travel jewelry will be fine, no matter where you go. To discover more interesting jewelry advice and information, read our other articles as well. Check out Ana Luisa online jewelry shop to view our amazing designer jewelry collections.

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