Travelling is something we all love to do, whether it's an annual summer holiday or a special trip over Christmas, you may have questions about what jewellery to take with you, what to leave behind and how to pack it.
Don't leave your accessory plan to the last minute. Instead, start by reviewing these handy tips:
No matter where you're travelling to or for how long, a holiday is a break from routine and daily worries, so try not to take anything you're going to worry about losing. It's best to leave expensive, valuable jewellery at home and in a safe place, unless they're a key part of your outfit for a special event on your trip.
But don't limit yourself too much, a vacation's a great time to accessorize and expand your jewellery wardrobe so include some inexpensive basics.
For the most part, stick with just a few neutral pieces – small hoop or stud earrings, a small pendant, a chain-link bracelet – that will work with multiple outfits. But throw in a few fancy, statement pieces, too. They'll dress up even your most basic travel outfit. And since you're sticking to less expensive jewellery, you can likely afford to go trendy.
Depending on your destination and activities, it's often best to leave your engagement ring at home and wear just your more subdued wedding band. (If your wedding band is flashier or more expensive, do the reverse.) If both are as valuable as each other, consider swapping them out for a less expensive (but equally meaningful) travel ring on your wedding finger.
Maybe you still want the look of your diamond engagement or wedding ring but don't want to risk your own. Consider a look-a-like at a fraction of the cost, such as cubic zirconia rings or crystal, can play the part of your pricier and more emotionally precious diamond jewellery.
If you do choose to travel with any fine jewellery, this is a good time to set up insurance for those pieces if you haven't already.
To avoid losing an earring and tangling all of your necklaces and bracelets, consider these simple methods for packing for your trip:
Travel jewellery case: If you travel frequently, consider a travel jewellery organizer or jewellery roll, with compartments to keep your items organized and free from tangles and scratching.
Straws: Slipping the end of your dainty necklaces through one end of a drinking straw and closing the clasp, keeps it safe and tangle free. Keep each necklace separate and keep in a toothbrush holder. For chunky necklaces, follow the same process using a toilet-paper tube or something equivalent.
Index cards: Using a safety pin, poke holes through an index card and insert earrings together and seal the backs – keeps earrings organised and easy to find. Wrap a cloth around the card then pack it with the rest of your jewellery.
Daily pill box: Seven-day pill boxes, used to manage weekly pill doses are the perfect size for storing individual earrings, rings and even smaller bracelets and necklaces. By putting just one item (or earring pair) in a box, everything stays tangle-free and organized. And since the boxes are connected, you have all your jewellery in one place. A related trick: Use old prescription pill bottles to pack individual, smaller items, and then place all the bottles in a larger zip-lock bag.
Small sealable snack cups: Small sealable plastic bowls or snack cups are a great size for storing individual chunkier necklaces, bracelets or earrings, or a collection of earring-pair buttons wrapped in a small cloth.
Little plastic bags: If you've kept the sealable plastic bags you often get with inexpensive jewellery, consider using them to store your jewellery for travel. Put one item in each bag to keep things organized and tangle-free – put these bags into a larger zip-lock bag for extra protection. Alternatively, sealable snack bags are just as good and can be found in most supermarkets.
If you're flying, pack jewellery in your hand-luggage. Checked bags have a much greater chance of getting lost.
And remember: You're taking a vacation to relax and have fun, and to get away from your daily routine. Keep jewellery simple and inexpensive so it doesn't get in the way.