5 Tips That Keep Your Jewelry Safe While Traveling
I spend from 2 to 3 months of the year on the road, and that means traveling with jewelry. Here’s the number one rule about keeping your jewelry safe while you’re traveling: Don’t take any piece of jewelry with you that you can’t afford to lose, or would be distraught to lose. If the piece is that important to you, leave it in a safe at home.
Tip Two: We travel easier when we travel light, and the same goes for jewelry. Pick out good costume jewelry that can go with any outfit and allow yourself 2 sets – maybe one gold, one silver. Or one colorful costume jewelry, one classic “go with anything” style. Place each set (earrings, necklace, pin, ring, bracelet) in a baggie that zips shut, and make sure to carry jewelry with you. Don’t place it in checked luggage.
Tip Three: If you’re an earring wearer select earrings that actually clasp shut. Many pierced earring styles simply hook through the ear but don’t clasp, and they are easily lost out of your ear while you’re sleeping on a plane or sitting on a train with a scarf around your neck. If you have earrings you love to wear that don’t clasp, you can buy inexpensive earring safety backs that will slide over the earring wire after you’ve hooked the earring through your ear. (That’s my own Amazon affiliate link.)
Tip Four: Here’s a quick tip for keeping the jewelry you wear every day from getting lost when you sleep. Link all your pieces together when you take it off at night, and put it in plain sight by your smartphone or where you will see it first thing in the morning. The photo illustrates how I do it. It’s much harder to lose linked jewelry than one small earring – if the entire set falls onto a carpet you can easily spot it. You can do this when you’re storing jewelry in your backpack or carry on bag, too – but place it into a clear plastic baggie first.
Tip Five: If you feel like you just have to travel with a valuable piece of jewelry (a wedding ring, diamond earrings) choose something that will go with everything you wear, and wear these pieces every day while you’re traveling. Classic jewelry can go with anything from jeans to evening gowns. Wear it, and don’t take it off. If you’re used to taking off your wedding rings at home, change your habit while you’re on the road and keep them on all the time.
Bonus Tip: If you’re warned about pickpockets in the area you are traveling to, leave your jewelry inside a clear baggie stowed in your room’s safe. If there’s no safe available secure your jewelry in a safety wallet around your waist or inside your shirt until you can wear it safely again.
There’s truly no great reason to travel with valuable jewelry. Ask yourself as you are packing “Can I stand it if I lose this piece of jewelry?”
More tips to keep your jewelry safe while traveling
If you are carrying jewelry with you in your carry on luggage or backpack, stow it (inside a baggie) in an inner, zipped compartment of your luggage. Don’t put it in a compartment that you’ll be opening and closing often on the plane. Keep it separate from tickets, passport, and snack food. Tuck it away in a compartment you don’t need to get into until you’ve arrived at your destination.
Also, don’t put jewelry in a jacket pocket or any item of clothing while you’re out and about.
The main rule to keeping your jewelry safe is “the less you bring with you, the less you’ll have to worry about keeping it safe.” If you love to wear a lot of different jewelry because it helps to change up your outfits on the road, bring costume jewelry. If you lose a favorite piece you’ll be sad but you won’t be out thousands of dollars. It’s much easier to replace a piece when you get back home.
If you travel with just one or two sets of less expensive jewelry you’ll also leave room in your luggage for a little shopping while you’re on the road. You might find inexpensive costume jewelry that is fun to wear on your trip and a good reminder of your travels when you return home. So leave room for some surprises along the way – something might catch your eye, and you’ll use it the rest of your trip.
My best jewelry travel plan:
- I wear my wedding ring and never take it off. If I’m walking in a not-so-safe area I turn the stone around to the inside of my hand.
- I wear a pair of plain gold loops that go with anything, take them off at night and loop them together with my costume jewelry.
- I take costume necklaces or bracelets on trips. I can easily get away with 2 or 3 different necklaces and one set of bracelets.
- If I’m traveling in an area known for pickpockets or “hit and run” jewelry theft I take off the earrings and my wedding ring, leave them in the hotel safe or tuck them inside a zippered money holder that is inside my clothing.
Make your travel simple and worry free. Keep your jewelry safe and free up your attention to enjoy your trip!