Here’s a quick tip for keeping the jewelry you wear every day from getting lost in your hotel room. 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. These two photos illustrate how I do it. It’s much harder to lose linked together jewelry than one small earring sitting all alone on your nightstand or thrown into a tote bag.
More tips about jewelry and travel:
- Keep your good jewels safe. There’s almost no good reason to take your finest jewels with you on the road. Keep them at home or in a safe deposit box while you are traveling. Anything of value that you insist on bringing with you is best kept safe by never taking it off, so keep your wedding rings on 24/7 even if you take them off at home. Tip: If you want to wear a valuable bracelet or a pair of earrings, pick something that will go with everything you pack and wear them every day.
- If you must take valuable jewelry with you and can’t wear it on the plane for some reason, pack it securely in a zippered pocket of your back pack or tote and carry it with you on the plane. Never check expensive jewelry! Tip: Try putting the pieces you cannot wear in a zip lock style baggie and place that baggie into an inner zipper compartment of your carry on. Don’t put it in a compartment you’ll be accessing often on the plane (avoid putting it in your passport or ID compartment, for instance).
- Don’t leave jewelry in your hotel room while you’re out. The best option is to place it in the hotel’s safe deposit box. If that’s not available keep it in a money belt or other secure zippered place inside your clothing. Tip: Don’t put jewelry in a jacket pocket or any item of clothing you might take off during the day.
- 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.
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 travelling 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 it simple – less worry, more fun, and less to pack and carry. Happy travels!