As a follow-up to my recent post on how to store your jewelry, I wanted to do a post on how to travel with jewelry. When I a reader asked about this, I realized that I honestly had no clue. I’m guilty of throwing the jewelry I want to take with me on a trip into a plastic Ziploc or two.
First, do NOT use this:
You’re probably thinking: But it’s only $20.. and I can buy it on Amazon…. and it’s cute and small… and…
Nope. This will only result in your jewelry getting tangled, broken, cracked and possibly even lost (when someone runs off with your entire cute, little bag).
These tips will take a little more work, but they won’t cost much, and they work!
General tips for traveling with jewelry
- Always keep your jewelry in your carry-on when flying. You never know what could happen between you checking your bags and when you arrive at your destination. This rule is especially true for anything with real stones or sentimental value.
- Always store jewelry in a dry place with low humidity. This goes for home storage as well. When traveling, think about placing your bag near the AC or in an open area – not inside your duffle bag surrounded by clothes and then thrown into your trunk on a hot day.
- In general, to avoid tarnish, place some moisture absorbing materials, such as white chalk, charcoal or silica gel, in your jewelry bag or case.
Types of Jewelry
Next, let’s look at the individual types of jewelry you might have and what you should consider for each.
Because pearls are extra delicate, it’s imperative to store any jewelry with pearls in its own case/pouch/box. A soft, fabric-lined container will keep your pearls safe and looking great.
Silver is also rather delicate to travel with, as it can tarnish quite easily. Believe it or not, but you can actually buy tarnish-free bags to store silver jewelry. They look like your average Ziploc but actually help keep tarnish away from your necklaces and earrings.
Any of your chunky necklaces that feature stone beadwork also need special care. Wrap these items individually in soft fabric or tissue paper before putting into a bag. This will keep them from cracking or breaking and will keep any painted beads with their full color.
Any jewelry that is a real metal (gold, silver, etc.) should be stored carefully. Never store different types of metals in the same container, as this encourages tarnishing and dulling. Save your mix and matching for once you get there!
To keep your necklaces from getting tangled, use heavy cardboard to keep them separate.
- Start with a large piece of cardboard (I’m sure you can find an empty box hanging around – otherwise think about using a box that you would otherwise recycle from food).
- Lay the necklace (clasp closed) on the cardboard to estimate the length.
- Cut the cardboard just slightly longer than your necklace.
- Cut a slit at the top and bottom of the piece of cardboard.
- Put your necklace into the slits.
- Be sure that this is fairly secure before packing away. (I’d put each necklace in it’s own plastic bag after securing it on the cardboard just in case one falls off.)
Using a method similar to the chain necklaces idea, poke holes for each earring on a piece of cardboard. Feel free to put as many as you want into one bag as long as they are made of the same metal. Put them in a bag as well in case one falls off. You definitely don’t want to be chasing that lost earring down in the depths of your luggage.
Simply wrap your watch up in a sock. You just want to be sure it’s not going to get scratched up.
I’d love to hear from you all on how you travel with your jewelry. Did I miss something? Feel free to comment or shoot on over to Facebook to let me and others know!
For more jewelry tips, check out my post on how to store jewelry.