Traveling with Jewelry: What to Do While You're Gone
This is Part 2 of a three-post series on how to travel with jewelry.
You travel to enjoy yourself, right? Does losing, damaging or having your jewelry stolen sound enjoyable?
Didn't think so.
Read on for five precautions to take while traveling with jewelry.
1. Wear it or carry it on
If you can wear the jewelry you're traveling with (without looking like Mr. T), that's the safest option. (As long as you take heed of #5.)
If not, the next best option is to pack it in your carry-on bag. Never pack your jewelry inside any luggage you plan to check. There are too many opportunities for damage or theft along the journey of a checked bag.
2. All eyes on the bag
If you do pack your jewelry in a carry-on bag, make sure to handle it yourself the whole time. Don't hand it off to any airport personnel, cab drivers, bellhops or anyone you don't trust with your valuables.
For more tips for flying with jewelry, check out: How to Navigate the Airport While Traveling with Jewelry.
3. Safe is safest
Once you arrive at your destination, store your jewelry in the hotel safe. Not the bag you brought it in. Not the dresser you store your clothes in. Not even the safe in your room.
Bring it to the front desk and ask them if they allow guests to utilize their main safe for their valuables.
4. When not to wear it
While having your jewelry on your body where you can see and feel it at all times is a great way to keep an eye on your valuables, you also need to know when to take them off.
For a list of activities too risky for jewelry, read through our other post: When Not to Wear Your Wedding Ring This Summer.
5. Conceal, don't reveal
Whenever you wear jewelry in public, take measures to draw as little attention to yourself as possible. Obviously you wear jewelry to be seen, but if you find yourself in a crowded area ;or place that you consider risky for possible theft, take precautions like turning your ring around so the stone faces your palm or tucking a pendant into your shirt.
You want to show off your gorgeous pieces, but not if it means tempting thieving eyes.
Now that you know these great safety tips for traveling with jewelry, how are you going to remember them all?
We made some checklists for that. Download our free Pocket Guide to Traveling with Jewelry and use it as a quick reference next time you're ready to take off on your next adventure!
Missed Parts 1 & 3 of the series? Check them out now: