Are you ready to get packing? Swim suit, check. Sun hat, check. Jewelry ...
At this point on your packing list, the anxiety starts brewing.
"What should I bring? Do I need my pearls? What will I wear with that cute new outfit?"
"How do I pack it? Will everything get tangled? Scratched? BROKEN?!"
No need to put a damper on your vacation before you set foot out the door. Read on and learn the risks and how to mitigate them for truly worry-free travel with jewelry.
Traveling with Jewelry by the Numbers
According to a survey conducted by Jewelers Mutual:
- 80% of women bring their jewelery while traveling
- Engagement rings and watches are the most common jewelry that accompanies travelers
- 25% lose a piece of jewelry during their travels
- 60% of jewelry losses that occur while traveling are not replaced
The risks are real. But jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed, not left behind.
How to Travel with Jewelry
We're not suggesting taking your entire jewelry box, but if the very thought of being without your smart watch gives you heart palpitations, take it with you. Just be sure to take the following precautions while traveling with jewelry.
1. Travel to see, not be seen
Keeping jewelry safe in the airport is possible. Turn over the diamond on your finger so it looks like a simple band and doesn’t draw as much attention. Tuck the valuable necklace under your shirt.
While we all love jewelry, try to pack or wear as few pieces as possible and stick with the classics that will go with everything you wear.
2. Make a list
Document all the jewelry you’ll take with you, or take pictures or a video.
If a piece goes missing, you’ll know exactly which one to search for and have proof of ownership if it shows up in a public place.
3. Carry it on
Never put jewelry in checked bags. Instead, wear it or stow it in your carry-on bag.
4. Use the safe
The hotel room is the most common place jewelry is lost.
Store your jewelry in the hotel (not room) safe when you’re not wearing it. Leave it in your unlocked suitcase or on the bathroom counter and you might as well put a “take me” sign next to it.
5. Insure it
Get the right coverage before you leave.
Does your renters or homeowners insurance cover jewelry? You need to know this before heading out the door.
No matter how careful we are with our jewelry when traveling, accidents happen. That’s why there’s insurance.
As you plan your next getaway, do a little prep work on how to get the best jewelry insurance to help make your travels worry-free.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published June 21, 2012 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.