Your bags are packed and you're on your way! Whether you are taking a 2 week tour of Europe, dashing off for a weekend getaway or jet setting for a work conference, don’t forget to pack your jewelry!
Packing can be stressful - many people want to leave their jewelry at home because of its value and others leave it behind because it's too small and they fear it will get lost or damaged. But don't fear; there are many tips and tricks to packing jewelry. And the benefits of bringing some of your smallest treasures will outweigh leaving them behind at home.
First of all, jewelry can be the perfect thing to pack for a trip, especially vintage jewelry and costume jewelry.Do leave your prized possessions at home -meaning a rare necklace from your grandmother or your very expensive engagement ring. They are better off left in the vault box safely tucked away. This is the best time to play, be creative, wear bold fun statement and costume jewelry.
With luggage restrictions getting smaller and smaller, skip the multiple outfit changes, bring basics and change your look over and over again with necklaces, scarves, shoes, and of course jewelry. Wear a classic sheath dress with flats and a long necklace while out exploring go straight to dinner by adding some sparkling heels and long sparkling chandelier earrings and fabulous cuff bracelet, this is the perfect day to night look without cutting into your daytime adventures.
So now you're convinced that you should leave some extra room in your suitcase or carry on for your baubles. The next question is how will you transport them without breaking them? With over 20 years experience in the jewelry accessories world, I can tell you that if you learn the tips and tricks on how to pack your jewelry, even vintage pieces will enjoy the trip as much as you do.
1. Tip - Drinking Straws
Yup, you heard correctly. Straws are actually the perfect way to keep delicate chains from tangling together, slip them into a long bracelet box or roll them up in a jewelry roll and you are good to go. Don’t fear the dainty, this is the perfect solution
2. Button Up!
You know that pile of buttons that you keep that come with a new sweater or jacket? Why not use them to keep your stud earrings secure?
3. Your on a roll!
I love these jewelry rolls so much, I actually give them frequently as gifts. They have room for all different types of jewelry and different sections to keep you neat and organized. You can likely fit all the jewelry for your trip in one of these handy pouches.
4. The Travel Towel
I am not referring to your beach towel but a wash cloth. This is a perfect solution if you don’t have don’t have a jewelry roll, you can also fashion one out of a wash cloth.
5. Don’t be a pill.
Pill boxes are perfect for small pieces like studs and tiny necklaces
6. Press and Seal
Yes, you heard me correct - lay the jewelry between 2 layers and you can easily slip this in between a pair of pants and a top. The jewelry won’t shift while in your luggage.
7. Box it Up!
Travel Jewelry Boxes are worth the small investment, with a place for everything, like the jewelry roll they keep everything neat and organized.
8. Ziploc Baggies
If you are only taking a few pieces with you can easily find small ziploc baggies and bag up your pieces, as an added bonus, you can see what you packed (you can easily slip the bags into your shoes in your suitcase).
9. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Empty medicine containers like Tylenol bottles or Altoid tins make the perfect tiny jewelry boxes for travel.
10. Safety Pins/Carabiner make the perfect loop for rings
A few extra tips on what to pack
A Statement Necklace - a great attention-grabbing statement necklace will bring your ensemble to life. Even if you don’t normally wear big, flashy jewelry, vacation is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone, have fun and get dressed up! As an added bonus, you will receive instant compliments and be wearing a conversation starter! You might even meet some new friends or someone special all because of your jewelry!
As I mentioned above, leave your heirlooms at home. Pack pieces that mean something to you and you enjoy wearing but don’t pack pieces that are irreplaceable. Costume and designer jewelry is perfect to bring on vacation and while traveling for fun or for work.
Fun cocktail rings are perfect for happy hour and dinner.
Giant cuff bracelets give off that Riveria Chic Vibe and compliment summer styles like tanks and sleeveless dresses.
With the off the shoulder trend still going strong, layered dainty necklaces add a hint of sophistication and elegant ease.
Lastly, leave room! I find some of my most incredible and memorable pieces while on the road! Jewelry makes a beautiful memento from a special trip and as an added bonus, you can admire it and wear it home.
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