In a world where you can jump on a plane in the morning and be on the other side of the country a couple hours later, knowing the ins and outs of traveling with your jewelry and caring for it is a must!
Whether you travel for business, pleasure or both, odds are you’ve thought about this, and we’re here to help. At J.F. Kruse, we care about our customers and the jewelry you purchase from us. That’s why we provide a CareFree Warranty and free guarantees on our jewelry – depending on the jewelry piece. Our free, industry-leading warranty is the first step towards peace of mind when traveling with your jewelry.
Beyond the care basics of your jewelry, here are five pro tips to consider when traveling.
1. What Jewelry Should You Bring on Your Trip?
Deciding on what jewelry to bring on your travels depends on why you’re traveling, where you’re going and what you’ll be doing while you’re there.
If you’re going on a relaxing beach vacation, such as a girl’s weekend, then a few fun, playful options would be perfect for your destination and accompanying activities.
If your vacation style involves more of an adventure where you could find yourself hiking up a mountain or white-water rafting, then no jewelry might be the best option for you. This way you can enjoy your vacation without worrying about whether your necklace is at the bottom of the river or not.
If you’re traveling for business, then a few neutral and classic pieces will do the job.
2. Consider Ring-Alternatives
A popular choice by many travelers today is to leave the engagement ring or wedding ring at home and wear a less expensive ring that doesn’t have as much sentimental value. If you’re going on a romantic getaway and still want to wear a ring, you can find beautiful fashion rings to wear that look so real that no one would know the difference, except you.
3. Precise Packing
Packing for travel typically involves checking the weather of your destination and outfit planning, which often leads to laying out clothes and accessories on the floor. Things can get a bit messy and tangled up by the end of this planning process. So, knowing how to pack your jewelry is key for any travel scenario whether you’re packing for a family vacation or a work conference.
There are many ways to pack your jewelry, and some of those ways are better than others. Here are a few pro tips to help keep you and your jewelry tangle-free.
- Travel Jewelry Case: Using a case specifically designed for travel is a great option for jewelry because there are typically dedicated spots for every piece of sparkle you plan to bring from necklaces to rings.
- Jewelry Pouch: This is a simplified option when you’re traveling with only a few pieces of jewelry like earrings and bracelets.
- Index or Business Card: This might sound strange, but using a piece of paper that has some weight to it is a great option for earrings because you can poke a hole through the paper with your earrings and secure your earring backs to it without worries about the paper ripping since it’s more durable. This tip will keep all your earring in one place that won’t be scattered around while en route to your destination.
- Small Container Box: Repurposing a small plastic container to organize and store your jewelry is another idea when packing medium sized pieces of jewelry. Just find a container in your cupboard, – one that you can find the matching lid for – place your jewelry inside and secure it with the lid.
After you’ve organized the jewelry you’re taking with, it’s best to pack it all in your carry-on luggage. This way you will know where your jewelry is at all times and won’t have to worry about it getting lost. Want an even better option? Carry your jewelry on you by wearing it. Regardless of which option you choose, it will be safer when it’s close to you during your travels.
5. Sun Block and Water
Once you’re reached your destination you may apply sun block, especially if you’re on a beach. If that’s the case, keep in mind that sun block shouldn’t be applied to your jewelry. If you happen to get some on your jewelry, just wipe it off and clean it.
Another element that should be avoid for your jewelry is salt water and chemically-treated water. So, if you find yourself at the ocean or pool-side then it would be best to leave your jewelry safe and secure at your hotel. Many hotels also have room safes that you can store your jewelry and other important items in when you’re away from your room.
Once you’re back from your travels, we’d love it if you stopped in our store and told us all about your trip, as well as dropped your jewelry off for a cleaning. Our professional and expert goldsmiths would be happy to make your jewelry sparkle like new again.