Traveling to new places brings excitement and adventure, and for you, it's an opportunity to reflect your faith and showcase your style with your Christian jewelry. Whether you're heading to a sunny beach, a bustling city, or a serene countryside, it's important to know how to keep your designer jewelry looking its best during your travels. In this blog post, we will discuss some practical tips for traveling with jewelry and what to do if you happen to lose any of your cherished pieces.
- Choose Wisely: When packing for your trip, carefully consider the jewelry you plan to take along. It's best to leave very expensive, sentimental, or irreplaceable pieces at home to minimize the risk of loss. Instead, opt for versatile items that add flair to outfits that you can enjoy wearing. When I pack I like to choose a color palette, set out my outfits, then choose jewelry that will go with the outfits.
- Separate and Organize: Before you start packing, sort your jewelry into different categories. You can sort by outfit or by jewelry type. Use small zip-lock bags, jewelry pouches, or a dedicated jewelry organizer to keep each piece separate. This will prevent tangling, scratching, or damaging delicate items. In a pinch you can even use a pillbox or a weekly pill organizer to store smaller earrings or rings securely.
- Carry-On or Handbag: To reduce the chances of losing your jewelry, always keep jewelry you’re not wearing in your carry-on luggage or your handbag. Never place valuable pieces in your checked baggage, as they may be subject to theft or mishandling. Having your jewelry with you ensures it will arrive safely and in good condition, ready to help you reflect your faith in style.
- Jewelry Care While Away: Remember that your jewelry still needs care while you’re away. Pack a soft, lint-free cloth specifically designed for cleaning jewelry. This cloth will help you gently remove dirt, fingerprints, or oils that accumulate on your jewelry during your travels. I keep a polishing cloth in my travel kit. These cloths are specially designed to remove tarnish and restore the shine to your jewelry, particularly for silver or gold-plated items.
You can also pack a small jewelry repair kit with basic tools like tweezers, small pliers, and extra jump rings. This kit can come in handy for minor repairs or adjustments to your jewelry while you're on the go.
- Hotel Safety: When you arrive at your hotel, take the extra step to keep your jewelry secure in your hotel room. Use the in-room safe or hotel safety deposit box to store the jewelry you’re not wearing. Remember to take a picture or make a written inventory of your jewelry beforehand, just in case. The hotel safe is a great place to keep tablets or other electronics too.
- Stay Mindful: Avoid removing your jewelry in public places or leaving it unattended. If you decide to wear your jewelry to a beach or pool, remove it beforehand to prevent loss or damage due to sand, water, or sunscreen. I have a client whose wife wore a 14kt white gold and diamond ring in the mineral water pool at a spa. To her surprise, the ring went from sparkling white to a fully black patina in the water. Thankfully I was able to restore the finish for her.
Traveling with jewelry can be a delightful way to express your faith, personal style and add a touch of elegance to your adventures. By following these tips, including organizing your jewelry, using suitable storage options, and being mindful of its care, you can enjoy your travels without worrying about the well-being of your designer pieces. You’ll be ready to explore with confidence and style.