The holidays are coming (and boy are they coming fast!) and we all know what this means…traveling. As many of you know, I love traveling (at least I believe I’ve mentioned this a few times on here…), but one thing you might not know about me is that I horrible fear of traveling with jewelry.
I’m always worried I’ll either lose a piece in the packing/commute or it will get stolen from me either in the hotel room or while I’m out and about. This fear used to cause me to leave some of my favorite pieces at home, only to regret this decision the moment I would put on an outfit and know exactly what necklace or ring I wish I had for it…the one I left at home!
Sadly, jewelry loss while traveling is a huge reality. A Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company survey of 600 married women found that more than 25 percent have lost a piece of jewelry while vacationing. That’s a lot of lost jewelry people!
However, here are five easy tips (courtesy of Jewelers Mutual’s blog, The Jewelry Box) that can help make traveling with jewelry a breeze, while keeping you looking and feeling your best.
1. Travel to see, not be seen.
If you ever find yourself traveling in an area you feel too exposed with the jewelry you have on, there are some easy ways to hide it; Try turning over the diamond on your finger so it looks like a simple band and doesn’t draw as much attention or try tucking your valuable necklace under your shirt.
2. Love it? List it.
I’m a “list junky” so this one comes second nature to me. Try to document all the jewelry you’ll take with you, or take pictures or a video if lists aren’t your thing. If a piece goes missing, you’ll know exactly which one to search for and have quick and easy proof of ownership for it at a lost and found.
3. Don’t Check It – Wear or Carry It
Never put jewelry in checked bags. I repeat, NEVER put jewelry in checked bags. Instead, wear it or stow it in your carry-on bag.
4. Safe in a Safe
The hotel room is the most common place jewelry is lost (or, if you’re me, a maid will try vacuuming up a necklace that fell off the bed and you will come back to find your necklace in fifteen pieces…I digress….). Store your jewelry in the hotel 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 (or “break me with a vacuum”).
5. To be sure, insure
Get the right coverage before you leave for the holidays. Does your renters or homeowners insurance cover jewelry? You need to know this before heading out the door. With Jewelers Mutual, you get an extra level of protect that often goes beyond what may be covered by typical homeowners or renters insurance. Jewelers Mutual has been exclusively insuring jewelry for more than 100 years and offers repair or replacement coverage that includes worldwide travel protection for all types of jewelry and watches. Coverage includes loss, theft, damage and mysterious disappearance (unexplained loss).
Follow these 5 easy steps and you’ll find traveling with jewelry to be as simple as anything else you pack.
Here’s to your next safe, and happy, trip!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.