Caravan Sonnet: Travel Jewelry: How to Choose and Safely Pack Jewelry for a Vacation

1/12/19

Travel Jewelry: How to Choose and Safely Pack Jewelry for a Vacation

The worst part of going on vacation is definitely all the packing and unpacking you have to do. Between picking out your outfits, making sure you have everything you need, and checking that all your bags are the proper size/weight, it can be hard to actually feel the excitement of your upcoming journey! But, all the preparations are definitely worth the effort. Once you check into your hotel and settle in, you'll be glad you put in all the work to get every detail of your vacation just right.

As far as packing goes, it's true what they say: less is more. 

Avoid overbearing yourself with too many outfit choices and a ridiculous amount of travel jewelry. Take a few versatile pieces and one or two eclectic outfits instead.  For help picking out and transporting your jewelry, use the tips listed below.

How to Pick Out the Best Jewelry for a Vacation 

Accessorizing an outfit is one of the best parts of getting ready for the day (or a night out!). It's your chance to complete the look you're going for and to try out new style trends, too.  But, you don't need to take every single item of jewelry you own on vacation! All you need are a few essential pieces that you can create a lot of different styles with. To make sure you're taking all the best options, follow these five steps:


1. Go Over Your Outfits

Whether you're at home or abroad, you can't pick out your jewelry until you know what outfit you're wearing. So, the first step to choosing your travel jewelry is to go over all the outfits you plan to wear. 

Lay everything out on your bed or on the floor. Start to think about which earrings you can wear with different looks and how many necklaces you need to take, too.


2. Lay Out All the Jewelry You'd Like to Bring

Once you've visualized your outfits, start putting them together. Lay out all the jewelry you'd like to bring with you. You can group all of your jewelry together and put it off to the side of your clothes or you might want to place your jewelry on top of the outfits you plan to wear them with. Either way, create some sort of system so you can keep track of everything.


3. Decide What You'll Take and What You'll Leave at Home

The next step in picking out travel jewelry is to narrow down your collection. Take a look at everything you've laid out and ask yourself what you really need to bring with you.  Chances are, you don't need 3 pairs of big earrings or multiple watches. You can get away with taking a lot less jewelry and still look your best every day of vacation.


4. Repeat Step #3 

After you've narrowed down your travel jewelry choices, narrow them down again. There's bound to be one extra pair of earrings you can keep at home or a necklace that doesn't really have to go on vacation with you. You won't recognize this until you do one last look-over of everything you plan to bring.  Even if it seems like you've narrowed your travel selections down as much as possible, just check. You'll be glad you did when you get to your destination and don't have so much jewelry to keep track of.


5. Leave a Little Room for Jewelry You Might Buy

Another benefit of not bringing so much jewelry is that it gives you an excuse to learn more about the jewelry buying options available to you! It's hard to justify buying yet another beautiful necklace if you take a bunch of different ones to wear on vacation.  But, you're more likely to expand your jewelry collection if you feel a bit of a need for something new - and when it comes to your at-home array of jewelry, you can never have too much.


3 Life-Changing Packing Tips for Travel Jewelry
Whether you're packing travel jewelry for a weekend getaway or a month-long adventure, you need to make sure everything is packed carefully. The last thing you want is to go through so much trouble picking everything out only to have your favorite piece of jewelry break!

Follow these 3 rules to make sure everything goes on vacation and comes back in one piece. 


1. Invest in a Jewelry Case 

It's hard to take jewelry on vacation if you don't have somewhere to put it. You can't just toss these items into your suitcase like you can bathing suits or t-shirts. You need to make sure they're being transported in a safe and secure manner. 

Your jewelry case doesn't have to be super big or expensive. But, it should provide enough padding to keep your items intact. It's also a good idea to invest in a jewelry case with multiple compartments, as this will prevent tangling and breakage.


2. Separate Fragile Pieces

Speaking of preventing breakage, make it a point to separate particularly fragile pieces. If you have a pair of big, delicate earrings, put them in their own bag. If you know the chain for your favorite bracelet doesn't always stay secure, you may want to set it aside. 


3. Keep Everything with You

The final tip to keep in mind when traveling with jewelry is to keep everything with you. Imagine packing everything so carefully just to have it stolen or to lose it! It happens more often than you might think, which is why you need to be extra careful when traveling with jewelry. Keep your jewelry case in your carry-on when traveling by plane, and put all your jewelry in the hotel room safe once you get to your destination.


More Travel Tips and Tricks
Choosing and packing your travel jewelry is just one of the many things you need to handle when you're about to go on vacation. Luckily, there are all kinds of travel hacks you can use to make your trip preparations more enjoyable. 

Click here for more tips and tricks to help you get ready for your next adventure! 

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