If you're headed to an out of town wedding or simply like to be accessorized well at the beach, read on for tips on how to pack your jewelry from Piper Smith, VP of Marketing for MuseumWayPearls.com.
- Invest in a jewelry travel case: Packing jewelry should be an organized process and each piece should be placed in a safe and secure compartment. Jewelry travel cases that have a hard shell work well so nothing gets crushed, but if you're limited for space a well-packed jewelry portfolio will keep jewelry safe as well. (The jewelry roll shown is from Smythson.)
- Do not check your jewelry: Incidents of mishandled baggage in 2010 averaged 3.57 per 1,000 passengers. While that may seem like good odds, think of how many people are flying every day. You are usually better off keeping your jewelry travel case with you at all times.
- Use packing supplies: You may not be moving, but you can pack like you are. Individually wrap each piece before you place the jewelry in the jewelry case. Depending on the item you could use bubble wrap, soft cloths or a simple piece of tissue paper. We also like the soft cloth satchels that often come with a jewelry purchase.
- Pack pearls individually: Pearls can dent and ding easily so you do not want pearls rubbing up against each other or other pieces of jewelry. Pearls are very sensitive and each piece of pearl jewelry should be packed in a soft cloth pouch in an individual compartment of the jewelry travel case.
- Insure the jewelry before you travel: This last tip is not really packing-related, but if you plan on bringing pricey pieces on a trip, make sure they are insured. This will give you a little less to worry about when you lock your gems in the hotel safe.
Thanks for the tips, Piper! Of course, when you arrive at your hotel, always store jewelry and other valuables, including your passport, in the in room safe.