When you’re out there globetrotting, you’ll want to make sure that the jewelry you take with you – or purchase while you travel – is kept safe. After all, we’ve all heard those gut-wrenching stories of precious heirlooms swiped from hotel rooms or engagement rings that go missing from suitcases faster than you can say ‘piña colada’.
It’s not just the monetary hit that stings – it’s losing a piece that’s packed with memories and meaning—like waving goodbye to a slice of your personal history. So, keeping your gems secured while traveling is key to ensuring peace of mind along with safeguarding your sparkly assets.
To help you keep your jewels safe when traveling, make sure you take note of the following seven precautions to take.
Table of Contents
1. Go Minimalist
Before you pack your treasured jewels or buy jewelry online to take with you and turn heads when you’re traveling, you should pause to consider the amount of precious keepsakes you’re planning on packing.
You’ve probably heard the saying ‘less is more,’ and this couldn’t be truer than when talking about travel and treasures. Before you even zip up that suitcase, do a serious jewelry audit. Ask yourself: Do I really need to bring my full bling brigade on this trip? Often, the answer is nope.
Picking out just a few versatile pieces—think simple studs or a single statement watch—can slash the risk right off the bat. And let’s be real, flaunting your fanciest jewels can make you an easy target for theft in unfamiliar places.
Besides, there’s something liberating about not worrying over a traveling jewelry jamboree while exploring new locales.
Keeping it minimal means keeping it manageable—you’re less likely to misplace stuff if there’s less stuff to misplace! Plus, you get that extra space in your bag for souvenirs.
2. Keep Your Jewelry Close When Traveling
So, you’ve decided to bring a few cherished pieces along for the journey—we get it, sometimes you’ve got to shine. Well, here’s a pro tip: buddy up those jewels with something they can’t part from—you.
Instead of tossing your jewelry haphazardly into your checked luggage (a big no-no!), keep them cozy and close in your carry-on. And when I say close, I mean treat those trinkets like they’re part of your Secret Service detail.
High-flying at 30,000 feet? Your jewelry should be snug in that overhead bin or tucked under the seat—not mingling with your shampoo in cargo hold limbo.
3. Get Insured to Get Assured
Before you sashay out the door with your sparklers, get down to the nuts and bolts of jewelry insurance. Seriously, do it. It’s like having a safety net for your valuables so you can breathe easily while bungee jumping in Canada, for instance.
Make sure that travel is covered in your policy because not all insurance policies include loss or theft outside the home turf.
Check with your insurance provider or find one that specializes in precious pieces and covers international mishaps. Those premiums might sting a tad now but they’re nothing compared to the sting of losing an uninsured heirloom abroad.
And hey, keep those receipts and appraisal docs in a safe place—probably alongside your passport because nothing says “I’m legit!” like paperwork when making a claim.
It’s all about being proactive rather than reactive; getting insured means shifting from “Uh-oh” to “It’s handled.”
4. Document Your Dazzle Before Departure
Alright, here’s something that doesn’t take up any space in your baggage but can save heaps of trouble: snapping pics of your jewelry. It’s like a visual inventory. Lay out all those pieces you’re planning to bring and click away before the big voyage.
These high-res photos serve as a double-duty hack. First up, they’re proof positive of what you own—it’s hard to argue with a photo if something goes missing and you need to file a report or claim. Second, it’s crazy helpful for memory-jogging about what exactly you packed.
Upload the pictures to the cloud or an email draft—somewhere cyber-secure—because losing your phone is enough drama without losing pictures of everything else too.
Not only does this step have your back in case things go sideways. It also helps avoid overpacking—you might rethink bringing certain items once you see your bling battalion laid bare for review!
5. Remember Discretion Is the Better Part of Valor
When trotting the globe, being a human disco ball can be less of a party and more of a problem. Flashing your finery should not be on your itinerary. Stick to a low-key vibe and save the glitz for times when there’s less risk involved.
If you are stepping out with some sparkle, flip that ring around so only the band shows, or tuck that necklace beneath your shirt.
Not broadcasting your bling does two things: one, it keeps envious eyes at bay; no need to advertise what you’ve got dangling from your lobes or wrists. And two, it lets you move like a local without drawing unwanted attention—blending in can be both cool and clever.
Sipping espresso at a Parisian café? Keep those diamond studs under wraps. Navigating an exotic bazaar in Istanbul? Let’s not turn that necklace into local folklore about the tourist who was just asking for trouble. Remember, stealth mode saves heartache!
6. Keep Your Jewelry Safe in a Safe
You roll into your hotel room and what’s this—a safe, snug as a bug in the closet or by the bed? You better believe that little box is your jewelry’s new BFF. Hotel safes are like mini fortresses for your rings and things when you’re out living your best holiday life.
Plan on taking a dive into the deep blue sea or setting off on a jungle adventure where that delicate necklace won’t survive? Don’t just leave those valuables lying around; pop them in the safe with a code that’s locked up tight in your brain vault—not something obvious like 1234 (c’mon, we can do better than that).
Just remember: before you check out to jet-set to your next destination, do a quick double-take of that safe. Leaving anything behind would be face-palm-level forgetfulness—almost as bad as leaving your heart… but not quite.
7. Pack Smartly
Lastly, when you decide to bring along your beloved jewelry, packing it properly is non-negotiable. Treat the pieces like the treasures they are with some smart packing techniques.
Rummaging around in a tangled mess of chains? Not fun. Avoid the dreaded jewelry jumble by using dedicated jewelry cases with compartments and soft pouches designed to keep pieces separate and cushioned.
Consider investing in travel organizers, too – think necklace rolls, earring holders, and ring cases. These babies are designed to prevent scratches and keep everything untangled and accessible.
For a DIY fix on the fly, thread necklaces through straws or lay them flat between sheets of press-and-seal plastic wrap.
With your gems neatly packed away, you’ll dodge any potential damage.
As long as you plan ahead and stay savvy, you should be able to keep your jewelry safe when traveling.
To sum up, remember to take these important precautions:
- Go Minimalist.
- Keep Your Jewelry Close When Traveling.
- Get Insured to Get Assured.
- Document Your Dazzle Before Departure.
- Remember Discretion Is the Better Part of Valor.
- Keep Your Jewelry Safe in a Safe.
- Pack Smartly.
If you found this information helpful consider buying me a cup of coffee. Just scan the QR code or click the link. As always, thank you for your support!
Get Travel Insurance
I use Skyscanner to find flights. I use it so much, I wrote an entire guide to finding cheap flights with Skyscanner! My second favorite site to find flights is Momondo, another great site for finding cheap flights.
Book a Place to Stay
If you prefer staying in a vacation rental instead, I recommend VRBO.
Rent clothes for your trip with Travel Style Expert for only $50 a month! The first 30 days are free!
Choose Activities and Tours
To find great activities in any area I use Get Your Guide and Viator. If we are visiting a city with lots of popular attractions I always check CityPass and GoCard to see if they have discount cards available.