Typically the summer months are synonymous with two things – rising temperatures and holidays. So whether you’ re heading for foreign shores, hitting the beach for a few days of surf and turf or just hitting the road with your SUV, chances are you may have unanswered questions about what jewellery you need to carry and what you should leave behind.
So we at GemAtlas decided to share a few simple pointers that will help you finalise the kind of jewellery you need to carry (regardless of your destination) and how to pack it as well.
For starters what you need to remember is that it’s never a good idea to leave your accessory planning for the very last minute. The thumb rule when packing for leisure vacations is to never include items of high monetary or emotional value, unless you need them as part of your ensemble for a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday celebration.
What To Pack:
A simplified solution to this problem is to go with a handful of neutral accessories that could be used with any outfit. Prime examples here would include a small pendant, a simple necklace, a small hoop or stud earrings and an elegant bracelet.
If you do have any special occasions planned, you could add a couple of finer pieces – that make a statement. But do remember to get them insured as a precaution against unexpected mishaps along the way.
Try to stick to a preferred colour scheme instead of packing every piece into your jewellery box. Bold coloured gemstones like red spinel, aquamarine or amethyst usually make for excellent choice against a neutral outfit.
The decision whether or not to carry an expensive wedding or engagement ring presents a problem. Should you carry it or leave it behind? While a lot hinges on the destination and the type of activities you have planned, it’s always a safer bet to leave the flashier and expensive pieces of jewellery behind and this includes your wedding/engagement ring.
Alternately, you could opt to wear the less expensive of the two, or swapping your pricey diamond engagement ring with one made of the much cheaper white crystal or white topaz.
Last, but not the least, remember to account for the weather at the places you intend to visit. For example, colder places where you will be bundled up in jackets and gloves, mandate wearing lighter pieces like a brooch or smart earrings while shiny pieces that sparkle in the sunlight can be used best at beach venues.
How to pack jewellery for travel:
Now that you have made a list of the jewellery pieces that you intend to carry along on your vacation, the second challenge is how to pack them in an efficient, organized manner that ensures that they don’t get tangled or damaged enroute.
Here are a few things you might want to consider:
- Do ensure that all the expensive pieces of jewellery you intend to carry with you are insured and have an updated appraisal value.
- Any piece that includes high value gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds should preferably have a report from a certified laboratory – to help with potential insurance claims in case the piece goes missing.
- Make it a point to take pictures of the high-end jewellery you will be carrying. This is to help prove your ownership in case you lose it and it turns up with the lost-and-found later.
- Pearls need a bit of moisture to retain their shine, so remember to pack them last and unpack them first.
- Earrings should be stored in a pill organizer to prevent damage, similarly you can use straws to string your necklaces and keep them tangle-free.
- Use individual, sealable, transparent plastic bags to pack every piece. This will allow you to see and choose quickly when it’s time to get dressed.
- The most important tip. Never make the mistake of packing all your high-end pieces in your checked baggage – which could get lost or worse still, stolen. It’s a lot safer to carry them with you in your carry-on bag.
Follow these pointers and your troubles with what jewellery to pack and how, will be a thing of the past. Just remember, the objective behind taking a vacation is to help you relax, unwind and forget your daily grind. Keeping your jewellery list simple and inexpensive will ensure you make the most of your time out.