Summer travel is one of my favorite things to do, and I have a lot of it coming up! But a horror story plays out in my mind. I’m in Bora Bora staying in a gorgeous little floating hut. My husband throws me in the water while I’m wearing my huge $175,000 diamond earrings and one falls off and I burst into tears knowing my earrings now belong to the fishes. Just kidding – that wasn’t me, it was Kim Kardashian, but it could happen to any of us.
My point is that traveling with valuable things like my iPad, computer, and jewelry is always risky for fear of it being broken or stolen. But how can a girl like me (or KimK for that matter) travel without her beloved accessories? Just because I’m in a different state/country doesn’t mean I can’t be my stylish self. So through my travels, I’ve figured out ways to keep my jewelry safe and intact.
1.Purchase Insurance For Your Treasured And Valuable Pieces. I think it is better to be covered than be sorry. When Dan and I got engaged, he made sure to insure my engagement ring, and then my wedding band after we were married. What’s the point in spending so much on a ring if it can just get lost or stolen and POOF!? We used Jeweler’s Mutual Insurance Company because they have have a great reputation for exclusively insuring jewelry for over 100 years. They offer insurance on all types of jewelry and watches.
What sold us was that they cover loss, theft, damage, and mysterious disappearance (unexplained loss). That’s right, if you happen to completely LOSE your ring(s) in the Gulf of Mexico, Jeweler’s Mutual will replace it. If Kim K had insured her diamond studs, it would have saved her many tears! Accidents happen, especially while traveling, and, like I said, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
2. Use Protective Pouches. A lot of jewelry these days will come in a protective pouch. I like to put my necklaces and statement earrings in these little pouches so they don’t get tangled with other jewelry. I know they are safe and organized in their own little compartments. These pieces are usually costume jewelry from Baublebar or J.Crew, or sentimental things Dan got me as gifts throughout the years (Tiffany, Sophie Blake, Midori Linea…that type). I wouldn’t insure them with Jeweler’s Mutual, but I still want them to be safe and protected.
Once I put them in the pouches, I’ll put all the pouches together in a small makeup bag or one of the handbags I’m bringing on the trip.
3. Repurpose A Pill Box To Store Smaller Pieces. I like to use a square pillbox to store stud earrings and daintier necklaces. My favorites are the little lady studs that my grandmother left for me, and I wouldn’t want them to get lost or stolen (they are pictured in the top photo). The hard case ensures they won’t get squashed or tangled, and I like being able to see everything when I am putting together my outfits.
4. Utilize The Hotel Safe. I always put my valuables in the hotel safe. If I have to ask “should this go in the safe?” then I put it in there anyway. This includes any jewelry I am not wearing, my iPad, computer, camera, watch, passports, and extra cash. My husband and I pick a code that we will both remember so we aren’t shouting it back and forth. Because then, what’s the point?
The ONE time we got lazy and didn’t use the safe was when we were in Sorrento, Italy. And guess what? Dan’s iPad was long gone. (I still love Sorrento though and everyone should go there before they die.)
5. Wear Your Most Valuable Pieces. If you went through the process of insuring something valuable and sentimental like your wedding rings or a family heirloom, then my best advice is to just wear it your entire trip. I wear my wedding rings in the ocean, to apply sunscreen, and while I sleep. If your jewelry gets a little gooked up on your travels, you can always clean it when you get home. Knocking your ring off the bedside table in the morning and not being able to find it will surely give you a heart attack.
The fact that my most treasured pieces are insured is the most wonderful piece of mind. Accidents can happen, thieves may strike, or freak incidents may occur, despite all the precautions we already take to keep our jewelry travel-safe. I can sleep well at night knowing that I’m covered!
Do any of your current policies cover jewelry? Make sure you find out before you leave for your summer travels!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.