Business trips, destination weddings, dream vacations, or couples retreats, we all have the frequent packing woes before we set out on a trip. When it comes to travelling with jewellery, packing can be so overwhelming, we just tend to pack our most worn jewellery or just those pieces that will go with all outfits.
A lot of people tend to not pack rare pieces of jewellery that they own or even their favourite pieces, (say a multi-layered body necklace), only because packing jewellery can be such a hassle. What with the tangling, the breaking, the lack of storage space, or just the plain old habit of misplacing it, most of us are confounded when the time to pack jewellery arrives.
Not anymore! All you need to do is follow the safest and the easiest jewellery packing DIY solutions that we have compiled for you.
Let’s start with the basics – How To Travel With Jewelry
It’s easier to pack jewellery when you already know what outfits and accessories you are going to wear on your trip. So try the following packing routine:
- Lay down all the outfits you have decided to pack for your trip.
- Pick the jewellery you want to wear with each outfit.
- Take a picture of each outfit with the co-ordinated pieces of jewellery, so that you don’t forget and get them mixed up.
Don’t be too greedy or unrealistic while using the selection or elimination process. You don’t want to pack unnecessary items that you won’t end up wearing. Limit the number of statement necklaces unless they are an absolute fashion essential with your outfits.
How to Pack Jewelry – Out of the Box, Literally
The mantra is to travel light. When jewellery is added in the mix, it becomes necessary to use ways that won’t add extra weight to your suitcase or luggage and keep your jewellery safe. We’ve put together the most creative and comprehensive list that includes 25 jewellery packing hack
1. Ziploc bags
Ziploc bags come in all sizes. Whether it’s a chunky necklace or tiny rings, you can use a ziploc bag to carry them all. Make sure you pack them in pairs of threes or twos and keep the tangle-prone pieces separate. Store all your ziploc bags in a jewellery pouch or a jewellery bag.
While packing bulky necklaces, leave the clasp end of the chain hanging out a little bit, then zip, pack another the same way, then zip, and pack the third one the same way, and zip. This prevents your necklaces from tangling. Fold the ziploc bag and place it in between your clothes or wrap in a hand towel. You can buy one from Amazon India site here.
2. Pill case
You may have a 7 day pill box lying around in the house. If not, just buy one from a medical store nearby. It is a great ally when it comes to packing small earrings, necklaces and rings. It will even let you pack your jewellery day-wise. If you plan on taking only small items of jewellery, this will be the only tool you need. We recommend this one from Amazon India.
3. Travel jewellery case/ Travel jewellery organizer
Invest in one of these – you can buy it online. Though it may take up a little extra space, you will find some amazing options with great storage space and organising compartments for all kinds of jewellery.
Boxes are ideal for delicate or expensive jewellery. They will be especially useful if your trip is longer than a week, where multiple outfit changes are in order. Look closely at product pictures online to see what choices will match your jewellery storage needs the most. We recommend this product from Amazon India.
4. Travel Jewellery rolls/ holders
If you want to go lighter than a hard-lined jewellery box, try a jewellery roll instead. Plenty of options are available online. These can be multi-functional; you can store makeup, mirrors and jewellery all together. Ideal for short trips. Pick the ones with separate compartments for earrings, rings and necklaces.
Check out handmade rolls on Etsy or go on Amazon to find some really stylish, affordable choices. However, jewellery holders can be as simple as compartments sewn to a hanger and can be made at home too.
5. Travel Jewellery pouches/bags
If you are taking fewer jewellery items that are not so expensive or high maintenance, try a jewellery pouch. It will be handy, convenient and will take up hardly any space. Ideal for a one-day trip. Buy them online to save a trip to the jewellery store.
The cleverest way to carry your necklaces and chains so that they don’t get tangled. Slip in a straw through one end of the chain and then clasp it. You can even cut the straw in half and slip in the two halves through each side of the clasp. Carry your strawed necklaces in a jewellery roll or simply pack them in a hand towel.
7. Hand towel or microfibre towel
Again, a simple packing trick for low-maintenance, sturdy jewellery. Place all your jewellery carefully in a hand towel, roll it neatly and tie the ends with rubber bands. The towel fabric provides a safe covering for the jewellery and is the most convenient option to tackle last-minute packing rush.
8. Tin can
Ever find those tin mint boxes or chocolate and cookie boxes lying around the house? Put them to good use. Use a small one for your earrings and rings and a bigger one for necklaces, bangles and bracelets.
9. Styrofoam plate & cups
Pin your tiny earrings in the top section of the plate. Use the middle and bottom section to pin the longer, chunkier earrings. Use this mainly for your earrings and maybe clasped chains. Place this pinned plate in a medium-sized ziploc bag.
Use plastic cups or styrofoam glasses to store necklaces, earrings and rings. Cover them with soft piece of clothing so they are not thrown about inside your luggage. Use this method for inexpensive or durable jewellery.
10. Tissue roll holder
A perfect way to carry your bigger necklaces and bracelets. Slide your bracelets and bangles on the holder. Strand your necklaces through the hole of the roll holder. Place it in your towel while packing it in your suitcase.
11. Toiletry Case
Throw in an extra case along with the one you use for toiletries. These are idea for non-tangly jewellery like rings, earrings and bracelets. Cosmetics case also works as a good option if you are carrying only two or three necklaces and earrings.
12. Soap dish
Pack your jewellery pieces in a soap-case or a soap dish. Works really well for storing rings, earrings, thin necklaces and bracelets all in one place. Buy two or three if you want to carry more pieces of jewellery. Tie a string around the soap case.
13. Toilet paper + rubber band
This option is for when you really have nothing but plain old toilet paper. Place your jewellery in the middle of the toilet paper. Pack it in small square shape or simply fold in a roll. Tie a rubber band around it and you’re good to go. Place it in between your clothes or in a hand towel.
That’s right. Socks. Place your jewellery in some toilet paper or ziploc bags and slide them into your socks. It gives a healthy layer of protection inside your carry-on or suitcase.
Take a piece of ribbon or a cotton cloth. Place buttons on top. Thread in your earrings through the button holes onto the ribbon or cloth. For earrings that come with earring backs, close from the back end of the ribbon or cloth. Roll carefully and place it in a hand towel.
16. Bead organizers/ craft storage box
These are available at craft stores and are easily available online. Store your earrings, bangles, and even long chunky necklaces in separate storage compartments. Get medium sized one so that it does not occupy too much space in your bag.
To carry your necklaces without the fear of tangling, simply use a scarf. Place your necklaces (maximum 3) on top of the scarf. Make sure there’s a little gap between both strands of a necklace and distance between all three necklaces.
Roll the edge of the scarf over the first strand of the first necklace, then place the other strand on top of the rolled side. Keep rolling till each strand has the fabric in between of one another.
18. Index cards/ Business cards
If you plan on carrying a big stash of studs, this is one of the best way to pack them. Punch holes in the index/business card for each pair. Place it in a ziploc bag or a hand towel. Place it carefully in between your clothes, but not all the way at the bottom.
19. Sunglass/Spectacles case
The easiest hack ever. Grab as much as you can fit in one of these. To keep jewellery from tangling, wrap a couple of items together in little ziploc bags or roll them neatly in toilet paper before packing them in the case. Ideal for smaller pieces.
20. Press & Seal wraps
These come in rolls and are available on Amazon. Cut out a slice. Place your jewellery on top. Cut out another slice of the same size and place it on top. Press and seal. Place it between your clothes in your suitcase. You can reuse and reseal. Peel the two layers apart to take out your jewellery and reseal.
21. Baby hangers
Try this unique way of carrying unruly statement necklaces or any jewellery with clasps. Hang each clasped item of jewellery, even earrings if you like, and securely place the hanger in a large ziploc bag with the hanger part hanging out or wrap it in a medium-sized towel.
22. Lens case
Carry your studs or rings in a couple of contact lens cases. This would save a lot of storage space and will be completely hassle-free.
You can buy these online for as low as Rs. 200. Get multiples to store your necklaces and bracelets. Simply place them in a jewellery pouch. Or cover them with a hand towel before placing them in your suitcase.
24. Watch case
Got some empty watch boxes? Use them to pack earrings, thin chains, or rings. Perfect for when you are only carrying jewellery for a particular outfit or an occasion, either for a day-long trip or a weekend getaway.
25. Shoe box
Last but not the least. For those who may need to carry a good amount of jewellery, but don’t have a fancy jewellery box, just grab a shoe box. Place all your jewellery securely in ziploc bags, toilet paper or hand towels and put them in your trusty shoe box.
For extra measure, tie a string around the shoe box so the contents don’t come undone when you’re travelling.
Travelling with expensive jewellery
Ideally, we would recommend that you don’t carry with you that which you absolutely don’t want getting lost. Diamond, platinum, gold or anything with high sentimental value really. But under circumstances that you want to or are compelled to carry expensive jewellery (such as at out of town weddings), you might want to keep in mind the following safety rules to protect your high-priced jewellery during your trip.
- Make a list of everything you are carrying and take photos. Check that list against your actual jewellery before repacking for the return trip. This way you will know you are returning with as much as you started with.
- While flying always take your expensive jewellery with your carry-ons instead of checking it in. That way you will have it on you at all times.
- Pack your expensive jewellery in a jewellery box with a lock. Invest in one if you don’t own one yet.
- While staying at a hotel, use the hotel room locker or safe in your room to store your expensive jewellery.
- Don’t leave it lying around if visiting someone’s house or even if you are staying in a hotel.
- Get a jewellery insurance beforehand so that you can be safe and insured.
Dos and Don’ts while packing jewellery for travel
- For foreign trips, carry inexpensive, light jewellery which if lost, would not break your heart. Also will help you travel light.
- Don’t pack similars or multiples. If two pairs of earrings or necklaces are almost exactly the same, pack just the one.
- Don’t throw jewellery haphazardly into the suitcase. Chances are it will break or get horribly tangled.
- Don’t pack rare or easily breakable jewellery. It might get damaged. It’s best to keep to the strong pack.
- Don’t wear jewellery if your itinerary involves adventure travel or water sports.
- If going on a longer trip, don’t pack different sets of jewellery for each day. Instead use a lot of interchangeable pieces.
- Carry some of your more expendable jewellery in your toiletries or cosmetics bag to avoid clutter.
That was our ingenious guide on packing jewellery for short or long trips meant for business or pleasure. May you never travel without your bling!