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Tips for Traveling with Jewelry

So you’re planning an exotic escape. You want to look your best of course! And while yes, your grandmother’s vintage strand of pearls is your go-to for every occasion, you may not what to pack those. But if not those, what do you pack to show off your style? So here are some questions to think about when picking your portable jewelry box.

1. Is it obviously valuable?

Jewelry should always draw some attention, but when you’re visiting a destination location, it’s not always wise to broadcast value. Jewelry has just as much value to a thief as your wallet does. While you may love the gorgeous diamond you got for your graduation, a passing appraiser doesn’t see the emotional value, just the dollar value they might acquire if you “lost” it. Opt instead for a bold statement piece made of less costly materials, or an intimate, delicate piece that has a story for you. Chose your piece based on the artistry rather than the materials value.

2. How many outfits can you wear it with?

With airlines charging more and more for baggage, packing as lightly as possible is a must. You’re going to packing for many different scenarios depending on where you’re going. If it’s a tropical paradise, you’ll need something that can work for a shopping trip, a beach day, sightseeing, and evening activities. And if you’re wearing different jewelry for each, it gets hard to keep track of everything you brought. Try packing a pair of stud earrings that are great for the shopping, sightseeing, and beach. If you’re into rings, stacking rings are perfect for travel. A set of 5 gives you enough options for weeks.

3. Is it easy to transport?

You may be thinking, “Jewelry is so small! Of course it’s portable!” But consider all those times you’ve almost been late because you can’t get the bracelet untangled from your necklace. If your dangle earrings keep attaching themselves to your beaded bracelet, pack them in separate ziplock baggies so you don’t sacrifice fun time to get ready. Your time is this wonderful new place is limited! If you’ve got a great glass pendant that works well with every outfit, but needs to be kept safe in a hard box, suddenly it’s not as portable.

4.Do you have to worry about it when you’re out and about?

If you have to worry about the safety of your jewelry when out and about, leave it home. Use the time you would have spent checking to see if you’ve lost an earring to take a great photo. Don’t back out of an impromptu hiking trip because you’re wearing something you don’t feel safe climbing with. That glass pendant from the last question isn’t such a good idea when touring an ancient city. Those wonderful quaint cobblestones can kill the glass if you trip. And who’s looking at their footing the first time they turn a corner and see the Colosseum in front of them? It’s always better to remember a place for it’s beauty than because you broke your favorite jewelry there.

Good luck with all your adventures, fellow travelers! Get out there and create amazing memories while looking fantastic!!


About melissadawnmakes

Hi! I'm Lyssa, the creator behind Melissa Dawn Designs! I work with PMC and Goldie Bronze metal clays to design jewelry inspired by literature, video games, and pop culture. I'll be posting a lot of works in progress, and am happy to create some tutorials if you have any questions about metal clay. You can find my work at And I'm very active on Instagram @melissadawnjewelry Visit my Facebook Page for special offers, notifications of new items, and general fun stuff! Special offers are now happening more frequently, so be there often! :) I also have a Tumblr blog, which I will update more frequently now! In it I post my new pieces:

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  1. Perhaps instead of adding plastic bags to the things you are already packing, you could stuff your jewelry into socks or kerchiefs. Not as readily apparent which pieces are which, but more eco-friendly.



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