What do you have planned for the summer of 2019? According to a recent AAA study, 100 million Europeans will be on vacation this year, with summer being the most popular season to travel. But if you’re one of the fortunate not-so-few, an important question awaits you…
When you travel, what should you do with your watches and jewellery?
It’s a difficult problem, and we won’t pretend to have the perfect solution for everyone. Instead, we’ll provide some top tips and advice for those who want to travel with watches and jewellery, leaving you free to take whatever approach works best for you.
Packing Suggestions for Watches and Jewellery
To pack or not to pack, that is the question for jewellery travellers!
Packing your jewellery is unquestionably more practical than wearing it all while travelling, especially if you have a large number of items with you. While you could use the original box for each item, putting several of these together can quickly become cumbersome. Jewellery travel cases are a more streamlined option, allowing you to neatly and safely pack several pieces of jewellery (and watches). Travel jewellery rolls are an even more compact option – but be careful not to kink or break chains when packing jewellery this way.
It is critical to keep track of your jewellery, and you may prefer to keep it on you at all times. If you’re flying, you’ll need to pack your jewellery in your carry-on luggage. If you’re driving, this means removing your bag from the trunk of your car whenever you come to a complete stop.
Be a Responsible Traveler.
It is not uncommon for thieves to target tourist areas in search of smartphones, jewellery, and watches – anything small and easy to sell for a profit. Don’t become a victim; instead, take the 10 steps outlined in this guide to avoiding pickpockets.
Examine Your Destination
Some places are unquestionably more ‘jewellery friendly’ than others. If you’re travelling with jewellery, it’s a good idea to do a little more research on your destination. Travel companies don’t always like to publicise safety concerns, but a quick Google search is often enough to get a sense of how safe – or not – your chosen destination is.
Select a Hotel Room with a Safe.
It is impractical to wear your watch and jewellery at all times of the day. There will come a time when you will require a secure location to store your valuables, perhaps while you visit the beach or a local nightclub.
When staying in a hotel, request a room with a safe – and never, ever leave valuables on display. Most hotel cleaners are honest people, whether at home or abroad, but some live in poverty, and the sight of a $10,000 diamond-encrusted watch may be too much for them.
When Not to Bring Jewellery on a Trip
It pains us to say this, but there are a few occasions when the risks of travelling with jewellery outweigh the benefits. If you’re going somewhere remote, participating in extreme sports, or visiting a place with a high crime rate, high-end jewellery can quickly turn from a dazzling accessory to a burden.
Unless you want to spend your vacation worrying, it may be best to leave your jewellery and best watch at home. Even safer, if you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, you should inquire with your bank about the cost of a safety deposit box.
Have a wonderful vacation from everyone at Elwatches!