If you travel for the holidays, you know how you can be torn when it comes to packing what you want and packing light. Your torn because you want to look nice for the friends and family that you maybe haven’t seen since last year, but you don't want to travel with your whole closet and jewelry collection.
Jewelry doesn’t have to take up a lot of space in your luggage. But, often times, what you choose to put your jewelry in to "keep it safe" is actually quite bulky. Plus, it may not be keeping your jewelry safe at all. An old ring box takes up too much space and a soft pouch is just asking for everything to be tangled and bent.
Travel Tips to Keep Your Jewelry Untangled and Organized
Keep stud and hook earrings together with their backs included by sticking them through an index card or an old business card. The thicker card stock will ensure that the earrings won't tear the paper apart. Also, if you're super organized, you can label which earrings you have planned for each day and outfit. Can't find a card? An extra button will also work perfectly - the holes are already included!
To keep hoop earrings together, simply hook them on a paperclip. You can't get much easier than that.
Necklaces & Bracelets
Necklaces and bracelets get tangled so easily. A great way to keep them straight is to thread one side of the chain through a drinking straw and then clasp it shut. You can cut the straw short for bracelets or leave it long for necklaces.
If threading a chain through a straw seems too daunting, use an empty paper towel or toilet paper roll. Just like a straw, both can be cut to fit necklaces or bracelets. The cardboard roll will easily flatten to save space.
Like hook earrings, rings can also be slipped onto a paperclip for safe keeping. A different option is to slide your rings onto a cork and secure them with rubber bands on each end. For people who have tiny fingers, a cork will be bigger in diameter than the rings. For small rings, use a Sharpie pen (or any pen with a strong cap clip. Just slip the rings under the cap's clip. The clip is bigger on the end and holds rings in much better than you would ever think!
You can look good with your favorite jewelry when you travel for the holidays. Use these travel tips and you'll keep your necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings safe, untangled and organized.