Traveling with jewelery is easier said than done. Necklaces get tangled, rings can fall off, bangles can be bent. But a vacation without bling is no vacation at all. What’s a lady to do?
Up until now, I’d been using a makeshift system of little boxes (the cardboard ones like you get for jewelry at a department store) and drawstring bags to keep everything safe and separate. This was moderately successful, but not elegant.
My quest for the perfect jewelry travel case has taken many months, but I’ve found one.
I’ve taken it on one long weekend away so far and it worked great. I could unzip it and see all of my jewelry at once, which is exactly what I wanted. It didn’t fitvery well, but that’s fine. It’s main purpose is to keep track of smaller pieces, anyway.
First, a note about security: I think the best rule when traveling with jewelry is to assume that it might get stolen. If you can’t live without something, leave it at home, talk to your hotel about a safe, or keep it on at all times. When I travel I tend to stick to costume jewelry, or bring one pair of diamond studs and wear them every day.
My favorite way to shop is to buy a lot of options and then return all of the options but one. Here are mini-reviews of the cases I checked out that were nice, but not right for me.
If you liked my jewelry travel case but want something smaller, the Rowallan Rowan Travel Jewelry Keep is the case for you. At 2.5″ x 6″ x 1.7″, it would fit easily into most handbags. Under the removable suede layer that’s blocking most of the view in this photo, there’s a small section of ring rolls (about 1/3 of the space) and an open compartment. What’s great about this one is that the top compartment has the little clip to hold your necklace chains as well as the elasticized pouch below to hold the pendants.
The main con for me here was that I wanted something that let me see my options – this one required pulling things out to get a look at them. I also didn’t like that the buckle was a real buckle – it took longer to open and close than I would have liked. (Overstock has a great price on this right now if you’re not picky about color.)
This is the Mele & Co Jenna travel jewelry roll. If you want a small and basic way to transport a little bit of jewelry, it’s perfect. I love that it has a ring element and multiple compartments – rare in simple rolls. This one was too small for me (and I personally didn’t like the fake crocodile print and heart-shaped zipper pull) but it’s great for what it is.
The adorable Rowallian Reece Mini Travel box. At 2.75″ x 4″ x 1.25″ it would fit in anything but can’t hold much but rings and stud earrings. Could it be cuter? I really wanted to keep this little guy, but it just didn’t work for my jewelry travel case needs.