With the amount of travel I do each year (a lot), I’ve had to learn how to pack strategically. I know firsthand that it can be a major challenge to fit all of your necessities into one suitcase, regardless of where you’re going or how long you’ll be gone. I mean a girls gotta have options, right?
One thing that’s particularly tough to pack is jewelry — and I’m often asked for my hacks for toting it along on trips.
Honestly, I’ve always been more of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry, but I do know that it offers up the perfect way to tie an outfit together. Whenever I travel, I always pack basic gold hoops, a few dainty necklaces, and my rings. They go with every type of outfit and are appropriate for any setting or occasion.
When packing jewelry, it’s not as simple as just throwing it all into little plastic bags. Jewelry is delicate, meaning it can easily get tangled and damaged if you’re not careful. Using travel jewelry cases can obviously help keep your pieces safe and protected, but it can be overwhelming to pick just one.
In this post, I’ll walk you through exactly how to pack jewelry for travel, including creative yet practical ways to get your accessories from point A to point B.
How To Pack Jewelry For Travel
One thing you don’t want to do when it comes to packing jewelry? Throw it all inside a toiletry bag, even if you have the best toiletry bag on the block. Here’s what to do instead — so you ensure your gems get to your final destination in one (untangled) piece.
Invest in good-quality organizers.
Whether you’re super into bracelets or you mostly wear rings, there’s certainly an organizer out there for your favorite type of jewelry. There are a variety of designs that make it easy to travel with jewelry, and most of these organizers don’t take up much suitcase space. Round, square, rectangular, and rolled jewelry organizers are all relatively easy to find — and another perk is that they’re all available at affordable price points.
Roll necklaces in microfiber cloth.
It’s always so frustrating to find that your jewelry is a tangled mess when you arrive at your destination. One way to prevent this is by rolling your necklaces in a microfiber cloth. This creates separation from other jewelry and allows each necklace to remain straight and flat during a flight. It’s simple, effective, and doesn’t cost a penny!
Thread thin bracelets and necklaces through straws.
This is another great way to keep your necklaces tangle-free while you’re on the go. It might seem tacky, but it’s a smart method if you’re in a bind and don’t have other options. No travel jewelry case to bring along on your trip? Straws will do the trick.
Store small pieces of jewelry in pill organizers.
Another way to keep your jewelry items organized is by using a pill case to store them. This is especially great for small pieces, like stud earrings, rings, or thin bracelets. Simply place them in separate pill organizer compartments to keep things streamlined.
Wear your most important jewelry.
While there are many ways to travel with jewelry, a good rule of thumb is to never stash any pieces that are of high value or importance inside your suitcase. Think about it: It would be a major bummer to lose your luggage that has expensive jewelry inside — honestly, it would probably ruin your trip.
To avoid this, wear your best pieces while flying or pack your jewelry in a carry on bag so you can keep track of it at all times.
10 Best Travel Jewelry Organizers
Like I mentioned above, there are jewelry organizers in just about every style and shape. Here are a handful that have great reviews and would make for the perfect travel essential.
Square Jewelry Box Holder
I swear that nothing tops a good Amazon find. This $12 organizer comes in over 25 colors and has been noted to be the “perfect size” for travel.
Calpak Jewelry Case
Calpak is known for their high-quality travel goods, and this rectangular jewelry case is no exception. It can hold up to 28 earrings and I love that the leather comes in unique colors.
Sophia Round Zip Case
Sometimes all you need is a small space to store your accessories. If that’s the case for you (no pun intended), give this round zip organizer a try. It has a small circular box in the middle to house rings and earrings.
Foldable Jewelry Organizer
One surefire way to pack the most jewelry possible while hardly sacrificing any luggage space? Use a foldable organizer, like this one.
Leather Jewelry Roll
Another efficient option is to pack a rollable jewelry organizer. This one has three compartments to keep all of your goodies safe.
Leatherology Jewelry Case
Not to be dramatic, but this might be the Porsche of jewelry cases. It has sooooo much room for all of your accessories, including two zippered pockets, a ring bar, and six snap tabs to hold necklaces in place.
Monogrammed Jewelry Case
Whenever I come across a cosmetic bag or tote that can be monogrammed, I’m automatically sold. All that is to say that as soon as I was this jewelry case, I was pretty much obsessed. The monogram is done in shadow printing which is so chic.
Slim Jewelry Organizer
Another budget-friendly Amazon find that has killer reviews and is nearly as slim as a wallet.
Seashell-Shaped Jewelry Case
The compact size and unique shape of this jewelry case makes it a no-brainer for quick trips when you can only pack a carry-on.
Folding Travel Accessory Organizer
If you want an organizer that’s easy to lay flat, this is your best bet. It’s super lightweight, foldable, and has several interior slots for your jewels.
I hope that these jewelry travel organizers and tips for traveling with accessories help you prep and pack for your next trip. With so many ways to tote along your jewelry, there’s no reason you should have to leave it at home.
Jewelry always adds the finishing touch to an outfit, and just because you’re traveling, that doesn’t mean you should have to tone back your style. Pair your favorite jewels with a dress during dinner, linen pants while lounging by the pool, or your go-to cardigan while grabbing brunch. You can even pack and wear summer jewelry on beach travel vacations or a girls trip.
And not to be a broken record, but be sure to always, always, always wear your most valuable and sentimental pieces on the plane. No one wants to lose jewelry — especially when it’s worth a lot. Safe travels!
p.s. If you have any travel organizers that you think I should check out or add to this list, please let me know in the comment section below! I always look forward to #SilbSquad recs!