Consider when packing
Leave your valuable jewelry at home, and definitely don’t bring pieces of sentimental value or emotional value that you’d be upset about losing or getting stolen. Instead, pack a few statement necklaces from your costume collection. They can dress up the most basic outfit, add a splash of color to neutral pieces and transform an ensemble from day to evening with ease.
How to pack
Here are some inexpensive items around the house to use to pack and secure your pieces:
- Carabiners: You know those hooks climbers use? They can also be used to hook together bracelets or even necklaces by simply clipping them on.
- Cling Wrap: Keep your delicate necklaces from getting tangled by laying them out on a piece of the “Press’n Seal-style Cling Wrap (pull out a piece that’s long enough to fold over your jewelry). Fold the cling wrap over your necklaces and Press’n Seal your jewelry into place.
- Contact lens case: These are great for keeping smaller items like stud earrings secure.
- Craft store bead organizer or fishing tackle box: These are very useful if you’re planning on bringing multiple items; take advantage of the different size storage areas.
- Drinking straws: A unique way to prevent your necklaces from getting tangled is to simply thread one side of the chain through a plastic straw and attach it at the other end. It keeps one side rigid and tangle-free.
- Erasers: Keep the backs to your stud earrings from getting lost in transit by sticking them in a simple eraser like the ones from your school days.
- Glasses cases: Use your glasses or sunglasses case for bracelets, earrings, and smaller items—but only if it closes securely.
- Index cards: Push the posts of earrings through the cards or wind bracelets and necklaces around them.
- Mint tins: Those empty metal mint containers make great jewelry containers. Add a few cotton balls to keep your pieces secure so they don’t bounce around inside the box.
- O-rings: Metal ring clips that are used for crafts and school projects can also be used for rings, bracelets and necklaces. Simply open them, slip your jewelry pieces on, and pack them away.
- Pill containers: Do you have an extra 7-day pill organizer? Use it to store rings and earrings on-the-go.
- Safety pins: Loop your hoops or dainty necklaces through a safety pin like you would with the carabiner.
- Styrofoam plate: Simply stick your earrings through the plate, which is best for studs and dangling earrings, then secure it under clothes in your suitcase.
- Toilet paper roll: Use an empty toilet paper roll to loop your bracelets around it and then string your necklaces through the tube itself.
- Travel soap dish: Store bracelets, earrings, and rings in an extra travel soap dish. It can protect everything and keep it in one place.
- Washcloth and rubber bands: Simply line up your necklaces on a washcloth, roll them lengthwise, and fold in half, adding rubber bands to each end to keep them secure.
- Ziploc bags: If you have plenty of bags, place one item in each bag with the end of the necklace zipped in the top. Rings and earrings can be placed into bags together.
- Wine corks: Similar to erasers, use wine corks for earring backs.
These everyday household items also are a convenient way to store your jewelry in inconspicuous ways that don’t make them immediately recognizable as a jewelry case.
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