The best part about jewelry is that even when you have hundreds of pieces of jewelry for sale, their weight is perfectly low, and this allows you to travel with the jewelry and keep them all in your carry-on.
This is not just something that ensures easy access to the package, but it also means an enhanced level of safety where the valuable jewelry is concerned because you wouldn’t have to worry about them getting lost with the rest of your luggage.
You also get to keep an eye on the jewelry or your carry-on bag, and this means peace of mind when traveling.
So, how then should you be packing your jewelry in the carry-on when shipping the jewelry?
How to pack jewelry in carry on for shipping
Think of packing jewelry for shipping in the carry-on as packing jewelry the same way you would when traveling or moving homes or even countries or states. Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind when packing the jewelry.
1. Were not to pack the jewelry in
Since your jewelry is valuable, you will agree with us that the jewelry is kind of a big deal, which is why we recommend keeping the jewelry with you at essentially all times.
As tempting as it may be and even with the best quality travel case, you should not pack the jewelry in the luggage or any bags that have to go through the conveyors.
This also means that you shouldn’t pack the jewelry in some sort of box either. Well, unless you are shipping the jewelry locally and you need the valuables to be completely safe, in which case you could keep the jewelry in the safety deposit box.
The good news is that even with bulky and a large collection of jewelry that you will be traveling with, the TSA recommends keeping all your jewelry, however bulky, in the carry-on bag. This is a recommendation that is given so that you don’t forget the jewelry or lose it in case of lost luggage.
2. Invest in a good quality jewelry travel case
By good quality, we refer to a well-built and durable travel case that is not just padded and well-compartmented inside but also one whose outer fabric of material will not come apart too soon.
You also need to ensure that the compartments for the case are specific in that you have specific slots for your earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, etc.
This separation is essential in that it helps to keep everything organized while also ensuring that you see everything that goes in the case. On top of that, the case’s interior lining should be well-padded and buttery or velvety soft to protect the jewelry from scratches.
You wouldn’t want the packed jewelry to reach their destination only for you to realize that some of the pieces cannot be traced or, worse, appear aged after a few hours. Lastly, you need a good case for the jewelry to avoid the pieces from getting tangled up.
And if one case is not enough for all the jewelry pieces that need to be shipped, then get one or two more cases or bigger cases.
An alternative to the jewelry travel case is a travel jewelry roll organizer. There are many options for soft jewelry rolls on the market, and these are the best organizers for keeping the smallest and the most delicate necklaces while traveling.
It works great thanks to the protective clothing added to it to help in keeping the jewelry safe and to prevent scratching. This could also be a good option because they don’t take up too much space and would fit in your carry-on easily.
3. Package pieces in drawstring or Ziploc bags
If the jewelry is packed individually or in pairs, keep them in the small Ziploc bags meant for jewelry or even the drawstring pouches, and then put them in the travel case.
4. Create a detailed list
You will agree with us that everything is a little easier when you have a detailed list to refer to or go back to at the end of the day to verify the information. And that without the list, it is easy to lose things or just forget they were there, which is something that will happen easily if you have a large collection of jewelry.
To avoid such inconveniences, you need to account for all the pieces of jewelry and create a very detailed list of the jewelry.
There is no harm in using Spreadsheet or any other application that works for you, especially because we recommend taking pictures of each unique piece, then specifying how many of each type there are. Have at least two copies, one in the bag and the other at home, and also have the digital copy with you at all times.
5. Ensure the jewelry
As long as you have valuable jewelry pieces that will be on transit, you want to ensure that they are insured. At the very least, you need travel insurance, and make sure that the coverage will include cover for your valuables in case you lose them on transit.
We recommend opting for the best or, rather, the most comprehensive form of travel insurance you can find for the best level of protection from financial loss and any other risk you may face when traveling.
For the best insurance cover and best level of protection, you need to get the jewelry appraised for the determination of the current value of the jewelry as well as their replacement cost.
These details will ensure the right adjustment for insurance. And after this is done, you need to make sure that all the documentation for the jewelry, including the appraisals and the receipts, is safe and reachable. Keep digital copies of the same.
6. Pack the jewelry yourself
At the end of the day, if you want something done right, you should do it yourself. Well, this sentiment is very true, especially when it comes to jewelry that needs to be shipped.
You should pack these valuables yourself, stashing the smaller and individually packed pieces in the zipped compartment and the other pieces in the specialized individual compartments.
You may also want to add to your list the details of where you have placed each type of jewelry in the case. This is ideal when someone else is receiving the package or if you prefer having a systemic approach to everything.
7. Declare the jewelry
If you are shipping jewelry to the USA, for example, you need to ensure that the jewelry is not only well packed but also packed in a way that will make things easier when it comes to airport security. You will be required to declare your jewelry, which is why you need a detailed list.
If you are packing a few pieces for shipping or even multiple pieces, you must think about the overall safety and condition of the jewelry during transit.
And with this in mind, you will be able to settle on the best options for packaging.
If shipping to clients, consider the packaging and shipping costs and how the packaging type affects the weight of the shipment.
And always opt for the most lightweight but reliable materials you can find.
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Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.