How have you been? Well, I hope. It's getting crazy around here, right? It's officially Autumn and already the weather is changing. While we still have a few weeks left of heat here in Cali, the air is already a bit cooler and the mornings are more crisp. I can already feel the holiday rush starting to kick in as we move closer to the end of another year. For me, that means more travel as the end-of-the-year conferences come to a close and last minute consultations by the Feds are frantically agendized and shoved into already packed schedules.
This year, I've had the pleasure of traveling quite a bit already - Colorado, New Mexico, a jaunt through the lower 11 states of the US, and I still have a trip to Scottsdale and Palm Springs and possibly Santa Fe and Albuquerque planned before the end of the year. Phew! But what does all this mean to you? Well, I thought I'd talk a bit about traveling with your jewelry. I'll also give you some of the best ways I've found to keep your jewelry clean, safe and tangle-free, but that's next week.
How Much Jewelry Do I Travel With?
The amount of jewelry I bring with me generally is decided by how long I'm going to be gone and where I'm going. For a quick overnight trip, I usually bring at least two pairs of earrings, a necklace that goes with my outfit and maybe a bracelet if I feel like wearing one. Rings always are on my fingers but I may pack one or two extra if I feel like being extra blingy. Note that this is in addition to what I'm already wearing. If I'm going to a meeting, like my clothes, I can never bring just one set of jewelry. When I have done this in the past, I get frustrated because it's usually not what I want to wear. My personal taste and ease of getting ready in the morning dictates several choices. As long as I can pick between a couple pairs of earrings, I'm pretty happy about my accessorizing.
However, if the trip is longer than a couple days, all bets are off and I bring six or more earrings, two or three necklaces, two to three bracelets and at least two extra rings. This is in addition to what I'm wearing. No, I don't usually wear each piece but I like to have options...just in case!
What are the Best Pieces to Wear While Actually Traveling?
My favorite way to travel is by air. I love airplanes and airports and getting to my destination quickly (as long as all factors come together to make the travel time quick!). During airplane trips, stud earrings with super secure backs are my go-to earring. Why? Because I've lost way too many dangle earrings on planes. For my wrist? A cuff bracelet can easily be removed during TSA checkpoints. I'm getting in the habit of wearing my jewelry more so if I do have on a necklace, it's usually a pendant on a long chain which can be easily removed or swung around, again during TSA screenings. Rings are whatever I feel like. Just remember if you have too much metal on, you may be patted and wanded uncomfortably. I generally remove some of my bigger pieces and put them in my purse before it goes though the scanner. Just in case...
For car rides? Again studs, just because they are more difficult to lose. A small chain necklace and my rings complete the outfit. Now, I do have a new copper cuff bracelet that I picked up on Colorado and I wear it everywhere, so right now, it's coming with me on each trip.
What to wear on other modes of transportation, i.e. train, cruise ship, bus, stage coach (just joking...)? It totally depends on your personal level of comfort. Trains and buses usually are crowded so wear short, small pieces - stud earrings or small dangles, short chain necklaces that can't get caught and tighter fitting bracelets. If these are your only modes to travel, I would leave the more expensive jewelry at home or pack them safely in your luggage which you should not let leave your sight. If you adore shiny pieces, substitute with lower priced crystals, rhinestones or glass. It will be less painful to the pocketbook should they go missing. Cruise ships are often good places to wear some of your favorite jewelry since dressing well for each event and/or dinner is part of the experience.
Use Caution, Please!
Most travel is safe and your jewelry will be secure. However, be aware of sticky fingers and use caution in leaving items around your room. If your room has a safe with a changeable access code, use it for all your jewelry, travel papers and portable electronics. It's just better to be safe than sorry!
I really hope this helps you decide with what jewelry to travel. I love wearing my semi-precious stones and especially my turquoise pieces. The bright colors cheer me and make an impression on new contacts. The best tip? Wear what makes you happy. Because traveling when you are uncomfortable is never any good!
Good-bye Beautiful! Until next time...