Sadly, high-quality jewelry is among the items that are most eye-catchy for thieves and other ill-intended people who handle your luggage while traveling. And, while it’s easy to say ‘just don’t take any expensive items on your trip,“ there are times when this can’t be helped.
Luckily, there are a few methods that can help you stay safe and arrive at the destination with the luggage untouched.
Use a Safe Shipping Service
If you travel for a special event, it can be dangerous (or risky) to have expensive jewelry in your luggage. Therefore, it’s best to have them shipped (by a close friend or relative) at the hotel you’ll be staying at. It’s also a good idea to announce the hotel staff about your parcel, just in case something happens and you can’t be there for the delivery.
You can also buy jewelry while at the hotel, due to sites like Diamondere.com that offer free global shipping. This way, you can send them to any location on the globe without worrying the package will get lost or stolen on the way.
Both these methods are a nice way to travel without any expensive jewelry on you only to have them delivered at the location of your event.
Get Travel Insurance
If you’ll be traveling with expensive items, it is mandatory that you choose travel insurance that protects you against theft as well. It will definitely be more expensive, but it is worth it as you won’t be constantly worrying if your bags will get to the hotel safely or not.
However, it’s important to choose the right insurance company and check if they truly cover valuables.
Quick tip: Make a detailed list (with pictures) of all the expensive jewelry you plan on bringing along. In case something goes missing, you’ll be able to submit an insurance claim as quickly as possible and you’ll help the police in looking for your missing items.
Be Smart About It
If you managed to reach your destination without any issues, it’s important to be smart about the way you handle your valuables.
For instance, if the hotel has a vault for valuables and you know the staff is reliable (high-end hotels can’t afford negative comments about missing valuables from their vaults), it’s best to trust them with your jewelry. If there isn’t a vault you can use (at the reception or in your room), deposit them in a safe and hidden location (at the bottom of a bag that you then store in the closet, for instance). Loose valuable items are among the items that go missing quite often in hotel rooms.
Also, don’t flash your jewels on the street or while going shopping, you never know who could be around and catch a glimpse of your valuables. If this happens, you may also be in danger, not just the jewelry!
At the end of the day, it’s best to avoid having valuables on a trip (if possible). If not, it’s mandatory that you take additional safety measures and travel insurance that covers any losses.