With some airlines now charging you per checked bag, we're all trying to cram as much as possible in our carry-on bag. So what jewelry do you pack for your summer vacation?
First, don't take your good jewelry! Unless you carry individual insurance policies on your pricier pieces, it's just not worth the risk. Even then, no one wants to have to fill out all that insurance claim paperwork! Lock your expensive jewelry in your safe or your safety deposit box, and travel with your "costume" jewelry instead. You can look like you are wearing diamonds without having to worry about those expensive pieces being lost or stolen on vacation. This also goes for any vintage jewelry or heirlooms - those items cannot be replaced, so don't take the risk of losing them.
Sandy beaches and salty or chlorine waters can be very harsh on precious metals and gemstones. You don't want your ring to slip off while splashing in the ocean anyway, so make sure to remove your jewelry before hitting the beach or pool.
So what jewelry do you bring? You'll want to pack something that can look great with a variety of outfits, like a classic sterling silver necklace with a simple pendant. Also, don't forget that you can often pack less clothing, but still completely change your outfit, just by changing your jewelry. So pack some fancy chandelier earrings to dress up a more casual outfit for dinner.
Summer classics are usually your best bet. Pearls are a summer favorite that most ladies agree will dress up a casual outfit easily, and yet aren't too heavy or uncomfortable. Check out this post about classic summer pearls from Just Ask Leslie.
Lastly, keep it organized. A simple travel jewelry organizer (like the ones below) are a great way to keep your jewelry from "shifting" during flight. Plus you'll be able to easily see what all you have to work with when you are getting ready. Click the pictures below to check out some of my favorite travel jewelry organizers, and have fun on your summer vacation!