Generally speaking, it isn’t a great idea to travel abroad or go on a vacation with your diamond jewelry but I know there are times when you want to. So, if you’re a new owner of a piece of diamond jewelry and intend to bring them along with you on your honeymoon or business travel, what are things you can do to keep them safe?
Things You Can Do Before You Travel
When you’re going to travel with valuables, never skimp on buying a suitable insurance policy to cover them. This is the best guarantee you can have in any eventualities where you may lose your jewelry.
Obviously, you need to acquaint yourself with the correct type of insurance policies that cover losses during travel. Now, I want to highlight that the majority of basic travel insurance don’t cover huge jewelry claims and you may need a separate policy to do that. If you are unsure, spend some time to do research or call up your agent to clarify details.
For overseas travel, I think it is good practice to create a list of jewelry items you intend to bring along. Duplicate a copy of that list and pack it together with your belongings. Next, you should take pictures or short videos of your jewelry and keep them in your camera. These will come in handy in the event you need proof of identification.
Tips For Being Street Smart And Carrying Jewelry Around
For your own safety, you probably want to apply some common sense in the things you do while traveling abroad.
Obviously, you want to avoid wearing jewelry in public areas during flight transits and at your destination. You see, there’s no better way to be attracting people’s (including robbers) attention when you adorn flashy jewelry at the airport or out on the street in a foreign place.
Next, do not keep expensive jewelry in the checked-in luggage when using public means of transport like air-flights. Security guidelines may require your luggage to be inspected and this puts your jewelry at risk of theft. Instead, place them in a hand luggage which you can carry around in person.
It is also a good idea to keep your jewelry in a carryall case specially built for storing jewelry. I recommend investing in a jewelry box with storage compartments that can pad loose items during movement. This can prevent scratches and dents since it prevents your jewelry pieces from coming into contact with each other.
Beware Of Leaving Valuables In Hotels
Having loose jewelry lying around in the hotel room is simply begging for it to be stolen. Statistics show this is the most common reason for stuff to go missing because of dishonest hotel staff.
When you check-in at a hotel, ask whether they have a facility for safe-storage. This could either be an in-room safe or a security box at the reception. Use these secure methods to deposit your valuables before you leave the hotel room.
If secure storage isn’t available, you are better off carrying your precious items with you instead of leaving them in the room. I want to reiterate: never leave valuables in your hotel room unattended.
Remember, hotel cleaning staffs have access to your room when you’re not around. Door security can also easily be compromised if thieves believe there are prized items in the room.
Leave It At Home And Save All The Troubles
Unless you absolutely have to bring your jewelry along for events or special occasions, the best advice I would give is to leave them at home when you travel. There’s really no need to expose yourself to unnecessary risks in a foreign land.
While you are away from home, here are tips for safekeeping your jewelry.
– You may want to suspend newspaper deliveries and get a neighbor to help you clear your mailbox daily. Having newspaper strewn at your doorstep is essentially the same as a broadcast to tell everybody no one’s home. Also, announcing to the whole world on Facebook that you are going away on a vacation isn’t a smart idea too. Tech savvy thieves can easily glean and exploit such information when choosing targets.
– Choose a safe and an inconspicuous place in your house to keep your jewelry. In the event a burglar breaks into your house, the first place that thieves will check would be your dressing drawer, jewelry box and other obvious places in the bedroom. A fire proof safe that is firmly installed into a wall makes it really hard for thieves to get away with your valuables.
– I know this may sound weird. Based on police investigations and past statistics, many owners admitted to making things easy for the thieves to get their way. Simple things like forgetting to latch a window’s lock or leaving spare keys on the outer premises were actually the common causes of burglaries!