June 15, 2021 9 min read
If you’re wondering how to pack a necklace so it doesn’t tangle
or disappear from your carry-on, a travel jewelry case is your
answer. A portable jewelry case is a purchase that makes you
wonder how you ever packed without it. Or how you even dared tote
your necklaces, bracelets, and earrings loose in a cosmetic bag
or a pocket of your purse. Jewelry is meant to be worn. It
belongs around a neck, wrist, or finger, not preserved behind
glass or in a box or, heaven forbid, buried in beach sand, stuck
in a car seat, or lost on a layover. So what are the options for
traveling with jewelry? Wear it and potentially lose it or leave
it behind and never feel fully dressed? Either way, you’ll be
without a smile--unless you have a travel case to carry and
protect your jewelry.
We’ll share our 10 picks of best travel jewelry cases and explain how you can choose the best one for your trip.
A travel jewelry case is a small, secure, and portable space for your favorite jewelry. Its compartments keep your earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets organized in one place while traveling. It allows you to take jewelry on a trip without worrying the different pieces may tangle, tarnish, or disappear. Many cases have necklace clasps, ring dividers, and earring boxes and are lined with a soft material to protect your jewelry from damage. A portable jewelry case is a perfect size to tuck away in your purse or carry-on. You can choose a standard travel jewelry box but also have options like travel jewelry portfolios, jewelry rolls, or pouches.
You definitely need jewelry for a wedding in Croatia but not for a hike up Machu Picchu. That doesn’t mean you wouldn’t want to take any jewelry with you to Peru, just not as much, so you wouldn’t need as large or luxurious a case as you would bring for less rugged terrain. Also consider the danger in certain areas, especially if you are traveling alone. You may not feel safe packing a lot of jewelry. Sometimes the distance of your destination determines how much jewelry you need. You may want a more compact jewelry case for a tour of Europe than you would for a trip to Vegas. Lost jewelry somewhere an ocean away would be harder to find and return.
You may need a mini jewelry box or simple pouch for adventurous or quick trips and a larger jewelry case for more leisurely or event-filled trips. Think through the plans for your trip. You may not need any jewelry and decide to leave it securely at home. A good way to know for sure is to plan your outfits before your trip, keeping in mind how difficult it would be to replace something should it go missing on a particular outing. You may realize you need more or less jewelry than you anticipated and should choose your jewelry case size accordingly.
If you plan to keep it in a clutch or satchel by your side, then you need something narrow and flat. But if you decide to stow it away during a flight or leave it securely in a hotel, then you may opt for a large travel jewelry box or briefcase. Also, consider the jewelry you may purchase on your trip. It must come home with you somehow, and it’s more secure in a case than anywhere else.
If you invest in quality jewelry, then we recommend you do the same for your travel jewelry case. A designer jewelry case lined with soft genuine suede would be a great choice, but it’s not your only choice. Even non-designer cases can be high-quality. Just make sure the lining isn’t made of plastic like nylon, which is common in generic cases. Nylon does not project from tarnishing or provide soft, scratch-resistant cushioning. Also, make sure that the clasp seals the jewelry case securely and won’t pop open or unfasten.
If you’re bringing expensive or meaningful jewelry, then you should put it in a strong, secure case. If you’re bringing long necklaces, then you’ll want to find a case with clasps that hold the necklaces in place. You need larger compartments for statement earrings and cushioned supports for multiple rings.
Why we love it: This jewelry case is one of our favorites for the same reason the bento box is popular in Japanese cuisine--it gives you space to pack a little sampling of all the jewelry in your collection. It contains three compartments plus a removable pouch, watch or bracelet holder, and a mini ring holder that all fit perfectly inside the box. The case has a lot to offer, but it’s not overly complicated. It holds exactly what you need to represent a flavor of your jewelry taste but limits you to a few of your favorites so that you only take what you need but never feel like you’re lacking.
Why we love it: This case may be the best looking on our list. If you don’t want to sacrifice style with a smaller size, it’s the one for you. It’s embroidered with charming florals on jewel-toned velvet. It holds a round mirror with a soft insert that covers your jewelry so you can pull it out from time to time to check your appearance and show off the case’s beauty without flaunting your jewels. It contains a central ring holder with two small compartments on each side. An extra pouch with a zipper lies between the mirror and your jewelry for extra storage and protection
Why we love it: This is no typical jewelry pouch. The large pouch is zipped inside a jewelry case that adds features and protection. The pouch is lined with pockets inside to organize your jewelry and prevent necklaces from tangling. It also holds a removable earring board to keep your small earrings from sliding around. The pouch sits in the main compartment, and the lining of the inner lid provides extra storage with a pocket and necklace or bracelet clips. The extra-large pouch is a safe space for extra-large accessories.
Why we love it: If you don’t wear enough expensive jewelry to invest in a designer case or just need storage for small adventures, this is the case for you. It contains a ring holder and several small square compartments, perfect if you wear mainly rings or just a little bling. This case is the best choice when bringing only the bare necessities and has a small pocket for a little something extra.
Why we love it: We’ve selected a secure and sturdy jewelry roll instead of a soft but flimsy one. On the outside, the case doesn’t look like it rolls, but when you unfasten the gold clasp it unfolds to reveal four triangular zippered pouches. This case is built to last, which is exactly what you need when transporting special jewelry. It’s both functional and elegant with its bold colors, geometric shapes, and shiny clasp. This piece is handmade to order in Italy.
Why we love it: This dual travel organizer can give you a fresh look on the fly. It’s a jewelry case and a cosmetic bag in one, and it’s stylish to carry in or out of a bag. You can keep everything you need to freshen up well-organized in the same case. The jewelry case remains inconspicuous underneath the cosmetic pouch. It contains two compartments with lids and a ring case and a mirror. It’s a great choice for practical jewelry lovers.
Why we love it: This case is compact but unfolds to reveal layers of compartments for all types of jewelry. The base compartment has two layers under a lid with dividers for brooches, rings, or earrings. The compartments are different sizes for large and small pieces. A ring holder is at the center of the case, and at the top of the case are hooks and a pocket for necklaces and bracelets.
Why we love it: This jewelry case is a great investment for those who treat buying and wearing jewelry as serious business. If that’s you, then your jewelry deserves luggage of its own and space to be displayed, and well protected. This handmade Italian leather case has two combination locks to keep your jewels safe. When it opens, it provides a nice platform to display any jewelry you choose from one of its five drawers.
Why we love it: When we think leather, we think sleek, which is why this leather jewelry case is a winner. It’s slender and snaps shut, so it’s best for simple, minimalist jewelry. If you want a case to keep your jewelry out of sight, this is the one. It folds like a billfold, and when you open it, everything remains out of sight concealed behind a flap or tucked in a pocket. This case features a band for rings and earrings and necklace hooks.
Why we love it: If your trip is right around the corner
and you should have packed your jewelry yesterday, then this case
with Amazon Prime delivery is the best last-minute travel
It’s lined with faux suede instead of nylon and has three compartments, necklace hooks, a ring holder, and an earring divider. It’s a great choice for less expensive jewelry or exciting adventures.
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