10 Best Travel Jewelry Cases for Your Next Vacation
June 15, 20219 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.
What is a travel jewelry case?
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.
Benefits of a travel jewelry organizer
Prevents necklaces from tangling--It’s the simplest
solution to avoid pulling all of your necklaces out from a bag
in one knotted, unwearable mass.
Keeps your jewelry organized--It conveniently houses all
of your jewelry in the same place, but it’s also
compartmentalized so you don’t have to dig around for a
Helps protect your jewelry--It keeps your jewelry
separated with dividers to avoid scratches and tangling, and
it’s often lined with anti-tarnish material.
Easy to pack--It’s small, light, and easy to
Great for simple or statement pieces--Its compartments
are often different sizes so you can travel with large or
Considerations when buying a travel jewelry case
1. Destination: Where will your adventure take you?
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.
2. Itinerary: What’s on the agenda?
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.
3. Luggage plans: How do you plan to tote your jewelry?
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
4. Case quality: How reliable is your jewelry case?
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.
5. Your jewelry: What kind of jewelry are you
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.
How to pack jewelry for travel
Traveling with expensive jewelry?
Bring a travel jewelry case. Choose one of good quality
to make sure your jewelry stays protected.
Wear your valuables.TSA guidelines permit
jewelry in your carry-on or checked luggage but recommend
you keep it on you. You don’t need to worry about setting the
metal detector off unless you’re wearing metal jewelry. You may
not want to wear large jewelry while traveling either. If you
can’t wear it, then carry it. Put it in your carry-on, not in a
bin where it can easily get swiped. It’s also risky to leave
your jewelry in a hotel unattended. If you must leave valuable
pieces behind, make sure they're locked in a jewelry case or
suitcase with a combination lock, as well as in a hotel
Don’t travel with uninsured jewelry. Make sure your
insurance plan covers any potential travel mishaps.
Document every piece. Snap a picture of all your jewelry
in the case before taking off. If anything is stolen, you have
time-stamped evidence. A picture is also helpful when you’re
packing to return home and can’t remember exactly what you
brought with you.
Limit yourself when packing. Only bring what you need so
you don’t have to worry about keeping up with a stash of
jewelry. If accessorizing is your thing, then still keep
treasured pieces at a minimum and try to bring more costume
Don’t flash it. Of course, you’ll want to show off your
jewelry, but save it for the right occasion. If you’re
venturing on public streets or through an airport, try to tuck
your jewelry out of sight so you don’t become a target.
Consider an alternative engagement ring. Your
engagement ring might be the most meaningful piece of
jewelry in your collection, so it’s understandable if you
prefer not to pack it. But you don’t have to go without.
Choosing an alternative engagement ring could provide the
perfect option when you’re traveling.
Secure the jewelry you leave at home. Don’t get so
caught up in organizing your travel jewelry that you forget to
hide or lock up valuable jewelry at home before you leave for
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
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
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
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
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
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