When you’re preparing to go on vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is losing something valuable, especially your jewelry.

A recent survey conducted by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company found that 80 percent of women bring jewelry with them while traveling. What’s more, 25 percent of those surveyed had lost a piece of jewelry on vacation. Nothing about that sounds relaxing to me.

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As a frequent traveler, it’s important to me to keep my valuables safe, but especially the invaluable things I own, like my wedding ring. With the holiday season upon us, many of us will be traveling either to visit family or to go on a much-deserved vacation. In either case, there are some steps you can take to keep your jewelry safe while on the road.

Here are five tips from Jewelers Mutual for keeping your jewelry safe while traveling:

1. Always keep your jewelry in your carry-on luggage.

Even flight attendants will tell you not to put your valuables in your checked luggage. This way you will have it on your person at all times, assuming you never let your carry-on bag out of your sight.

Unfortunately checked baggage can be mishandled, left unattended, or kept in an unsecured place. Don’t take the risk, keep your jewelry in your carry-on instead.

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2. Take pictures of all of the jewelry you’re taking with you.

This is a good to do for a few reasons. Firstly so that you’ll remember what jewelry you brought with you. No sense in worrying if you lost your grandmother’s necklace when you know you left it at home.

Secondly, it gives you proof of ownership in case you lose something and it turns up in a lost and found.

Jewelers Mutual Tip: Take a photo of all of your jewelry before you travel.

3. Cover it if you need to.

Wearing expensive jewelry can make you the target of theft or pickpockets. If you’re in an area known for such activities, take care to tuck your necklace inside your shirt, flip your engagement ring over so the jewel is on the inside of your hand, and cover any bracelets or watches with a sleeve.

4. Before you go ensure your jewelry is insured with Jewelers Mutual.

You could be the most careful person in the world and still lose the rock out of your engagement ring, be the victim of a theft, or wear your watch into the ocean — accidents happen. Luckily, there’s insurance for that.

Jewelers Mutual has been insuring jewelry for over 100 years now with worldwide coverage that includes loss, theft, damage, and unexplained loss. The average renters and homeowners insurance doesn’t cover jewelry loss while traveling so it’s recommend to cover all of your bases with extra insurance.

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5. Keep your jewelry in a hotel safe when you’re not wearing it.

When you go to the beach or do an activity like zip-lining, you’re better off leaving your jewelry behind. But don’t just leave it in your luggage; your best bet in keeping your valuables safe is by keeping them in your hotel safe during your stay.

If you’re staying somewhere else (like an Airbnb), be sure to ask your host if they have a safe available for your use.
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You shouldn’t have to leave your jewelry behind while traveling, however, there are precautions you can take to help keep your valuables safe while you’re on the road. Enjoy your trip!

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