by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Whether it's a weekend ski getaway, trade show travel, tropical adventure or family road trip, looking good away from home requires the right pre-trip jewelry planning. Here are some tips for ensuring a stylish departure and keeping jewelry safe, secure and most importantly--untangled!

What to Pack?
With packing space at an all-time premium (increasing baggage fees and stricter size limitations, etc.), jewelry is a space-saving solution for getting more mileage out of fewer outfits. Pack basic pieces of clothing (preferably things that don't wrinkle easily!) and add color and style with jewelry. Make any ensemble fresh again with a new statement piece or easily transition from day to night by changing the accompanying jewelry. Choose versatile jewelry, for example, mixed metal pieces to complement a wide range of attire. Bring several pendants for one chain or different beads to change the color and style of hoop earrings.

Here's a good rule to keep in mind--only take jewelry that you can afford, financially and emotionally, to lose. The one predictable thing about travel is its unpredictability, leaving many opportunities for jewelry to get misplaced, damaged, lost and stolen. But does this mean you have to leave style at home? The answer is no.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Everyday Jewelry™ line offers an affordable and on-trend alternative to fine jewelry. Find versatile, lightweight pieces to spruce up vacation outfits. Shop jewelry sets, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, cuffs, rings, anklets, earrings and more--including designer glass pearls, murano-inspired glass beads and cubic zirconia. Spread the word to travel friends by gifting pieces from this line or hosting an Everyday Jewelry party.

If you must travel with nice jewelry, the best way to keep it safe is never letting it out of your sight. Wear it, keep it on you at all times and never pack it in a piece of luggage that won't be with you. For example, never place jewelry in checked baggage or baggage that is left with bellhops, etc. It's always a good idea to look into insuring jewelry and take pictures/document the jewelry you're taking along. And check ahead to make sure the hotel offers an in-room safe to secure valuables while you're away.

Pack it Up
Find a wide selection of jewelry storage and travel solutions from pouches and boxes, to vials and jewelry rolls for every type of travel need. Store jewelry in dry places with low humidity and Shine-On™ anti-tarnish paper can be used to help prevent silver from tarnishing.

Jewelry rolls are great for keeping jewelry protected and untangled, and roll up easily for convenient packing. Even if you wear jewelry while traveling, it's still nice to have a place to keep jewelry while you're getting ready for bed, showering, etc. They also make great gifts for jewelry makers and frequent travelers.

Additional tip: Use a straw to keep necklaces from getting tangled. Slide the chain through the straw and fasten the clasp.

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