Happy 4th of July Weekend! If you’re on your way to the beach, the mountains, or even your in-laws’ house…good for you. If not, why not throw a few essentials in a tote bag and get out of town? Wherever you’re headed this season, I know you’ll want to look your sparkling best when you arrive. Here are a few packing and jewelry cleaning tips from the pros at Connoisseurs. Put them into action now and you’ll be all set for a dazzling summer.
The Art of the Edit
As any frequent flyer will tell you, the secret to stress-free travel is in the art of the edit. Learn to pack just a few key pieces and one go-to outfit you can wear for any occasion.
For a long summer weekend consider white pants and shorts, striped T-shirts and a light cotton sweater…plus one mini- or midi-dress you can dress up or down. Pack these items with your best summer jewelry and accessories and you’re good to go. (Don’t forget your bathing suit, and a sarong that can double as a shawl at night.)
Beauty Treatments for Your Jewelry
Clean all your summer jewelry before you pack. For professional-style cleaning right in your own home, Kathy Elliott from Connoisseurs suggests the new Sonic Dazzle Stik Jewelry Cleansing Power Brush™.
“It cleans your jewelry just like a jeweler cleaned it,” says Kathy, and she should know. The Sonic Dazzle Stik is the first jewelry cleaner to use the same hand-held sonic technology we’ve grown to love in facial care.
Limit Your Luggage
Summer travel calls for packing light…and right. I love my new “spinner” carry-on roller bag; it glides and swivels through the airport with the touch of a finger. Place your tote bag on top of your carry-on when you’re rolling to and from the gate. Once on board, stow the roller bag in the overhead compartment and the tote at your feet. No carousels for us!
Use a Jewelry Organizer
Now that we’ve invested in a good piece of luggage, it’s time to graduate from zip-lock baggies to a proper jewelry organizer. The Clutch™ from Connoisseurs is a soft-sided clutch-style bag which opens wide to display all your necklaces, earrings and bracelets in separate compartments.
Available in red or black leather, it will help prevent chains from tangling and jewelry from scratching – whether on the road or at home.
Wear Your Good Stuff
Many of my friends worry about wearing their good jewelry on vacation. I believe life’s too short to leave the good stuff behind! Of course, you wouldn’t leave home without your engagement ring and wedding band, so go ahead and pack your pearls, your favorite gold and silver pieces, and even your family heirlooms.
Since you’re not checking luggage anyway, just stow your jewelry organizer in your tote bag and carry it on with you. At the hotel you can secure it in your room safe, or keep it in your purse or beach bag when you leave the room.
Pack a Portable Jewelry Cleaner
The combination of salt water, sunscreen and chlorine can wreak havoc on your jewelry, so be sure to pack a portable jewelry cleaner for quick touchups on the go. Kathy Elliott recommends keeping a Diamond Dazzle Stik™ in your purse, jewelry organizer or cosmetics bag. No bigger than a lip gloss, this portable pen-like cleaner can give your diamond rings and precious jewelry a dazzling beauty treatment in just seconds.
Note: I used one on a plane to Atlanta last weekend and the flight attendant borrowed it before we landed!