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You’ve gotta protect those pearls.

Taking jewelry with you while traveling allows you to vacation in style, but your favorite necklaces can also be a chore to pack. Not to mention, if you don’t own a velvet-lined jewelry case to store those heirloom pieces, you risk them being damaged in your luggage during transit. We don’t have to tell you how frustrating it is to make it to your destination and unpack your suitcase, only to find your precious accessories in a knotted mess. Beyond storing your jewelry in your carry-on bag, there are a few more easy solutions for packing those pieces you can’t bear to leave behind. 

Here, four nifty tricks for keeping your necklaces straight and the rest of your jewelry in tip-top shape:

  1. Figuring out how to pack those chains, chokers, lockets, and Grandma’s pearls is made easier with a cheap household item, as explained by PureWow. Simply, grab your Press ‘N’ Seal plastic from the kitchen pantry and cut two sheets the same size. Place your jewelry, including bracelets and earrings, on top of the bottom sheet. Then press and seal the top sheet lightly around those pieces to secure them tightly. Now they’re ready to be packed in your suitcase. For added protection, layer the plastic-wrapped jewelry between your clothing. Voila! Tangle crisis averted.
  2. Another smart solution for thin, dainty chain necklaces is to individually thread them through a drinking straw, with the clasps on each side. Fasten the ends, and you won’t have to worry about pesky knots.
  3. We can’t forget about earrings. Using a few leftover buttons, hook studs and small dangling earrings through the buttonholes, and place in plastic to avoid losing the backs.
  4. As far as bauble rings or that diamond ring handed down from Mama, use a pill box. Not only are those tiny squares inexpensive, but they’re also great for storing smaller rings and earrings.

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Now that you know how to safely pack your jewelry, why don’t you go ahead and treat yourself to these Southern-approved pearls for your next great adventure?