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Jewelry Travel Roll vs. Bag - Which One Should You Buy?

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Jewelry Travel Roll vs. Bag - Which One Should You Buy?

When it comes to packing jewelry for your trip, there’s a lot to consider. 

How much jewelry do you want to bring? Should you pack it in your carry-on, or will it be safe in your checked luggage? (Here’s the quick answer: you should always carry it with you on the plane!) Do you need a big or small jewelry case?

Speaking of jewelry cases, one thing you’ll have to decide is this: jewelry travel roll or bag? Which one is right for you?

If you care about your jewelry (and who doesn’t?), this is an important decision. Don’t worry; it only takes a few moments to figure it out. Let’s get into it!

Jewelry Travel Rolls vs. Bags: What’s the Difference?

There’s one major difference between jewelry travel rolls and bags, and it’s enough to be a dealbreaker for many. 

We’re talking about how they close. The enclosure of a jewelry travel case ultimately determines whether or not your jewelry arrives safely at your destination along with you — or if there’s a chance of it slipping out while you explore the sights.

What’s a Jewelry Travel Roll?

A jewelry travel roll (you guessed it) rolls up. Then, you either tie it up with the enclosed ribbon or, less often, you snap it closed. 

The benefit of a jewelry travel roll is you can lay your jewelry out flat, and slide your various pieces into the plastic slots or loops. Then, you can roll it up into a compact little package that fits easily in your purse or carry-on. 

However, there’s no extra security beyond your ability to tie a fierce double-knot. If it becomes untied, the roll can open up and your jewelry can fall out, or get damaged when it bangs into other items in your suitcase or backpack. Worse, even if the tie stays knotted, individual pieces can slide out of the top or bottom.

Unless you feel super confident about your knot-tying skills, or you love the thrill of potentially losing your jewelry, jewelry travel rolls aren’t always the best choice.

girl in red dress, holding a zippered travel jewelry case

What’s a Jewelry Travel Bag?

A jewelry travel bag, on the other hand, zips up like any other travel bag you might use. You can think of these as a mini suitcase for your jewelry. Cute, right? 

The beauty of a jewelry travel bag lies in its security. A zip-around enclosure is infinitely more secure than a flimsy tassel. Plus, jewelry travel bags still have all the same benefits of jewelry travel rolls!

  • They can be large, small, or sized just right. We think The Wanderer is a perfect size. Our 5” x 7” folio is slim enough to slide into any purse or carry-on but has dedicated room for earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and watches.
  • They can keep your jewelry just as organized, if not more so. Some jewelry travel bags will have earring bars, ring and necklace loops, and even extra internal pouches to organize your jewelry and store it safely during travel. No more wasting time untangling necklaces during your vacation!
  • They can handle a bit more roughage, especially if they have a hardshell case. The Wanderer’s vegan leather exterior makes sure your jewelry stays protected, no matter how much it gets jostled around in your bag.

There’s one more awesome thing about a zippered jewelry travel case. You don’t need any special Girl Scout training to make it secure, nor do you have to use all your upper arm strength rolling it up as tightly as possible to keep the jewelry in place. You just zip it up, and it works! 

For more tips on traveling with jewelry in style, check out our ideas on Pinterest!

Roam often, stay stylish.

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