As spring break approaches, it’s time to prepare for your upcoming travel adventures. In your trip preparations, prioritizing the protection of your watches and jewellery is crucial to ensure they stay secure and in optimal condition throughout your journey and beyond. Given the potential exposure to water, sweat, dirt, and various other elements during your trip, it’s wise to take proactive measures to safeguard your valuables.

We’ve compiled top travel care tips for your watch and jewellery covering pre-travel, during your journey, and post-travel care, applicable not only for spring break, but for any future travels. Keep reading to discover more.

 Top Watch and Jewellery Pre-Travel Care Tips

Embarking on a trip calls for thoughtful preparation, especially when it comes to your cherished watches and jewellery. Start by selecting a limited number of versatile pieces that fit with any outfit and any occasion. Pack them in a designated jewellery organizer or travel case, keeping them in your carry-on for added security. 

It’s a good idea to take photographs of your valuables and, when applicable, secure insurance coverage for peace of mind. Additionally, be mindful of the weather conditions at your destination and if necessary, pack any water tight containers, appropriate wipes or a secure travel case, to protect against extreme temperatures. You can also consider water-testing your watch prior to your travels to prevent water damage.

Top Watch and Jewellery During Travel Care Tips

During your trip, try to embrace a minimalist approach, opting to wear a limited amount of jewellery and a less expensive watch. You can also ensure the security of your accessories by storing them in a locked travel case within your luggage, utilizing a secured hotel safe, or opting for a portable travel safe during your day’s explorations. 

Stay mindful of the climate at your travel destination, as humidity or prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures can affect certain materials. Check your watch or jewellery after a day’s adventure for any damage. If you participate in any water activities, remove your jewellery or watch before taking a dip in the pool or ocean. Consider using a watertight container if swimming with your valuables, or place them within a travel case in a dry area. 

If your jewellery or watch does get wet from water, sweat or humidity, ensure a thorough drying process in a dry and cool environment away from direct sunlight, such as your hotel room. To dry, use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently pat the wet items dry and leave it to open air and dry. Open any clasps, compartments, or links to allow air to circulate. 

Top Watch and Jewellery Post-Travel Care Tips

When you return home from your trip, give your accessories a thorough inspection for any signs of wear, scratches, or loose components. Clean them gently with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove any accumulated dirt or residue from your travels. 

If your items are water-resistant or were exposed to moisture, ensure they are completely dry before storing them. Return them to their designated cases or compartments in your jewellery organizer to prevent scratches and tangling. 

Consider scheduling a professional inspection for your jewellery or watch, especially if they are intricate timepieces, to address any potential issues and ensure continued functionality. 

Finishing Up

By following the provided care tips above and giving due attention to your watches or jewellery during your travels, you’ll preserve the beauty of your valuable pieces for years to come. 

For a summary and quick reference, here’s a travel checklist to use on your spring break travels or future getaway:

  1. Pack smartly, opt for versatile pieces and place them in carry-on.
  2. Keep accessories secure in a safe location and document details.
  3. Conduct regular checks while traveling and remove them before swimming.
  4. Perform a post-travel inspection and a gentle cleaning 

By incorporating these simple steps into your travel routine, you can ensure that your watches and jewellery remain in top-notch condition, ready to accompany you on all your future journeys.


1. Where do I repair my watch or jewellery after my travels?

If you need a professional inspection or simple repairs, visit a Hudson’s Bay location, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you. For more intricate repairs, please contact us directly.

2. How long does repair take?

The time frame for service depends on the complexity of the task – the more parts it requires, the more time it’ll take. Generally, we quote a turnaround time of 2-4 weeks as a rule of thumb. However, more intricate services may require 4-6 weeks +. At the store level, services such as battery replacements and link removals are typically completed while you wait.