How To Pack Necklaces So They Don’t Tangle

How To Pack Necklaces So They Don’t Tangle
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Necklaces are pretty much the only kind of jewellery I wear — my hands swell too randomly for rings and my earlobes reject earrings! — but delicate, tangly chains make packing them for trips more than slightly annoying. Unless you wish to spend your trip untangling necklaces, throwing them in a bag — even one with separate compartments — simply does not work.

Photo: Claire Lower

Before the men chime in with “Why don’t you put one around your neck and wear it the whole trip,” let me respond with “First, of all, how dare you?” Necklaces can make, break or elevate an outfit, and I refuse to have my personal expression limited.

Luckily, I don’t have to choose; I can pack as many as I want without them tangling, provided I have some Press’n’Seal wrap.

Yes, you can use regular plastic wrap, but I’ve found it does not stick to itself as well as Press’n’Seal, and it’s a bit more slippery, meaning necklaces can slide out (disaster).

It might be a little bit of hassle to get hold of, but the sturdier, stickier, less-clingy plastic wrap is freaking essential to transporting my chained neck adornments. Even the most gossamer-thin chain can be packed without fear of entanglement.

The process is very easy. First, tear off a long piece of Press’n’Seal, and lay your necklaces on top of it with any bobbles hanging out over the edged of the wrap.

Next, fold the wrap over the chains, and firmly press it against itself, sealing in the necklaces. Cut off any excess.

Roll everything up, and place your little necklace package in your jewellery bag. If you’re feeling saucy, you can just toss the whole thing loose in your suitcase, backpack or purse. Those chains aren’t going anywhere.