Whether your job requires you to travel frequently or whether you’re taking a much-needed vacation, there’s no better time to have a sturdy and solid watch on your wrist than when you’re traveling. As you jet to catch a connecting flight, drive across town to your next meeting, or hop on a train for a day-trip to a nearby city, you can simply pull up your shirtsleeve and glance down at your watch for the time. It’s even more seamless and convenient than digging in your briefcase or backpack for your smartphone.
There are numerous watches designed specifically for travel. If you’re jetting around the globe through different time zones, you can get a watch with a GMT or worldtimer function. If you’re heading to a beach location or plan on a scuba diving excursion, you can use a dive watch for optimum water resistance. Or, if you prefer a more rustic getaway like hiking the trails or skiing the slopes, you can get a classic outdoor watch that’s built to endure the elements.
No matter where your travels take you, bringing the right watch is just as essential as packing the right pair of shoes. However, unlike that perfect pair of footwear, a watch is a high value luxury item that you carry right out in the open on your wrist. So, before you bring one of your trusty watches on your next trip, be sure to travel with your watch the smart way.
Before You Reach Your Destination
Before your trip, there are a few things you can do to help protect your watch and give yourself piece of mind throughout your travels. First, you might want to get your watch serviced, particularly if you don’t do so regularly. You wouldn’t want your watch to malfunction on your trip. You should also double-check your insurance policy and make sure everything is up to date. Consider re-reading through the details of your policy to make sure your watch is protected should something unforeseen happen during your trip, like an accident or theft. Finally, when the day of your trip finally arrives, be sure to wear your watch or pack it in its case in your carry-on bag. You should never pack your watch in your checked bag, but remember that if you choose to wear it, you’ll likely be asked to remove it when you go through airport security. For that reason, it’s always a smart idea to have your case in your carry-on bag even if you choose to wear your watch so it doesn’t get lost on the security conveyor belt.
After You Arrive
After you arrive at your destination, remember to protect your watch as soon as you hit the ground. Airports are typically crowded and bustling places where someone could easily try to slip your watch off your wrist while you’re distracted trying to search for your bag or your car service. Once you get to your hotel or rental, locate the lock box so that you have a safe place to store your watch if you decide not to wear it one day or even while you sleep at night. As you enjoy the rest of your trip, continue to be aware of your watch. Be careful to keep your watch inconspicuous and not to draw too much attention to it, particularly if you’re in high-traffic places like a bustling business conference or a popular sightseeing spot. As a tourist, you’re automatically a target for theft and certainly don’t want to ruin your business trip or vacation by losing a valuable timepiece.
On the Trip Back Home
If you’re flying domestically, simply take some of the basic precautions you took as you were flying to your destination—have your watch on your wrist or securely in your carry-on bag, and be aware of your surroundings as you de-board the plane and make your way through the airport and the parking deck to your car. However, if you’re heading back home after traveling internationally, you should be prepared for the possibility of being stopped while going through customs and asked about your watch. It’s a smart idea to travel with copies of the paperwork for your watch, like a copy of your receipt of purchase or a copy of your warranty card. You can easily place them in your watch case for safekeeping, or, if you don’t want to worry about the pieces of paper, you could simply have photos of the paperwork in your smartphone. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even register your watch with customs before leaving the country by visiting the customs desk before your departing flight to receive a certificate proving you had the watch before you left the country.