Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Travel Tips for the Holidays from the Jinja Jewelry Family

-- The Jinja Jewelry brand was established through a love for travel, especially to places far away with unique cultures and diverse people. Founder Don and Elaine Helmig and their friend Joy Daniels all came together after developing a lifelong attachment to the island of Bali and the Balinese people. They formed an extended family over in Bali and then started their own line of coral and sterling silver jewelry, all handmade in Bali. The Jinja Jewelry family loves sharing stories of their travels to Bali and beyond, and now they are sharing their own personal travel tips for those looking to go abroad for the holidays.

1. Pack wisely.

Many people make the mistake of over packing when they are traveling abroad but the truth is you should always pack light and only bring the absolute essentials. Small toiletries and personal items can be found anywhere you go – hotels, airports, tourist shops, etc. Skip those and bring a comfortable pair of shoes, waterproof jacket or poncho, and clothes that you can wear several times during your trip. Leave some space in your suitcase for fun souvenirs!

2. Choose an off-peak day to travel.

Around the holidays, everyone chooses the same days to fly out, which causes chaos in the airport and huge traffic jams. If you can, try to avoid traveling on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which is considered the biggest travel day of the year. Sometimes it’s better to fly on the actual day of the holiday to avoid the long security lines and mobs of people.

3. Give yourself plenty of time.

Do not leave packing for the very last minute because you will end up feeling rushed and stressed out and forget some important items. Leave the house early so you have extra time to deal with issues like icy roads and long security lines. If you find yourself at your gate early, grab some lunch and magazines or a book and use the extra time to relax before your flight.

4. Ship out holiday gifts.

If you’re planning on traveling with gifts to bring to friends and family, consider shipping out the gifts earlier before you travel. This will ensure that the recipient receives the gift in time and that it won’t accidentally get lost with your baggage. If you still plan to bring your gifts with you in your luggage, don’t wrap them until you’ve arrived at your destination. TSA will most likely have to unwrap any gifts to inspect them so wait to wrap them up.

5. Bring snacks and charge your electronic devices.

Delays are to be expected when you’re traveling during the holidays and the winter months, so it’s a good idea to pack plenty of snacks with you to give you energy and save money at the airport. Also have your electronics fully charged so you don’t have to wait around to find a free outlet at the airport to charge your phone. It’s also helpful to pack some battery chargers or power packs with you to keep your devices juiced up. Having a smartphone or tablet can be a lifesaver when you’re stuck on an airplane or your flight is delayed a couple of hours.

To schedule an interview with Elaine Helmig, Co-Founder of Jinja Jewelry, please contact Tasha Mayberry, Public Relations, at or call 207.317.6099.

About Jinja Jewelry

Jinja Jewelry is proud to offer a large selection of handmade jewelry from Bali including necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings. Jinja Jewelry draws inspiration for its beautiful, high quality coral and silver jewelry from local and global trends in affordable jewelry and accessories. By purchasing Jinja Jewelry our customers are helping to support the talented people of Bali and providing their families with a safe and secure future. These exclusive designer creations cannot be found anywhere else! Shop online at

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