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Traveling with Your Watch? Here Are 6 Tips for Safekeeping

May 12, 2023 6 min read

Travel with your watch securely by storing them in watch pouches by Strapcode

For those who are enthusiastic about watches, bringing along their timepieces while traveling is desirable. However, the question of how to ensure their safety and security arises. This article will discuss several strategies for traveling with your watches and safeguarding them.


One Smart Watch is Never Enough

When traveling with watches, some may argue that a smartwatch is sufficient for any purpose. But what if there's a power outage or your watch gets damaged unexpectedly? As someone who loves mechanical watches, I believe they have a unique and irreplaceable charm. Mechanical watches have a beautifully crafted, beating heart, while smartwatches do not offer the same experience.

Mechanical watches are powered by a complex system of gears and springs that require no batteries or external power sources. This means that they are always ready to go, and you don't need to worry about finding a power outlet or replacing a battery while on the road. Furthermore, mechanical watches are highly accurate and can keep time to within a few seconds per day. This level of precision is important for travelers who need to stay on schedule and make the most of their time.

In addition, it's also important to consider the number of watches you bring with you when traveling. While it may be tempting to bring your entire watch collection with you, it's not always practical or safe to do so. A maximum of two watches is generally suggested for travel, as carrying multiple watches can be cumbersome and potentially dangerous. It's easy for watches to get lost or stolen when traveling, and the more watches you have with you, the more you have to keep track of. Moreover, if you're constantly switching between multiple watches, it can be easy to lose track of time or forget to wind or set a watch properly.


Tip #1: Choose The Right Watch For Travel

Choosing the right watch for your travel needs is crucial. Whether you're planning to embark on an outdoor adventure, attend a business summit, or a wedding party, selecting the appropriate watch is an essential decision. The functionality of the watch is the next important factor to consider, as it should be beneficial to you during the time you wear it.

Travel with your watch Seiko SKX007 by Strapcode watch bands

The Seiko SKX007 is a popular dive watch known for its water-resistant capabilities of 200 meters, making it suitable for recreational diving and other water activities. Paired with CB11 Green Rubber Curved Lug Watch Strap.

A watch with a robust watch band and scratch-resistant crystal is ideal. Additionally, if you anticipate outdoor pursuits or unexpected weather conditions, a water-resistant watch is a valuable asset.

Travel with your watch Seiko Speedtimer Panda chronograph SSC813 by Strapcode watch bands

The Seiko Speedtimer Panda chronograph SSC813 features a stop watch function, allowing the wearer to accurately measure elapsed time with, now comes paired with a Rollball stainless steel watch bracelet.

Travel with your watch Grand Seiko Boutique Limited Edition SBGJ235 by Strapcode watch bands

The Grand Seiko Boutique Limited Edition SBGJ235, which is equipped with a GMT function for tracking time in two different time zones, now comes complemented with a curved fit 19mm Super-JUB II Watch Band.

When evaluating a watch's functionality, consider features such as alarms, stopwatches, and second time zone displays. GPS capabilities on certain watches can also be helpful for navigating unfamiliar regions.

Travel with your watch Seiko 5 Sports SRPE58K1 best watch pouch by Strapcode watch bands

To ensure the safety of your two watches while traveling, store your Seiko 5 Sports SRPE58K1 in an MT-3 Grey Suede Leather Travel Watch Pouch for Watch Bracelet (Flat & Short), and your Seiko Presage Cocktail SRPC99J1 in an MT-3 Grey Suede Leather Travel Watch Pouch for Watch Strap (Long Size)

For business trips or formal events, a dress watch may be more appropriate. It's a good idea to look for a versatile timepiece that can be worn in a variety of settings. A watch that can transition from business meetings to a night out on the town is ideal for travelers seeking to pack lightly.

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For a sophisticated and stylish business or formal look, pair your Seiko Presage Cocktail Golden Champagne SRPC99J1 with a luxurious Dark Brown Italian Handmade Alligator Belly Watch Band.

Alternatively, if you prefer to switch up your watch style frequently, bringing multiple watch bands instead of several watches can provide a range of looks. Quick-release watch bands are a traveler-friendly option that allows you to change the appearance of your watch without the need for any tools. By carrying a few different watch bands in your luggage, you can alter your watch's style as needed throughout your trip.

Canvas Straps Holderby Strapcode watch bands

The Canvas Watch Straps Holder is a versatile accessory that can carry multiple straps and also includes storage for a spring bar tool and a screwdriver. This is particularly useful for those without quick-release watch bands, as it allows for easy tightening of bracelet screws if they come loose.


Tip #2: Pack Your Watches in Secure Cases

To emphasize the importance of proper packing when traveling, it's worth noting that well-packed watches can be just as essential as properly caring for your travel medicine. For many watch enthusiasts, their watches hold sentimental value and may be irreplaceable. Additionally, watches can be quite expensive, making them a valuable item to protect during travel.

Store your Seiko SKX007 in a Round Hard Watch Case by Strapcode watch bands

Store your Seiko SKX007 and Green Sumo SPB103J1 dive watches securely in Round Hard Watch Cases with different colors for easy identification, while keeping the watches and their bands together without the need for separation.

When packing your watches, it's crucial to ensure that they are secure and protected from any potential damage during transit. Proper packing can prevent scratches, dents, and other types of damage that can occur from impact or friction. You can pack your watches in a dedicated watch travel case or pouch, which will help protect them from scratches and other damage. Look for a case or pouch that is sturdy and padded to provide extra protection.

Seiko Alpinist SARB017 with a Grey Ocellus FKM Rubber Strap by Strapcode watch bands

Store your Seiko Alpinist SARB017 with a Grey Ocellus FKM Rubber Strap and your White Alpinist SPB119J1 with an RM Vented Brown FKM Strap in lightweight MT-3 watch pouches, such as the Carbon Fiber Patterned German Leather Pouch and the Camo Patterned Italian Leather Pouch, for secure and easy travel.

It's worth taking the time to select the most appropriate watch pouch or storage case as a safety guard to ensure that your watches remain in good condition and are ready to use when you reach your destination. There are many travel case options available in the market, from single watch to multiple watches, hard travel cases, or soft cases. Proper packing can also prevent any disappointment or frustration that may occur if your watch is damaged or not functioning correctly when you arrive.


Tip #3: Keep Your Watches With You

When traveling with watches, it is important to take certain precautions to protect them from damage or loss. One of the most important steps is to keep them with you instead of checking them in your luggage. This way, you can monitor them closely and have peace of mind knowing they are safe and secure.

Seiko Speedtimer Panda chronograph SSC813 in the MT-3 Italian Leather Watch Pouch in Cheese Brown by Strapcode watch bands

Carry your Seiko Speedtimer Panda chronograph SSC813 in the MT-3 Italian Leather Watch Pouch in Cheese Brown and keep your Seiko Solar SSC757J1 Chrono Diver and tools organized in the Travel Leather Zipper Watch Pouch with two pockets while on the go.

In addition, it is crucial to take care of your watches during transit. When flying, be mindful of extreme temperatures and pressure changes that can affect the performance of your timepieces. You may want to pack them in your carry-on luggage or wear them on your wrist during the flight. When driving, ensure that your watches are secured and not bouncing around in your luggage.


Tip #4: Secure Your Watches in Hotel Safes

When traveling and staying in hotels, it's important to take extra precautions to protect your valuable watches from theft. Utilize the hotel safe to store your watches when you're not wearing them. Most hotels have safes available in the room, and taking a few minutes to lock up your timepieces can give you peace of mind and protect your investment.


Tip #5: Get the Right Insurance Coverage

Watch enthusiasts with expensive timepieces should consider purchasing jewelry insurance as an added layer of protection. While travel insurance can be helpful, it may not provide sufficient coverage for luxury watches. Many mainstream insurance providers offer jewelry insurance, which can provide coverage for theft, loss, and damage. This is a smart way to ensure that your valuable watches are protected, even when you're traveling.


Tip #6: Be Mindful Of Your Surroundings

When you're traveling with watches, it's important to be mindful of your surroundings. If you're in a high-crime area, you may want to keep your watches out of sight or wear a less expensive watch. Additionally, if you're in a crowded area, be mindful of pickpockets and keep your watches close to your body.

Watch pouches or storage case is important to ensure that your watches remain in good condition by Strapcode watch bands

Choosing the right watch pouch or storage case is important to ensure that your watches remain in good condition and are ready to use when you reach your destination.



Ensuring your safety and the security of your belongings is crucial for a fulfilling travel experience. Whether you're a watch enthusiast or simply need to keep track of time while on the go, taking steps to safeguard your timepieces is essential. By following these 6 tips, you can keep your timepieces secure and enjoy your travels with peace of mind.


Written by Vienna C., images by Toni


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