When you’re first given your engagement ring, you probably want to never take it off. However, if you’re going on your honeymoon, or any sort of trip, that thought may change. While, in the majority of cases, your wedding ring and engagement ring are safe on your finger, this might not always be true.
Some people choose not to take their jewelry with them when they travel. If you’re worried about theft, damage, loss, or your ring generally being unsafe on your trip, it might be best to leave it at home.
Reasons to Not Take Your Engagement Ring & Wedding Ring on your Trip
It feels great to wear your wedding ring and engagement ring, especially if you’re on your honeymoon and were just married. That said, there are a few reasons why you might not want to bring your rings with you:
- If you’re planning on participating in active events - such as hiking, diving, snorkeling, etc. – you might want to keep your rings at home. These activities could damage your jewelry and, if you’re planning on doing a lot of such activities, you won’t want to keep taking your rings on and off.
- If your rings are antiques, heirlooms or especially delicate, you may also want to leave them at home to avoid damaging them or losing them.
- If your rings aren’t sized properly and they could accidentally slip off, you might want to leave them at home until they’re properly fitted.
- If you’re traveling to an area where theft is likely, it might be better to leave your rings at home to avoid attracting attention to yourself.
However, if you want to bring your jewelry with you, there are several things you can do to keep it safe.
Keeping Jewelry Safe When Traveling
If you’re planning on bringing your wedding ring and engagement ring with you when you travel, you’ll want to take several precautions to ensure that they stay safe on your trip. The last thing you want is to have to return home from your honeymoon without your wedding ring!
Keep It On
You’ll want to avoid the potential for misplacing your rings. That means, the majority of the time, you’ll want to keep them on your fingers. Otherwise, it’s possible that you could put them down on a nightstand or shelf in your hotel and forget about them. Forgetting your ring is especially likely if you’re on your honeymoon and you’re not quite used to wearing a wedding ring yet.
Carry It On
If you’re not going to wear your rings through airport security or customs (and you likely can, gold and platinum shouldn't trigger the metal detectors) then keep them in your carry-on luggage. You shouldn’t place them in your checked baggage as you can’t keep an eye on these bags during your flight.
It’s also a good idea to bring proper documentation about the purchase of your ring, such as a photocopy of the sales receipt, as well as appraisal details and insurance details. These will give you proof that that the ring is yours and safeguard you against potential misunderstandings.
You will also want to consider insuring your jewelry. While some travel insurance plans cover jewelry, there might be limitations that may apply to you. Speak with your insurance provider before you travel to find out exactly what is included and consider buying additional coverage for your wedding and engagement rings as necessary. Jewelry insurance, depending on the plan, can cover loss, damage, theft and various other scenarios, so it’s important to have. Read more about jewelry insurance (and how Kim Kardashian showed us its importance) here.
Store it Properly
Be sure to bring the original boxes from your rings with you when you travel. Yes, we suggested that you keep your rings on as often as possible, but there may be times when you’ll have to remove them and you’ll want to make sure that you have a safe place to keep them when you do.
You may also want to bring suitable jewelry cleaner with you when you travel as you may not be able to find appropriate cleaner on your trip. Talk to your jeweler for advice.
Use a Safe
If for whatever reason you end up leaving your engagement ring or wedding ring in your hotel room while you go out, always lock these items (as well as any other valuables) in your hotel safe.