When we began traveling together, Kyle and I don’t wear our real wedding rings.
Instead, we were silicone rings.
We feel that it is not worth the risk of bringing expensive jewelry with us.
I understand wanting to wear your actual wedding rings while traveling because you spent a lot of money on it and they’re gorgeous. Substituting them for plastic sounds strange.
Trust me, you don’t want anything to happen to your rings. So let, talk about why I don’t wear my real wedding rings when traveling and alternatives.
Losing the Ring
My very first thought is – What if I lose it?
I don’t travel with my wedding rings because I’m afraid of losing it.
If you’re reading this, you probably are concerned about losing your expensive and sentimental rings.
When we’re traveling, we spend a lot of time swimming, hiking, bike riding, and other outdoor adventure activities. I’ve lost earrings in the ocean many times.
I would hate for a huge wave to come and wash my ring away.
In addition to losing it during activities, I’m worried about leaving it in a hotel room or Airbnb.
I don’t sleep with my rings on because I worry that my hands will swell while sleeping. Therefore, my rings normally sit on the nightstand.
There are so many possibilities with leaving my rings from rushing to pack or leaving.
Fear of losing your ring is a valid concern. So, I’d rather not bring mine with me.
What’s a better target for theft than two Americans with huge cameras, laptops, and iPhones? Throw in a few expensive diamonds.
We travel with more tech than most because our blog and work require it.
But, it’s not uncommon for tourists to travel with nice cameras and phones.
A lot of times, theft is a crime of opportunity. We don’t want to be the easiest targets. We aim to minimize the most expensive items unless absolutely necessary.
With theft and losing it, you wont be able to get it back. The sentimental value is probably more than the monetary value of our rings.
I would be heartbroken if I no longer had my ring.
What if I leave it home?
Ask yourself – what happens if I don’t bring it.
We discussed some worse case scenarios if you bring the rings with you – like theft and loss.
My answer is nothing will happen if I don’t bring it. The ring will sit beautifully at home in a ring box.
Wedding rings are a symbol of marriage and a reminder of your commitment to each other. Some people believe that everyone must always wear them to show the world that you are married.
A friend shared with us that he believes not wearing wedding rings in his relationship is akin to infidelity. He and his wife ALWAYS wear their rings.
(Continue reading travel-friendly alternatives where you can still wear a ring while traveling)
While it’s a nice sentiment and I love my wedding rings, they don’t hold that much value on our actual relationship. I don’t need a ring to remind me of my commitment especially with Kyle standing right next to me.
Tips if You Want to Wear Your Rings
I don’t wear my real wedding rings because of the above reasons. However, we both still wear rings.
- Consider inexpensive options. Kyle and I travel with silicone rings that we purchased on Amazon. There are inexpensive silicone, wood, or silver/gold options. I would stray away from costume jewelry with lots of fake diamonds. Thieves won’t know that your ring is fake. We prefer to travel with rings that are cheap. We wouldn’t care if they were lost or stolen.
- Be sure to get insurance. If you are wearing your expensive rings, be sure to purchase insurance specifically for the rings or check if your home owner’s/ renter’s insurance covers engagement rings.
Other Considerations that I Would Wear It
While I would not wear my real rings, I do and would wear an inexpensive ring always.
If you are a woman traveling alone, consider wearing a ring even if you aren’t married.
In cultures where men are more aggressive, pretending to travel with a husband has its advantages.
Unfortunate, but true.
I wouldn’t want people to know that you are a single woman traveling alone. Instead, your husband is right around the corner.