Post # 1
I’m going backwoods camping (backpacking) next week for the first time since I got married. I don’t know what I should do about my ring. It’s a platinum, channel-set eternity band. It was my grandmother’s, and I would be devastated if anything happened to it.
How safe do you think it will be? It isn’t loose on my finger, so I’m not too worried about it falling off, but I’ll probably be swimming some, and doing lots with my hands – climbing over rocks and tree trunks, etc.
Any advice would be welcome!
Post # 3
It’s up to you in the end. If you feel comfortable wearing it and don’t feel like you’ll lose it or scratch it up with tree trunks/rocks, go for it. If you feel like you aren’t terribly comfortable with wearing it, then don’t! It’s not a big deal to not wear it for a weekend/week or so. 🙂
Post # 4
I wouldn’t risk it. I purchased a cheap, plain ring to put on for camping, playing sports, and other situations where I would be a bit nervous about wrecking my wedding set.
Depending on how much you want to spend, you can check out something inexpensive from a chain store (Zales, Kay, Helzburg) or just grab something from Target/WalMart.
Post # 5
I’ve done swimming and hiking with my wedding band. We just did the 4 day Inca trail and I wore my wedding band there too as well, but I knew that wouldn’t be very “hand intensive”… there’s a few spots you need your hands to climb and support, but mostly just legs. If I knew I was going to do a lot of climbing and using rocks for support, I’d leave it at home though.
Post # 6
The good news is that its channel set so the likelihood of losing a rock is low. However, if it gets cold, your finger might shrink and off it goes (this happened to one of the groomsmen when he was fishing. His wife was piiiiiissed). I would probably leave it at home.
Post # 7
I wear my ring(s) while camping, hiking/backpacking, kayaking, and ziplining but NOT while rock-climbing, kneading dough, or cleaning the bathroom.
And by this I mean: wear it, but have an alternative if you begin to worry or feel uncomfortable. While your channel setting is probably safer than my shared-prong, mine isn’t eternity — in your case, I’m assuming the concern is lost or damaged stones.
If we hit a portion of trail that involves extensive climbing or even scrambling over rocks, I take off the rings, slide them onto my (very secure) necklace, and put them back on later. For me, this provides enough safety and security while still keeping the jewelry on my person. I’m not out to impress the bugs with my marital status, but the sentiment of my rings overwhelms any need I might have for a stand-in.
One exception: if we go winter camping/backpacking, I will likely purchase a simple band. Gloves + cold + activity + potential frostbite don’t mix.
Post # 8
i dont think so – because i would also be going swimming, etc and i never wear it swimming.
Post # 9
I wouldn’t risk it. I live at the beach, and I NEVER wear my ring when I might be going out to the water!
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Camping is one of the reasons I’m also going to be getting a plain band in addition to my wedding band (will also use it for sports, tubing, for some travel, etc.). I just don’t think it’s worth the risk of possibly losing/damaging my rings.
Post # 11
I have gone camping with my ring, I do everything even swim with them on, I would not be able to leave it behind.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch
I would wear mine camping. I don’t wear it when I’m rock climbing, hiking or doing anything where it will be in contact with a lot of elements (scratching or getting in the way of a good grip) or I will get hot (my ring is tight as it is, I don’t want to lose circulation!!).
Post # 13
As long as you have insurance I cant see why not. I have worn my set all over the caribbean and never had a problem
Post # 14
Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the advice.
Post # 15
- Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX
I put mine on my necklace when I go do something like that
Post # 16
@mightywombat: I haven’t gone camping since we’ve been married, but we do a lot of water sports and I never wear my rings out on the boat. I have a cheap band that I wear instead. I don’t know that anything would really happen, but I prefer to be safe rather than sorry 🙂