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What can my husband and I do to protect our wedding rings when we are backpacking?

Question:

What can my husband and I do to protect our wedding rings when we are backpacking?

Submitted by - Cynthia - Boston, MA

Answer:

The best way to protect your wedding rings is to leave them at home. That’s what I typically do when I go backpacking. Rough surfaces can scratch the ring’s finish, and you’d be bumming if any of the settings come loose and a diamond goes missing. Wearing rings while scrambling or climbing or bushwhacking can put your fingers at risk, too. It’s conceivable that something could get caught on your ring and break your finger.

If you’re the type who feels naked without your ring, you could try wrapping it with medical or duct tape. I’ve tried that, but I don’t like the sticky, sweaty feeling. I feel much safer and more responsible leaving my rings at home.

1 Comment

  1. Ken Robertson

    If you must wear a ring, have a ring cutter in your first aid kit or a knife with a good cutting file on it. We had to cut a ring off while hiking Canada’s West Coast Trail – either that or the fellow may have lost his finger when the swelling from his sprained finger was going to cut the circulation off. A hacksaw blade did the trick which we got from a First Nation’s elder. The other alternative we had but didn’t need was the file on a Swiss Army knife.

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