One of the most magical moments you will experience in your lifetime is that moment when you humbly ask the love of your life to marry you.
But regardless if you pop the question with all the bells and whistles of a dazzling proposal or choose a more intimate moment between just the two of you, there is one thing you certainly don’t want to happen - for your partner to find the engagement ring before you propose.
Finding a safe space for engagement rings at home might be easy, but if you’ve been mulling over wedding proposal ideas and decided on a destination proposal you’ll want to make sure you know everything about traveling with engagement rings before you pack your bags.
Read on to learn some of the best tips and tricks for safely taking an engagement ring on a trip with your sweetheart without being discovered.
You already have enough to think about for wedding proposal ideas, so why not have that peace of mind by getting insurance for the ring? You can go directly to a jeweler to get jewelry insurance. Or, many travel insurance agenciesoffer plans for traveling with engagement rings.
For starters, you should not take the ring out of the engagement ring holder. A ring is a small item that is likely to get lost if not kept safely in its box. For discretion, you can purchase engagement ring holders that do not look like the classic ring box. Alternatively, you can place the engagement ring holder in a softer item of clothing such as a pair of socks or exercise clothes.
When you are packing your bags, make sure you place the ring in your carry-on bag with your other valuables. Most bags and luggage will have smaller zipped compartments which make for an excellent place to store engagement rings. Just make sure you don’t keep any other important items in that compartment that your partner might need to get from you at some moment such as your airplane tickets.
If you do get searched at airport security, don’t show any signs of nervousness as that might both tip off your partner and hold up your situation with the TSA. Leaving a little note in your bag that says something like “Engagement ring, please be discreet,” is an easy way to tip off the TSA agents so they can be more careful not to accidentally reveal your plans.
Regardless, always check TSA guidelines at your airport ahead of time to make sure you are following airport security regulations.
Most hotels are familiar with having customers that are traveling with engagement rings. Call the hotel ahead of time to find out if they have a safebox that you can keep the ring in that is not in your room. You don’t want to keep it in the room’s safety deposit box because your partner will get suspicious when you don’t want them using it. If the hotel does not have a separate safebox, keep the ring tucked away in your own luggage.
No matter your wedding proposal ideas, make sure you don’t blow your cover until the moment is right. Keep the engagement ring in a safe location such as an inside coat pocket or hide it at the location where you are going to propose if it is a private space.
If you are going to take it out of the engagement ring holder, make sure that it doesn’t easily fall out of your pocket or into a space where you won’t find it again. It would be awful if your ring fell between the cracks of a dock, got lost in the sand, or dropped down to the bottom of the ocean, so come prepared if your wedding proposal ideas include an adventure.
Traveling with an engagement ring can be a nerve wracking experience, but if done carefully, there is no reason you can’t keep your plans a secret. The best tips for keeping your engagement ring safe are truly just be careful, be prepared, and be flexible. Finally, remember that it's all part of the greater story you’ll be telling friends and family for years to come.