Tips for Traveling with Contact Lenses and Eyeglasses

Packing Eyewear for Travel

Eyewear is one of the most important things you’ll have to pack for a trip. Without the proper eyewear, products, and backups, your trip could be ruined. Here are a few things to keep in mind when traveling with contact lenses and eyeglasses.

How to Pack Contact Lenses When Flying

Keep your contact lenses and solution bottles in a small, durable, sealable travel bag.

According to TSA standards, 3.4 ounces of solution is the most you can bring on the plane in your carry on. Smaller contact solution bottles can be found in the travel section of most grocery stores. It may be smart to pack contact solution in your carry-on bag, in case you need it while you’re on the flight. Keep it accessible at all times, and keep your eye on it to avoid spills.

If you do not wish to carry on your solution, larger containers should be OK in a checked bag. Wrap the bottle in a small blanket or old T-shirt to ensure that nothing else is damaged if any liquid spills. Afterward, place the wrapped bottle in a sealed plastic bag or travel purse before tucking it away in your luggage.

Bring eyedrops for contact lenses with you. If you’re flying, carry on the eyedrops, as your eyes can often get very dry in an airplane. Eyedrops will also be useful if you’re planning to go swimming, hiking, or participating in any other activities where your eyes may become dry or irritated.

How to Pack Eyeglasses When Traveling

Invest in a high quality, durable case to keep your eyeglasses clean and safe from damage.

Don’t forget to bring your eyeglass case when you travel. Keep your glasses in it when you’re not using them. Replacing eyeglasses can be a challenge, especially when you’re away from home. Be sure to keep them protected from breakage.

Bring an eyeglass repair kit along, just in case you need to adjust your glasses during your trip.

More Tips for Traveling with Contacts and Glasses

  • Bring an extra pair of contacts or maybe even two. If a contact tears, you drop it, or it gets lost in a swimming pool, the rest of your trip could be spent tracking down another pair. Be sure to place the spare contacts in a small container that you pack away carefully. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and don’t forget where you packed it.
  • Some stores have little compact cases with mirrors and small solution bottles. These cases could be helpful if you’re going to share a bathroom with multiple people. You’ll have a personal mirror to use when putting in your contacts.
  • Do not forget your prescription sunglasses if you have them. They could be a big help on the trip, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors walking around in the sun.

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