Travel guide for contact lens wearers

Vacation, anyone? Now that summer is in full swing, there’s no better time to dust off the ol’ suitcase and hit the road. Whether you’re planning a vacation abroad, a road trip, or a spontaneous weekend getaway, there’s sure to be plenty of planning and packing involved if you want a smooth trip.

It’s especially important to be prepared if you’re a contact lens wearer. After all, you don’t want anything to get in the way of the perfect holiday. Read on to discover how to travel with contact lenses safely.

Prepare for air planes

The dry air on planes isn’t the most comfortable for your eyes. That’s why one of our contact lenses care tips is to carry-on your contacts and wear your glasses instead. This is especially useful if you have a long flight and plan to sleep for most of it. Plus, keeping your contacts in your carry-on ensures that they’ll arrive with you at your destination even if the rest of your luggage gets lost.

Bring an extra pair

When travelling with contact lenses, don’t forget to bring an extra pair (or 2-3, depending on the length of your trip). If something goes wrong and you lose your contacts, your eyes will thank you!

Consider switching to daily disposables

One of our favorite tips and tricks for contact lenses is switching to daily disposables while travelling. With daily disposables, you don’t have to worry about carrying a bottle of solution or making time to clean your lenses properly.

Know your prescription 

If something happens to your contact lenses or your luggage goes missing, you don’t want to be left in the lurch. We recommend bringing copies of your vision prescriptions along so getting a new pair of lenses is easy and stress-free.

Clean your contacts daily

Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you can slack on your normal cleaning routine. To make sure your eyes stay happy and healthy, maintain your regular contact lens cleaning routine by washing your hands before touching them and cleaning them thoroughly every night.

Don’t forget your glasses

Even if you never wear your glasses at home, it doesn’t hurt to bring along your glasses as a backup plan. You never know how your eyes will react to different climates and any unfamiliar allergens.

Solution is the solution

Without enough solution, your contact lenses won’t last very long. That’s why we recommend bringing a full-size bottle of lens solution in your suitcase. If airplane pressure causes the container to leak, it’s a good idea to place your solution in a ziplock bag to keep your luggage from getting soaked.

Be sun safe

If you’re travelling to hotter climates, you may want to consider contact lenses that offer stronger UV protection, like the new Transitions contact lenses. Otherwise, we always advise adding layer of protection, by wearing sunglasses as well.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about travelling with contact lenses or want to make sure your eyes are in top-notch condition before your big trip, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Bon voyage!