When traveling, it’s the things we take for granted that become the biggest headache. This is especially true for those of us who wear glasses and contacts. Though your at-home contacts routine is probably down to a fine art, without proper planning your eyesight can become a major vacation snag. Read on for the five best ways to plan so that wearing your contacts is effortless.
1. Try not to wear your contacts on the plane.
Because the humidity in an airplane is so much lower than on ground level, your contacts can easily get dry and uncomfortable. If you plan to sleep, or you’re on a long-haul flight, removing them is highly recommended. If your plane ride is only an hour or two, make sure to bring hydrating eye drops if you’d rather not fly in your glasses.
2. Pack them in your carry-on – but pay attention to liquid regulations.
Bring your lenses and all related vision accessories with you in your carry-on bag. Replacing contact lenses while abroad is such a hassle; don’t take the risk of losing them with your checked luggage. Make sure you also bring your glasses, and a bottle of contact solution small enough to comply with airline liquid regulations.
3. Bring the right kind of contacts for an easy trip.
Many travelers find that daily lenses are a good choice to bring while traveling. They are easier to keep clean and don’t require too many supplies (such as cases and cleaning solution). Depending on the length of your trip, dailies might be the right choice for you.
4. Bring everything you need – even if you don’t think you’ll need it..
Even though you probably won’t need it, bring an up-to-date copy of your eye prescription. Some countries don’t allow you to purchase vision aids without one, and you do not want to find yourself unable to see in a foreign country... particularly if you don’t speak the language. Additionally, contact lens solution in a brand that works for you might not be easy to find when you’re out of the country, so bring plenty in your checked luggage as well as a smaller portion in your carry-on. Prepare for the worst so you won’t have to worry about your eyesight on your trip!
5. Practice good contact lens hygiene and habits.
Although it’s always important to take good care of your contacts, it’s especially vital when you’re traveling. Your immune system may be weakened from poor sleep and you’ll be extra susceptible to new germs and bacteria in this foreign place. Take care to wash your hands before touching your eyes and, if possible, give your eyes a break from contacts for a day or two.
With some advance planning, your travel vision care can be absolutely painless! Just follow these steps and you can stay focused on having the trip of a lifetime – and seeing it all in crystal clear, comfortable vision.
To speak with an optometrist to learn more about traveling with contacts, visit an FYidoctors location near you.