Traveling with eyewear, such as sunglasses and eyeglasses, sounds like a frivolous thing in your vacation plans, but we assure you that it’s important to think about it for a second. Your bags are packed and ready to go and you’re about to embark on your fantasy Christmas vacation. However, if you don’t care for your glasses properly, your trip could take a nosedive. Broken or lost glasses will have a rippling effect on your long-awaited trip. So, we have seven tips for you to consider for traveling with your eyeglasses and your sunglasses. We’ll cover the packing, the traveling on the actual flight, and how to prevent broken or lost glasses from ruining your trip.
If you are worried about losing your glasses and want to be completely prepared, we recommend you to get a spare pair of glasses. If you accidently damage your glasses in someplace like Austrailia or Africa, locating another pair would be just a hassle that you wish you could avoid.
Relating to our first tip, if you damage your glasses and didn’t pack the extra pair, then you better know the prescription of the glasses. You’ll need a new pair and it’ll be so much easier if you already have it with you. Bring a physical copy or save the prescription to your phone or email. Also note that some destinations (in the US as well) require a recent prescription to get a new pair.
Not those soft, cushy ones! When you’re travelling with your eyewear, always remember to pack them in a hard case. If you’re storing them in your bags; it will be slammed, banged or thrown somewhere, so a hard case will better protect it. This is obvious of course, but nevertheless, should be reminded to you.
You’ll have no control over keeping your glasses safe if you pack it with your checked-in luggage. Keep your glasses close to you and under your control. Also, that’s one less thing to worry about if your checked-in bags get lost, delayed, or stolen.
This advice is about taking care of your eyes, rather than your eyewear. Even sitting on the window seat of an airplane, your eyes can still be vulnerable to UV rays and glare. Sunglasses will assist in blocking light from damaging the cornea and the retina.
A repair kit consisting of a tiny screwdriver can be used to make basic repairs and tighten your frames. A microfiber lens cloth is good for cleaning on the go. Also on the plus side, an eyeglass repair kit is rather small, so it won’t take up space in your luggage.
Usually on vacations, we will always forget or lose one of our personal items. Don’t let that item be your eyeglasses or sunglasses. Try to avoid keeping your glasses on your head or in your shirt pocket because there’s a higher chance to break or lose them. When you’re staying at your hotel, always store your sunglasses or reading glasses in your suitcase. This eliminates the chance of you leaving them behind when you check out.
Now, you should be ready to fly and take your vacay! Traveling with eyewear may seem like a piece of cake and wouldn’t even need a second thought. Hopefully, we convinced you that you should be very scrupulous when it comes to flying and vacationing with your only pair of glasses. In any case, if you do break or lose your glasses, the good doctors and staff at Inglewood Optometric Center can help you repair or pick out a new pair, so you won’t have to go long without them!