But with all the benefits of contacts also comes some notable disadvantages. For instance, traveling with them can be a real pain; who wants to worry about having to juggle contacts cases and solution? For many, especially those who travel often, it can be tempting to ditch the contacts on the road and just stick with glasses. But traveling with contacts doesn’t have to be so difficult. With that being said, here’s a look at some tips for traveling with contact lenses.
Tips for Traveling with Contact Lenses
- Revisit your contact type: One of the biggest hassles with traveling with contacts is packing the case and solution. The latter is especially true is if you’re flying and are only allowed a certain amount of liquid. That’s where one-day disposable contacts, or contacts such as Biofinity which can be worn non-stop for days at a time come in handy — there’s no need to pack cases or solution.
- Opt for the travel solution container: Of course, everyone’s contacts are different and some people might prefer the type that you have to remove and clean daily. If this is you, make sure you’re packing a travel bottle of solution, which you can likely find at your nearest drugstore. With a travel container, you can rest assured that you’ll never have an issue with TSA, and the bottle is small and compact so that it doesn’t take up a lot of space. You could always purchase eye care products when you get to your destination, but it can be several times more expensive to do so when compared to your local drug store.
- Put contacts and contact lens supplies in your carry-on: It’s always best never to check your contacts supplies in your luggage and instead pack them in your carry-on. The reason for this is simple — should your luggage be lost, you’re without these essential supplies. Needless to say, but not being able to see correctly can be very problematic.
- Beware of wearing contacts on planes: Airplane cabins are really dry — and this can do a number on your eyes if you happen to be wearing contacts. Consider packing a travel sized bottle of re-wetting drops or just removing your contacts for the flight if your eyes become too uncomfortable.
- Always bring extra: No matter what type of contact lenses you wear, it’s always best to pack extra when you’re traveling. The last thing you want to do is accidently rip one or have something happen to your current contacts before a big meeting or during a big vacation and not have a backup plan. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Don’t forget your glasses: Even contacts wearers should still have a pair of glasses that they can fall back on, whether it’s in the case of an emergency or whether they just don’t want to wear their contacts all day. So be sure to pack your glasses too — you just might need them.
While there are a lot of benefits to wearing contacts as opposed to just glasses, there are understandably some disadvantages that come with doing so. But traveling with contacts doesn’t have to be one of them. So if you’re a contacts wearer who travels often, now may be a good time to analyze everything from the type of contacts you wear to how you pack them when you’re on the road.