With Halloween done and over with and Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to get ready for holiday travel. With over 80 million people traveling to see friends and family over the holidays in the United States alone, it’s safe to assume there will be countless cases of misplaced contact lenses, ruptured saline solution bottles, and holiday mishaps that come with storing eye care products inside luggage containers.
There is no question that traveling with contact lenses and glasses is tricky. For example, while traveling via air one has to wrestle with the question of whether to carry solution, spare lenses, and a lens case with them, or whether they should put those items in their checked luggage. Decisions like these can make the difference between being a victim of an eyewear disaster, and being able to avoid an eyewear disaster. Below is a list of ways you can avoid eyewear disasters while traveling:
How To Avoid Eyecare Disasters While Traveling
- Bring your eyewear and eye care products with you in a carry-on case. Why is this important? Carry-on luggage is more secure since you are able to have it with you at all times. We have all heard of, and many of us have personally experienced, instances where an airline will lose luggage that is checked in with them. Unfortunately this happens all the time. If that lost luggage has within it all of your eyewear and eye care supplies for your trip, then you might be out of luck when it comes to having those supplies. It is not uncommon for lost luggage to take as long as 3 – 4 days to be found. However, if you keep your eyewear and eye care products in your carry-on case you can avoid this problem altogether, and prevent lost luggage from being an even greater disaster than it normally would be.
- Use a travel lens container. Contact lens travel containers such as the case shown above in the picture are specifically designed for luggage and travel utility. They are compact, durable, and feature a mirror that is useful for on-the-run lens application. See below for some links that will take you to some useful travel containers that are featured at AC Lens.
- If you are flying wear glasses if you own a pair. Most contact lenses aren’t designed for extended wear. While most holiday traveling doesn’t involve flights of over 8 hours, extensive flight delays are quite common, especially during the holidays when the threat of snow and ice in some areas of the world are quite high. If your flight gets delayed, the duration of your travel might be increased by several hours. If your travel time is extended and you are wearing contacts and you don’t have any of your eyewear and eye care supplies with you, this could pose a big problem. By wearing glasses during air travel it lessens the risk of being negatively impacted by flight delays or cancelations. Also, by wearing glasses it gives you peace of mind to know that you have back up eyewear in the event that something happens to your contact lenses while you are out of town.
- If you are wearing eyeglasses, make sure to bring a durable case. Glasses are fragile, especially if you are not wearing them and have them stored within your suitcase. They can easily break when your luggage is being jostled around, or even be crushed beneath another bag that might be placed on top of your bag. There is a solution to this potential problem however – hard eyeglass cases. Hard eyeglass cases can protect your spectacles from being damaged while they are in a purse, backpack, or luggage.
- Don’t forget saline solution. While saline solution can be purchased at most pharmacies and grocery stores, it’s better to not forget it in the first place when you take a trip. When visiting friends and family most people would rather not have to spend time making an unplanned visit to the local grocery store or pharmacy. While traveling we suggest bringing a small bottle of saline solution such as the Opti Free Express 4oz solution, as a larger bottle has a greater chance of breaking while being carried within a bag. We suggest packing your saline solution around a soft object in a more secure area of your suitcase since a leaking bottle can be disastrous while traveling.