With the holiday season in full swing, you might want to take a week off from work and just spend time with your family. While some prefer staying at home, some take off on a mini-vacation. Whether you have plans for an impromptu weekend away or a short trip abroad, if you are a contact lens wearer it’s crucial to know how and what to pack so that nothing gets in the way when you’re out exploring the place.
Follow these seven tips for packing effectively when traveling with contacts.
Carry An Extra Pair Of Lenses, Solution, and Eyeglasses
Sometimes, the pressurized, cold air on planes can get too drying, making it uncomfortable to wear your contact lenses. It’s good to have the option to remove them and switch to your eyeglasses, especially on long-haul flights. Also, just in case you end up in a different city and your luggage ends up elsewhere, you’ll at least have your lenses with you.
Switch To Daily Disposables
Daily disposable contact lenses are the best while you’re traveling. You don’t have to worry about carrying heavy bottles of solution or keeping your cases clean while away. A great choice for this type of lens is the Aqualens 24 H Daily Disposable. It features all-day wearability, high water content, and four times more oxygen in comparison to other daily disposables. Made with third generation silicone hydrogel, it allows oxygen to easily reach your eye, therefore, reducing levels of discomfort. Each lens in this pack of 30 can be worn for a duration of 24 hours.
Squeeze Half-Used Bottles Of Contact Lens Solution
Air travel means cabin pressure. Unlike air that tends to expand with a change in pressure, water doesn’t. Therefore, it is important to squeeze out half-used bottles of contact lens solution before your flight. When you squeeze out excess air from the bottle before packing, it helps prevent leakage caused by increased pressure inside the cabin.
Bring Your Eyeglasses Too
If you’re traveling to a cooler country the air there may be much drier than what you’re used to. And, since you should never put your contacts in your eyes if they’re dry or irritated, it is good to have your eyeglasses as a backup.
Pack Enough Solution For The Entire Trip
Purchasing a contact lens solution from where you’re going may not be as easy as you think. Also, you need to stick to the brand recommended by your eye care specialist. Therefore, it’s best to pack enough contact lens solution well in advance.
Even if you’re traveling within the same country, your brand of contact lens solution may not be available everywhere. So to ensure that you do not run out, it’s best to bring enough solution for the whole trip. Better to pack too much than too little. Also, FYI if you need to carry more than 100ml you will need to pack it in a checked bag (as per air travel guidelines in India).
Keep Your Prescription Handy
This goes without saying. Just as your passport, your doctor’s prescription too, is an important document to carry when you travel. It saves you from all the trouble you’d have to face in circumstances where you leave your contacts at home or if you run out of any. Although you might wonder why carry it when you have your spectacles too, but are those unbreakable? What if they fall off and break? So to be a little extra safe it’s best to carry your prescription along with you.
Never Transfer Contact Lens Solution Into A Smaller Container
Even though it may seem a little tempting to squeeze out some solution into a small bottle/container, remember that it can affect the sterility of it. And, this could be dangerous for your eyes. The best alternative here is a travel-friendly solution bottle. Since these are compact in size they do not occupy much space and also abide by air travel rules.
Things To Keep In Mind During Your Trip
- Take out your contact lenses before you sleep, shower or swim as this could increase the risk of eye infections.
- Change your contact lenses as often as suggested by your eye care provider.
- Use a fresh contact lens solution only. Do not use water to store your lenses after each use.