Traveling with and Wearing Contact Lenses on Holidays
When leaving for a trip, everyone has their own way of making sure they remember everything they need.
Unfortunately, no system is perfect, and something always manages to get forgotten. One of the things people could probably put more thought into is their contact lenses and all of the things that go along with them.
First, you'll need to remember to bring the lenses, but that's easy to remember. Then you'll need all of the fluids and accessories, too. Maybe a few other extras that you use on a regular basis. But what if there's more? Are you going to be able to get what you need where you're going? It's best to make sure you plan for everything before you step out your front door.
Items To Bring With You
There are lots of items to bring with you in regards to your contact lenses, and some are less obvious than others. For instance, you'll be hard pressed to forget your contacts lenses if you're already accustomed to wearing them every day. But what happens when you go to take them out that night in the hotel room, and realize you've forgotten your case? Use the list below to make sure you've brought along everything you need for your time away.
- Several sets of contact lenses, with up to date prescriptions.
- A storage case for when you take them out.
- Storage and cleaning solutions.
- A copy of your contact lens prescription, in case you need to buy more.
- A back up set of eye glasses.
Plan ahead for Activities
A common mistake that people make when packing for a trip is to think about what they use during their normal routing, and bring along all the things they need on a daily basis. The trouble with that kind of planning is that trips abroad are anything but routine. There are plenty of challenges and obstacles you're likely to face on your journey that rarely occur back home. Below are some tips on ways to prepare for your trip.
- Don't pack all of your contact lenses in one bag. In the even that your luggage gets lost, you'll be glad that you still have some left.
- The climate control inside an airplane can cause dry eyes, and the same goes for different climates and weather than what you're normally used to at home. Be sure to bring along wetting eye drops to keep your eyes healthy and moist.
- Pools, hot tubs, water parks, and any other place that you might get wet can pose a serious health risk if you get water in your eyes. It's important that you take your lenses out before swimming or getting wet, and change you lenses out once you're back on dry land.
- New places often go hand in hand with new germs. Wash your hands regularly to make sure than none of those germs end up in your eyes, and cause an infection. If you can, use bottled water to do so, as tap water isn't always as clean as you would like it to be.
- If you plan to enjoy any type of sport or activity while on holiday, be prepared for minor accidents which may cause you to lose a contact lens. Keeping a spare lens close by can save you a lot of trouble. You don't want to lose part of your day because you left all of your spare lenses back in the hotel room.
- Plan ahead and look for eye car practitioners and opticians local to your destination. In the event that you need to purchase contact lenses, or have some other type of sudden emergency, you'll be glad that you've done your research ahead of time.
- An extra set of glasses will come in handy if you experience any allergic reactions or dry eye. Different areas have different pollens and allergens in the air which can irritate your eyes.
Will you be flying?
Be sure to visit this page: hand luggage restrictions at UK airports. Different airports outside of the EU have different regulations, so be sure to check with their websites for your return trip.
As for contact lens liquid:
- Containers must be 100ml or less.
- Containers must go into a resalable, transparent bag which holds no more than 1 litre.
- You may have 1 plastic bag per person and it must be shown to security.
- Squeeze partially used bottles before flying. Removing the excess air will decrease chances of leakage due to cabin pressure.
- Do not transfer lens solution liquid into smaller containers, buy a travel pack.
- For daily lenses, consider using a convenient daily lens storage case that can hold a few pairs in your hand luggage, in case you need to swap them out after a sleep.
Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 30 Aug 2016, Last modified: 10 Feb 2020