The holiday season often means travel, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a long-haul vacation. For contact lens wearers, maintaining eye health while on the go is crucial. Travelling with contact lenses requires a bit of extra care and attention to ensure a comfortable and problem-free trip.

Here are some tips to help you travel safely and keep your eyes healthy during your holiday adventures!

8 Tips for Travelling with Contact Lenses

1. Pack Essentials in Your Carry-On

When travelling by plane or any other mode of transportation, always keep your contact lens essentials in your carry-on bag. This includes your contact lens case, spare pairs of lenses, multipurpose solution (in travel-sized containers compliant with airline regulations), and lubricating eye drops. Having these items easily accessible ensures you’re prepared if you need to remove or clean your lenses during the journey.

2. Follow Hygiene Practices

Maintaining good hygiene is essential when handling contact lenses, especially while traveling. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your lenses. Avoid using tap water to clean or rinse your lenses and the case, as it may contain harmful microorganisms. Stick to using sterile contact lens solution for cleaning and storing your lenses.

3. Consider Daily Disposable Lenses

If you usually wear reusable lenses, consider switching to daily disposable lenses for your trip. These lenses eliminate the need for cleaning and storing, providing convenience and reducing the risk of contamination, particularly in unfamiliar or less hygienic environments. Simply discard them at the end of the day and use a fresh pair the next morning.

4. Prepare for Different Environments

Different destinations may pose unique challenges for contact lens wearers. In dry or dusty environments, keep your eyes hydrated by using lubricating eye drops recommended for contact lens wear. In humid locations, be cautious of increased moisture leading to discomfort or lens dehydration. Adjust your lens wear time or use rewetting drops as needed.

5. Carry Backup Eyewear

Having a backup plan is wise in case of unexpected situations. Carry a spare pair of glasses with you, especially if you’re in a place where it might be difficult to replace lost or damaged lenses. This ensures you can continue to see clearly even if you encounter issues with your contact lenses.

6. Stay Hydrated and Rested

Long flights or road trips can lead to dry eyes and discomfort for contact lens wearers. Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water and take breaks to rest your eyes, especially during extended periods of screen time or exposure to air conditioning in transportation hubs or hotels.

7. Be Mindful of Air Travel

Airplane cabins have low humidity levels, which can cause your lenses to dry out and become uncomfortable. Consider using lubricating eye drops before and during the flight to keep your eyes moist. Additionally, follow the 3-1-1 rule for carrying liquids and gels in your carry-on bag, ensuring your contact lens solution complies with airline regulations.

8. Check for Travel Restrictions

If you’re travelling internationally, be aware of any specific rules or regulations regarding the transportation and use of contact lens solutions. Some countries have restrictions on certain types or quantities of liquids in carry-on luggage, so it’s advisable to check and plan accordingly to avoid any hassles.

Safe Travels and Happy Holidays!

Travelling with contact lenses can be hassle-free with a bit of preparation and adherence to good hygiene practices. By packing essential supplies, following hygiene protocols, adapting to different environments, and having a backup plan, contact lens wearers can enjoy safe and comfortable travels during the holiday season and beyond.

Remember, your eye health is important, so if you experience persistent discomfort, irritation, or redness while travelling, remove your lenses and seek professional advice from an eye care practitioner.

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