Whether you are living the jetsetter lifestyle, or heading out of town for a quick weekend getaway, you need to pack up the essentials. No matter where the journey takes you, make sure to be vision-prepared so you don't miss a moment!
If you're like me, I plan and write a packing list for every trip to ensure I won't leave anything important behind. If you're not like me, I've got you covered; keep reading for my list of eye care essentials to pack in your travel bag.
Here’s a handy list of ten eye care travel essentials to pack in your luggage. Includes bonus tips to help keep your eyes healthy and you seeing your best.
THE EYE-SSENTIAL EYE CARE TRAVEL KIT
Well, this seems obvious but I'll say it anyway: pack your eyeglasses. You want to see, don't you? Even if you're a contact lens wearer (see list item number 5), you still should pack a backup pair of glasses in case of emergencies and to give your eyes a break. The only problem I have with this is narrowing down which frames to bring and which to leave behind. Oh, the horror!
Protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays, all year-round. It is important to wear sunglasses during days with lots of sun and glare caused by water or snow. Plus, you can pretend as if you’re a celebrity trying to hide from the paparazzi.
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3. Eyewear Case
Protect your eyewear investment with a solid hard case. While you might've carefully stored your glasses in your carry-on bag in the overhead bin, remember that luggage can shift during the flight -- you don't want to find out the hard way that your glasses were crushed by another person's bag.
4. Cleaning Cloth + Spray
Stash a microfiber cloth and small spray bottle of cleaning solution to clean your eyeglasses or sunglasses while you're on-the-go. Avoid using your shirt, which may contain dust and other particles that can be abrasive and leave microscratches on your lenses. Reusable microfiber cloths work well, but they tend to gather dirt and oil from handling, so be sure to clean them when you're back home (just avoid using fabric softener).
5. Contact Lenses
Bring enough contact lenses to last the length of your trip, plus a spare pair or two. In case you rip or lose your contacts, you’ll have another pair as a backup. This is also helpful in the unfortunate event of a flight delay or cancellation. (Remember list item number 1: bring your eyeglasses.)
Daily disposable lenses make for an easier, hassle-free way to wear contacts when traveling. You simply throw them away at night and open a new pack the next day; no cases or solutions are needed.
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6. Contact Lens Solution + Case If you wear reusable contact lenses, you must keep them clean. Some of the more popular multipurpose contact lens solutions are available in smaller, 2 to 3 oz. travel-sized bottles to put in your 3-1-1 liquids bag.
However, these bottles aren't entirely necessary, according to the TSA. Essentially, contact solution falls under the TSA’s definition of medically necessary liquids, which means you can bring more than the 3.4 oz. maximum allowance for most other liquids in your carry-on bag. If you want to bring a larger bottle of solution, there are some extra steps you must take at the security checkpoint: it must be placed in a bin by itself and declared to the TSA officer.
Pack a contact lens case with a tight-fitting, leak-proof lid. Contact lens cases also function as great travel containers for smaller amounts of cream makeup and lotions. Just don't reuse the containers for storing contact lenses.
7. Artificial Tears
I don’t leave home without artificial tears, also known as re-wetting or lubricating eye drops. They are found over-the-counter in the eye care aisle of your local pharmacy or grocery store. You may be familiar with certain name brands, such as Blink, Refresh, or Systane, to name a few. My preference is the preservative-free artificial tears that come in small vials versus the bottle
Airplane cabin air is recycled and tends to have low relative humidity, which can be very drying to not only your skin, but also your eyes. Before taking off on a flight, instill one drop of artificial tears into both eyes, and continue to replenish every hour while you're on board.
Have red eyes from that red-eye flight?
Avoid redness-reliever products, such as Clear Eyes or Visine.
For more on why you shouldn’t use these products, read here.
8. Eye Mask
Bring an eye mask so you can get some shut-eye on the plane. If you plan to take a nap on board, remember to take out your contact lenses first. Instill a drop of artificial tears and wear an eye mask as you sleep for added comfort.
9. Eye Makeup Remover
For healthy eyes, it is imperative to remove your makeup nightly. Sleeping in your eye makeup can lead to excessive bacterial growth and cause clogged glands, leading to styes, dry eye symptoms, and an increased risk of eye infections. Even if you’re exhausted from a day (or night) of sight-seeing, it only takes a couple minutes to remove your makeup. You'll thank yourself the next morning when you wake with a fresh face and eyes.
Are you looking for a great non-toxic, all-natural eye makeup remover? Check out We Love Eyes.
10. Empty Water Bottle
While you cannot bring a full water bottle through the airport security checkpoint, you can bring an empty bottle to fill it up afterwards. A growing number of airports have installed special water bottle-filling stations, a.k.a. "hydration stations." Staying hydrated helps keep your eyes feeling more comfortable by warding off symptoms of dry eye.
I hope these tips help you have safe and comfortable travels. I'll see you when you get back!
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