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Traveling is a joy! You can experience so many different lifestyles, languages and cultures. Pictures on Instagram of your favourite bloggers traveling with one suitcase can make you reconsider the idea of packing light.

Only taking what you need is crucial when it comes to traveling, but there are some things you just cannot go without. If you wear glasses or contacts, you always have to make sure you have everything you need in case of an emergency situation. That does not mean that you have to be tied to your contacts or eyeglasses when you travel. Here are some tips for traveling with glasses.

Take An Extra Pair

You never know when you may need an extra pair of glasses. Keeping on handy is the best way to travel stress-free. You will be prepared for any situation that knocks your glasses clean off your face. If for whatever reason, your glasses become damaged or misplaced you can still on go on about your day. You could even go on with the rest of your trip if the damage can wait to be fixed once your back home. The second pair of glasses is recommended. If you do not already have a second pair of glasses, consider getting another pair made. An extra pair of glasses is crucial!

Make Your Prescription Easily Accessible

Life happens. You want to be prepared for an emergency. In the event that your glasses are broken beyond repair and your spare frames just are not getting the job done, you may need to get another pair made where you are local for the time being. In order to do this, you will need to have your prescription readily available. Once you have your prescription, everything else will be easy to accomplish and the process to get things done will be sped along. You will have another pair of glasses in no time!

It is recommended that you have a physical copy of your prescription as well as a digital copy. Ask your eye doctor for your physical prescription as well as the digital version. They should be able to provide you with that information easily. You should also have the contact information of your doctor easily accessible as well. In some areas of the world, it may be required that you provide a recent prescription in order to have glasses or contacts made. In instances like this, it is best to contact your eye doctor.

Buy Your Glasses Overseas

This is a fantastic option if you know you are going to be traveling for a while. You can plan out your time and eye exam so that you are able to have your glasses made in the country you will be visiting. Thanks to the internet and other automated systems, you can easily put in an order and have it fulfilled in another country. You could also save money with this option. Do some research on the cost of living in the country you will be visiting. You may find that purchasing eyeglasses from that country is way better than purchasing in your home country.

Nine times out of ten, you will be wearing sunglasses at some point during your trip. Instead of swapping out your eyeglasses for contacts when you want to wear sunglasses, consider getting prescription sunglasses. You reduce the risk of misplacing your eyeglasses because they will be on your face instead of lost somewhere because you decided to put down your eyeglasses to wear your sunglasses. Not to mention, being able to see and shield your eyes from the sunโ€™s harmful rays will enhance your traveling experience anyway. 

Bring Your Tools

If you own a pair of glasses, you probably own a small screwdriver and a piece of cloth used to clean your lens. Take that with you when you are traveling. You never know what might happen or if you may need it. Your glasses sometimes do their own thing and that can make them really uncomfortable to wear, which can impact your traveling experience. Take your tiny screwdriver with you so that you are always ready to tighten your glasses at a momentโ€™s notice. You can use the tiny cloth to not only clean your eyeglasses lens but also your camera lens. You can kill two birds with one stone. Definitely make room in your carry on for these small items. It can make all the difference.

Keep Your Glasses Safe In Your Suitcase

Every night when you take your eyeglasses off, make sure that you keep your eyeglass case in your suitcase. This is just a good measure. Losing your glasses or leaving them at the hotel is the worst. You can avoid this altogether if you keep your glasses safe in your suitcase when they are not in use. You could also leave your eyeglasses in the car. You just want to eliminate as many opportunities as you have to lose your eyeglasses as possible. Keeping them in your suitcase is one way to do this.

Keep Your Glasses In A Case

No matter if that case is in your suitcase or in your bookbag, as long as your glasses are in their case you are good to go. You do not want to break your glasses while you are out and about. You most certainly do not want to forget them. By keeping your glasses in a case when you are not using them, you are always keeping them protected. Even when you are doing something quick, avoid the instinct to put your glasses in your pocket or tucked in your shirt. That is a good way to get them damaged or misplaced.

If you are someone who wears your glasses all the time, consider getting a chain for your glasses. They will be able to hang around your neck in style, so you do not have to worry about keeping them in a case. In the event that they fall off your face, you will not lose them.

Tyla van Til

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