How to Travel with Contact Lenses

Travelling is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Whether you’re longing for a relaxing holiday at the seaside, planning a busy sightseeing trip, or simply travelling for business, exploring new countries can be a very exciting and inspiring experience.

Before setting off to see the world, remember that taking care of your eyes is just as vital to the success of your trip as packing your passport and checking into your hotel. Car and plane travel may both affect your eyes in different ways, and you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for any situation you may encounter while you’re far from home.

The tips below will help you enjoy a stress free journey, whether you’re planning to hit the road or travel across blue skies.

Limit contact lens wear during a flight.

Top of the list is to try and limit wearing your contact lenses during a flight. Disposable contact lenses are predominantly made of water, with some contact lenses comprising up to 69% water content. As you may have experienced, during air travel your skin and eyes tend to dry out due to the dry atmosphere on board a plane. In most air conditioned buildings the relative humidity sits between 40 to 70%, while in an aircraft the average humidity can get as slow as 20%. So your contact lenses will dry out and distort during a flight. Our general recommendation is not to wear your contact lenses on a long haul flight and definitely take them out if you plan to sleep on a long haul flight.  If you are catching a short haul flight and you do want to wear your lenses, we highly recommend that you use a rewetting drop such as Bion Tears orSystane Ultra to maintain your lenses in a wet state during the flight.


Lens Type

Daily lenses, such as Dailies Aqua comfort plus contact lenses, are ideal for traveling as you avoid having to cart around lens solutions and lens cases. With daily disposable contact lenses you simply throw them away at the end of each day and put in a fresh new pair the next morning. This means should you lose a contact lens while on holiday, there’s no need to panic as with dailies you can replace them at once unlike monthly contact lenses. Disposable contact lenses are also advised for holidays to less developed countries, where hygiene and a good daily lens care routine might be a problem. By using daily contact lenses, you reduce the risk of infection by avoiding the use of cases and solutions, etc. It’s a good idea to take your eye care products with you rather than buying them at your destination because some brands might not be available. Either way, be you a monthly or daily contact lens wearer, it is advisable to always take extra lenses with you in case of loss.

 Packing your eye care essentials

Wherever you’re going, and whatever transport mode you’re choosing, remember to make space for these eye care essentials in your suitcase:

 - A supply of contact lenses that covers your whole trip, so you don’t
   run out of them
 - A few extra pairs of contact lenses, in case you lose or damage your
   current pair
 - A supply of your prescribed solution
 - Your lens case, if you’re wearing two-weekly or monthly disposable
 - Your glasses, in case you need to remove your lenses for any reason
 - Sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection
 - A reminder of your prescription details, in case you need to purchase
   replacement eyewear or seek medical help while you’re away

Karine B

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