How often do you think about your glasses before going on a trip? Aside from making sure they are in your bag, probably not much. After all, wearing a pair of glasses is fairly every day. But, as anyone who has sat on a pair of specs will tell you, forgetting to pack your glasses is not the only thing that can go wrong on a trip. And it can be a nightmare if you’re trying to read that exotic restaurant menu without them.
What would happen if one of the screws in your glasses came loose? You could end up losing the screw and your lens! Or, what if you accidentally drop your glasses while on holiday? Following our six handy travel tips for people who wear glasses will help you to keep your specs safe while on the road.
Carry a sturdy case and get used to storing your glasses in them
A sturdy hard carry case will do wonders for protecting your glasses. This is especially important if you plan to put your glasses in your suitcase while travelling or even in your carry-on luggage. You’ll also want to get used to actually putting your glasses in the carry case when you’re not using them. For instance, if you’re sleeping or if you’re doing something that requires you to take off your glasses, make it a habit to open the case, pop them in and then keep the case in a large pocket in your clothes or in a shoulder or waist bag for easy access.
Make sure you carry an extra pair of glasses with you
We suggest getting yourself an extra pair of glasses so that you have something to use as a backup. You don’t need to buy an expensive pair from your optometrist either. You can go to an online glasses website to find the biggest selection of glasses and then purchase them over the internet. As long as you have your prescription from your optometrist, you can buy glasses at a much lower price than what you’d pay in a store. You also get a lot more choices to pick from which is always a nice plus.
Bring a handy glasses repair tool with you
A glasses repair kit doesn’t contain much. In most cases, all you really need is a very small screwdriver and that’s it. However, if you want to go the extra mile, you can get a small box that contains tweezers to pick up and move the screws, a tiny screwdriver and some additional nose pads. These small kits are incredibly useful and are highly recommended. Just keep a small kit in your bag in case something bad happens.
Keep a few extra screws with you in case
Screws can eventually come loose in your glasses, especially if it’s a relatively old pair. As such, you’ll want to keep a few extra small glasses screws with you just in case they get damaged somehow or if you lose them. Those tiny screws can be a huge pain to find if you drop them, so it’s best to just carry some extras with you. Ideally, you should put these with your glasses repair tool or in a small pouch.
Have your extra pair in your suitcase and not your bag
It’s become a popular travel trend to bring fewer bags with you when going on holiday. Travelling lighter allows you to explore more and you won’t be held back by the things in your suitcase. However, if you do plan to carry a large suitcase or even multiple bags, then keeping your spare pair of glasses there instead of your main bag will help ensure that you always have access to a pair of glasses. This can sound a little strange but bags can get lost every now and then. The last thing you want is to lose your main carry-on bag and be without a pair of glasses until you can get your bag back.
Consider getting a neck strap for your glasses
Lastly, consider getting a neck strap for your glasses. This is great if you find yourself taking off your glasses a lot. A neck strap will ensure that they stay around your neck so that you don’t need to put them in a case every time you take them off. And it’s surprising how many times we find ourselves doing this when out and about, for example when reading menus, booklets, maps and information searching for one of many condos for rent while you’re away.
Neck straps come in a variety of different colours, patterns and designs to suit your outfit. It’s a small investment for something so practical and looks great too.