Can you imagine landing at the airport and then realising that your glasses were crushed in your suitcase? Or hitting the pool on the first day and having your glasses go missing? It’s a nightmare scenario, especially if you don’t have an emergency pair to hand.
Not being able to see clearly is frustrating at the best of times, however, if you’re thousands of miles away from home and in an unfamiliar place you can be left feeling completely vulnerable. Having to squint to read every menu and being unable to see the sights of your destination is definitely going to make enjoying your holiday much more difficult.
Therefore, looking after your glasses is vital. You should treat them with as much care and caution as you would your passport and your holiday money. Here we will explore how you can look after your glasses on holiday.
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Put them in a case!
It’s simple, basic advice yet so many travellers forget to bring along a case for their glasses. Even if you rarely take them off, it’s still a good idea to carry a case with you, so they’re protected and safe when you do remove them. Maybe you want a quick siesta by the poolside, or you’re swapping your glasses for your prescription sunglasses whilst on a day trip. Having a case will protect them from everything you can throw at them.
When choosing a case, make sure it’s a hard case. That way whether it’s squashed under your suitcase, in your day bag, or accidentally sat on, your glasses will be protected!
Take them off properly
You may not notice, but when we’re on holiday we take our glasses on and off our faces more often than we do at home. Wiping sweat from our faces, applying sunscreen, diving into the pool or taking them off to sunbathe. This can place a lot of additional stress on your frames, so when you remove them and put them back on, do so carefully and holding both arms of the frames.
Bring along a repair kit
If the unthinkable does happen and your glasses break, then knowing how to repair them can prove incredibly helpful. Consider bringing along a little glasses repair kit for emergencies. Keep an eye out for potential damage, loose screws and your frames becoming loose. You may be able to repair them before the damage becomes permanent.
Contact lens wearers
If you’re a contact lens wearer then you should pack your glasses with you, just in case. If your lenses become damaged, lost or they become dry with the heat you’ll be glad you packed your glasses.
Bring another pair
Of course! As mentioned above, the best way to get yourself out of a situation involving lost or damaged glasses is to bring along a second, emergency pair. Just make sure you look after them with the tips mentioned above!