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Tips for travelling with glasses

You're ready to take your trip and see the world, but if you don't take good care of your glasses while travelling, you may not see much.

Travelling with glasses is easy enough, but losing or damaging them can be a nightmare. Follow these tips for travelling with eyewear to avoid any accidents.



Know your prescription

If your glasses are damaged or lost on the road, you may need to purchase a new pair. So having your prescription will make this much easier.

Bring a physical copy of your order or save it to your phone along with other travel documents that you can access offline. Then, if you want to get your prescription, just download an app like the Lens Scanner App from the app store or Google Play store.

Some destinations (like the US) require a recent prescription to make glasses. Fortunately, even if you don't know your order, sites like can call your doctor for you. And with its fast and free delivery, you can quickly get your hands on a new pair. 


Take an extra pair (just in case)

For anyone who relies heavily on their glasses, bring an extra pair. It's also a good idea for those who wear contact lenses to bring their lenses - because the last thing you'll want on a holiday is to wait a week for a local optometrist to order new contacts. And it's better to be safe than sorry - or being without sight!

Shopping for eyewear online has also never been easier. For instance, check out a new app from, developed by 6over6. This app is known as Lens Scanner.


Speaking of cases

Always keep your glasses in a hard case. The easiest way to damage your eyewear is to store them in an unsafe place. So avoid putting glasses on your head or hanging them on your shirt, as this is the easiest way to break or lose them.

For sunglasses, a neck strap is the best storage accessory, especially if you wear them near water. This way, your glasses are securely fastened around your neck, and if they fall off, they won't go far. 


Carry on your glasses

If you're flying, bring a pair of glasses in your carry-on bag and put an extra pair in checked luggage. That way, if your luggage is delayed or lost, you'll always have a pair with you.

You can also put your glasses in your purse, where you keep your most valuable items. Want to order glasses online? Check out the Vision direct website.


Bring a repair kit and lens cloth

Carry an eyeglass repair kit for your reading glasses and sunglasses because sometimes a screw may come loose, or you might need to tighten your lenses. You should also keep a microfiber cloth in its hard case to clean your glasses on the go.


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Published: 6 July 2020

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