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Packing the right eyewear for your trip

Packing the right eyewear for your trip

By Emily

Whether you are planning a city break, a six-week cruise or a trip around the world, packing the right eyewear is essential. Wherever you are going, popping into the optician to get an issue sorted out is not as easy as it would be if you were at home. Packing the right eyewear is essential. Below, we help you to select the right glasses, sunglasses or goggles for your trip.

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So, if you are trying to choose between new horn eye glasses, old school aviators or a sassy pair of cat-eye frames, you just need to read on. We’ve got you covered.

Get your prescription up to date

If you wear prescription glasses, it is well worth getting your eyes tested before you go. You want to be able to see properly. If you cannot you won’t get to enjoy the landscape as much and little tasks like reading a map will be difficult.

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The longer your trip is, the more important it is to get your eyes tested, so you have an up to date prescription. Be sure to leave enough time for this. Factor in time to get the appointment with the optician and for your new glasses to arrive. Remember that you will also have to wear your glasses for a couple of weeks to be sure that they are right for you. If they are not, you may have to go through the whole process again and order a new pair. So, it is wise to allow double the time you think you need to update your prescription before traveling.

Choose a versatile pair of glasses

If space in your suitcase is tight, consider buying all in one eyewear. For example, choosing a pair of closely fitting prescription glasses with reactive lenses may work for you. The prescription allows you to see and read. When it is sunny the reactive lenses will darken and if they fit closely to your face you could potentially use them as an alternative to goggles.

Looks matter too

You need to make sure that you buy a pair you really like and will look right regardless of what you end up wearing. Start by looking at the classic frame shapes. If you are a man, this guide will provide you with inspiration, and it contains great advice about narrowing down your options. For women, this is a good guide. That article is written with buying sunglasses in mind but, the advice you will find there applies equally to prescription glasses.

Be prepared

Unfortunately, when you travel it is all too easy for your glasses to get lost or damaged. So, it is usually worth taking a super cheap pair of prescription glasses with you, just in case. This will get you through until you can buy a proper replacement set. Provided you have your prescription with you, it is possible to order what you need online and have them shipped to anywhere in the world. Often, that is a more practical option than relying on a local optician’s shop.

About The Author : Emily is a UK based fashion writer with a passion for travel. When she’s not off traveling and discovering all the world has to offer, you’ll find her keeping a close eye out for all the latest styles and trends coming around the corner.