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How to Pack Contact Lenses When Flying

How well you pack for an interstate or overseas flight can sometimes affect how much you enjoy your trip almost as much as the trip itself.

If you’re a bit of a ‘last-minute packer’ or haven’t been on many flights before, take note: hasty packing or trying to ‘pack light’ when it comes to your contact lenses can land you in all kinds of trouble later on—often in a foreign country where they don’t speak English.

So, to make sure you actually enjoy your trip, and it doesn’t turn into a scene from The Hangover Part 2, here are some tips for packing and flying with contact lenses.

1. Take lenses, solution and glasses on the plane

Tips for packing and flying with contact lensesWhen flying, it’s a great idea to take contact lenses, solution and your eyeglasses in your carry-on luggage on the plane. If you’re taking a short interstate flight this may not be so important, but if you’re about to go on one of those arduous long-haul flights halfway around the world, you’re going to want to be as comfortable as possible—trust me.

The recycled air in planes can really dehydrate you—and it does the same thing to your eyes, which can make your contact lenses uncomfortable. Having supplies on board can help you deal with this while mid-air. And it’s also a good backup plan in case your luggage doesn’t arrive at your destination when you do.

Of course, different countries and airlines have specific rules about how much liquid (and what types of liquid) you can take on-board a flight, so make sure you check with each airline before packing and flying.

2. Consider flying with daily disposables

If you’re really trying to ‘pack light’ and you’d rather not have the hassle of carrying around your contact lenses, bottles of solution and a case while you travel, consider switching to daily disposable contact lenses for the duration of your trip. You’ll have a fresh pair each day or whenever you need to change them on a long-haul flight.

Make sure you speak to your optometrist before changing to daily disposables to make sure this is a good solution for you.

Shop for daily disposables in the EYESONLINE store.

3. The pressurised cabin can cause leakages

If you’ve ever been on a flight before, you’ll know that they pressurise the cabin. You’ll also know that this can wreak all kinds of havoc with things you pack in your suitcase or carry-on like bottles, fluids, and anything with air inside it.

Decided to pack that favourite shampoo? Well, I bet you didn’t want it all over your clothes in your suitcase, now did you?

Similar things can happen with your contact lens solution; so make sure you pack them in a sealed container or zip-lock bag. You’ll thank yourself later.

4. Flying overseas? Be prepared for anything

Overseas travel can be filled with amazing, beautiful experiences, but it quickly turn into the holiday from hell if you don’t pack properly and aren’t prepared for the worst.

If you lose your contact lenses or solution, you may not simply be able to ‘pop down the street and buy more’—particularly if you’re flying to a third-world country or one where they don’t speak English. Being prepared is the key to having a good trip.

Make sure you take:

  • enough contact lenses for the whole trip
  • back-up pairs of contact lenses
  • your contact lens prescription
  • the contact details of your optometrist
  • your eyeglasses.