Should I pack regular or prescription sunglasses for travel?

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, should you pack regular or prescription sunglasses for travel? Andrew and I compare. This post includes a 50% discount on your next glasses/sunglasses frames.

Andrew is an avid glasses wearer.

I’m a contact lens aficionado.

We have quite different approaches to our eyewear when we’re travelling. Here we compare pros, cons and packing tips to help you choose the right sunglasses for your next trip.

Andrew: prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses for travel

Andrew’s a long-standing glasses wearer, with a pretty full-on prescription for short-sightedness. He needs his glasses.

Prescription sunglasses for travel are an absolute must for him, and he simply carries both his glasses and his prescription sunglasses around with him wherever we go.

Pro of Andrew’s approach: Guaranteed good eyesight

Con: Having to carry around two lots of eyewear all the time

prescription sunglasses for travel York Cliffords Tower

Never miss an opportunity to try and take an arty photo; that’s what I say … check out the reflection in Andrew’s new prescription sunglasses!

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Prices are fair, and certainly a lot less than we’d pay on the high street here in the UK! They ship to the UK and US, and sell regular glasses and sunglasses too.

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Julie: the contact lens and regular sunglasses option

I’ve been wearing contact lenses since the age of 17, so for my travels I simply team them with a pair of regular sunglasses. I’m long-sighted and can manage for a while without my lenses, though close work such as reading or using a computer is a no-no.

I don’t spend too much money on sunglasses, as I have a tendency to either leave them somewhere or break them! Travelling with a hard case to keep them Julie-proof has become an absolute must.

I had fun last week using the “try them on” facility to check out some new and good value styles!

Julie prescription sunglasses for travel

Trying on sunglasses online – loads of fun!

Pros of Julie’s approach: No steaming up of glasses when changing temperatures, I can peel an onion without crying

Con: Swimming can be a pain – either less than optimal eyesight without lenses; or trying not to get my lenses full of chlorine/salt water (which can irritate my eyes).

Our eyewear travel packing tips

Blimey, this pic shows how much eyewear we pack for our travels!

eyewear for travel

our eyewear collection for travel

We pack:

  • A protective case for glasses and sunglasses (I’ve learnt this one the hard way!)
  • A cleaning cloth for glasses and sunglasses
  • Contact lenses and at least one spare pair
  • Contact lens solution, in travel size if the trip is hand luggage only
  • A copy of our prescriptions, in case we need to get any replacements

Although I hate being without my contact lenses, I always take my glasses away with me too – in case I get an eye irritation or lose/damage my contact lenses.

Swimming for contact lens and glasses wearers

Andrew gets round the whole swimming-with-contact-lenses-is-a-pain thing: he has prescription goggles and also a prescription mask for those undersea snorkelling adventures.

underwater prescription eyewear

ready for underwater adventures!

I rent a regular mask if I need one; and look at the fish from further away so I can see them clearly!

What are your eyewear travel tips? Do you pack regular or prescription sunglasses for travel? Tell all in the comments below.

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