What kind of lens will be best for you?
The type of lenses you are used to wearing may not be the best suited for travelling. Don’t be afraid to explore some other options, talk to your opticians about your trip and they will be able to advise on the most appropriate lens for you.
If you do want to look at other lens options make sure you allow plenty of time to try them out before you leave for your travels. When switching to new lenses, most opticians will want to see you a couple of times over the first three months to make sure everything is at it should be, so bear this in mind when planning for your trip.
Sleep in lenses
Since I’ve worn contacts I’ve pretty much always had daily disposables; I find them the least troublesome. However I didn’t want to carry around 6 months worth of daily lenses with me so I had a re think on which lenses to wear whilst travelling. I decided on some fairly new lenses that allow you to sleep in them and you can leave them in for up to a week at a time before needing to take them out for a clean overnight.
These lenses were perfect for travelling, saving me having to put lenses in in the morning or take them out at night which was particularly handy when staying somewhere more remote… Messing around with contact lenses when you’re in a jungle is not ideal!
Take a back up and a copy of your prescription
Sleep in lenses also meant I only had to take 6 pairs of lenses and not over 100. It’s always worth taking a back up though in case you have any problems so I took a months supply of daily disposables too. Of course also take your glasses, it’s nice to have a break from lenses occasionally, especially on long journeys when I seem to get most irritated with mine.
Specsavers have always been my opticians but they came in particularly useful when travelling as they have branches throughout Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand. When we got to Australia, after travelling for around 3 months I went to a Specsavers branch to get some more lenses and because I am a customer in the UK it was a really simple process.
Make sure you take a copy of your contact lens prescription with you and you should be able to get more contact lenses in most developed countries.
It sounds daft but believe me, it’s not always that easy to find a place to wash your hands when you’re staying somewhere off the beaten track. It can be particularly tricky to track down hand wash on a tiny island with no electricity.
One alternative is to use some alcoholic hand gel AND water (preferably bottled if its to hand). If you just use the gel you’ll have clean hands but it really will sting when you put your lenses in.
Take plenty of lens solution with you when you leave for your travels including a basic saline solution. It’s easy to get hold of in places like Australia but you may struggle in less developed countries outside of the main cities (and particularly for specialist solutions).