Do you wear glasses? Do you travel? READ THIS!
If you own glasses, you’ve probably absentmindedly misplaced them at one point or another. If you realized your glasses were missing soon after losing track of them, chances are good that you managed to retrieve them quickly by retracing your steps. And if the glasses were lost at home or work, they probably resurfaced eventually.
Losing glasses is a bit more urgent during a trip. You are less likely to return to the location in which you’ve left your glasses. It’s also super easy to lose your glasses in airports, shopping malls and other high-traffic locations frequented by tourists. Hotel guests are likely to lose glasses when they get too comfy with their surroundings. Other hotel guests may forget their glasses during the frenzy of packing and unpacking.
Here are a few ways to avoid losing your glasses while on vacation
- Put your glasses in a case whenever you take them off
- Choose a designated place in your hotel room to place your glasses when you aren’t wearing them
- If staying at a friend or relative’s house, store your glasses in the guest room so you don’t have to search the whole house for them.
- Avoid removing your glasses while using public transportation or driving in a rental car.
- Don’t store glasses put in the back pouches of airplane seats. Glasses are commonly forgotten there.
- Many people remove their glasses while eating in restaurants, because hot food steams up the lenses. Don’t set your glasses on the table-store them in a purse or backpack instead.
- Invest in a glasses holder. You can attach the ends of the chain to each arm of your glasses. When you don’t need to use them, simply allow the glasses to rest against your chest. Many people avoid glasses chains because they find them dorky. But they don’t have to be! There are many stylish glasses chains available. If you prefer, you can wear a glasses necklace, which is longer and more ornate than a glasses chain.
Another hazard of bringing glasses on vacation is the potential for breaking them. Many vacationers enjoy taking part in recreational activities in which glasses are susceptible to damage, such as biking, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, and rock-climbing. Glasses are also commonly ruined at amusement parks, where some roller coaster rides are intense enough to shatter the lenses.
Tips for keeping your glasses from breaking
- If you take part in athletic activities on a frequent basis, you may want to consider purchasing a pair of recreational glasses.
- In some sports, you can use specialized glasses in place of other necessary eye equipment. For example, downhill skiers and snowboarders can wear prescription ski goggles. Shooting glasses keep the eyes of hunting enthusiasts safe and can also be used as prescription glasses for a clear view.
- In the summer, prescription athletic sunglasses are great for hiking, biking or lounging by the pool.
- Ask roller coaster operators if rides are safe for wearing glasses. More intense rides usually provide storage space for valuables-make use of them!
- Contacts are great for recreational activities, because they don’t pose the risk of shattering and the replacement cost is much lower if you lose a pair. Even if you don’t like contacts, you might want to consider getting a few pairs just for your trip.
Unfortunately, even the best prepared travelers may lose or break their glasses. What should you do if you find yourself out a pair of glasses?
- If you misplace your glasses, retrace your steps and visit places you’ve been recently. Ask store owners, tour guides, concierges or other professionals if your glasses have shown up or if they have a lost-and-found for you to search.
- Broken glasses can often be repaired for a reasonable price. If the lenses are intact, you can have your glasses repaired without a prescription.
- Contact your optometrist and ask if he or she can email or fax a copy of your prescription to a glasses store so you can buy a new pair.
- If your vision isn’t terrible, you can probably get through the rest of the trip without glasses. This will be easier if you are farsighted, since you don’t need glasses to drive, and probably can get by with a cheap pair of drugstore glasses.