Travelling is one of life’s great adventures and privileges. Leaving your home and visiting different countries with people and cultures that are different from your own can give you a real insight into other ways of life. We all know it’s essential to pack the right type of clothes and footwear for the destination we are heading to, whether it is a mountain, forest, beach, or desert.
If you are a glasses wearer, make sure your glasses function perfectly from the moment you step off the plane. You’re going to enjoy the view of the entire new world, so make sure that when you get there you can see the world in focus.
These days you can find wonderful eyewear that comes in various frames and lens options, like the quality glasses from Mouqy. But what features and type of lens will help you get the most from your trip? Here are 5 tips you need to consider when looking for a perfect pair of glasses for your vacation.
You may be travelling to destinations with sunny climates and bright landscapes such as sand or rock for a long time. Wearing a pair of anti-reflective glasses stops your vision from being compromised by small reflections and halos from the lens, as well as filtering out some of the harmful glare from the sun. While sunglasses are travel essentials when you are visiting places with direct sunlight, anti-reflective lenses are another option for you to wear in places with indirect bright light.
Square sunglasses with clip-on shade from Mouqy
If you’re going to a remote location, like camping with a rucksack, ensure that your glasses are scratch-resistant. If you are doing outdoor pursuits, there is a risk that the glasses will be dislodged and fall onto the ground. If they hit a road or rock, you are likely to have damaged glasses with an annoying scratch for the rest of your trip.
We all have experienced it. Your glasses steam up immediately when you open the oven to check on a dish that you’re cooking. Now, while this is a fairly extreme example, in some destinations, especially tropical ones with high humidity, your lens can cloud up when they are exposed to rapid temperature change – for example, leaving an air-conditioned shopping mall in Singapore with 90% humidity. In colder and more temperate destinations, you may be walking in rain or drizzle and the last thing you want is your glasses covered in droplets. Having a superhydrophobic coating will make your glasses perform much better in such situations, as well as keep the surfaces clean.
It probably won’t be easy to replace your glasses wherever you are going, so make sure that you choose glasses with high-quality frames that are tough and sturdy (as well as stylish). You don’t want to shove them in a pocket and hear a dispiriting crunch when you sit down. Modern materials like acetate made the glasses to be both strong and stylish. It won’t impact your choice of frames and still lets you look great in those selfies in your Instagram story.
Blue light emitted from screens is a leading cause of eye strain and possible damage to your eyes. From your flight, where you will probably be watching inflight entertainment for 8 hours solid, to downloaded Netflix box sets, your phone screen, and photo editing, people spend a surprising amount of time on screens when travelling. Combining this with brighter light in flight can put a strain on your eyes. It is worth investing in glasses with blue light-blocking lenses to keep your eyes in the best possible condition for viewing the sights and natural wonders of your destination.
So before you travel, make sure your glasses fulfill any or all of the above criteria for the type of trip you are going to and the destination you are visiting. Make sure you bring a strong eyeglasses case to pack them in whenever you are not wearing them. Don’t forget to bring along a lens cloth to keep the lens free of dirt. And most importantly, ensure you have a spare pair of glasses (also protected in a strong case) stored somewhere away from your other pair so that you can replace them instantly if the main pair gets damaged or lost.