A Few Reminders About Traveling With Your Sunglasses

Do you fancy yourself a world traveler? If so, losing your sunglasses while on a trip can be a big deal. When packing your gear for a much anticipated trip, there is no doubt that sunglasses will be on the list of essential items. Life without your sunglasses would be intolerable. Not only do they protect your eyes from the brilliance of a sunny sky over an exotic locale, but they give the perfect touch to those cargo pants, travel vest, and hiking boots that you will be wearing almost nonstop for the next few weeks. Furthermore, if you depend on prescription sunglasses to actually read the menu or order a beer in an outdoor cafe, then the following tips for keeping track of your sunglasses may come in handy.

Bring your case.

That seems like a no brainer, but when you are cramped for space, it is a temptation to leave the case behind. Don’t do it. If you need to buy a smaller case, do so. Your glasses will appreciate a safe home while you are on the road. There are soft cases that take up little or no space, or you can wear a travel vest that has special internal pockets built into the lining where you can store your sunglasses in the case. Your travel adventures will be less stressful if your sunglasses are protected.

Assign a special place for your glasses.

When your glasses aren’t on your face, then put them away in a designated place. That means they don’t go on the nightstand, because you can’t take the nightstand with you when you move on to your next stop. Whether they are stored in your vest or carry-on bag, that special place should always be the same.

Where a sunglasses strap.

It may not be the coolest thing, but when you are rushing to the next tourist attraction, a strap attached to your sunglasses can be a lifesaver. It could be gloriously sunny on the streets of Paris, but after entering the cool of a dark museum, the glasses won’t be needed.

Are two pairs too many?

Some people carry their spare sunglasses. However, if you are a light packer that may not be the best idea. Relax. In most parts of the world, it is fairly easy to buy fashionable sunglasses. Rather than try to squeeze an extra pair of sunglasses into your bag, bringing along a copy of your prescription may be a smarter thing to do.
Wherever you are going, your trusty sunglasses should accompany you. There is no guarantee that you will never lose them, but a few simple precautions can make your life on the road a little easier.

Teresa Roberts is an international house sitter, digital nomad, author, and freelance writer. Visit her website Creative Paths to Freedom at www.findingthegypsyinme.com where you can follow her adventures.

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