Travel Tips for People Who Wear Contact Lenses


With so much to see on your next travel adventure, don’t let an eye infection get in the way. Take care of your contact lens so that you can spend your time enjoying the trip.

As you prepare for your trip, follow these tips to help prevent contact lens-related eye infections.

Keep your eyes healthy for your spring break selfie. Got contacts? Keep a spare pair and follow proper lens wear and care. For Facebook.

Before You Go

  • Make sure your contact lens prescription is up-to-date. Visit your eye care provider yearly or as often as they recommend.
  • Replace your contact lens case every 3 months.
  • Pack backup supplies, including contact lens case, contacts, glasses, and solution — just in case you lose anything.

During Your Trip

  • Give your eyes a break and take out your contact lenses before you sleep, shower, or swim. Wearing contact lenses to bed or exposing them to water may increase the risk of painful eye infections.
  • Replace your contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye care provider.
  • Use only fresh contact lens solution – never water – to store your lenses after each use.
  • Don’t buy contact lenses unless they have been prescribed for you. Wearing contacts without prescription can pose serious risks to your sight and eye health.

Find more wear and care tips for healthy and safe eyes all year long, and share contact lens safety messages and images on social media.

Page last reviewed: February 26, 2018