The Do’s And Don’ts For Traveling With Sunglasses

August 18, 2022

Many people decide to wear sunglasses for traveling. Some love the sun-blocking benefits, and others just simply want to look fashionable. Traveling with your favorite pair of designer sunglasses can be fun, exciting and a lot more comfortable than most people think. Traveling with your sunglasses is convenient as it saves you from purchasing another pair on-the-go, as well as giving you a different look each time! The journey may be a bit bumpy at first but once you get used to it, there are quite a few do’s and don’ts to travelling with sunglasses.

Do Keep Them in Their Case

Even if you’re going on vacation, you should try to keep your prescription sunglasses in their case at all times. It’ll help protect them from damage and scratches, plus it’ll make them easier to handle. You can also store them in their case when you’re not wearing them so that you don’t lose them!

Do Use Microfiber To Clean Them

Because most prescription sunglasses are made of plastic, they can easily be cleaned with a soft cloth and some water. If you don’t have a microfiber cloth handy, then use a cotton one instead. A quick wipe is all that’s needed to get rid of dust and debris.

Do Consider Using A Neck Strap

If you’re looking for a way to avoid losing your sunglasses during your travels, consider investing in a neck strap. These straps are designed to keep your prescription sunglasses securely attached to your body and prevent them from being lost or damaged during transit. Some neck straps can be worn under clothing if needed, while others are more visible. When choosing a neck strap style, take into account how visible it is and whether it will be appropriate for the location where you’ll be travelling.

Do Keep Them Out Of Direct Sunlight

Never leave your prescription sunglasses in the car or on a table. This can cause serious damage to the lenses if they are exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. If you have no other option but to leave them out, then do so only for short periods of time and make sure they are protected by shade or an umbrella from direct sunlight as much as possible.

Do Not Use Your Sunglasses As A Hair Band

Traveling with prescription sunglasses is great, but wearing them as a hair band can be dangerous — especially when you are walking through an airport terminal in the middle of winter. If you want to keep your hair out of your face while traveling, try using bobby pins or small clips instead of placing them over your ears and around your head. This method will help keep them from falling off and damaging the lens or frame of the glasses.

Do Not Leave Them On The Dashboard

If your car is parked in the sun, there is a good chance that your prescription sunglasses will get left on the dashboard. Not only can this damage them, but it can also cause them to steam up when you put them back on. Make sure you keep them in a case and do not leave them on your dash.

Do Not Put Them In Your Back Pocket

Back pockets are notorious for breaking glasses, because there is no protection from the pressure of sitting down or putting weight on them. Instead of putting them in your back pocket, put them in a front pocket or small case that can be clipped to your belt loop or bag strap.

Do Not Nap Wearing Your Sunglasses

It may sound obvious, but you would be surprised how many people do this. The sunlight reflecting off the lenses can damage your eyesight if you do not take them off. If you are traveling by plane, ask the cabin crew to help you store your glasses in an overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you when you are not wearing them.


In short, the tips and rules above should help you keep your shades safe and in great condition, so that you can use them for years to come. If you are still a little nervous about taking your glasses on their first trip, remember that they were built to travel. So relax, pack them up, and do not sweat the small stuff.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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