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The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Eyewear and Care

Posted On 02 August 2016

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Use our guide to holiday eyewear to make sure you’ve got all your eye care needs covered when packing your suitcase this summer.

Whether your idea of a perfect break away involves rest and relaxation on the beach in Greece, sightseeing in Rome, or wrapping up warm to hit the slopes in the Alps, you’re going to need the right eyewear to get the most out of your trip.

Use the tips and advice in this blog to make sure you don’t get caught short of contact lenses or left squinting in the sun whilst you’re away on holiday this summer.

Tip 1 – Consider a typical day

Think about the location you’re heading to and what kind of activities you’ve got planned whilst you’re there to help you decide what eyewear will be most suitable.

Summer Sun


Those looking forward to catching some rays and enjoying some sunshine need to be extra vigilant about protecting their eyes as they’re likely to be exposed to stronger UV rays than they’re used to. Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing either a pair of prescription or non-prescription sunglasses during the daytime.

If you usually wear contact lenses but are prone to getting dry eyes then the warmer weather may cause your eyes to become uncomfortable quicker than usual. Prescription sunglasses are a great way of giving your eyes a rest from contact lenses during the day as well as protecting them from the sun and then switching to contact lenses or glasses in the evenings.

Activity Holiday

  • Sports sunglasses
  • Sports prescription glasses
  • Contact lenses (if worn)


For those that find lying on a beach a little dull, an active holiday filled with hiking, climbing or biking might be on the cards this year.

If you’re more likely to be found hiking the Santiago de Compostela trail in Spain or mountain biking in Snowdonia this summer then a pair of comfortable sports sunglasses and sports prescription glasses like those in our Oakley, Dunlop or F&F range are your most safe and practical option.

Pack a pair of everyday frames or contact lenses for a smarter look in the evenings.

Ski/Winter Breaks


If you’re going to be spending most days on the slopes whilst you’re away then don’t forget how important it is to protect your eyes from the glare and UV rays reflected back to your eyes from the snow, as just because it’s a cold temperature, there are still high levels of UV.

Those enjoying a skiing or snowboarding holiday this year (or just a break in a colder climate!) should consider packing either ski goggles, prescription or non-prescription sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun’s rays.

If you’re packing dark shades for the day then don’t forget to take prescription glasses or contact lenses for the evenings.



With bigger and better festivals springing up all over the world the ultimate hedonist’s summer holiday now involves watching bands and artists at spectacular locations all around the world.

To find out more about looking after your eyes at a festival read our blog: ‘8 tips for looking after your eyes at a festival’.

Tip 2 – Flying


Anyone who flies regularly will be aware that the conditions on an aeroplane can make skin and eyes feel very dry.

Dry air and air conditioning can make contact lenses feel uncomfortable, especially if you’re prone to dry eyes.

If this is the case it’s a good idea to leave your contact lenses out until you arrive at your destination to make sure your eyes are feeling as fresh as possible ready for your first day exploring.

Tip 3 - The Sun

Beach holiday


It’s always important to protect your eyes from the sun, even during the winter. But it’s even more important to be extra vigilant when you’re on holiday somewhere where the sun is stronger than you’re used to. 

Don’t forget that the sun’s rays also reflect off surfaces and into your eyes, particularly surfaces like snow and water, so even if you’re sat in the shade it’s important to wear sunglasses. 

Find out more about how the sun’s rays affect our eyes and how to protect your eyes from the sun in our blog ‘Sun Awareness Week: Protecting your Eyes from the Sun’.


Holiday Packing Eyewear Checklist

Suitcase holiday packing

Contact lens wearers

  • More than enough lenses (always pack more than you think you’ll need!)
  • More than enough solution (don’t forget to pack this in your checked-in luggage, not your carry-on as it may be thrown away by security)
  • At least 2 contact lens storage pots
  • Moisturising eye drops
  • A small handheld mirror for putting contact lenses in
  • Backup glasses

Glasses and sunglasses

  • Glasses/sunglasses cases
  • Lens wipes/cleaning solution
  • Mini screwdriver and spare screw for your glasses


  • Wide-brimmed hat that shades your eyes


If you’re missing any holiday eyewear essentials then we’ve got your covered! Visit and make sure that you’re fully prepared for your trip!

Is your prescription out of date? Use our online booking system to book a free eye test at your local Tesco Opticians.


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