How to Camp With Contact Lenses

Wearing contact lenses doesn't have to keep you from camping.
Wearing contact lenses doesn't have to keep you from camping. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Depriving yourself of day-to-day conveniences of modern life is part of the fun of roughing it in the wilderness. However, if you can only see with the assistance of contact lenses, this is one aspect of modern life that isn't optional. With the right supplies and techniques, you can wear contact lenses during a camping trip without any need to limit your outdoor experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Contact lens case with screw-on lid
  • Lens solution bottle with screw-on lid
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Disinfecting wet naps

Practice putting in and taking out your lenses before the trip. If you're used to using a mirror, you'll need to practice until you can remove them by feel, even in the dark. This will help you during late nights in tents and any situations where there isn't a real bathroom available.

Get a secure contact lens case and solution bottle. In order to keep from leaking solution or losing lenses, make sure that both the lens case and bottle close with screw-on caps, rather than snap-ons, which can easily be pulled open or leak.

Pack a kit with finger-cleaning supplies. This will ensure that you don't damage your eyes or lenses as a result of dirt on your hands. Bring some packaged wet wipes with disinfectant to clean and sanitize your fingers, then rinse them with drinking water to keep the chemicals in the wet wipes from your eyes.

Store your lenses in your shoe while sleeping. This will protect the lens case and ensure that you can easily find the lenses in the morning. If you switch to glasses before bedtime, keep your glasses here, as well.

Wear long-wear lenses, which are designed to be worn continuously for up to seven days, even while sleeping. Be aware, however, that many eye doctors consider these types of lenses to be potentially risky.

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