You may think that traveling with sunglasses on an airplane is no big deal at all. After all, sunglasses are nothing more than two tinted lens pieces in a metal or plastic frame.
While it is true that traveling with sunglasses is extremely easy, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things that you should know at the same time.
Those stylish sunglasses you’ve just bought are intended to do a lot for you. They protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun (UV rays can damage both your retina and cornea), which makes them a major safety item to have on hand. They also help to diffuse light and make it easier for you to see, which is another major safety precaution while you’re driving, for instance.
The last thing you want is for you to lose your sunglasses while traveling on an airplane or have them damaged in any way, which is why you will definitely want to keep reading.
Here are the top tips for traveling on an airplane with sunglasses:
Pack Your Sunglasses Appropriately
Do you want to know where the best place is to carry your sunglasses while traveling? That’s right: your face.
Even if you are currently wearing normal prescription glasses on your face right now, you should still at least carry your sunglasses on your person in a solid hard case. Avoid a soft case as it will not do an adequate job of keeping your sunglasses protected.
There are good reasons that you should carry your sunglasses on your person rather than in checked baggage. There are a long list of unfortunate things that could potentially happen to your bags: they could become damaged, stolen, lost, or anything in between.
If you do insist on not traveling with your sunglasses on you, then at the very least place them in your carry-on bag rather than your checked bag. The vast majority of airlines are not going to compensate you for sunglasses or any other kind of eyewear that becomes damaged, lost, or stolen while traveling, even if it’s prescription eyewear.
Know How To Get Your Sunglasses Through Security
Going through airport security means that you are going to have your identification checked by the TSA or another security agency. This means you must keep your sunglasses off while you are going through security and stepping through the metal detector. Otherwise, you will likely either set off the alarm (if your sunglasses are metal) or be asked to take them off anyway.
Keep your sunglasses on your person or in carry-on baggage while traveling, but don’t actually have them covering your face while you’re going through security.
Traveling With Sunglasses
There are many more travel hacks out there for you to learn, but knowing how to properly travel on an airplane with sunglasses is arguably one of the most overlooked and yet important travel hacks to know.