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Contact Lenses

If you are one who has not opted for the newest laser eye surgery & you still deal with contact lenses while camping, here are some helpful tips.

Daily disposable lenses are a wonderful invention. At the end of the day, throw them out & grab a fresh pair in the morning. If your eyes can handle the overnight, these little blessings are super thin & easy to sleep in. Just make sure you bring your re-wetting drops in the tent with you.

Eye Glasses

A spare pair of eye glasses will be your savior. You may wish to bring them in your overnight bag, just in case you loose or break the current ones you are wearing. Cotton bandanas & rubbing alcohol come in handy for cleaning.

Only need your reading glasses occasionally? Well, then don't forget to pack them too.

Removing them contacts & putting on your glasses at night may help with irritated eyes.

Eye drops

Irritated eyes can happen to almost anyone. A bug flies into your eye, a chunk of dust while off-roading, many springtime pollens can reek havoc on your eyes. Keep some allergy drops around with your lip balm & sunscreen.

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Contact Lens Relief Eye Drops

Visine Eyes Drops

Visine Eyes Drops for Contacts

Stock well - bring a small towel, or bandana, your saline solution, a case, re-wetting drops, your eye glasses & an extra pair of lenses.

Contact maintenance could be taken care of inside your the car in front of the rear view mirror. Minimal wind & dust inside the car makes this an ideal place for eye care. Small particles of pollen, dust & ash will become a nuisance when dealing with eyeballs, so make sure you have plenty of saline around.

See more on Allergy Help under Skin

The Sleep Crusties

Pack a wash cloth for morning time. The clean feeling can be accomplished at camp. Fresh spring water from the nearby creek, heated up on your camp stove for a warm wet towel on your face. Ah, melt the night before's camp fire smoke off your face, clean the crud outta your eyes, ears & nose.

Daylight -- Ouch!

If your idea of camping is staying up until 3 a.m. around the camp fire drinking & talking, then daylight at 6 a.m. can seem unbearable as the tent bakes you like a small sauna. If you are gonna stay up late make sure you realize a few things:

  • You won't be on that 8 a.m. hike with your pals
  • Tone it down silly. Keep your mouth to a minimum. People are outside for peace. There are others sleeping around you & you don't wanna be referred to as 'loud jack ass drunk' by other campers.
  • Alcoholic beverages will bring your body temperature down as soon as you hit the pillow or sleeping bag. Bring an extra blanket & wear a hat.
  • The sun (& birds) are gonna wake your tired ass up at the crack of dawn, so choose your shady tent site carefully
  • Bring a knit cap, blind fold, or sunglasses inside the tent the night before
  • Rehydrate the next day, before your afternoon hike. See headache products & eye drops above

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People Eyes need - Light at Night

Nothing can make you seem older than trying to read a label or map around campfire light. The dimmer the light, the worse your eyes seem to be as you approach your 40's. Make sure you know about all the new lightweight headlamps & LED flashlights out.

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