Sunglasses are an important part of travel. Most of us own at least one pair, but you may own several.

Once on television, I saw a “sunglasses expert.” He indicated that people should have different sunglasses for different “moods” and that people should have as many different sunglasses as they do pairs of shoes. I don’t doubt that he is an expert in finding the right type of sunglasses to fit a person’s face; what I doubt is that he realized the impact of his words. According to him, if I have 20 pairs of shoes, then I should have 20 pairs of sunglasses.

But isn’t having those more trouble? First, you’re spending a lot of money on sunglasses. Second, you must now find a way to store them in an organized way. And finally, now you’ve built a system that requires you to choose which pair you want, taking up more of your time.

We often have the same mindset in other areas: a purse to go with each pair of shoes, a certain type of pen to write on different types of paper, a belt of an exact match to each pair of pants. Again, variety is good, but too much variety leads to clutter and to lost time looking for the “exact item.” Think about it!

Organizer Tip: Consider choosing one type of item in which you indulge. For example, you might be a shoe person and own 100 pairs of shoes. But when it comes to clothes, you keep it simple. I know some people are really into watches and own several. Having that balance will ensure you’re not spending 45 minutes each day choosing first your clothes, then your shoes, then your earrings, then your sunglasses.

Travel Tips:
Caring for your sunglasses while you travel can be difficult.

  • Be sure to store them in a hard case that can withstand baggage carriers and surprise kicks or squashes.
  • If you are the type to lose your sunglasses, buy a few inexpensive pairs.
  • You might also buy a lanyard/strap for your glasses to keep them around your neck.
  • Ophthalmologists recommend choosing sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays and protect the sides of your eyes as well as the front. Choose a darker lens to keep the sun out.