Easy breezy: 5 effortless ways to get vacation ready

Ahhh, vacation—the warm breezes, the glorious sunshine, the delectable's a regular paradise. So why is planning for a vacation so stressful? Fear not. We've compiled 5 tips that should take the hassle out of the days leading up to your trip. And don't worry—we threw in some great suggestions for your eyes, too.

Plan to be healthy

Amp up your exercise routine a few weeks before your trip. If your vacation involves hiking the volcanoes of Costa Rica, you'll want to be in the best shape possible. And if all you want to do is lounge around a pool and indulge in local fare, it's always nice to burn some calories in advance so you don't feel guilty about pampering yourself.

Grab an e-reader

Books are a great way to fill the time on a long plane ride, but lugging them around can be a chore. If you're a fan of packing light, go for an e-reader this summer.

Paul Berman, O.D., F.A.A.O., a VSP doctor from Focus Eye Health & Vision Care in Hackensack, NJ advises, "If you'll be reading outdoors, make sure to get an e-reader that uses e-ink for optimal glare protection—and of course, wear your UV protection sunglasses."

Gear up with goggles

"If you plan to spend some time in the water, pack a pair of swim goggles to protect your eyes from chlorine and bacteria. And never wear your contacts in the water, unless you have a good pair of water tight goggles to wear over them," says Dr. Berman.

Go gaga for gadgets

Before you leave home, load up your smart phone with travel-related goodies. There are apps that let you check in for your flights, get your boarding passes electronically, make a same-day hotel reservation, pre-load maps, and compare the price of gasoline around town.

Prioritize your eyes

"Always pack a second set of contacts or an extra pair of glasses," comments Dr. Berman. "You may not need them, but you'll pat yourself on the back for being prepared if you wind up losing a contact on your first day at the beach." You can also ask your doctor about daily disposable contacts if you want to take a break from your contact-cleaning routine.

Now—get excited! Going to Italy? Throw Roman Holiday into your DVD player and order up some authentic Italian food. Driving cross-country? Pull out some maps and check out the sights you can hit along the way. Planning for a vacation doesn't have to be as stressful as you think. With the right tools and a bit of preparation, you—and your eyes—will be on your way to a relaxing holiday.

For more tips, check out this video on how to pack a suitcase.

The content of this article is for general informational awareness purposes only. Please consult your eyecare doctor or physician for actual advice.
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