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I wear contact lenses most of the time, and as such I get through a fair amount of contact lens cleaning solution. I've worn contact lenses since I was in my teens (I'm in my 30's now), and so I've had years of experience with both the lenses and the solutions. I wear both the monthly disposable contact lenses and the daily disposable contact lenses, I wear the monthly lenses most of the time, and I use the daily lenses for travelling.
I travel quite a lot with work and have just recently been away for a few days on a work related trip. The trip was arranged at the last minute and I'd completely ran out of daily disposable lenses and so I had to take my normal monthly lenses with me, which then caused me a problem as the cleaning solution that I use comes in 250ml bottles and the maximum limit on liquids in your hand luggage is 100ml. I nipped to Boots in my lunch hour the day before I left to see if I could get a small bottle of cleaning solution suitable to travel with.
I swap and change my contact lens solution all the time, I'm not loyal to any one particular brand. I have used Bausch & Lomb Renu solution before and so I when I spotted this Special Flight Pack of Bausch & Lomb Renu in Boots I bought it knowing that I'd get along with it. The flight pack box set contains two 60ml bottles of Renu, two contact lens cases, and a brilliant little zip-lock bag suitable for carrying all your liquids through security at the airport. It was on offer at £4, it had 20% off - it should normally be £5. That's quite expensive when you consider that you do only actually get 120ml of solution, but I always find that travel sized toiletries always seem to overpriced for the miniature sizes.
I was away for 4 days and I used around half of one of the 60ml bottle of Renu, so I would easily get a week out of each bottle. If I needed a two week supply of contact lens solution then I could just take both bottles. I like that they're packaged like this - as two 60ml bottles, as it gives me more flexibility for trips as each bottle seems to be a good weeks worth of solution.
The Renu solution is really easy to use, and you use it just like all of the other all-in-one solutions on the market; first of all wash your hands, then remove each lens in turn, place the lens in the palm of your hand and pop a few drops of the Renu solution onto the lens, gently rub each side of the lens with the pad of your finger taking care not to damage or nick the lens, rinse the solution off with either saline or a bit more of the Renu solution and then place the lens in the correct side of your contact lens case, which you've filled up with more of the Renu solution, repeat for the other lens, leave to soak for at least 4 hours or overnight, your lenses are then clean and ready to wear in the morning.
You can put your lenses in straight from the solution in the morning, but I normally find that more often than not contact lens solutions can make my eyes sting a little bit when I do this. I solve this problem by just giving each lens a quick rinse with saline before I put it in, this then makes the lenses instantly comfortable when I put them in. I have found that Renu seems to be the mildest contact lens solution that I've used, and it seems to be the one that I get the least irritation with. It is marketed for sensitive eyes, and so I guess that's why it feels so mild. Although it is quite a gentle solution I do find that it keeps my lenses perfectly clean and clear, and it continues to do so for the life of the contact lens i.e. a month.
The travel sized solutions come in little plastic squeezy bottles, you just remove the lid and squeeze the bottle to dispense the solution; a gentle squeeze will dispense a small amount of solution to use to rub your lens clean, and a hard squeeze will dispense a steady jet of solution to fill your contact lens case. The plastic bottles are see through which I like as normally contact lens solution comes in opaque bottles, I like being able to see how much I've used and how much I have left. The contact lens cases that you get in the pack are the regular Renu lens cases, flat cases as opposed to barrel cases, I much prefer flat cases as I always manage to nick a piece out of the edge of a contact lens in a barrel case.
Although this little flight pack was expensive, it is something that I would purchase again for a trip where I'm just taking carry on luggage and need to take bottle of contact lens solution under 100ml.
One of the main issues I have found with having to wear contact lenses is when it comes to having to go anywhere. When you're putting your lenses in each day, and have your solution, cases, tissues etc all set up in the same place, it's not really an issue, and if you do wear them and clean them every day, then you'll need to have the bigger bottles you usually get supplied. However, these really aren't practical for travel purposes, and you have to have some sort of container to put them in.
This neat little travel pack from Renu is a great idea, and it's well executed as well. The main idea is to have a little travel pack that you can take with you on holiday, and now that there are very specific criteria for what liquids you can take on the plane with you, you don't want to be messing around with solution and hoping that you've got enough in your lens case.
The pack does come in its own little bag, which is okay, but I wouldn't necessarily keep it, especially if you're restricted on space which you might be if you're flying somewhere. I find that taking a bottle of the solution and one case (there are two of each in the pack) is enough for a short trip, and if you don't end up using all of the solution, then you're not wasting a lot, and it hasn't cost you a bomb. Even if I wasn't going away anywhere, I'd prefer the smaller bottles anyway, as I don't tend to wear my lenses every single day and don't need the majority of solution I end up having to pay for. It would only really be for the plane itself as the moisture often gets taken away due to the altitude and maintaining breathing levels, so your eyes could dry out with contacts in and you may need solution easily accessible.
The cases are solid enough. They're not the best quality, but they're easy enough to open and haven't leaked on me yet. They are a standard shape and size, and fit well inside the nook of any bag or even pocket. I suppose in a way there isn't really much here that you couldn't sort out yourself, looking only really for the smaller bottles of solution that this pack contains. The travel bag doesn't really do much, although it would help in the event of a leakage I suppose. However, I have separate zippable compartments for my toiletries bag, and there's one just the right size for the solution and case.
But I guess the main selling point for this pack is the flight compliant nature of it. The zip bag and the solution bottle comply with legislation and specifications for flight sizes, etc, and this is something that would take the worry away if you're trying to make sure you're meeting the requirements. The multi purpose solution isn't really much of a selling point as this is quite common now, so it really boils down to the actual convenience of being able to take it as it comes onto a plane. If you fly regularly, then this would be really handy. If you don't, then it's still worth getting, as at the price of around £5, it's far cheaper than a lot of solution bottles and cases would end up being.
It's cost effective, plane compliant, and very practical and handy to have. Specific for use on flights,r eally, but still useful otherwise. Recommended.