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Sunglasses for Every Vacation Destination

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Dr. Marc Weinstein

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You’ve got your flights booked, hotel locked in and activities scheduled. Now, it’s time to pack for your vacation! Besides keeping you stylish, sunglasses are super important when spending lots of time outside to keep your eyes and the area around them free from sun damage that can cause disease and speed up aging. To help you streamline your packing process, here are men’s and women’s sunglasses we recommend for each type of vacation destination, no matter where you’re headed this summer.


Nothing says vacation like catching rays oceanside. Make sure any sunnies you pack are UV400 or higher to give you the best protection. In this case, the bigger the sunglasses the better. Oversized shades will give you even more coverage to shade your entire eye area.


You can’t go wrong with classic aviator shades. These will go with everything if you’re packing light and give your look an instant dose of coolness.


Oversized cat-eye sunglasses will bring a touch of glam to your beach outfits, whether you’re lounging poolside or dining al fresco.


If you prefer your vacations packed with activities, amazing food and world-class shopping, a trip to the big city is for you. Here, there’s no shortage of style so make this a chance to step out in your best, or try out styles you might not otherwise wear at home.


If you haven’t dipped your toe into the world of colored or patterned frames, now’s your chance! These round frames come in pink and tortoiseshell to add some interest to your look, as well as basic black.


Now’s also the perfect time to also wear sunglasses with unique shapes. These gunmetal and gray frames are a cool twist on the classic Clubmaster shape but with a silver accent across the browline.


This summer, the snowy slopes may be calling your name. Did you know that the sun's rays can be as strong or stronger here than at the beach due the reflectiveness of snow? That gives all the more reason to pack your sunglasses and wear them often throughout your trip.


These aptly named Alpine frames are inspired by winter sports and the great outdoors. The plastic frame brings a modern take on a vintage style.


To go along with the icy theme of your trip, choose these transparent sunglasses. They’ll match not only your winter whites, but any color you’re wearing on your trip.


Camping trips are the quintessential summertime activity. Because you’ll most likely be packing as light as possible, a pair of versatile sunglasses you can wear your entire trip is exactly what you’ll need.


Match your gear with sunglasses in neutral brown shades. Plastic frames are also more lightweight and durable so you can better enjoy all the outdoor activities you have planned.


These tortoiseshell frames are reminiscent of a camo pattern that will go perfectly with the backdrop of your nature-filled holiday.

For more vacation-worthy sunglasses, check out all of 39DollarGlasses’ styles here.