How to Make an Ultralight Glasses Case for Your Thru-Hike
Surprisingly standard glasses cases weigh a lot. I measured the weight of three standard glasses cases, which weigh between 102 to 121 grams (3.6 to 4.3 ounces) with an average weight of 114 grams (4 ounces).
Three standard glasses cases: average weight 4 ounces
Only 30 grams! Compare that to 114 grams for an average eyeglasses case.
How to Make it Ultralight:
Use a Crystal Light container as your glasses case! It brings the weight down to 30 grams or 1.06 ounces.
Left: Crystal Light container. Right: wrapper removed-> glasses case!
Standard glasses cases with eyeglasses inside.
The Crystal Lite case fits most large sunglasses or two normal sized eyeglasses. I recommend adding some padding inside to reduce any motion if your glasses are in your pack while you’re walking. A microfiber lens cleaning cloth makes great padding and also keeps your glasses clean without scratching the lenses.
Standard eyeglasses in Crystal Light container – no padding
Standard prescription sunglasses, wrapped in a microfiber cloth.