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        EyKuver’s Guide to Summer Budget Travel | Part I | Camping and National Parks

        EyKuver’s Guide to Summer Budget Travel | Part I | Camping and National Parks

        Camping is the foundation for affordable summer travel. Photo: Scott Goodwill

        If you’re like most people, you are eager to escape and relax this summer. It’s been a long 18 months and we are all excited to travel again but with busy airports, soaring gas prices, inflated rental car and hotel rates, it is challenging to plan a budget-friendly vacation. That’s why we’ve put together a two-part travel series with our top picks for road trips, national parks and monuments, outdoor adventures and camping options that won’t break the bank!

        Even with gas prices higher than they’ve been in over 7 years, a road trip can still be your best bet for a budget-friendly vacation this summer. If you combine it with camping, hiking, tubing and other low-cost activities, you can still plan an economical and adventurous getaway.

        CAMPING

        Camping is the foundation for affordable rest and relaxation. Work camping into your travel plans and watch the dollars fly back into your pocketbook. Invest in quality gear that lasts like a tent from The North Face, a sleeping bag from Big Agnes, or backpack from MYSTERY RANCH. These quality outdoor products last a lifetime, in some cases, and are well worth the investment, especially when you add up all the savings you'll gain from less hotel stays.

        With over 245 million acres to choose from, you can safely pitch your tent almost anywhere on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with as little, or as much, human interaction as you desire. Before you leave, check in with the local BLM office to make sure that the area is open and ask if there is a fire ban in place.

        If you like a few amenities when you camp, check out a KOA site where you can tent camp for as low as $24 a night (it’s more for an RV spot) but still have access to bathrooms, showers, and WiFi as well as kids’ activities and a swimming pool. Sure, you’ll pay a little more to stay at one of these private campsites, but you also get running water and flushing toilets.


        NATIONAL PARKS & MONUMENTS


        Custer State Park

        If ever there was a state park worthy of national park status, it would be Custer State Park in South Dakota. The hiking easily ranks among the best in the region and the stunning, 1-mile long, and boulder-filled trail around Lake Sylvan should not be missed. Just East of the lake is a great hike called Poet’s Table that offers great views of the surrounding Black Hills. After your hike you can relax by the lake with a picnic or rent paddle boards (for as low as $14) to explore the area from the water. More of the park's charms show themselves during a drive along the tunnel-filled Needles Highway. A one week pass to Custer State Park is just $20 per vehicle and an annual pass can be purchased for $30. 

        Mount Rushmore

        Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota is Mount Rushmore, is the iconic sculpture of four American presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt - each face standing over 60 feet high. The artist, Gutzon Borglum, started the sculpture in 1927 and completed it in 1941 to the tune of $989,992.32. And, for a measly $10 entry fee per car, you can’t afford not to check this National Monument off your bucket list. Stop by the Wine Cellar in Rapid City to refuel. This local, artisanal restaurant is nestled in the newly restored 6th street district in the heart of downtown and serves seasonal and delicious small-plates, hand-crafted pizzas and more. 

        Grand Canyon | Photo: Jennifer Rogalla

        Grand Canyon

        It doesn't get more affordable than camping, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona is a unique place to rough it. You'll have to contend with crowds along the South Rim which sees 90% of the visitors, but the photo possibilities will be well worth it. Some campsites start at just $18 per night during the warmer months, while the park entrance fee for vehicles is $35 and lasts seven days. Pack your own food to save even more. If you're not interested in camping, check out one of the affordable hotels in Grand Canyon Village near the South Rim. 

        Yellowstone

        Roaming buffaloes, majestic mountains, and breathtaking geysers populate Yellowstone's more than 2,220,000 acres of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho wilderness. Travelers searching for an affordable vacation that doesn't skimp on memorable moments will likely appreciate several cost-effective aspects of this national park. Entrance fees cost $35 per vehicle or $20 per person on foot for seven days, while campsites start at $20 per night. Once you've settled in, explore the park's incredible hiking trails, which wind from colorful thermal basins and geysers to large lakes.

        Glacier National Park | Photo: Daniel Crowley

        Glacier National Park

        Head to this national park in northwest Montana for stunning photo-ops on a budget. Summer is a great time to visit since conditions are ideal for driving Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most scenic drives in the country. With the park's $35 per vehicle entry fee (which covers access for seven days), visitors can also hike Grinnell Glacier, swim in Lake McDonald and learn about the area's flora and fauna at the Apgar Nature Center. Camping in the park is cheap, too – rates range from $10 to $23 per night so dust off your tent, pack your backpack, and make a reservation. 

        Moab, Utah

        Moab is unique in that it borders two of the state's national parks: Arches and Canyonlands. Arches National Park, to the north, is where visitors can marvel at precarious looking sandstone monuments like the famous Delicate Arch. Canyonlands National Park, which sits southwest of town, offers stunning views of Utah's expansive desert landscapes. In and around Moab, travelers will find an array of affordable accommodations, ranging from campgrounds to motels to vacation rentals. All of this makes Moab a budget-friendly destination for adventurous nature lovers.

        Reminder that UV protection is a must during summer travel and we can't imagine traveling without EyKuver. Get yours today!

        Hey roadies and van-lifers. Tune in next week for valuable road trip intel with a focus on our backyard, the Western U.S.

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        In the Press: New Atlas takes note of EyKuver’s “tinted sunglass stickers”

        In the Press: New Atlas takes note of EyKuver’s “tinted sunglass stickers”

        As a start-up business with a new-to-market innovation, it’s always exciting to get noticed, let alone by a publication with a global reach. EyKuver and our non-adhesive, UV-blocking “sunglass stickers” were featured last month in New Atlas, an online magazine celebrating human endeavor across all fields of science, technology, and design with a worldwide audience of over five million readers per month.

        With over a decade of covering innovation, New Atlas featured EyKuver, and our revolutionary tinted stickers that transform prescription eyeglasses into sunglasses, in their May 28, 2021 edition. While there are plenty of options on the market for adding sun glare and UV protection for prescription eyeglass wearers, New Atlas declares our product to be “lighter, simpler, quite affordable and rather intuitive.” Essentially, it’s a sunglass “sticker” that is non-adhesive and clings to your RX eyeglass lens, providing comprehensive sun protection without leaving behind a sticky residue.

        New Atlas hits the nail on the proverbial head when they note that, “EyKuvers could serve as a useful accessory to keep outdoor lovers moving, even if they forget their primary prescription sunglasses.” That’s exactly why we designed our tinted films to be portable, affordable, and disposable -- to help keep you active and enjoying your favorite outdoor activity all year long! 

        We designed EyKuver to peel off as easily as they press on so you can quickly transform your RX glasses into sunglasses without missing a beat. Think of EyKuver as a non-adhesive window sticker that easily clings to your glasses, while reducing sun glare and blocking harmful UVA and UVB rays. With two colors to choose from and a price point under $10 for a 3-pack, grab your EyKuver today and see why this is the most practical “sticker” you’ve ever purchased!

        Get New Atlas's perspective here

        The Get-Real Reasons Why You Need to Wear Sunglasses

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        Have you ever wondered why sunglasses are so important?

        Far more than a fashion statement or trendy style accessory, sunglasses have a host of benefits from reducing glare and improving vision, to preventing both short and long term eye problems. However, if you are among the millions who wear prescription eyeglasses, protecting your eyes from the sun isn’t as simple as reaching for the nearest pair of everyday sunglasses. 

        By now, most of us know that too much sun can damage our eyes, just as it damages our skin. 

         

         

         

        If your unprotected eyes are exposed to excessive amounts of ultraviolet (UV) rays, you could experience sunburn of the eye, called photokeratitis. As with skin damage, it is the UV radiation from the sun which causes problems.

        Obviously, looking directly at the sun should be avoided and the reflection from snow, water and sand increases the effects, but we should also wear sunglasses on cloudy days to reduce UV radiation reaching our eyes.   

        While photokeratitis can be painful, symptoms usually resolve in a few days, just as a sunburn of the skin would resolve itself with time.

         

        Common symptoms of photokeratitis are:

        • Gritty feeling in the eyes
        • Excessive blinking and watering
        • Difficulty looking at bright lights
        • Swelling of the eyes
        • Blurred vision

        Take the long view. 

        It’s important to remember that damage to the eyes from UV radiation is cumulative, building over your lifetime, and can have a permanent effect on our eyes and eyesight.

        For RX eyeglass wearers, protecting your eyes should be both convenient and affordable which is exactly why we developed EyKuver. It’s as simple as sticking the protective film to the outside of your prescription glasses to instantly protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh effects. 

        Long term exposure to the sun’s UV/A and UV/B rays make your eyes vulnerable to chronic conditions like premature cataracts. UV rays are one of the known causes of cataracts, a gradual clouding of the lens of the eye that can destroy vision. Cataracts develop slowly, but eventually will result in symptoms like blurriness, halos around lights and blurred vision. Experts say that sunglasses help prevent cataracts and recommend wearing them whenever the light is bright enough to make you squint, even on cloudy days, and especially at higher elevations. 

        Consistent eye protection helps keep serious eye problems from developing such as cancers of the eye and surrounding eye area, and early macular degeneration which leads to a progressive loss of central vision. EyKuver’s patent-pending technology effectively blocks glare and filters out 96% of the sun’s UVA/B rays ensuring your eyes are fully protected.

         

        Bottom line: Get real and don’t take chances with your eye health especially when EyKuver makes it easier than ever to protect your eyes from sun glare and harmful UV rays.