For those who want to take in more of their surroundings on their travels, Bushnell offers a selection of durable, compact binoculars with a wide field of vision to help you see the sites the next time you go on a trip.
When it comes to travel binoculars, find something that can take in as much of the scenery as possible. Unlike with birdwatching or hunting, these binoculars will be used to see more of the bigger details, instead of a highly magnified image of a very small area or a particular object.
The best magnification for travel is around 7x, coupled with a smaller objective lens measurement (preferably something around 25-30 mm, unless you plan to use them in lower light). This will give a wide field of vision with a respectable amount of magnification. Models like the Powerview 2 16x32 Binoculars are good for magnifying images in greater detail. However, detail can also be found in models that have high-quality lenses with good coatings instead of a higher magnification.
In most cases, compact binoculars are the best binoculars to use for travel because they are lightweight and easy to use on the go. Additionally, travel size binoculars take up less of the much-needed space in a suitcase or carry-on. Compact models also sometimes include a folding feature to make them even smaller and more convenient.
Roof prism binoculars are often preferred by travelers because they are more streamlined and compact than Porro prism models. Roof prism binoculars with phase correction coatings, like our PC3 or dielectric coatings, offer brighter and clearer images. They are more expensive than non-coated models but are well worth the extra cost. Our Forge 10x30mm compact binoculars are the best-of-best and include all of our industry-leading lens coatings (PC3, EXO Barrier, Dielectric and Multi-Coating).
The folding feature of roof prism binoculars is also very convenient for packing and transporting purposes. Compact travel binoculars also fit well in pockets, so that travelers can easily keep them on hand without occupying their hands or requiring a harness or strap.