I once loved traveling, getting on planes, hanging out at new places and even couch surfing. Then in the 1990s I discovered my numerous sensitivities and learned that I am empathic. Suddenly, traveling seemed daunting as I had become careful of what I ate or what I exposed my body. If this sounds like you, then read on.
I haven’t traveled on an airplane since 1994 when I ruptured an eardrum and caught a bad virus on a plane to Texas. However, I have done my share of traveling by buses and trains, staying in hostels, couches, hotels and some dubious places that were hard on the body. And along the way, I developed or discovered tips to help sensitive travelers.
- Bring earplugs (to shut out street sounds, television sets, and snoring from the room next door or person sharing a hostel room)
- Bring your own pillows or pillow cases & sleep sack (This cuts down the risk of being exposed to fabric softeners and harsh laundry detergents on sheets & pillows)
- Bring vegan and gluten-free protein bars and powders with you (in the event that you are unable to eat foods at the location)
- Learn to speak up for yourself and set appropriate boundaries
- Ask if the location uses pesticides (you might not wish to stay at that location)
- Check mattresses and furnishing for bedbugs and fleas (especially in more rustic settings or places pets are permitted to stay with guests) If you find signs of either, get out of there
- Bring zip lock bags for clothing (both clean and soiled)
- Bring natural bug repellant or make your own with essential oils of lavender, tea tree, lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus and rose geranium oils
- And you can also use those oils plus lemon, rosemary, cinnamon and clove to disinfect your space
- Bring protective crystals and place under pillow when you sleep
- Bring natural dish washing soap and laundry soap or Dr. Brommers soap in small bottles
- Bring your own travel size hygiene products (since the stuff at hotels is usually harsh on skin and hair)
- Bring a portable music player (to listen to relaxing music or sound healing recordings)
- Bring your favorite spiritual magazine or book (to read before going to bed)
- Bring a yoga mat (if possible)
- Bring one of those eye masks to shut out street lights and other distractions such as digital alarm clocks
I hope you find these tips helpful. If you have more to add, please leave them in the comments below. Perhaps you practice some of these tips already or even all of them. Just because we are empathic, sensitive or feel vulnerable in the outer world doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the traveling experience. Speak up for yourself when you book rooms and plan ahead, especially if you have health conditions such as allergies, chemical sensitivities, food allergies, Celiac etc…Chances are hosts and hostelers will accommodate your requirements. It never hurts to ask and you usually can call more than one hotel or bed & breakfast before you find the one that’s most accommodating for you.
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