Travel Tips for HSPs, Empaths, and Everyone Else
In this post, we’ll share some of our best tips for HSPs, empaths, and everyone else who wants to enjoy their travels without feeling overwhelmed.
Do you love to travel, but feel overwhelmed and exhausted by the thought of it? You’re not alone! Many people struggle with the idea of traveling, especially if they’re highly sensitive (HSP) or empaths.
Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks that can make traveling a lot easier and more enjoyable. So read on for advice that will help you have a relaxing, stress-free trip!
Blog Table of contents
- If you’re planning a vacation or a business trip, a little planning can make all the difference
- Here’s how you can keep your Energy up and Reduce Stress while flying
- How not to let Jet Lag get you down
- How can you rise above other people’s anxiety and stress?
- How to not let the Goldilocks syndrome ruin your hotel stay
- Snacks and Food – not just about being hungry or “hangry”
- How to stay awake and alert on a driving trip.
- Feel calm and in control with organized travel docs and details
- De-stress packing – do it ahead of time
- 75 Airplane & Airport Travel Hacks ✈️ |Flying Tips for 2021!
- Recharge with some scheduled ‘me time’
Planning ahead lets you return refreshed, not wishing you could take a vacation.
Do you spend most of your time planning What you’re going to do and give little thought to How you’re going to do it? A few changes in your travel plans will give you a much more enjoyable time. Check out our travel tips and let a few things work for you, and you’ll be looking forward to both vacations and business trips and return home relaxed and energized, instead of feeling like you need a vacation
Here’s how you can keep your Energy up and Reduce Stress while flying
Airports, Scanners, onboard Wi-Fi, other people’s stress, and jet lag combine to drain your energy.
Tip: Wear your BioShield (or order one today). Your Shield will protect you from the electromagnetic bombardment and the anxiety and stress of all the people around you.
Even if you must take your Shield off to go through security, put it right back on, and it will immediately begin helping your body release the effects of the radiation. Note: Don’t put your precious Shield in the bin. Please put it in your carry-on or handbag. We don’t like hearing that you lost your Shield at the airport.
How not to let Jet Lag get you down
Jet lag symptoms may vary and can make the first few days of your trip more difficult.
- Symptoms include Insomnia or early waking and sleepiness and fatigue, lack of concentration, feeling unwell, and mood changes.
- Symptoms may be worse or last longer the more time zones you’ve crossed, especially if you’re traveling to the east. The Mayo Clinic says it can take a day to recover for each time zone crossed.
Jet lag is caused by several factors:
- EMF and Wi-Fi load in the airplane
- The impact of everyone’s stress
- Your own stress
- The disruption of your body clock’s normal rhythms
The Shield naturally helps with those issues. The Shield protects you from EMF, deflects other people’s energy, balances your energy field, and resets your body clock. You’ll find you can adjust more easily when wearing your Shield. Read more about the BioElectric Shield and jet lag.
In addition to wearing your Shield here are some additional things you can do to help
- Arrive early – If you have an important meeting or event, you want to be fresh and alert. Get to your destination a day or two early to give your body a chance to adjust
- Get plenty of rest prior to your trip – don’t start off sleep-deprived.
- Sleep on the plane if it’s nighttime where you’re headed and don’t sleep until dark after you arrive.
- Gradually adjust your schedule before you leave – f you’re traveling east, try getting to bed an hour earlier each night for a few days before your trip. Flying west, go to bed one hour later for several nights. It may take some calculation, but try eating meals closer to the times you’ll be eating at your destination.
- Earplugs or noise-canceling headphones may not block the noise completely, but they tone it down and allow for a more restful experience.
- See some of the tips below for additional ideas
Tip: Pay particular attention to your own comfort level on the plane. Do you want to read or would it help you to talk with your seatmate? Do you need a sleep mask? Earplugs? Set your watch to the time of your final destination. This helps your body readjust while you are in transit.
Planes, Trains, Automobiles, airports, strange cities, hotels….all are awash with other people’s energy. Many people are stressed, worried about how to get where they’re going, dealing with family or work situations, or any other emotional issues. If you’re an empath or HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) these tips can be crucial.
Your sensitivity to these things is even greater when you travel because you, too, are dealing with having to figure out new places, situations, directions, etc. The less you deal with their energy, the more relaxed and focused you can be. Wearing a BioShield can make a huge difference because it helps you stay grounded, deflects EMF radiation from everything around you, and protects you from other people’s stress and angst.
Talking to strangers – fun or not?
Tip: Setting boundaries is important. If you’re an empath or HSP (highly sensitive person) or an introvert you may prefer to interact as little as possible during travel to keep your energy up. The women in this photo are my favorite seatmates.
Even if you love talking to people, you’ve got to have some strategies to discourage conversation. You may be tired, need to get a little sleep or have some work you want to work on or find you absolutely don’t want to talk to the person next to you.
If my seatmate is interesting, I occasionally enjoy a conversation, but a recent encounter has made me more reluctant than ever to turn off my audiobook. Even with earphones in the older woman next to me started talking and I made the mistake of answering her question about where I was headed. I spent the next hour listening to her raspy smoker’s voice regale me with stories about her 16 grandkids and how she’s never missed a single baseball game for Team X in 30 years and they play 100 or so games a year blah, blah blah. Thankfully it was a short flight.
After that experience, I started brainstorming some backup methods of dissuading conversation.
- Have a book and turn pages, so it’s clear you’re reading. Books don’t always work. If the person isn’t a reader they just don’t understand the sanctity of reading. Magazines seldom work, the articles are short, leaving opportunities for someone to break in and start talking. I’ve started bringing a book and holding it While I’m listening to an audiobook on my headphones. That seems to make it abundantly clear that I’m not available.
- Headphones often work, but people sometimes think you’re just listening to music and think it’s okay to interrupt. It’s Not! I often say I’m listening to important audio or podcast of something I need for work and must finish.
- Pretend to be sleeping, you might even throw in a snore or drool from time to time.
- Type like crazy on your laptop or tablet. If interrupted, you can always say you’re on deadline; this doesn’t work if you’re using it to play games.
- 10 Ways To Gently Avoid Conversation With Your Seat Neighbor On An Airplane This video has some great tips I may adopt on my next trip.
Tip: Put your Shield on the nightstand near you or wear it during the night, and you might sleep better. That hotel room is filled with different energies, even emotional baggage left behind by the other people who have slept in that bed. The hotel staff cleans the room physically, but they can’t do anything to clean the energy, your Shield can deflect all that and the Wi-Fi coming from all the rooms around you.
Take your Room Shield – If you’re especially sensitive, you may want a little extra protection from all the Wi-Fi and other EMF all around you. Hang your Room Shield from the knob on the lamp…but be sure to put a note on the door to remind you to take it with you when you leave.
Your Inner Goldilocks will benefit from a little pre-planning. Don’t leave your pillow at home, proper head and neck support can make all the difference and is in your control.
Recent trips had me feeling confident that all the decent lodgings had gotten the memo about providing various softness and support levels of pillows. I left my pillow at home.
Yep, you guessed it, the pillows were lumpy and uncomfortable, I’m sure one was stuffed with newspapers. The entire Bear family would have been unhappy. Even Daddy Bear would have had an issue with the brick-hard pillow. Mamma and Baby Bear would have fought over who had to take the squishy, and marshmallowy choices that were about as supportive as a piece of paper.
The options were so bad I had to double-check that I was at a 3-star hotel,not one of the divey beach hotels I stayed at in my 20s. I tossed and turned, made lists in my head of all the things I wanted to say to the innkeeper (kidding, well maybe not entirely), and got in a good 4 hours or so listening to my audiobook. I would have preferred sleep, but at least it was a good story. My neck was one big kink, and my head hurt all the next day. My inner Goldilocks was kicking me for leaving my pillow behind.
Tip: Pack your favorite pillow. It’s worth it even if you must upsize your suitcase. (Even the larger new super-lightweight luggage is only about 7 pounds)
Did you know you can put a hold on your mail online in about 1 minute? You tell the post office when to start and stop your mail, easy. Go to usps.com and click on Quick Tools and then Hold Mail. (As with all things, those buttons may change or move) (if you’re outside the US search your mail service website for options)
Tip: Boost your Coping Ability with protein-packed snacks.
Blood Sugar issues can cause you to feel more anxious and have difficulty focusing, making it much harder to deal with last-minute changes and stresses. Personally, when my blood sugar drops, I’m easily frustrated, confused, and irritable, which is not how I want to feel on vacation. A little snack preplanning keeps my energy and mood much more even.
Keep emergency rations in your purse or carry-on. Preplan and bring simple travel food – Protein bars, nuts, little cracker packs with peanut butter or cheese, string cheese, and trail mix. Protein provides your brain and muscles with the energy needed. Keep sugar, caffeine, soda, and alcohol to a minimum.
Tip: Don’t rely on what you can get at the airport or on the plane. You may run out of time or the choices may be severely limited or non-existent. If you’ve ever arrived at a layover late at night thinking you’d just grab a hamburger, and all the restaurants are already closed for the evening you’ll never travel without at least a little backup snack again. I once spent a birthday in an airport that had basically shut down at 8 pm, my birthday dinner was a candy bar and corn chips from the vending machine.
Food and Dietary Restrictions – Planning ahead is even more important if you have dietary restrictions like gluten- and dairy-free. Don’t set yourself up for the disappointment and discomfort of finding there’s nothing you can eat except fruit, or even worse, eating something that’s not healthy for you. You may want to sample the local foods and relax, but many a trip has been ruined by food choices that put your body in distress.
Stay Hydrated – airplanes are dry, and you can get dehydrated quickly, which can lead to headaches or lightheadedness and make you feel tired or grumpy—you don’t want to feel like this at any time, but especially while traveling. Bring your water bottle if possible (and possibly a way to filter or purify your water). Most of all, be sure to drink plenty of water.
Driving Your Smart Car is like sitting next to a Wi-Fi router
It’s great these days to be able to answer the phone, listen to audiobooks or music thru Bluetooth, and all the other conveniences available on most cars. All that comes at a price. Bluetooth is just like Wi-Fi and can drain your aura/energy, and even leave you tired and disoriented.
Read why smart cars can affect your driving safety and what to do about it.
Of course, you’re wearing your BioShield, because you never leave home without it.
Hanging a RoomShield from your rearview mirror eliminates even more of the impact of the EMF inside your car. You may find the trip goes more smoothly because it reduces the EMF and emotional energy bouncing around you. You’ll find that you’re more focused and often not as tired at the end of the day. That car Shield can even help those traveling with you feel less stressed.
Listen to audiobooks, podcasts, or your music while driving or flying. It makes the time breeze past. I love having a good audiobook or music to listen to while traveling. The time goes by enjoyably and keeps me more alert when I’m driving.
Tip: For safe cell phone use. Don’t use Bluetooth in your car, plug your phone into the USB or other audio outlet. When flying, put your phone on airplane mode and put on your headset. Invest in a cell phone pouch or pocket Shield, you’re going to have that phone in your hand, in your pocket, or on your body during the entire plane ride.
Don’t use Bluetooth or AirPod headphones, they’re like sticking a microwave to your head. Check out our safe options
Secret tip for the ladies: You already know I love listening to audiobooks. You know how awkward it is to put your phone in the seat pocket because the cord from the headphones goes from your phone to your ears, seems someone is always going in and out and disrupting you. If you promise not to tell, I’ll share my secret. I put my phone in the pouch and put it in my bra (make sure to put the protective side towards your body). I don’t do this when I’m at home, but it’s a life saver when I’m flying.
Tip: Choose an audiobook that’ll keep you engaged and awake. Find a narrator with a pleasant, upbeat voice, not one with a deep sonorous voice that’s going to put you to sleep. Extra tip – I always download several additional choices just in case the book I’m listening to isn’t doing the trick. I do the same thing when reading, I always pack another book.
Tip: Backup systems reduce stress. Print everything out and put it all on your online calendar if you can access it on your phone.
In recent years your normal travel schedule may have been disrupted, and travel frequency has been less frequent. Getting back in the swing takes time and planning. It all seems much more stressful than it used to, and consider that in your planning.
- Save all your travel details in one place – like your Google Calendar.
- Before you leave – Check out details like how best to get to your hotel from the airport, parking, best routes if driving, etc., and save all that info on your calendar so you’re not stressing when you land in a strange city.
- Did you know you can save links and PDFs in your Google Calendar? Whenever I make a reservation or finalize some detail, I save it to my calendar. I save PDFs of my itinerary, confirmations, and other details like parking, nearby restaurants, and attractions. (yes, you can upload PDFs right to your calendar. See the example to the right)
Free your attention for important things. Having it all in one place eliminates the worries about losing paperwork or trying to keep it all in your head.
- Please print out the important details and keep them with you. Make another copy and put it in your luggage. I know it sounds like a lot but imagine no more worries about losing it, mislaying it, or forgetting it.
- Tuck some cash in your wallet, including small bills. Try keeping and refilling an envelope of small bills in your usual carry-on. I find this helps a lot since I don’t always remember to make it to the ATM for cash, and I often need small bills, not 20s.
I swear there’s a special travel amnesia that sets in when I’m packing. Have you ever unpacked only to find that you don’t have a charger for your phone or computer, you’ve got nothing to sleep in, and absolutely nothing you packed goes with anything else? Yep, I’ve been there too.
- Stack your clothing choices on the bed matched up by the day. Pants and tops matched up with shoes, jewelry, and a jacket for cool weather.
- Lessons learned the hard way. The last time I packed at the last minute and didn’t check my list, I ended up with no nightgown, jewelry that was obviously for the dress still hanging on the back of the door, and that purple shirt had nothing to go with it and pants, where were my pants?
- Check the weather online – Do you need a sweat, coat, or umbrella?
- Bring at least one extra set of casual and dressy clothes. Plans change, or mustard happens. I know a lot of people tell you to take only the minimum, and that’s up to you, but I
- I found a great visual in this blog by KDRose the tips work even for a weekend trip –
Packing for 3 Weeks in Europe
- Keep a checklist in your carry-on and do a last-minute run-through to ensure you’ve got all your essentials and some backups.
- Include everything on the list, clothes, toiletries, meds, shampoo, soap, chargers, etc. Yes, soap and shampoo are usually provided, but it doesn’t mean you want them on your body or hair. Recently the soap smelled so awful I had to rewash it with my soap to get the stench off.
- My favorite packing tip – leave essentials in your carry-on I keep my toiletry bag filled with all the essentials and some emergency items, headaches tablets, decongestants, antacids, etc. . I leave an extra charger and cord in my bag along with an extension cord. (How often have you forgotten your chargers or been in a room where the plugins aren’t convenient?
- When I’m packing, I double-check and refill as needed. It’s been years since I arrived anywhere without at least one charger, my toothpaste, antiperspirant, shampoo, soap, or anything else that’s important. I even keep a backup brush in my carry-on. Yep, before I did that I had entire weekends finger combing my hair.
- I found several great packing videos but found this one entertaining and really smart. The Earring idea blew me away! Although I still don’t recommend waiting until the last minute.
27 Travel Packing Hacks
- Don’t plan on picking up what you need when you get there. Seriously do you really want to spend your precious time looking for a drugstore or other place to go shopping? This is especially true if you’re not driving. Can you imagine asking the Uber driver to stop at the store so you can get toothpaste?
I came across some great videos to share with you. I narrowed it down to just this one so you can use the rest of your time planning the fun stuff. 75 Airplane & Airport Travel Hacks
My favorite tip: Never lose an earring again, put them in those daily pill containers. Sheer Genius.
Tip: Leave yourself some unscheduled time. Yes, even if you’re traveling for business, you need a little ‘me’ time.
It’s tempting to fill your time with activities, and I know you don’t want to miss anything. It can be hard to change that pattern and even harder if traveling with others or on a scheduled tour. If you’re caught up in activities and not taking time out, step back and ask yourself and your body what you need. Schedule your free time and let others know you’re not available. You may need to be firm about carving out that quiet time for yourself. Then spend it doing something you enjoy, even if it’s relaxing with a book, taking a walk, jogging, working out, having a nice meal, staring at the waves/sky, etc.
A friend just returned from an action-packed two-week cruise to the Galapagos, Ecuador, and Macho Pichu. They got up around 5 am finally ending the day at about 7 pm. That’s a 14-hour day. Some days free time was 20 minutes! It was an incredible trip with loads of interesting things to do, none of which they would have wanted to miss. But they were both exhausted after the trip and slept for most of the next week. A few days later she was sick. She wishes they’d taken a little more time.
If you’re anything like me, the idea of flying sends your stress levels through the roof. Between navigating an airport, dealing with security and trying to keep my energy up for a long flight, it can be a daunting experience. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to make air travel less stressful and even enjoyable. I hope these tips will help you have a more pleasant journey the next time you fly or travel.
Do you have any tried-and-true tips that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!