By Kathryn Weber
Just because you’re on the road, traveling for business or headed off for a long-awaited vacation doesn’t mean you have to give up on your feng shui. If you’re used to living in a comfortable, clean and organized environment that has good feng shui, you’ll want to stay in hotel room that feels like your feng shui home. But how do you do that?
Feng shui isn’t a difficult concept to use when you’re traveling and staying in hotel rooms. Plus, by using a little feng shui while you’re on the road, you can keep yourself energized and refreshed. That’s because we’re often tired when traveling and that often comes from being in a different environment even when that environment is a luxury hotel!
Making even some small feng shui changes when you’re traveling can make a difference in the quality of your travel and the quality of your energy and vitality. So take a few steps to ensure your travel and hotel room all have good feng shui for safe, successful travels.
Before you leave
Packing for your trip can often be frustrating and worrisome….how many pairs of shoes to take? Will I need an umbrella? Before departing think about your energy, rest and relaxation, too. While you’re packing consider adding a few extra items to your suitcase:
- Sheet spray. Giving the hotel sheets a spritz of lavender before bed helps to clear the room and pampers you too. You can also use it to freshen the scent in your hotel room.
- A candle. Add some fire and zest to your hotel room by packing a travel candle. It’ll perk up your hotel room with its fire chi and if it’s scented, make your room smell fresh and inviting. The fire energy of the candle will also help spark friendly conversations and excellent social energy during your travels.
- A Bluetooth speaker or small portable speakers are a way to introduce some calming and relaxing music to help soothe jangled nerves after long day of traveling.
- Night light. Waking in the night to a strange room can find you bumping into walls. Bring a simple red or pink night light (red light won’t wake you up) to help you find your way without being as disturbing to sleep as a white night light is (red night light).
- Earplugs. Sometimes other hotel guests can be noisy and prevent you from sleeping soundly. Always bring earplugs to help you rest more fully.
- Dollar bills. Housekeepers make up our beds, bring us fresh towels and keep our rooms tidy. Show your appreciation by leaving $2-$3 a day with a sweet note of gratitude. They’ll often leave you chocolates or other little surprises for your thoughtfulness. Your hotel represents you while you’re away. A small kindness not only creates a good deed, you’ll also ensure that the housekeeper working on your room will be carrying a positive thought of you – and that always lifts the room’s energy and your own as well.
- Pretty silk plant or flowers. Adding a touch of greenery to your room makes it feel alive and adds a homey touch. Many hotel rooms can seem a bit sterile. A small bud vase with a flower or small green plant is lightweight and adds a living touch to a lifeless hotel room.
- Conch or cowrie shell. Conch and cowrie shells are often thought of as the “travelers shell.” When displayed at home, they promote travel. But while away from home, a conch or cowrie shell offers offer the traveler protection on the trip, and they symbolize good fortune during travel, and are especially good for business travelers as they represent excellent business luck.
- Lucky and protective talismans. Carry some small charms and items you enjoy to bring good fortune and protective chi to you and your room while traveling. Even tying your suitcase handles with red ribbon is effective!
Once you arrive
When checking in, always ask for a room with a pretty view if possible. Most hotels will try to accommodate your request – and having a pretty view is wonderful feng shui. Look at the room carefully once you arrive. Check to be sure you’re not next to an ice machine, a busy doorway or elevators. Also, make sure that the bed is in the “command” position and that you can see the doorway easily. If the bed isn’t oriented this way, or if it appears you’re in a noisy location, ask for another room.
Next, use these tips to help you set your room up with good feng shui.
Turn the lights on. Always turn lights on when you enter your new hotel room to bump up the chi in the room. Hotel rooms can be a bit yin, so turning on the lights will help give it a dose of yang energy.
Go ahead and unpack. If there’s room, set up your suitcase on the suitcase rack in the closet so your room stays neat and uncluttered. Place your toiletries in the bathroom so that they’re ready for your use. If you’re staying a bit, go ahead and unpack your suitcase into the dresser drawers.
Stay organized. Some hotel rooms look like a travel or cosmetics bag exploded. Stay neat, orderly and organized and you’ll be able to find what you need and your room will remain enjoyable to be in. When your hotel room is a mess, your energy wanes. As a traveler, your energy is often depleted and a mess only makes it worse. Try to keep your room as neat as possible to help the room’s chi – and yours!
Refresh your room’s energy. Upon arriving, open the curtains and if the weather permits, open the windows to allow fresh air into the room. Light your candle, turn on some relaxing music and add your flower or plant to your night stand and plug in your red nightlight. Move or cover the clock radio if it has bright numbers so it won’t disturb your sleep.
Cover mirrors. If your hotel room has a mirror opposite the bed, be sure to cover it before you go to sleep. Mirrors can disturb sleep and prevent rest, so cover them with a towel so you’ll sleep more soundly and be better rested.
Close the bathroom door. Just as you would at home, be sure to keep the door to the bathroom closed at all times.
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