Witch Tips: Traveling During the Holidays

Later this week, I will be spending ten hours on a train and another two in a car to get home for the holidays.  And I am not alone.  The next few days are some of the busiest travel days of the year.  Both the journey and the time with family and friends can provide blessings, stressors, and challenges.  While you pack, make sure to throw a few items in your bag to make things easier.

Helpful Herbs

  • Echinacea: The worst is getting sick at your grandparents’ house.  Ward off infection or cut the length of colds with this remedy.  If you can’t get ahold of loose leaf or can’t travel with a tincture, most grocery stores carry tea bag versions.
  • Ginger: Great for sour throats and warming up the body.  I also recommend this if you get air or motion sick.
  • Lavender: Family can be stressful.  Lavender will help keep you calm.  Chamomile works well, too.
  • St. John’s Wort* or Similar Mood Improver If Needed: The holidays are not the most happy time for everyone.
  • Skullcap or Valerian: There may be a spring digging into your back while staying on your aunt’s couch, but at least you’ll be able to sleep.

Stones

Other Possible Magical Items

  • A Travel Altar Kit: I’ve written about these before.  Check out the post here.
  • A Protective Amulet, Talisman, Etc.: An item that makes you feel safe. For kids, this is their favorite blanket, doll, or stuffed animal.  For adults, maybe a piece of jewelry or a special scarf.

Magical Reading Suggestions

  • Persephone Unveiled by Charles Stein: For any Recon or Classical inspired path.  It’s an analysis of the Homeric Hymn of Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries.  He gets a little ramble-y at times, but makes several interesting points.
  • Scottish Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland: The history and practices of the Picts.
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley: A fictional account of Arthur’s life from the point of view of the women involved.  Perfect for a really long plane ride.

Mundane Suggestions

  • Bring Something To Do: If you’re going to be on a plane or train for hours on end, boredom will make the trip seem so much longer.
  • Snacks: Airport and train station food is expensive.  While you might be cool with springing for one meal, it’s easy to get the munchies.  Keep the water bottle empty, though, until you get through security.
  • Any Chargers , Headphones, or Cords:  Keeping them on hand will make your life easier if you’re suddenly out of cell battery and need to call for a cab.
  • A Hostess Gift: It’s important to be polite, even if you aren’t looking forward to the time with family.  Food or flowers are universally well received.

© Ariadne Woods

*Not everyone can take St. John’s Wort.  If you’re never tried it, double-check any interactions and start with a small dose.

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