Magical Musts for Traveling


On most North American university and community college schedules, Spring Break falls between February and Mid-April. And, as expected, summer is also one of the heaviest windows for travel. It's the time of year when most of us are either booking their vacations, or at least considering it. Whether you're planning to jet to Maui, Key West, or driving a few hours to see family, it can help to come prepared—magically prepared, that is. Here are some of our witchtips for an overall smoother trip.

Meditation

It might benefit you to quell those pre or mid-flight jitters with some meditative exercises. You're probably rolling your eyes as you read, but you do have time, even in the midst of the airport hustle and bustle, trust me! Prior to leaving home, create a playlist on your phone—download the songs on iTunes, or use your Spotify account to download and "store" them in your app so you can access them with or without wifi. There are many guided meditation tracks on either; I also like to look up instrumental mediation tracks with Tibetan gongs, or nature sounds. My personal go-to when flights get sketchy (or the car we're traveling in becomes too cramped) is a separate mindfulness app, called 10% Happier, which was developed by a broadcast journalist who began having panic attacks live and on-air. And, if meditation isn't your thing, no biggie; you can always do the same, but with your favorite calming music.