How to Create a Travel Altar For Witches
Are you a traveling witch trying to keep your zen on while out on the road? Travel altars are a great way to stay in touch with your spiritual practice, especially when you're out on the road and out of your regular space and routine. I will sometimes use a travel altar as an anchor point when dealing with the chaos of traveling.
Especially in recent years, I've realized that staying centered is non negotiable for me. While I may not need to feel centered when I'm actually traveling, having and maintaining that consistent practice has proved itself to be essential to maintaining stability whenever I'll get back from a trip. Do you ever find it hard to resume back to "real life" after a great vacation or a journey away from home? Maintaining any form of a spiritual practice is going to be super helpful for that.
A travel altar is also a great way to add a little magick to your travels!! For example, I recently visited Sedona, Arizona and Taos, New Mexico (Which are known for their very powerful crossroads and energy vortexes.), so you better believe I brought my travel altar with me as a way to connect with that delicious energy. Not to mention to conjure up some magick while I was out there.
Travel Altar Essentials:
A Travel Altar Box: Honestly, this is purely for badass, witchy aesthetic purposes, but I like having a special box for my travel altar if space allows. I'm just that witch and something about pulling my spiritual tools out of a box just feels so right. The size of the box will depend on how much room you have in your suitcase, but a medium sized wooden box should suffice, I love mine with little carvings. My moon sister Daena actually has a really beautiful used jewelry box as her travel altar box, and it's especially awesome because it's a bit compartmentalized. You could totally find one at a local thrift store.
If you're an artsy witch, you can totally decorate the box however you'd like, you can paint it, or you can even do some cool wood burning designs with sigils, your name, or other symbology.
Altar Cloth: I think this one is a given, especially since you're on the road you will need a dedicated space. A pretty handkerchief works very great for this if you'd like a smaller option.
Candle: I would pack a couple chime candles especially if you typically use them in your meditative practice. For me, nothing chills me out than gazing into a candle after a long day. Plus they're very light and store super easily. Don't forget the candle holder!
Incense: Cone incense is the most ideal because they come with a little metal dish in each package, so it's less to pack and you won't feel bad if you lose it. I wouldn't necessarily recommend burning this in a hotel room or airbnb, but these are great for outdoor purposes.
Lighter: Oh how many times have I forgotten a light or matches. Just a friendly reminder so you have something to check off your list and aren't without it!
Grounding Spray or Essential Oil: Especially if you aren't into using incense or sure it's appropriate for where you're staying, essential oils are super easy to squeeze into your travel altar kit, and super handy to have. Florida water is super handy, and a great go-to if you're looking for a general cleansing spray.
Divination/Oracle Cards: I find that I need to be connected with my divination practice at all times or I lose my connection to them. These aren't essential to bring, but I generally try to do a "card of the day" when I'm out just to maintain the connection to my deck. If I need a deeper dive, I'll do a 3 card spread. And don't let anyone tell you any different, an oracle card is just as valuable as a tarot card! But that'll be another blog post, for sure.
Mini Cauldron: A mini cauldron can be great for burning incense, having a small and controlled space for fire if you need to create a little fire and toss something into it, great for burning charcoal's, the list goes on. Be sure to get a cast iron one, or your charcoal workings might turn it into a one-time use cauldron!
Crystals: A small geode or small small crystal like a tigers eye crystal if you're a crystal witch never hurts. I always have a crystal in my tarot bag anyhow so this is easy to bring around. If you want to be extra efficient just bring a necklace with a crystal on it so you're fashionable and grounded. Haha.
A small empty jar, or plastic ziplock bag or two. Especially if you're going to a spiritual space, or a space with a ton of history, consider collecting some dirt so you can take some the spirit of the land with you.
Pick and choose what feels right to you! I personally am more whole when I have my tarot deck with me, or my witchy protection crystal necklace that I have spent many a full moon dancing with it under the beautiful night sky. Take with you what feels right, and try things out too! If something just doesn't vibe with you, that's okay! Try again with a different thing, whatever it may be. The point is to keep you as the witch empowered at all times and in all places. Magick comes from within you, and you will always be able to access it, but sometimes it helps to bring a little piece of your sacred space with you from time to time.
Have you ever brought a travel altar with you before? Are you super excited to get one started? Tell me about it in the comments, and thank you for following. me on this beautiful journey The Season of Anya! Please check out my Youtube @SeasonofAnya and have a blessed, blessed day.