3 Methods of Earthing While Traveling
This post gives a basic explanation of what earthing (also known as grounding) is, why we should do it and explains ways of earthing while traveling.
Earthing, also known as grounding, is about connecting electrically with the earth.
Just as our electrical appliances need to be grounded, so do us humans. The problem is that in these modern times most of us are rarely ever grounded.
Featured Image: Screenshot from the video used in this post. Using aluminium foil to ground anything.
Why do we Need to be Earthed?
I’m no scientist but from what I understand our bodies are full of electrons. With all the technology we use today we have an excess of positive charge. By grounding we can collect negatively charged electrons from the earth which balances our charge and at the same time we use the earth as a shield against EMF.
Another reason which is easier for me get get on board with but probably less agreed upon by the scientific community, is that this planet and all its living creatures are part of a big system. By connecting directly to the earth we align with this system.
In short, we should ground ourselves as much as possible because it is good for our health and well-being.
What are the Health Benefits of Earthing?
People that earth themselves regularly report that they just generally feel better, but there are many specific benefits also. Here are some of them:
Earthing While Traveling Improves:
- Adrenal health
- Blood circulation
- Blood pressure
- Healing of injuries (including general recovery from physical activity, e.g., sore muscles)
- Immune system
Earthing also reduces and possibly eliminates the following:
- Chronic pain
- Menstrual and female hormone symptoms
- Muscle tension
Here’s some scientific proof on the benefits of earthing.
And if you want you can read a whole book about it.
3 Methods of Earthing While Traveling
Now that we’ve covered why we should be earthed let’s talk about how to actually go about earthing while traveling and more importantly for readers of a travel blog, how to apply the methods of grounding or earthing while traveling.
Method One – Direct Connection
The first method of earthing while traveling is to just go touch the earth!
It has to be direct contact with rock, dirt or water, which has direct contact with our planet earth, i.e., putting your hand in a bathtub full of water or in the soil of your indoor plant does not count, but lying in a field or climbing a tree does.
Going to the beach is a great way of earthing while traveling as sand and salt water are awesome conductors.
Method Two – Earthing Footwear
When I travel I walk around a lot so wearing grounded footwear makes sense. Unfortunately buying earthed shoes is expensive, especially since I do not live in the United States (shipping cost extra). I’m not paying $100usd for a pair of sandals. If I were to by some these would be it (earth runners) as they are earthed and minimalist.
Also, even if your footwear is earthed, most of the time we are still not connected to the ground being with all the concrete around.
I still did want to earth my shoes because I like hiking in nature so I did it myself following these instructions.
Another thing about grounding shoes is that you need to wear conductive socks also, like silver lined (not as expensive as it sounds).
Note: The more of your body that is grounded the more beneficial it will be. You can do this by touching more parts, or larger areas of your body to any grounded material, for example, wearing x-static socks will turn your whole foot into a conductor, or using an earthing bed-sheet will make most of you body grounded while you sleep.
Method Three – Earthing While Indoors
Note: I do not actually use this method whilst traveling, i.e., if I’m not staying in one a single residence for at least two weeks I think it is too much hassle, but you may disagree. Also, I did all the research and writing, and I do use it when not traveling, so I decided to publish it anyway.
Since most of us sleep for at least a quarter of our lives it is a good time to reconnect with the earth, especially if you have trouble sleeping.
Earthing bedding such as sheets and pillow cases are available on-line and (in my opinion) are a really good idea. They are made out of some sort of conductive material and then you plug it into the power socket. Don’t worry, they have made them so you wont get electrocuted should something be wrong with the wiring, although I would not use it during a lightening storm.
Unfortunately carrying around these things is not practical for the minimalist traveler (although travel earthing kits are available). Also, in some countries (such as the Philippines, where I am currently living for a few months) and/or in old buildings they don’t even use a grounding pin in their sockets. Testers are available and as I mentioned before you won’t get electrocuted, but you wont be grounded either.
Luckily there are ways to do it without using electrical sockets. One way is to bury a cooper rod into the ground and then run a wire from it to you. Obviously not practical for the traveler, especially when in hotel rooms higher than ground level and/or with nothing but concrete outside.
Cold Water Pipe
The other way is to attach a wire from the the cold water pipe of the bathroom sink to yourself. The cold water pipe usually runs into the ground. Here are my short instructions of how to do it. The basis of these instructions are from NaturesPlatform.com/earthing.html which also tells how to DIY the other ways.
- First acquire for yourself some wire (length depends on how much you are willing to carry around), at least two alligator clips and some aluminium foil (optional).
- Strip about 5cm of the wire on one end. This is the end you attach to the pipe in the bathroom. Do so by tying the wire around the pipe first so the connection wont be lost if the wire gets tugged. Make sure the stripped section of the wire is secured onto a metal part of the pipe or cut-off valve otherwise it wont work. You can secure it with tape or an alligator clip.
- Connect the other side of the wire to an alligator clip, or, if you want something “more sturdy” use a 1/2 inch copper coupling. Follow the instructions on NaturesPlatform.com/earthing.html for your to do this.
- If you are the only one being earthed then you can at attach the alligator clip directly to yourself, e.g., clip it to your sock.
- If you want multiple grounding points then get some aluminum foil (or any other conductive material) and attach the alligator clip to it, then run as many wires as you want from the aluminum.
Using aluminium foil is a cheap way to ground anything. Just connect the wire from the copper pipe to the aluminium foil and place the foil on anything while touching it, e.g., on your seat, in your bed, turn it into a braclet, etc.
Here’s a video on the matter.
Note: Aluminum foil is a good conductor and cheap to acquire, but copper is better and still relatively cheap. Silver and gold are the best conductors.
If you are on the computer, according to NaturesPlatform.com, you can easily earth yourself by running the wire from the computer chassis (a metal part of the tower) to yourself. This assumes the computer is plugged into a socket that is grounded.
How to Test if Something is Earthed
You can test if your grounding is working with a simple circuit tester.
- For ANY of the three methods, insert one probe of the tester (either color) in the small slot of the top receptacle.
- Touch the other probe to the flattened coupling. If the tester lights up, you’ve got good grounding and good continuity.
You could get a more accurate reading using a voltmeter but the above way is more portable.
Here a video using a voltmeter to test.
Don’t want to DIY ground yourself? Get any earthing product you need here.
Well that’s it. Everything I do to ground myself while traveling, and even when not traveling.
How do you go about earthing yourself while traveling? Or perhaps you just want to share your experiences and thoughts about earthing and it benefits. Let us know in the comments 😀 .