There are many ways that you can lower your exposure to EMFs (electromagnetic fields) while you are staying in hotel rooms.
When I stay in hotels I bring my EMF detector with me to find all the sources of radio frequencies, magnetic and electric fields.
I also bring my Greenware broad band EMF meter to detect the dirty electricity coming from the outlets.
Not everyone has those two meters and you don’t necessarily need them because I am going to tell you what the most the most common sources of EMF are in almost every hotel room.
Since most hotels rooms have pretty much the same setup this should reduce most of your exposure. But sometimes there are other hidden sources that you will only be able to find if you have an EMF meter.
I do recommend that everyone invest in an EMF meter and dirty electricity meter so that you can identify all the sources of EMFs in your home and while you travel.
Here are 6 of the most common sources of EMF, most of them you can eliminate completely simply by unplugging them.
6 Common Sources Of EMF In Hotels
The highest priority in my opinion is going to be in the area around the bed so start where you sleep. Usually they are setup with a night table on each side of the bed with lamps. There is usually a DECT cordless phone on one side and an alarm clock on the other.
So right beside where you sleep are potentially two major problem sources of EMFs. They are usually only a foot or two away from your head.
From my experience measuring these with an EMF meter they often max out the reader, meaning the levels are higher than a $200 meter like the TriField TF2.
1. Alarm Clocks And Bluetooth
These days alarm clocks usually have Bluetooth capabilities so that means that they are sending out a signal 24/7 while looking for a phone to connect to and as a result they are emitting radio frequencies 24/7 too.
The other issue with alarm clocks right beside your head is that the electricity doesn’t just stay in the alarm clock. It goes out about 6-8 feet from the wall, unless the wires are shielded or metal conduit is used which is almost never used. So to be safe and just unplug the alarm clock.
2. DECT Cordless Phones
DECT Cordless phones emit in the same range as a WIFI router. So if there is a cordless phone on the night table right beside your pillow, it’s pretty much the same thing as sleeping right beside a wireless router. Something you never want to do.
I have measured the radio frequency coming from these cordless phones with my EMF meter and it’s always too high. The RF radiation literally maxes out the meter. Cordless phones are high on all three EMF measures when you are within a foot or two of them but the signal strength does decrease with distance.
Most models these days don’t plug into the outlet in the wall but are powered through an Ethernet cable instead. So either unplug it from the outlet or Ethernet port to disable it and keep that signal away from your body.
Most have backup batteries in them so you can unplug the battery or move the whole unit far away from where you are spending your time.
There is usually another cordless phone set up in the desk area of the hotel room so make sure you do the same thing there. Alternatively you could wrap them in aluminum foil or a shielding fabric to block the signals. Who really needs to use these phones anyway?
3. Bed Side Lamp and Magnetic Fields
The bed side lamp emits magnetic fields so it’s a good idea to unplug it all together or at least before you go to sleep. There’s typically a ton of lamps or lights in hotel rooms so you can pick your lighting source or just rearrange your room.
If you’re only staying for a night or two it’s probably easiest to just unplug the ones next to your bed but if you’re on a business trip or extended vacation then please rearrange your room for the least amount of exposure.
4. Wireless Router
Most hotels have a commercial router and multiple access points throughout the hotel. The wireless router or node in your room used to always be at the desk or under your bed (in my experience).
Now you can find them in the ceiling, walls, at the desk, under your bed etc. and they’re more hidden or discreet. It may just look like a smoke alarm or a plate on the wall. Sometimes they’re located in the halls which is best case.
My suggestion is to call around before booking your hotel, if you have the option, and book a room far from their commercial router, usually located on the first floor close to the front desk.
Find out where the access points are located in the rooms and ideally choose a hotel with wireless access points in the hall or furthest from your bed and one where you have the option to disconnect the WiFi in your room.
Every room is different and sometimes you can get a room without a router or node at all.
You really don’t want to use hotel WiFi anyway. Besides the EMF exposure, it’s a public connection with no security controls, putting your personal info and data at risk.
If you do need the internet, bring a long ethernet cord and use a hardwired internet connection instead. Make sure to turn off the WiFi settings on your own devices so your cell or tablet isn’t sending out constant pings.
I always travel with my USB to WIFI adapter. It has a wire about 10 feet long. This way your antenna is as far away from your body as possible, instead of being directly on your lap or really close to your body.
Remember to keep your laptop or tablet off your lap to keep those organs (especially reproductive ones) safe and healthy. Use a wired keyboard and mouse to limit as much exposure as possible.
5. Dirty Electricity
When I’m travelling I bring my Greenwave broadband EMF meter and Greenwave dirty electricity filters (usually 2 or 3).
Outlets, at least in the US and Canada, are designed for electricity that is 60 GHz which is what all electrical devices used back in the day. Modern technology uses many other frequencies. This creates dirty electricity. And of course there are always outlets right near the head of your bed in hotels.
To test dirty electricity, simply plug a Greenwave meter in and it will give you a reading. The last hotel I stayed in showed about 310 millivolts. After plugging in a Greenwave dirty electricity filter beside the bed (first priority) and then testing it again with the Greenwave meter, it measured 155. Ideally I want to see that number under 50 but at least it was a reduction.
After plugging in the second filter it measured about 105 millivolts. I only brought two meters on this trip but ideally I would plug another unit in to get it lower. But at least I reduced it from 310 to 105. I was happy with the improvement.
6. Smart TVs
Every hotel room I’ve ever been in has at least one giant flat screen, which seem to be switching to “smart” TVs. Some models have chips inside them that emit constant signals but the only way you will know this for sure is by using an electromagnetic field meter to detect them.
If you want to be on the safe side you can just unplug it at night or when you aren’t using it. If it’s not actually stuck to the wall, you can even have the hotel remove the TV from your room if you don’t want it there.
7. Cell Towers
If you are staying in a big city (or even small towns now) you are going to pick up cell tower signals and 5G towers with your EMF meter but there isn’t much you can do about that source unfortunately.
Although sleeping on a lower floor will most likely keep you further away from them.
I’d try and stay at a hotel that doesn’t have a 5G tower on the building and check the 5G maps to see how close your hotel choices are to one.
By cutting down the other EMF sources in your room, you’re lowering your exposure significantly. Every little bit matters and helps your body to be able to deal with the unavoidable electromagnetic smog.
Packing with EMF Shielding In Mind
By unplugging and distancing yourself from wireless and electronic devices in your hotel room you’ll definitely reduce your exposure and most likely sleep better.
But there’s still a lot of RF radiation throughout the hotel from other people’s devices, Bluetooth and cellular signals, as well as the WiFi everywhere else. So don’t forget to pack the following items with you.
A Shielding Blanket
No one wants to use hotel blankets anyway. One of the first things I do is take the cover right off the bed. My wife worked in a resort in her youth and knows firsthand that those covers never get washed.
So bring your EMF blanket or throw with you to have a cleaner, safer sleep. They come in all different sizes so if you don’t have space for a full or Queen size blanket, you can always just bring a small lap size or throw. Whenever I use a blanket I always measure the EMF from under me, if it’s a high EMF environment I skip the blanket. I don’t want to create a Faraday cage like environment.
A small lap size blanket is also perfect to use on a plane or train to protect your organs from all the ambient wireless radiation.
Your EMF Meter
I’ve talked about this earlier but an EMF meter is really handy to have with you everywhere you go. If you’re stressing about electromagnetic fields in your hotel room or while travelling, it’s an easy way to locate the biggest threats and hopefully address them.
It allows you to take control over your environment instead of just guessing, or ignoring the energy sources around you.
I love shielding clothing and hats. They’re a staple in my wardrobe but extra handy when you’re travelling or on vacation and exposed to higher levels of radiation. There are lots of choices for adults, and a few options for babies to protect what’s important to you.
A Long Ethernet Cord
As I’ve already mentioned, bring an ethernet cord with you to your hotel if you’re going to use the internet. The longer the better. Use a wired connection instead of a wireless one for less EMF exposure. You’ll have a faster connection and absorb less RF radiation.
A Faraday Bag
Being in crowded environments, I always recommend a Faraday bag or pouch. This is a way to completely block your devices from hackers and any tracking technology and is especially important at airports.
Last year, research by NordVPN, a cybersecurity company, found that 1 in 4 travelers have been hacked using public WiFi while traveling, with most attacks at airports, train and bus stations.
In a hotel, your devices will be closer to you while you sleep. So turn them completely off or put them in a Faraday bag overnight to reduce the radiation you’re absorbing in your hotel.
A Grounding Mat
Hopefully you will be vacationing at the beach so you can spend your holiday barefoot, grounding in the sand. If not, then I’d recommend bringing your grounding mat or sheet with you to help balance out the effects of all that electromagnetic smog.
Grounding is important for everyone to be doing on a regular basis, daily if you can. If you’re new to grounding, you can learn more about why it’s so important here and my favorite grounding mats.
Types of Of EMFs and Common Sources
1. Radio Frequencies
Radio frequency (RF) is usually the number one concern in hotel rooms. RF is a type of microwave radiation from things like cell phones, WIFI, Bluetooth and “smart” technology. These sources are emitted 24/7 with signals going out multiple times a second.
You want to pick a room away from the front lobby but also on a lower floor so you’re further from 5G towers and follow the tips above to reduce the RF in your room.
2. Magnetic Fields
Magnetic fields are found close to the sources. Hotel rooms usually have an overall low level. If you have an EMF meter, it’s a good idea to check the levels where your pillow is. Check the wall behind where your head will be when you sleep to make sure there isn’t something like a fridge on the other side. And don’t sleep next to the mini fridge.
Also choose a room away from the elevator, ice machine, and utility closet.
3. Electrical Fields
Electric fields comes from things like lamps and alarm clocks, electrical wires, or really anything with electrical power. This is the easiest to reduce in your room as you can unplug these items and use filters to remove dirty electricity. Just try to avoid hotels right near power stations, towers, and next to the airport.
Wrapping It Up
The more sources of EMFs that you can get rid of the better. You might think something doesn’t emit that much EMF radiation so what’s the point in unplugging it?
But when it comes to EMF the main problem is that it creates chaos inside your body when your are surrounded by all different frequencies at once.
So don’t think that unplugging one source isn’t good, every frequency you eliminate is a big step towards reducing your overall exposure and it adds up in a big way.
By taking steps to reduce your hotel EMF exposure, you’ll better be able to relax on your vacation, have a better night’s sleep and hopefully enjoy your trip more overall.
And if you’re trying to avoid all EMFs and go on a digital detox then head to a cabin in the woods without any wireless technology.
There are also a handful of hotels around the world focused on those with electromagnetic hypersensitivity, like the Hôtel Le Pavillon in Paris, an eco village in Italy called the Sagna Rotanda, or the Quiet Dome in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.