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5 Ways to Make Your Next Hotel Stay Healthier

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My husband and I travel a lot.

It’s mostly for business, and we usually enjoy it, but what we don’t enjoy are the hotels. Bleach cleaners, mold, carpeting, polyester (plastic) sheets, old pillows. It’s a toxic load neither of us want on our bodies and neither of us look forward to. It’s one of the pieces of our own journey that led us to start Healthy Vacation Club, but we’ve had to learn how to cope with what’s available until we can cover the world with healthy vacation homes and hotels.

What do we do?

1. We choose better hotels.

We’ve tried a lot of hotels, unfortunately. We’ve been to highly rated resorts that had been soaked in bleach and large brand hotels covered in mold. Don’t be afraid to walk away, there are always more hotels. In our experience, we’ve always gotten our money back… even if it one time took 6 months and multiple calls.

Our main hotel has ended up being Hilton, basically because we’ve had the fewest problems there. Not surprisingly, we recently learned that:

“Gary Collinge, general manager of the Hilton Vancouver Airport, says all Hilton hotels follow standards regarding eco-friendly cleaning solutions, including non-toxic, non-phosphate, non-chlorine and biodegradable products.” – Hotelier Magazine

Apart from Hilton, we’ve also had pretty good luck with Hyatt and Marriott. Of course, they’re all far from perfect, and I wouldn’t call any of them “healthy”, but they are doing some good things that make it a bit easier for us to stay there compared to other hotels. I would love the opportunity to work with any of them to start pushing the hotel industry to a place more focused on wellness. For us, it’s not about competing, it’s about making change happen quickly in the vacation industry.

I still don’t love the chemicals, carpets, VOCs, polyester sheets, and chlorinated water, but at least my thyroid isn’t being attacked by chlorine bleach cleaners. And since I have Hashimoto’s, that’s important for me.

2. We cook our own food.

For longer stays we’ll book with a resort or long-term stay hotels that have a kitchen. They’ll often have stainless steel pans, but we usually pack small pan and wooden spatula just in case they only have Teflon pans and plastic spatulas. If we can drive to the hotel, then we always bring our Instant Pot Mini, regardless of if the hotel has a kitchen or not. We do always make sure we have a fridge in the room. Hilton has been good about being able to bring a fridge up to the room if there is none to begin with.

We also make sure we know where we’re going to buy food. That means, depending on which State we’re in, we look for a Sprout’s, Lucky’s Market, or Whole Foods, and pick a hotel in that area of the city. We book as close as possible to the event we’re attending, but for larger conferences like Natural Products Expo West, in LA, where we usually need to book a hotel that’s 5-7 miles from the event, we’ll pick the one that puts a Sprouts on our way to the hotel.

3. We bring our own air filter.

I like the Air Oasis filters. In addition to getting rid of the dust that many times is attached to flame retardants and other chemicals, the Air Oasis can also break up VOCs. Basically, ripping apart toxic chemicals into their base elements.

If we’re flying, we bring the travel-sized Air Oasis and if by car, we usually bring our Air Oasis 1000. Either way it’s the first thing we set up and turn on after checking in to the hotel.

4. We bring castile soap.

It’s something simple, but we don’t want to use scented hand soaps, body soaps, and dish soap (if we have a kitchen). Instead, we have a travel sized bottle of castile soap with us and use it for everything. My husband even uses it as toothpaste, but that’s just gross! 😉

5. We bring PJ’s and socks.

Admittedly, we’re not the best at remembering PJ’s, so we often improvise, but I think this one is worth mentioning. Since we’re sleeping on sheets that usually are made of polyester (plastic) and have been washed in chemicals we know nothing about, we like to have something to keep our bodies from absorbing all of that. Same goes for socks. I try to have socks with me even if I won’t be wearing any shoes that need socks. Being from Europe, where we don’t carpet rooms, I find them disgusting. Since we don’t know what powders and cleaners have been used on the carpet, we would rather protect our feet with socks.

Emelie Kamp is an entrepreneur, licensed nutritional counselor, wellness coach, green living coach, author of The Sugar Story and health industry consultant - working towards transforming the way we feel and the way we see ourselves. Be encouraged, be empowered, live your purpose.

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Organic, Sustainable, Non-Toxic Vacation Homes!

Healthy Vacation Club is an alternative to other vacation properties and the bleach, toxic cleaners, chlorinated and fluoridated water, mold, EMFs, VOCs, and other toxins that often come with them.

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We’ve been hinting at this, but now it’s almost here!

The Healthy Vacation Club now has its own website and we’re starting to get pre-booking and information requests.

We’re on course to get our first demo home built this year in Orlando. It’s a big step and we’re really thankful to all our partners that have been helping us make this happen.

For those who don’t know me, I’m Emelie Kamp, co-founder and green living coach. In 2014 we began a journey to showcase a lifestyle of wellness with our first wellness center and now I’m thrilled to announce the Healthy Vacation Club. It’s organic, non-toxic, sustainable vacationing at it’s best and it’s an amazing experience.

It all started because I was so sick and tired of not having a healthy place to stay during both vacations and business travel? Chlorine bleach & toxic cleaners, chlorinated & fluoridated water, mold & mildew, EMFs, VOCs, and other toxins – it totally ruins a vacation, not to mention you health. A vacation is supposed to make you healthier and I for one don’t want to come home more sick than when I left!

I have an autoimmune disease and its made my body more sensitive to chemicals and molds. My eyes where opened to how much need there is and with the experience and knowledge that my husband and I have, we knew we could do something about it.

We’re starting to build in Orlando, FL, close to Disney World and other amusement parks. It also has a lot of direct flights from Europe! After that we’ll be listen to where you want and need to travel. We’re already looking at other properties in other areas of Florida, California, Utah, and Colorado.

Healthy Vacation Club is an alternative to other vacation properties and the bleach, toxic cleaners, chlorinated and fluoridated water, mold, EMFs, VOCs, and other toxins that often come with them. Here’s a few points on what you can look forward to:

• Non-toxic fitness center
• Infrared saunas
• Chloramine-free pool
• Non-toxic beds with organic sheets
• Carpet-free floors
• Kitchen with wooden cutting boards and stainless-steel pots and pans
• Filtered air and water
• Lower EMF’s
• Zero VOC wall paint

You can find more information about Healthy Vacation Club at www.healthyvacationclub.com.

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Healthy Vacation Rentals

You know that toxic chemical smell that hits you when you first walk into a hotel room?

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“You know that toxic chemical smell that hits you when you first walk into a hotel room? And then the things you don’t smell, like fire retardants and chemicals from rugs, paint, furniture, and just about everything else.”

Are you as tired as I am of not having a healthy place to stay during your vacation?

Chlorine bleach & toxic cleaners, chlorinated & fluoridated water, mold & mildew, EMFs, VOCs, and other toxins. A vacation is supposed to make you healthier, not more sick!
I believe we can change that.

My Story

Having Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid disease, has made my body more sensitive to chemicals and molds. I’ve realized how much need there is and know we can do something about it.

While the move toward greener sustainable houses is booming, the move towards healthier homes and vacation homes is just beginning. It’s a challenge, requiring a deep understanding of both health, housing, and the travel industry, but we have a pretty amazing team and partners to do just that!

We’re already about two years into the process of building the first healthy vacation home and we’ll keep you updated as we get closer (update: Updated information on the Healthy Vacation Club)

What are healthy vacation homes?

Healthy Vacation Homes that provide your body a place to rest and renew.

Imagine coming into your vacation home and giving your body a break from all the toxins and chemicals present in most homes and hotels today. We will also have a non-toxic gym and infrared saunas in each vacation home development, so you can give your body a little extra love and detox during your stay.

Healthy Vacation Home focus areas:

  • Clean air & water with extra filtered drinking water
  • Furniture without flame retardants
  • Plastic free kitchen
  • Natural beds with organic cotton or linen sheets
  • Non-toxic cleaning in between guests
  • As close as possible to organic/specialty grocery stores
  • Hurricane proof houses (even windows)

“Will you stand with me?”

In Hope & Health,
Emelie Kamp

Emelie is a Wellness Coach, Green Living Coach, and Licensed Nutritional Counselor. She has also managed the development of multiple single-family and multi-family homes.

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