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5 Prayers for Safe Travel

Whether you are going on family vacation or commuting to work, these prayers for safe travel will help with your travel anxiety.

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Whether it’s holiday travel or a busy workday, many people are traveling every day. By car, plane, train or subway, people venture out into the world to get to work, run errands, go on vacations or to visit their friends and loved ones.

Travel Anxiety

Traveling far from home can be a beautiful, eye-opening experience. Unfortunately, travel anxiety can make trips more stressful than enjoyable. The good news is that if you experience travel anxiety you are not alone, and you don’t have to stay trapped in an endless cycle of worry. There are techniques and tips to stay calm while traveling.

READ MORE: 5 Comforting Bible Verses for Safe Travel

Helpful Travel Anxiety Tips:

1. Exercise Before You Leave

It’s no secret that exercise can be a powerful antidote to anxiety. This is because cardiovascular activity releases endorphins, which can reduce feelings of stress. Even a ten-minute walk before your leave for your journey can be enough to release these feel-good chemicals and ensure you start your trip on the right foot.

2. Plan Ahead

Lack of knowledge is a surefire way exacerbate travel stress. Plan ahead as much as possible to minimize in-the-moment panic. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get to the airport or bus station, and do research ahead of time to know what to expect about checking in and finding your gate. Knowing where you are going will eliminate unnecessary anxiety.

3. Pack Smart

Make sure you have everything you need to ensure smooth travels. For flying, an eye mask, calming essential oil and laptops might be helpful. For road trips, healthy snacks or an audio book might be just what you need to stay calm. Make a list and pack early to keep your journey worry free.

4. Practice Relaxation Techniques

When travel anxiety strikes, it can send your brain into overdrive. Relaxation exercises can be helpful to lower your heart rate and return your breathing to normal. Guideposts blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi recommends a five-finger breathing exercise to help you calm down.

“Make a fist. As you inhale through your nose, slowly uncurl your thumb and index fingers,” Rossi writes. “As you exhale through your mouth, slowly open your middle, ring, and pinky fingers.”

The key is to exhale longer than you inhale, which will put you into a parasympathetic stat, where your muscles relax and your heart slows down.

5. Keep Your Mind Busy

The worst thing you can do for travel anxiety is stew. If you find yourself getting worried on the road, take immediate action to distract yourself. Read a book, listen to a podcast or take a walk during a layover. Occupying your brain will help distract you from your travel worries.

5 Prayers for Safe Travel:

Two kayakers on the water saying prayers for safe travel

1 of 6 Prayer for a Stress-Free Family Trip

The LORD will keep you from all harm— He will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8

Dear God,

Please protect us on the journey we are about to take.
Support us with Your strength and grace when we are weary.
Help us to be mindful of Your presence and love in times of stress
and guide us to make our time together meaningful and memorable.

A family on the beach at sunset saying prayer for safe travel

2 of 6 Safe Travel Prayer for Family

How priceless is Your unfailing love!  Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings.  (Psalm 36:7)

Dear Lord,
Please keep my family in Your watchful care while we are away from home.
Keep us safely protected in Your sheltering arms.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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A family in the car on a road trip saying prayers for safe travel

3 of 6 Prayer for Travel By Car

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  (I Peter 5:7)
Heavenly Father,
Please protect us while we travel.
The streets are busy and the trip is long.
Keep us safe from the dangers of the road.
Give us courtesy and patience with other drivers.
And help us reach our destination swiftly and easily, always knowing that You are with us.

A plane taking off the runway with prayers for safe travel

4 of 6 Prayer for Safe Flight

I will help you, I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.  (Isaiah 41:10)

God, sometimes flying makes me nervous.
I know airplanes are safe, but still I worry.
Please give me Your peace Help me remember that You are watching over the plane.
Bless the men and women in the cockpit.
Bless the flight attendants and all the passengers.
Remind me that flight is a miraculous gift from You, and that when this plane speeds through the air, it is obeying the physical laws of the world You created.
As I look at the sky above and the earth below, I praise You for the beauty of Your creation.
I place myself confidently in Your care, knowing that, just as You guide me on the ground, so Your loving arms protect me in the air.

A car driving on the road at sunset with prayers for safe travel

5 of 6 Prayer for Travel Protection

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely He will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For He will command His angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.
15 He will call on Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him My salvation.”

Psalm 91

A family taking a selfie on vacation in Venice while saying prayers for safe travel

6 of 6 Prayer for a Safe Vacation

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Heavenly Father,

Please bless our vacation.
Help our family to have patience and understanding.
Guide us to be mindful of this gift of time together.
Help us to make compromises when necessary and handle any chaos that comes our way with Your love and grace.
Open our eyes to truly see the beauty of the memories we are creating that will last a lifetime.

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