Meghan Markle, married to Prince Harry, 34, has travelled all over the world in her lifetime. Both as an erstwhile actress and a current member of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex is well used to travelling for work. Meghan has picked up numerous helpful travel hacks to beat the various problems regularly flying long distances can cause, from sickness to jet lag. The mother-to-be is particularly keen to boost gut health and takes precautions to stay healthy when on a plane.
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Meghan shared her words of wisdom in a blog post on her now-defunct website, The Tig.
One of her top pieces of advice is to ensure you drink plenty of water when flying.
“Hydrate like you’re dying of thirst – because even if you’re not, for your body – the thirst is real,” Meghan wrote on the site.
Hydration is particularly important when travelling by plane due to the lack of humidity.
Cabins on commercial airliners are kept at a humidity level of 20 per cent, revealed Teletext research.
This is five per cent lower than the relative humidity of the Sahara desert, potentially leading to dehydration-related health issues such as headaches and sore throats.
The Aerospace Medical Association advises passengers to drink at least one cup (250ml) of water per hour while flying.
A study conducted by Teletext holidays has found that the majority of British travellers are drinking far less than the recommended amount of water during long haul-flights, increasing their risk of health problems during and after their flight.
Meghan Markle will also always make sure she brings a high-strain probiotic to help with gut health, she revealed on the Tig.
“This dynamic duo of probiotics and agua will keep your gut health in check and honestly stave off jet lag if you’re globetrotting on your travels,” she wrote.
This is far from the Duchess’s only travel tip. One of her hacks involves bringing one item in particular as it’s both cosy and will help you feel at home.
Meghan explained she will always take a well—worn scarf with her on trips.
She revealed on The Tig, that it is particularly helpful for making her feel snug.
There’s also the advantage that it can easily be thrown into a bag, making it a convenient comforter.
“This has become invaluable to me when catching some Zzzzzs on a flight, or feeling swaddled in a hotel room,” Meghan wrote on the website.
“Throw it in your purse or backpack, and no matter how far you travel, you will always feel comforted both on and off the plane with something that feels and smells like home.”
Meghan also revealed on The Tig that there’s a great way to beat jet lag. The key is to follow the meal times of the country you’re staying in rather than matching what you’d do at home.