Meghan Markle always follows this routine when flying to avoid getting jet leg and travel sick

  • US actress and future royal Meghan Markle is used to travelling for work.
  • She shared her secrets on beating jet lag and sickness in a blog, which is being recirculated from her now-closed website, The Tig.
  • Invest in a hand sanitiser, a high-strain probiotic, and hydrate like you’re dying of thirst, she advised.


Many people would agree that the reality of travelling for work is a lot less glamorous than it might sound. And it appears that US "Suits" actress and future royal Meghan Markle knows this all too well.

A post she wrote about travel essentials on her former lifestyle blog The Tig in 2016 has been circulating online again — and it reveals some details about the routine she follows when she boards a plane. Here's an archived version of the post.

"If you’ve been tracking my social media of late, you’ll notice that not a week goes by without me finding my derrière on a plane," she wrote.

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Take some sanitiser

First, while she claimed to be "no germophobe," she revealed that the first thing she does when she gets on a plane is wipe down her surrounding area.

"I always use some quick hand wipes or a travel sanitizer spray to wipe it all down: that includes the little TV, the service tray, and all the buttons around your seat. Sure, the person next to you may give you a side eye, but at the end of the flight, you’ll be the one whistling dixie with nary a sniffle."

And she could certainly have a point, there are plenty of studies that have found plane trays to be among the dirtiest parts of an aircraft, and could even harbour more germs than the flush handle in the toilet.

Swab your nose

Next up, Markle shared a flying tip which said was originally from Leonardo DiCaprio — albeit indirectly, via a friend who she called a "good source."

"[H]e puts a little Neosporin on a cotton swab and coats the inside of his nostrils. Not only does it create a barrier for germs, it also lubricates the skin in the nose. That’s important because when the skin cracks, germs can come a running in, so the coating of the Neosporin doubly protects you," she wrote.

Another item she'll always bring with her is a high-strain probiotic (a type of supplement for gut health). Then, she says, "hydrate like you’re dying of thirst – because even if you’re not, for your body – the thirst is real."

"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 travails."

Take something cosy

Markle added that she'll never travel without a scarf or cashmere blanket "that feels like a hug."

"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. This has become invaluable to me when catching some Zzzzzs on a flight, or feeling swaddled in a hotel room," she added.

Markle also advised travellers to invest in a travel wallet and a chic and efficient carry-on "that makes you feel like a frequent flier, things will speed along so you can avoid less airport hiccups and can focus on the vacate part of the vacation."

Eat to beat the jet lag

And finally, while many seasoned travellers will tell you to tune in your sleep pattern with your destination when flying long-haul, Markle also recommends doing this with your meals, a tip she says she learned from fashion designer Misha Nonoo.

"Misha Nonoo, once told me that if you eat on the schedule of wherever you’ve landed, you won’t feel jet lagged. I was skeptical at first, but as Misha shared, it’s your stomach that tells your brain when it’s feeling wonky."

"By simply eating a meal at the time the locals are when you land, you trick your brain a bit and stay much more on track, and much less cranky," she wrote.

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"Yes, it’s fun, and yes, it’s purpose-driven, and yes, it can sometimes feel quite glamorous; but, jet-setting (for work or pleasure) comes with its own set of complications. The foremost issue is self-care.

"It’s easy to run yourself ragged, hopping from one locale to another, sometimes feeling homesick, and other times just feeling plain-old sick (tummy, head cold, you name it)," she went on.

So, Markle shared some trusty travel tips with her readers — and some of them might well come in handy on your next flight.

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"This is not the 'who wore it better' you want, dear."
"If Diana were still alive this would've killed her."
“I don’t understand why your modeling career didn’t take off after this shoot.”
“I hear you’re getting a Lifetime movie. And will you be playing yourself or did you not have enough credits?”
“I guess now I know what he sees in you.”
"Would you like a glass of water because you look THIRSTY."
“I liked this better when Emma Stone wore it four years ago.”
“This one is actually hurting my eyes.”
“If you’re going to show some leg, you do it like this.”
“Yeah, that’s about right.”
“THIS is a pose, dear.”
“This is worse than if you had murdered someone.”
“Jesus, I just woke up and I look more put together.”
“I hope he’s telling you your hair looks like shit.”
“I still can’t tell if you’re trying too hard or not enough.”
“You’re not supposed to let them touch you, dear, you’re supposed to wave at them from behind a rope and act like they’re not gross.”
“Wow, look at all the Suits fans who showed up.”
“I hope you like your wedding gift. It’s a hairbrush.”
“So... is he only giving you like ten minutes to get ready? Is that what’s going on?”
“You look like a college girl going to the funeral of one of her boyfriend’s family members whom you never met.”
“Oh, shit, she’s trying to do the wave.”
“This is the Royal Family you’re joining, dear, not Melrose Place.”
“So I’m guessing for your wedding I wear my formal sweatpants.”
“That’s the face I make every time I see one of your outfits.”
“And will your wedding gown also be from H&M?”
“When should I be expecting my Paperless Post evite, dear?”
“How is it his mother was the most fashionable woman in the world and you always look like you’re on a Starbucks run?”
“I imagine you’ve been to the Golden Globes many times. As a waitress.”
“That outfit literally just made me throw up.”
“I just want you to think of me as your nephew. Who you bow to every single time you see.”
“You flew economy! ECONOMY!”
“Cute photo shoot, dear. Oh, did I mention I’m going to be the fucking King?”
“I’m so excited you’ll be getting married in 2018. And divorced.”
“We’re having a small gathering at the palace tonight. But it’s royalty only. I wish I could make an exception, dear.”
“I hope your New Year’s resolution is to start working with a stylist.”
“Perhaps during the reception you can perform some of your favourite monologues from Suits.”
“Looks like I win ‘best legs’ too.”
“I say this as a friend. These seem desperate.”
“THIS is how you wear a hat, dear.”
“Hashtag not iconic.”
“Let’s set a time tomorrow to go over all the things you did wrong today.”
“Oh, are you engaged? I hadn’t heard. No one’s really talking about it.”
“I hope you like your Christmas gift. It’s a one way ticket back to LA.”
“I can’t with this fuckery, get me back to the palace.”
“Shorts are my thing, dear. I’m only saying it once.”
“Is it all right if I call you Auntie Meg? And you can call me His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.”
“I couldn’t find your registry on Crate and Barrel.”
“May 19, got it. So is it going to be a cash bar?”
“Nice meeting you. Oh, and next time you see me, bow, ‘kay?”
“Ohhh, YOU’RE what they mean by basic.”
“Christmas this year is just family, dear, you understand.”
“His mother was Princess Diana and you were on Suits. I guess those are similar things.”
“He used to fuck anything with a pulse. Anyway, enjoy your engagement.”
“His mother was the most beloved woman in history so that’s who you’ll be compared to. Bye!”
“Those flowers look cheap. Just like you.”
“Slut!”
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