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Meghan Markle’s Go-To Travel Tips Really Hold Up

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Before becoming a part of the British royal family, Meghan Markle frequently traveled for her roles as an actress and activist, so it’s no surprise she has several tips for traveling comfortably and efficiently.

The Duchess of Sussex, who married Prince Harry last year and is expecting their first child in the spring, now travels the world for engagements, but in her royal role, she typically participates in more formal interviews and doesn’t spill as much information about her lifestyle.

Thanks to old interviews and blog posts on her since-shuttered blog The Tig, fans of the duchess can still find travel advice from the former “Suits” star. In 2014, she talked to Allure about the product she “cannot live without” while traveling: tea tree oil.

“It’s not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it’s my little cure-all,” she said. “It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time.”

Considering her pregnancy, Markle has likely adjusted her use of essential oils (some doctors advise against using tea tree and some other oils while pregnant). She’s also probably chosen a few new favorite products over the years, but before she was a royal, she spoke of her go-to travel hacks.

Check out some of her favorite tips and products below.

How To Bring A Touch Of Home To Your Travels

In a 2016 post on The Tig (the blog is partially available to view on archives site Wayback Machine), Markle shared her go-to travel products, which included a scarf or “thin cashmere blanket that feels like a hug.” The former actress wrote that she never travels without the cozy item as it can be comforting and “feels and smells like home.”

Chatting with Canadian Living in 2015, Markle also mentioned that she never travels without putting on one of her favorite fragrances before leaving the house or packing a small vial of it in her bag. She referenced the scent Bvlgari Blv II, which she said she wore while filming “Suits.”

How To Stay Organized

In a “travel essentials” post on The Tig, Markle wrote that it’s important to take the time to look for a travel case or a piece of luggage that “makes you feel like a frequent flier” so you can stay organized and focus on the “vacate part of the vacation.”

Some of her favorite travel items include pieces from the brand Ebby Rane as well as the First Class Tech Case in the color Amber Orange from the brand Stow.

How To Stay Healthy

On The Tig, Markle wrote that before her flight takes off, she uses hand wipes or a sanitizer spray to clean the personal TV, the tray and the various buttons on and around her seat. She’s a fan of traveling with probiotics and drinks lots of water to stay hydrated.

She also shared a tip she insisted her friend got from actor Leonardo DiCaprio, which requires applying Neosporin to the inside of your nostrils before a flight to avoid getting sick. Multiple doctors, however, have warned this might not work. It’s beneficial to keep the nostrils moisturized while traveling, but the antibiotics in Neosporin could be harmful to the good bacteria.

As for her (often envy-inducing) clothes, Markle told Birchbox in 2015 that she keeps them smelling fresh while traveling by packing dryer sheets in between items. (If you want to contribute to Markle’s environmental missions, make sure to pack sheets that have already been used or reuse them after the trip.)

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Markle’s travels look pretty different now that she’s part of the British royal family, but a lot of her travel recommendations should still hold up.

How To Keep Up That Beauty Routine On The Go

Of course, Markle has several go-to products for her travel needs. In 2015, she told Canadian Living that she packs Tatcha’s Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, which requires adding water to wash your face. That same year, she told Birchbox that she makes sure to have a multi-use stick and face spritz on hand for touch-ups when she lands. And while promoting “Suits,” she shared her love for Bioré cleansing cloths with Beauty Banter and recommended keeping them in the car for any last-minute travel needs.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Trip

On her blog, Markle shared a tip she got from her friend, designer Misha Nonoo, who recommended combating some of the effects of jet lag by eating on the same schedule as the locals of the place you’ve landed. Markle wrote that it can help you stay “much more on track” while traveling.

She also encouraged anyone who’s been bitten by the travel bug to stay local when it comes to their activities.

“Find a great cooking class with a local chef, or an art or dance class,” she told Birchbox.

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Dealing with baggage on your trip

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(NC)Nothing is more embarrassing than having to unpack your baggage at the airport. It’s common to overpack because you want to make sure you have everything you need for your trip – the right shoes, a jacket in case it’s cold, a bathing suit in case there’s a pool. But you must be mindful of the baggage restrictions. So, how can you be smart with your baggage when travelling?

The first thing to do is talk to your TICO-certified travel agent about the weight restrictions and number of bags you are allowed to take. Some airlines charge per bag, while others may offer one bag for free depending on weight.

You’ll also need to know if there are security requirements for carry-on and checked baggage. For example, there may be prohibited items such as gels and liquids. These limitations vary from airline to airline and depends on if your flight is international or domestic, so you’ll need to check the policy of the airline you’re travelling with.

Naturally, you want to avoid incurring baggage fees, so talk to your travel agent, or contact the airline directly. You can also visit their website to review the luggage policy.

Here are a few more tips to help you manage your baggage when travelling:

  • Clearly label all baggage with your name, home address, and contact information
  • Place an identification tag inside the baggage in case the outside tag is torn off
  • Lock bags with CATSA/ACTSA travel locks
  • Put a colourful ribbon or other identifying marks on your bags so they are easily recognizable
  • Carry valuables in your hand luggage; jewelry, money, medications, important documents, etc.

You can’t carry everything with you, so be smart when you pack. Take only necessary items and focus on your trip.

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What travellers need to know if a destination wedding is cancelled

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(NC) It’s two weeks before you’re scheduled to attend a destination wedding and then you get the call. The wedding has been called off.

Sure, you’re upset for the couple, but now you’re faced with plane tickets and hotel reservations. So, what can you do?

There’s no reason why you can’t go and enjoy the trip, but bear in mind you may face a price increase, especially if this was part of a group booking. Group bookings often include a minimum number of travellers to get the discounted price, as well as terms and conditions regarding changes or cancellations.

You could ask other travellers to come along to keep the group discount. But name changes often count as cancellations based on the terms of the vacation package and premium charges may apply. If you booked with a TICO-registered travel agency, website or tour company, it’s better to contact them and ask about options before making any decisions.

While it’s devastating for the couple who planned the destination wedding, the fact is that the cancellation affects all the confirmed guests. So, it’s important to know your options so you can salvage an unfortunate situation. Always book with a TICO-registered travel agency, website or tour operator so you can circle back and find out what they can do for you.

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Be safe not sorry when booking travel online

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(NC) With so many travel websites available these days, many people are choosing to book their vacations from the comfort of their own home. Many travel websites are easy to navigate, and offer great vacation packages, so it seems to make sense.

But before you hit “submit”, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Here are a few tips that can make you more aware when booking travel online:

  • Look for the TICO registration number or logo. All Ontario travel agencies and websites must be registered with TICO, the provincial travel regulator that provides consumers with protections if they don’t receive travel services. The registration number or logo is usually found in the About Us or Contact sections of the website.
  • Know where your credit card payment is going. Some websites are only search engines or booking agents for other providers.
  • Review the terms and conditions, particularly those that relate to cancellation, changes to bookings and refunds. Know what the travel agent or tour operator’s responsibilities are.
  • Keep a paper copy of your transactions, correspondence and confirmations.
  • Double check which currency the prices are quoted in. You could be paying in Euros instead of Canadian dollars.
  • Keep in mind that tax amounts can vary in travel advertisements. Ontario travel agencies and websites can display their taxes in four different ways:
    • A total price
    • A base price plus total taxes, fees and additional charges
    • A base price with a detailed breakdown
    • All taxes, fees and additional charges.
  • Research your destination to find out if there are any travel advisories, which can be found on the Government of Canada website.
  • Check the online travel agency’s website for a live-chat feature, email address or toll-free number to talk to a travel agent. Travel agents are a great resource to answer any questions you may have to ensure you are making an informed travel purchase.

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