Meghan Markle: Royal shares her unusual travel tip – which involves Leonardo DiCaprio
Meghan Markle has picked up numerous travel tips during her jet-setting trips around the world.
The former actress shared many of her tricks on her now-defunct lifestyle site The Tig.
One travel hack in particular is what she relies on to avoid getting ill while travelling.
She didn’t think of it herself though – she was inspired by fellow-actor and Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio.
She reveals on The Tig that a great way to prevent the spread of germs on a plane is to put antibacterial gel or cream on the inside of your nostrils.
“[Leonardo] puts a little Neosporin on a cotton swab and coats the inside of his nostrils,” she wrote on the site.
“Not only does it create a barrier for germs, it also lubricates the skin in the nose.”
Meghan added: “That’s important because when the skin cracks, germs can come a running in, so the coating of the Neosporin doubly protects you.”
Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment that provides long-lasting infection protection.
It contains bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B, and is not readily available to buy in the UK, but can be purchased online.
If you are sitting next to a passenger who is ill, you are 80 per cent more likely to catch it, according to study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
However, if you are more than two rows away, the chances are more like just three per cent.
Nevertheless, it pays to minimise your chances of getting ill while travelling.
And the anti-bacterial cream is not Meghan’s only trick to avoid sickness.
She also shared on The Tig: “I’m no germophobe, but when I get on a plane 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.”
Earlier this year, a study by Insurancequotes.com conducted swab tests on three airlines to find just how dirty some of the commonly used areas of a plane really are.
The worst spot on the plane, perhaps unsurprisingly was the flush button on the toilet seat, which had over 95,000 germ colony-forming units (CFUs).
Second to this was the tray table, found with 11.595 CFUs, followed by seat buckles with 1,116 CFUs.
One-third of the bacteria on the tray table were found to be bacillus, which can cause diseases in humans, as well as digestion problems, meaning a quick wipe down before using it, is advised.
To reduce your chances of coming into contact with germs, secure yourself a window seat to shelter from coughing co-travellers.
Whilst the aisle seat has easier bathroom access, it also increases the likelihood of coming into contact with poorly passengers walking down the aisle. Window seats reduce your exposure, which can help to stay cold-free whilst on board.