Back in June, it was confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn.
The news was revealed in a post on the @sussexroyal Instagram account, with the couple saying that they are ‘looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the Commonwealth and beyond.’
Preparations are already underway for the trip, which will be their ‘first official tour as a family’ which suggests that yes, baby Archie Harrison will be joining his mum and dad on their visit.
But amidst the baby supplies and endless gorgeous outfits that Meghan will inevitably be packing, there’s also one other crucial item that the duchess has said previously that she never fills a suitcase without – and it’s not what you might expect.
Writing on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, Meghan shared a tip that she swears by when she’s travelling to keep her clothes beautifully scented, no matter how far they’ve flown: layering each skirt, top, dress or pair of trousers with a tumble dryer sheet.
‘Your clothes will smell fresh when you arrive — and especially when you return home,’ the Duchess of Sussex explained in the article.
The sheets are designed to add a touch of extra fragrance to your laundry when it’s in the dryer, while simultaneously reducing creases and making ironing easier by minimising static – so it makes sense that they would have a similarly beneficial effect in your luggage.
While she didn’t disclose which brand she uses, most supermarket own brands start from around £1 for a box of 40, making the suggestion a purse-friendly trick that won’t break your holiday budget.
It’s no the only handy holiday idea that Meghan’s talked about in the past: speaking to Allure when she was still starring in US TV show Suits, she disclosed the multi-purpose beauty product she’ll always add to her liquids case.
‘The one thing that I cannot live without when I’m traveling is a small container of tea tree oil,’ she said at the time.
‘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. It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time.’