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How does she do it? 11 travel secrets from Kate Middleton's tropical royal tour

Even when faced with serious heat and humidity, the Duchess of Cambridge looked gorgeous as she toured Asia with Prince William

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Dress up for the flight. The Duchess would not be caught dead flying in yoga pants. Instead, she opts mainly for dresses, in this case an eyelet number by an independent designer.

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Always pack an umbrella. You just never know.

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Respect local customs. Kate wrapped a shawl around her head and removed her shoes before entering a mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

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Protect your skin from the sun. A lobster-red face is never attractive (nor is the peeling skin that follows). Plus, it’s a great excuse to use a romantic parasol.

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At a certain point, make peace with the humidity. For once, Kate’s hair is not smooth, shiny and perfect. It’s frizzy – because it was seriously hot and humid (we’re talking about 80 per cent humidity). But it’s also full, lush and naturally beautiful.

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Speaking of … it’s always fun to wear fresh flowers in your hair. And really, when are you going to get away with this back home?

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Ditto for leis.

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Don’t pack too many shoes – and don’t try to break in new ones. Kate stuck to just a few pairs of her favourites, including these L.K. Bennett pumps.

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Take a cue from the locals. The couple dressed in festive batik prints by Tav Pacific NZ for a party in the Solomon Islands.

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Sometimes you just have to be practical. Kate opted for a Zara shirt, khaki pants and well-worn hiking boots for a trip through the Malaysian rain forest.

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Remember: a smile is always the best accessory. And it doesn’t count toward baggage weight.

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