We’re so excited to feature Alice from Teacake Travels on today’s What’s in Your Cabin Case?’
Alice is a solo adventure blogger and Teacake Travels is one of those inspiring travel blogs that will make you want to pack your bags and go on an adventure. Alice’s enthusiasm is contagious and I love her friendly and empowering tone. After reading some of her blogs, you’ll definitely want to be her best friend!
I am very grateful to Alice for answering my questions and sharing the contents of her cabin case. She shared some great tips, especially since she doesn’t pack much…
Do you usually travel with checked luggage or just hand luggage?
I am a backpacker and strongly believe that you should only carry hand luggage. With a backpack on your shoulder, you can go anywhere quickly and efficiently. You can even throw your luggage on a bus and take it over the mountains without having to worry about the airline accidentally losing your luggage.
What 5 things do you always have in your cabin case?
I love buff headbands. This allows you to keep your hair out of your face, cover your body when riding a bike, and hide valuables on your wrist if needed.
I always carry a sink stopper with me so I can easily wash it by hand. There are many hotels and hostels that don’t have electrical outlets!
i’m a big fan of coconut oil. If you carry it with you, be sure to carry it in a bottle of 100ml or less. I use it internally and externally with lavender and tea tree oil for women’s health and happy, healthy skin.
As a solo female traveler, 24/7 portable Wi-Fi is a must. We highly recommend investing in the device.
I carry a few pairs of period pants and a menstrual cup each month. It makes traveling during your period so much easier and is 100% environmentally friendly. No waste!
If you could magically design something that makes travelling easier, what would it be?
Water filter bottles are the worst. I strongly believe in reducing the use of plastic in order to be a responsible traveler. However, since they have already been invented, we will use another type of water here – rain. I have yet to find a device that completely protects me. A raincoat is fine, but you’ll still get wet…Using an umbrella as a backpacker is a real hassle. You need something (a magic bubble?) that you can surround yourself with to protect yourself from the elements. I’ve had travel journals go bad and electronic devices short out in the past!
Do you have any packing hacks?
Prepare the bare minimum you think you need and then reduce it by a third. I’ve been striving for perfect packing for 8 years, and I’m still learning. That means I never wear all my stuff in full. We need far fewer things in life than we think.
What’s your top tip to stay stylish while you travel?
Scarf headbands are my go-to style! Not only are they light to pack and beautiful to collect around the world with their unique colors and designs, but they have so many uses. When my hair isn’t wrapped in them, I use them to protect me from the sun, wash my face, hold special items, or wipe sweat from my forehead while hiking.
Do you have any items of clothing you always travel with?
I’m a light packer, but since I travel to different climates, I need clothes that don’t add bulk to my backpack. I love Uniqlo’s light down jacket. It keeps you warm and takes up very little space in your bag. I also always carry a hoodie, a large thin scarf, and Vans as essentials for my travels in Asia. It comes with flowers so you can use it for hiking even if you don’t have space for boots!
What’s your next travel destination?
I’m a free bird who rolls with the wind, so I don’t plan too far. However, Pakistan, Russia, India and Jordan may be candidates in 2018. However, nothing has been decided yet. I’m currently visiting Korea!
Check out more about Alice at Teacake Travels!