The 10 Best Travel Pants For Any Trip

Here’s a review of the best travel pants to tackle any adventure or trip. I’m a firm believer in minimalist travel and that with the right clothes, you can handle any trip or change in plans. After years of travel, I’ve had enough pants rip, buttons pop off, and uncomfortable travel days to last me a lifetime. When you travel, what you wear is a big deal.

For a long time, I considered the best pair of travel pants to be the most durable pants imaginable, made for true adventurers. While there was some truth to a durable pair of travel pants, we’re not climbing a mountain on every trip. Sometimes a great pair of pants need to look and feel good. The best travel pants should be simple, reliable, comfortable, and look good. So, pretty much everything you could ask for when it comes to clothing.

The majority of peoples’ choice for travel pants is to go with outdoor apparel. The problem with that? Most hiking pants are not great for exploring a city, let alone business travel! I can not think of an easier way to pick a tourist out of the crowd than by seeing a pair of “travel pants” (fanny packs excluded) with hiking shoes in Paris. That’s why we’ve selected these travel pants to break that old tradition.


Best Travel Pants For Men

PantMaterialStyleRatingAvg. Price
Bluffworks Ascender Chino PantsPolyesterChinos4.8*$125
DU/ER Performance Slim Fit JeansCotton / PolyesterJeans4.5*$139
Vuori Ponto Performance PantsPolyester / ElastaneSweats4.8*$84
Western Rise Evolution Pant 1.0Nylon / ElastaneChinos4.8*$149
prAna Brion PantsNylon / ElastaneHiking4.5$85

Bluffworks Ascender Chino Pants

Price – $125 | Material – Polyester

Pros

  • Stain & Wrinkle Resistant
  • Great Pocket System
  • Comfortable Movement
  • Style & Fit

Cons

  • Synthetic Feel To Pants

Bluffworks makes travel-specific dress clothes that are wrinkle and stain-resistant. For years they’ve had an excellent line of men’s clothing. Their Chinos have circled the globe in my suitcase and kept me well dressed. The style and fit of these pants are great, and they look like a decent pair of regular chinos. Travelers will appreciate reliable wrinkles and stain resistance.

An exceptional pocket layout has great antitheft features for travel pants. It includes zippered back pockets and a hidden interior front pocket with a zipper. The hidden front pocket is great to stash extra cash or small valuables when visiting cramped markets or taking public transport abroad.

Most impressive is what the pants lack: the dreaded “swish” sound effect common from most travel pants. We’ve never experienced the sound in our testing, but truthfully, our tester is slim and does not have an issue with larger thighs. The pants are great, and we’ll be testing out the Presido Suit from Bluffworks this summer in our travels.

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DU/ER Performance Slim Fit Jeans

Duer Perforamnce Slim Fit Jeans Perfect For Travel Pants

Price – $129 | Material – Cotton / Polyester / Spandex

Pros

  • Great Style
  • Reliable Performance
  • Excellent Mobility
  • Comfortable For Jeans

Cons

  • Synthetic Material May Not Last

Ditch the idea of unsightly technical hiking pants as travel pants and opt for a pair of DUER jeans. The organic cotton jeans look sharp, but the blend of polyester and spandex allows the jeans to stretch. The material in the jeans is the real stand-out here as they do not look like polyester. They have the appearance of quality stone-washed denim without the stiff feeling.

Fit is exceptional, with a slim fit throughout the leg. A gusseted crotch allows for a slim fit that does not impede movement and feels comfortable for extended periods. You can comfortably wear the jeans on long-haul flights without any discomfort. Thanks to the synthetic blend, they’re great for lengthy trips as there is no need to wash the jeans. It’s just an exceptional pair of jeans; if you’re lucky, you can find them on sale.

The longevity of the pants may be questionable as they utilize synthetic materials in the construction. Traditional denim can last for decades, but it may become saggy after a year or two of regular use.

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Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers

Men's Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers

Price – $89 | Material – Polyester/Elastane

Pros

  • Super Soft Fabric
  • Athletic Performance
  • High Quality

Cons

  • Loose Ankle Cuff

Athleisure has come to dominate fashion now, a trend we can get behind. Joggers are an awesome way to remain comfortable and still look stylish. Vuori Clothing makes some fantastic joggers that look sharp offer excellent performance, and feel great for travel days. They make exceptional travel clothes for men, and it’s one of my favorite items.

If you want to be even more comfortable, wear a stylish pair of sweats. The Vuori Ponto Performance Pants are the best-looking sweats for travel. They’re great for running, long flights, or relaxing at home. It’s certainly a more casual look, but that’s not always bad and can work in many travel destinations. As a minimalist, they can double as lounge and gym wear, saving space in my bag.

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Western Rise Evolution Pant 1.0

Price – $149 | Material – Nylon / Elastane

Pros

  • Lightweight Fabric
  • Wrinkle And Stain Resistant
  • Excellent Casual Style
  • Great Mobility

Cons

  • Almost Too Lightweight
  • Expensive

Western Rise designs clothes that are perfect for travel and everyday life. The Evolution Pants use a lightweight nylon canvas perfect for warm-weather destinations. The nylon weave looks similar to a cotton knit fabric, but it still has synthetic materials’ stretch and wrinkle resistance. Those properties keep the pants fresh for many wears past the last washing.

Fit is slim but has enough space in the thigh to not be restrictive. From the thighs, the pants taper down into the calves and a stiff cuff around the ankles. The stiff cuff is excellent as it allows the pants to be rolled up and stay in place. They also contain a hidden back pocket to keep your wallet secure when traveling.

The Evolution is more casual in its style than the Ascender Chino above. They have a more relaxed fit and traditional back pockets. It blends beautifully into everyday life and feels right on a bike or a casual business meeting at home. The one negative we find is that the material feels almost too thin, which is great in warm-weather destinations.

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prAna Brion Pants

prAna Brion Pants Travel Pants

Price – $85 | Material – Nylon / Elastane

Pros

  • Very Comfortable Material
  • Wrinkle & Stain Resistant
  • Quick Drying
  • Good Mobility

Cons

  • Loose Around Calves
  • Techincal Appearance

If there are one pair of pants I throw in my bag for any trip, it’s the prAna Brion pants. The pant is a blend of nylon and spandex with significant moisture and temperature management. They also look pretty good as everyday pants that can go anywhere. They’re functional pants designed as climbing pants, with superb flexibility.

Although they’re flexible, do not mistake them for being loose and sloppy looking. The paneling in the crotch allows the pants to have a slim cut with a full range of mobility. Check the similar Stretch Zion Pant if you’re looking for more outdoor-focused pants with cargo.

Brion Pants are slim-cut pants with a flattering cut along the thighs but just a tad baggy in the calves. If you’re particular about your pants, you may want to have them tailored a little, but for almost everyone else, they’re perfect. While they won’t win any best dress awards, they are the one pant that can go from the mountains to the city and everywhere in between.

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Best Travel Pants For Women

PantMaterialStyleRatingAvg. Price
Title Nine Big B PantsCotton / NylonCasual4.5$89
Coalatree Trailhead Pants Nylon / SpandexOutdoor4.5$89
prAna Summit PantsNylon / PolyesterYoga4.5$89
Bluffworks Palma ChinosPolyesterChino4.8$125
prAna Halle PantNylon / ElastaneOutdoor4.7$85

Title Nine Big B Pants

Big B Pants in Vals Switzerland

Price – $89 | Material – Cotton / Nylon / Spandex

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Fit Throughout
  • Durable Material
  • Stain & Wrinkle Resistant
  • Quality

Cons

  • Colors
  • Casual Style

Made by women’s apparel company Title Nine, these mid-rise pants are perfect for any outdoor or travel adventure. Made out of their “Brash” material, with six pockets for styling, these pants hold up well to the elements. The Brash material is durable with great stretch thanks to the cotton, nylon, and spandex blend.

Despite the durable material, they breathe well, so their great in the summer. They have five pockets with a zippered front pocket, a great way to secure items. Another great feature is the internal drawstring in the waistband if you don’t want to wear a belt.

The fit is excellent as it hugs the butt and thighs then transitions to a straight leg around the calves. A thick cuff feels tough and stays in place when rolled up. The pants have an excellent casual style that feels appropriate in various environments.

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Coalatree Trailhead Pants

Coalatree Trailhead Pant in Olive

Price – $89 | Material – Nylon/Spandex

Pros

  • Very Lightweight
  • Super Comfortable
  • Very Breathable
  • Great Mobility/Stretch

Cons

  • Style May Not Work For All

Coalatree creates eco-focused outdoor apparel that we’re learning to love. As far as comfort, these are among the best on this list, and the only drawback is the price. The pants material is a lightweight blend of Bluesign Nylon and spandex.

They’re super comfortable, and the combination of nylon and spandex allows them to stretch in any way you can move. The drawstring makes for an easy adjustment, and the spandex does an excellent job of hugging your hips.

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prAna Summit Pants

prAna Summit Pants

Price – $89 | Material – Nylon/Spandex

Pros

  • Super Lightweight
  • Excellent Casual Style
  • Comfortable
  • Leg Cinches

Cons

  • Pockets

These free-flowing pants are excellent for any beach trip and some of the best travel clothes for women. The Women’s Summit pants are lightweight and weigh nothing in a carry-on bag. It’s an excellent pant that feels comfortable on everything from the yoga studio to happy hour.

They are some of the best-selling pants from prAna, thanks to the blend of recycled nylon and spandex for stretch. A thick and soft waistband from Chakara® fabric provides compression around the waist and keeps the pants in place.

Outdoor style is excellent with these pants, and they handle the elements outstanding with reliable moisture management. Pockets decent on these pants, but they aren’t great for holding items securely. We do love the adjustable leg cinches inside each leg. Fit is excellent as they sit comfortably around the hips and remain loose around the legs.

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Bluffworks Palma Chinos

Price – $125 | Material – Polyester

Pros

  • Stain & Wrinkle Resistant
  • Great Pocket System
  • Comfortable Movement
  • Style & Fit

Cons

  • Synthetic Feel To Pants

Bluffworks makes travel-specific dress clothes that are wrinkle and stain-resistant. For years they’ve had an excellent line of men’s clothing, but now they’ve extended to women. Their new Palma Chino takes the same great men’s line and brings it to women. The style and fit of these pants are great, and they look like a decent pair of regular chinos. Travelers will appreciate reliable wrinkles and stain resistance.`

An exceptional pocket layout has great antitheft features for travel pants. It includes zippered back pockets and a hidden interior front pocket with a zipper. The hidden front pocket is great to stash extra cash or small valuables when visiting cramped markets or taking public transport abroad.

Most impressive is what the pants lack: the dreaded “swish” sound effect common from most travel pants. In our testing, we’ve never experienced the sound.

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prAna Halle Pant

Best Hiking Pants Women prAna Halle

Price – $85 | Material – Nylon / Elastane

The Halle is the women’s version of the Brion Pant above. The pant is a blend of nylon and spandex with significant moisture and temperature management. They also look pretty good as everyday pants that can go anywhere. They’re functional pants designed as climbing pants, with superb flexibility.

Although they’re flexible, do not mistake them for being loose and sloppy. The paneling in the crotch allows the pants to have a slim cut with a full range of mobility. Check the similar Stretch Zion Pant if you’re looking for more outdoor-focused pants with cargo.

Halle Pants are slim-cut pants with a flattering cut along the thighs but a tad baggy in the calves. However, they have hidden snap tabs that coverts the pants to capris. It’s a great feature for outdoor activities or hot weather.

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What makes the best travel pants?

There are several vital elements that any pair of travel pants should check off. We need travel pants that can check off just about every box, which is why most of the pants on this list are technical pants designed for the outdoors but are stylish enough to handle more formal/casual affairs.


Comfort

Say whatever you want about pants, but if they’re not comfortable, they are not great for travel. A pair of travel pants is something you’ll wear for multiple days in a row. They could be the most durable pants in the world, but if they feel like an art canvas, I’m probably not going to want to sit in transit for eight hours in them.


Packability

Packability is super important to minimalists and anyone who intends to get on a plane with a suitcase. Airlines have gotten pretty stingy with baggage allowance, and large clothes need a large bag that adds up to more weight.


Antimicrobial

It is what keeps pants fresh for multiple wears in warm weather. Cotton is terrible at holding up long-term for numerous days without a wash. Since you aren’t guaranteed to wash your clothes every day, nor should you, we look for pants with good antimicrobial properties.


Durability

These pants are for everyday travel, so they should act accordingly. They will have seen everything and a multitude of climates. Our latest adventure involved driving across Africa. My pants had to stand up against movement, dirt, sand, and mud, keeping me cool.


Material

The material should be durable, wrinkle-resistant, and breathable. Jeans are great, but they tend to overheat when active and don’t move well. Most companies seem to opt for nylon or weird fabric blends. I like to opt for organic cotton that combines stretch material.


Style

Style should go without saying, but if you can’t wear the pants out in public, it hardly constitutes being the best travel pants. The style is essential, especially when you visit nice destinations, most trips aren’t some rugged trek through the jungle. We find ourselves far more likely to enjoying spritz in Italy than the jungles of Borneo.

About Cameron

Cameron Seagle is one of the principal writers and photographers for The World Pursuit. He is a travel expert that has been traveling the world for the past six years. During this time he established a passion for conservation and environmental sustainability. When not traveling he's obsessed with finding the best gear and travel products. In his free time, you can find him hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, and snowboarding. His favorite countries are Ireland, Scotland, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Japan.

You can learn more about Cameron on The World Pursuit About Us Page.

2 thoughts on “The 10 Best Travel Pants For Any Trip”

  1. Is the orange Pair on the photo with the mountains a pair of the Outdoor Research Ferossi Pant? Because I can’t find them in orange online.

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