After five years of traveling around the world, it’s safe to say I’ve tested some of the best travel clothes for women. Clothes, accessories, and shoes are not created equal and I have my personal favorites. I know what it’s like planning and packing for a trip and not knowing what to throw in your suitcase or how durable and easy certain travel clothes are.
That’s why I wanted to share with you my most comfortable, stylish, and rugged travel pieces and brands to hopefully make your purchasing decisions a little easier. Here are the best travel clothes for women today.
The Best Travel Clothes for Women
My Favorite Women’s Travel Pants
prAna Mantra Pants
I literally live in loose free-flowing pants when I’m at the beach, they are some of the best travel clothes for women. Actually, I just live in them all the time! (I may or may not be wearing them right now). My favorites are made by prAna and I firmly believe they make some great travel clothes for women.
Their Women’s Mantra pants are made out of hemp and recycled polyester while offering 50+ UPF protection. They are perfect for beach destinations, especially if you find yourself in more conservative areas. These pants are lightweight and weigh nothing in a carry-on bag.
I love wearing yoga pants and activewear when I travel. One – I like to practice yoga, two – I like to stay active, and three -I find activewear to be the most comfortable type of clothing around. I’ve tried Lululemon before but I personally like Handful way more.
Their signature leggings are durable enough for hiking, but also light enough for a yoga sesh or just walking around. They aren’t see-through at all.
They have a plethora of awesome features. Such as temperature-regulating technology that keeps you cool when hot and warm when cold, they are quick drying, and are tight around the booty to give an extra lift. The top has a “squeeze play” high waist that provides excellent coverage and is super comfortable around your curves as you move. (Use code TWP15 for 15% off!)
prAna Halle Pants
You may have noticed prAna mentioned here a few times. No, this post is not sponsored by prAna or anyone else for that matter, I genuinely believe they make great high-quality women’s clothes for travel. I’ve had prAna Halle pants for years and think they are the best all-around travel pants for women.
I bought them at REI before we started traveling seven years ago, and they still sit in my bag today. They are durable, water-resistant, and roll up into capris. There are also multiple pockets to stash all your knick-knacks when you are traveling. I typically wear these when I’m hiking or being active, but choose the right colors and they can go with casual days out. These pants run large so consider purchasing a size down!
Women’s Travel Dresses
Romwe sells curated collections of ladies’ travel clothes at an inexpensive price. They have many fun styles and cute designs ideal for whatever you want. I love coordinating the colors and patterns with the destinations I am going to. (Which is easy to at Romwe since it’s so affordable).
Vacay Style Dresses
Vacay Style makes some absolutely awesome easy care travel clothes.
When I first started buying Vacay Style they were relatively new. Vacay Style now makes some of the best travel clothes for women I’ve found. When I found out about their concept I knew I had to try them out.
The concept is quite simple. They have set pieces put together in a collection. The collection has pieces like a skirt, halter top, dress, and cover-up that all mix and match to make a variety of different options. All their pieces are super cute and unique. I’m wearing one of my favorite dresses of theirs in the side photo.
Fair Indigo Dresses
When I heard about Fair Indigo, the sustainable travel clothing brand for both men and women I knew I had to give their clothes a go. They make the best travel work clothes for women and even men.
Fair Indigo sources organic Pima cotton from small family farms in Peru. I love buying clothing that is sourced ethically from workers making a fair wage – not sweatshops. They use Peruvian cotton and alpaca because it is ultra soft, and you can feel it with these clothes. I chose some very simple black, navy, and grey skirts and dresses as Fair Indigo uses only certified earth-friendly dyes. Now, it just has to get warm enough in the mountains that I can wear them – yes, it still feels like early Spring here.
Oh, yea and none of these dresses came with tags, and came in a fully biodegradable bag!
Pitusa Cover Ups
If you’re after hip travel clothes look no further. Some of the best travel clothes for women are made by Pitusa. A cover-up is another one of those beach vacation clothes you should always travel with.
Not only do they look cute but they will also protect you from the sun’s harsh rays. Many establishments don’t allow beachgoers to wear just a swimsuit so this is where the cover-up is essential. Most of my cover-ups come from Pitusa.
Pitusa only uses Peruvian and Indian cotton and employs women from Peru, Bali, and India to make the products. As a fan of fair trade, I love that these are made in ethical work environments. These Pitusa dresses are also so beautiful they double as a night out dress (but are sheer so wear something underneath).
REI Travel Dresses
REI makes some of the best comfortable and outdoor dresses. These aren’t to go walking around a city and look glam in, but they are super practical when you travel. The REI Co-op Aoraki travel dress will keep you cool in the sun with lightweight fast-drying fabric. It’s also great as it will dry overnight after a quick wash along the in your washbasin.
The outer layer of fabric is treated with (DWR) so if you get caught in a rainstorm the dress will handle the moisture well. The zippered pocket is also great to stick a small tube of sunblock or lip balm.
Women’s Travel Shirts
Topo Designs makes some excellent travel wear for women. A few comfortable tank tops and shirts are always in my bag. I typically pack solid colors so that they can with everything. My travel shirts range from tank tops to stylish tops, and then just regular sold shirts that go with everything. My main goal with a travel shirt is that it’s an easy-care travel clothing item.
I recently found Topo Designs travel clothing and LOVE the vibrant colors. Their whole travel line looks straight out of a stylish 80’s movie. It’s comfortable, durable, and very fetch.
United By Blue Graphic Tees
Another great brand that makes fantastic women’s clothes for travel is United By Blue. If you follow our Instagram at all you’ve probably seen I’m not the type that dresses up in floppy hats and sundresses every day. It’s rare that I dress up while traveling, instead, you’ll find me in graphic tees and comfortable mountain clothes. Now that we live in the mountains I’ve found an all-new love for cute outdoor wear.
What I love the most about United By Blue is how sustainable they are. For every product sold they remove one pound of trash from the ocean and waterways. To date, they have removed over 1,500,000 pounds of trash! They frequently host cleanups and are passionate about cleaning up ocean trash and plastic. Many of their women’s travel shirts are made out of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and bison that the ranching industry discards.
Women’s Travel Shoes
I’m sorry, but the Teva Hurricanes have to be one of the most comfortable women’s travel sandals on the planet. Sure, they may look a little nerdy and the stylish celebrities may laugh at you. But who cares! Seriously though Teva’s have long been regarded as a top-rated women’s travel shoe and for good reason. They are comfortable, durable, and come in hundreds of different styles.
I’ve said it before (okay, I’ve mentioned it all over this site), but I’ll mention it again. Rainbow Sandals are my absolute favorite flip flops in the world. The first time I picked up a pair was in college. I was hesitant to spend $50 on a pair of flip-flops, but all the beach kids raved about them so I went out and reluctantly purchased a pair.
Those leather flip flops ended up lasting me four years, and they probably would have lasted longer if they weren’t stolen from my bag in Thailand. I am now on the second pair that I bought when we lived in NYC four years ago and they are still going strong.
If you’re shopping for a new pair of travel shoes, likely, you’ve already come across Allbirds on the internet. They’ve billed themselves as the most comfortable shoes in the world, made to fight odor, be worn without socks, and generally handle the demands of travel exceptionally. Those are all some tall claims – I knew I had to have some.
We both got a pair this month and love them. The feeling of wearing them is best compared to wearing a wool sweater – comfortable and cozy. They are so soft and will be our new all-around travel shoes. Allbirds try their best to source sustainable materials for their shoes, which we love. The style is also great, and they look even better in person than online with high-quality details.
Women’s Outdoor and Hiking Clothes
If I’m traveling anytime besides summer you can bet there’s a down jacket in my bag. Packable down jackets are well fitted, warm, have a good shell weight, and are comfortable. However, their most favorable aspect is their portability and just how lightweight and packable they are.
A good down jacket should be able to pack into the shape the size of a football or smaller and not take up much room in your suitcase. I have one main down jacket which gets me around the world and holds up well here at home in Canada. Feathered Friends are environmentally friendly and all their products are made from Environmentally Sourced Down and adhere to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). My other favorite down jacket is the Arc’teryx Cerium Hoody Jacket.
Bugs Away Shirt
One button up hiking shirt always finds a way into my bag or suitcase. This is exceptionally necessary for if you’re hiking a lot or on safari in Africa. A good hiking shirt or safari shirt should be lightweight, comfortable, breathable.
California Cowboy High Sierra Shirt
If I’m traveling in the fall or winter there is at least one flannel in my bag. Flannels are good ladies’ travel clothes because they are comfortable, warm, and can be work over and over before they need to be washed. Also, in the right setting, they look super chic.
They’re the ideal Instagram fashion choice in the fall and winter. My favorites are from California Cowboy. California Cowboy is a small apparel store out of California producing hip, crazy comfortable, and functional clothes. Their High Sierra shirt is made out of super soft flannel, and warm thermal lining. Plus it has all kinds of pockets to keep a phone, chapstick, or a cold beer.
Patagonia Synchilla Vest
Like prAna, Patagonia is another brand that I will always buy again and again. Although expensive, their products last for years so I find most things from the company to be a great purchase. I love wearing vests, particularly in the fall and winter, and Patagonia are my all time favorite.
Although I even have one in my summer bag right and now and just pulled it out in Peru. You never know what the weather will be like so it’s not a bad idea to always have something that will keep your body warm on you.
Patagonia makes some of the best travel clothes for women. I know you’re probably rolling your eyes at all the Patagonia mentions, but they really do make some of the best travel clothes for women! We were on a three-month snowboard trip last winter and I wore the Patagonia Synchilla Fleece almost every day.
Guess what? It still looks and feels amazing, after I washed the smell out of it of course. Their fleeces like these keep me warm and comfortable in the fall and winter.
Arc’Teryx Beta AR Jacket
I don’t travel without a rain jacket. They are so easy and light to pack up there is no reason to not have one in your suitcase just in case!
My rain jacket has come in handy so many times. Many places where it wasn’t supposed to rain and completely unexpected. The Arcteryx Beta is waterproof, windproof, and breathable and made with Goretex Pro. It’s not just good for traveling and rainstorms but is a protective shell against all levels of weather.
Women’s Underwater Wear
There should always be at least one swimsuit in your luggage no matter where you are going. You never know when you will find yourself at the beach or with a pool.
I travel with at least five bathing suits so that I have options and never have to put on a wet bathing suit. My favorite bathing suits lately have been made by Andies Swim.
If you plan on doing any surfing, snorkeling, diving, or spending a significant amount of time in the water, you should invest in a rashguard.
A rashguard not only protects you from skin rashes, but also keeps you warm, and protects from the sun. I travel to all beach destinations with mine from Body Glove.
Women’s Travel Accessories
Handful Sports Bras
I could probably count on two hands the number of times I wear a regular bra in a year. I usually live in sports bras because they are comfortable and keep me motivated to stay active. No matter what kind of bra lover you are there should always be at least one sports bra in your bag, they are an essential women’s travel clothing item.
While I have tried many throughout the years and have found Handful the most supportive and reasonably priced. Handful makes activewear products that empower women. All their pieces are supportive, stylish, and durable. (Use code TWP15 for 15% off).
I travel everywhere with a Buff because it pulls my hair back when it looks like crap, keeps the sweat out of my face, and also protects from the sun. They are one of the best travel accessories for women (and men!).
One pair of long hiking socks are always in my bag. My favorites are made out of merino wool from Smartwool.
I always usually have at least two pairs of wool socks in case I am in cold destinations. Real merino wool socks are ideal to have as they are moisture-wicking and comfortable on your feet when partaking in outdoor experiences.
Youphoria Travel Towel
Even though most places we stay provide bath towels there is still always a travel towel in my bag just in case. I’ve had the Youphoria travel towel for three years now and it’s still in great shape. From hostels in Europe to camping across Africa it hasn’t let me down.
Women’s Travel Backpacks
Osprey Fairview Travel Backpack
The Osprey Fairview is the bag I have had for years and love it. I’ve repeatedly named it as the best travel backpack and for good reason. It’s a unisex bag, but I still find it one of the best Osprey backpacks for women and it’s definitely the best backpack for Europe on this list
It has become the golden standard for travel backpacks. The backpack is referred to as the front loader meaning it opens similar to a suitcase for easy access. It’s pretty lightweight, features a removable daypack, zip-away suspension, and a side handle to top it off.
The side handle of the bag is an added bonus, making it easy to grab out of an overhead bin and carry it off of a plane. Most backpacks are built for hiking, but with the Osprey you get a travel-specific bag.
Nomatic 40L Carry On Travel Backpack
Nomatic is fairly new to the anti-theft backpack game, only getting started after raising over 5 million dollars on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
A roomy 40L bag, individual removable organization panels, headphone and charger cord pass-throughs, magnetic snap-back side pockets, and backpack to briefcase versatility, it really does seem like they have thought of everything.
However, it would be better stated that this is a business/travel backpack with anti-theft features, such as RFID protection and lockable zippers, rather than calling it primarily an anti-theft bag. This isn’t just great as an anti-theft backpack, but a general travel backpack for Europe. This is a great pack for women who are looking for security and something to travel carry on only with comfortably.
Whether I’m at home hiking in the mountains or our traveling around the world, one thing is for sure – I need a daypack.
Daypacks keep all my goods safe. While my clothes go in my main suitcase or backpack all my electronics go into my day back when I travel. My daypack never leaves my site as it holds my laptop, camera, and any other important documents.
When I am hiking I need something that is comfortable on my back, holds water to stay hydrated, and provides plenty of space to hold anything I could need while outside.
Camelbak is perfect for both of these scenarios and is my brand of choice for a daypack. Plus most of their backpacks come with a water bladder! Check out their Fourteener backpack!
Where to Find the Best Travel Clothes for Women While Traveling
- Decathlon – is all over Europe and is a great travel clothing brand. They carry mostly sporting equipment and clothing. They are like Dick’s Sporting Goods in the US but A LOT cheaper because they manufacture most of the things in their store. I’ve bought leggings, tank tops, sports bras, hats, a winter coat, swimming goggles and so many more things. They are mainly in European cities, but are often outside the city so you will usually need a car to get to them but it’s worth going!
- Primark – is an Irish clothing store that sells cheap ladies’ travel clothes at a cheap price. So if you are in Europe and want some awesome women’s travel clothes for Europe head here. If you’re American I would say they are comparable to a Marshall’s or Burlington Coat Factory. They are located throughout Europe and the UK and have a few stores in the US. You can find fantastic and affordable women’s travel clothes in Europe here.
- REI – If you’ve read this far you know by now that I love REI. When in the US, we shop at REI for all our outdoor needs. Their knowledgeable and carry excellent products and their store is fair to the employees.
- Backcountry – pretty much offers any kind of outdoor apparel and products you could ever want.
- MEC – The Canadian REI. So yes, it’s great for outdoor gear.
- Macy’s – When I’m home I still like to get all my stylish night clothes at Macy’s.
Happy Traveling Ladies!