After five years of traveling around the world, it’s safe to say I’ve tested some of the best women’s clothes for travel. 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 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 Women’s Clothes for Travel
My Favorite Women’s Travel Pants
prAna Mantra Pants
I literally live in loose free-flowing pants when I’m at the beach. 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 thee, I find activewear to be the most comfortable type of clothing around. I’ve tried Lululemon before but I personally like Alala better.
Alala makes high-quality yoga pants and tops for all the girls like me that like to stay comfortable. Their comfortable, yet stylish travel hoodie is a personal favorite too. Use the code “TWP15” for 15% off your order at Alala.
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 four 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!
Yoga Democracy Leggings
I always travel with yoga pants, sports bras, and breathable tank tops. One of my favorite brands to buy yoga pants from is Yoga Democracy. Yoga Democracy carries yoga pants that have fun designs, yet they are still extremely durable. All their gear is made from recycled nylon from material like a fishing net that damages our oceans.
It’s estimated that there over 600,000 tonnes of this fishing net litter is going into our oceans, so wearing Yoga Democracy is choosing to fight against that. They are eco-friendly, USA made, and sweatshop free! Use the code TWP20 for 20% off your purchase.
Women’s Travel Dresses
Vacay Style sells curated collections of ladies travel clothes to help pack a multitude of styles in as few as items as possible. I have a few different collections and each comes with five pieces of clothing to mix and match over 21 different outfits. It all comes with a guide to share the different styles and how to make the most of your wardrobe with minimal pieces.
It takes up a limited amount of space in your luggage and eliminates the need to think about what to pack – a massive win. I’ve also negotiated a very special discount of 25% for readers of The World Pursuit – use the code WORLD at checkout.
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.
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! You can use the code NATASHA15 for 15% off your order!
Pitusa Cover Ups
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 suns 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 wash basin.
The outer layer of fabric is treated with (DWR) so if you get caught in a rain storm 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
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
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. Shirts that have mountain themes and dresses that look like they belong outside are my jam.
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 products are made out of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and bison that the ranching industry discards.
I recently found our about Rossignol’s lifestyle brand which can only best be described as higher-end European outdoor style. It looks great in the Apres Ski scene is very well made.
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. Never will I not own a pair of Rainbows.
Along with Teva’s, Chacos are my other go to travel sandal. They are great for getting outside and even a light hike. I love that their footbed molds to your foot over time and features durable strapping over your toes and ankles.
I’ve actually worn these quite a bit while hiking around the Canadian Rockies and they are perfect! Of course, you probably don’t need both Teva’s and Chaco’s so see my comparison post here.
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 tries 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
Feathered Friends Down Jacket
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).
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 or safari shirt should be lightweight, comfortable, breathable. Both ExOfficio and Columbia make insect free, light and loose shirts like these. A light shirt like this is one of the best women’s clothes for travel you can have in your suitcase.
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 is has all kinds of pockets to keep a phone, chapstick, or a cold beer.
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 particular in the fall and winter.
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.
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 Fleece in the photo below 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 Arct’teryx is waterproof, windproof, and breathable and made with Goretex Pro. It’s not just good for traveling and rain storms, 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 Adore Me and Title Nine.
Adore me makes cute one pieces that are perfect for beach lounging, while Title Nine focuses on outdoor and full coverage suits so you’re boobs are not bouncing all over.
Find Your Coast Rashguard
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 Find Your Coast. (Use Code ‘theworldpursuit’ for 10% off.
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 productsthat empower women. All their pieces are supportive, stylish, and durable.
Smartwool Travel Socks
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 Farpoint Travel Backpack
The Osprey Farpoint 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 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.
The only drawback of the pack is the less comfortable suspension and its unisex design which means it is not ideal for every woman. However, the portability makes it an awesome choice for the best women’s backpack or men’s backpack. The front load and the ability to keep your travel clothes folded is awesome. The 40L is great for carry on luggage while the 55L and 70L are good for long-term trips.
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!
If your goal is rugged style over practicality then go with a Saddleback Backpack. It’s great for stashing photography gear, hand sanitizers, papers, phones, and anything else that you need for a full day out when traveling. Saddleback Leather makes some of the best quality backpacks – hands down and fantastic for traveling. They aren’t cheap by any means, but they are quality and will last for the rest of your life – seriously.
Saddleback Leather even ensures its products with a 100-year warranty. They only use sturdy materials on their bags including full grain leather, pigskin lining, and marine grade polyester thread.
Where to find travel clothes for women while traveling
- Decathlon – is all over Europe. 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. 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 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.
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