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15+ Best Jackets for Travel for Any Weather 2024

Looking for the best jackets for travel? Here are our favorites!

We love our versatile clothes. Not only does it help us pack light, but since we like a mix of urban and outdoor adventures, it prepares us for any activity. Since we’ve lived in all types of climates over the years, we’ve had the chance to test out different jackets, and here are our favorites.

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Last Updated: February 19, 2024

The Best Travel Jackets for Women and Men 2024

In this post, we check out highly rated and recommended travel jackets and include our favorites.

1. Patagonia 3-in-1 Parka – Best for Cold Weather Destinations ($699) →

Fabric: 100% Recycled Polyester, 100% Recycled Down
For: Winter activities, Urban exploration, Outdoors
Wearing: XS in Black

We wouldn’t have survived winter in NYC without these jackets. We’ve had them for six years and wear them when traveling to cold destinations (I was hot wearing this parka in Antarctica). It’s a 3-in-1, and you can wear it five different ways since you can detach the hood and the insulated layer from the shell layer. Plus, they have a clean design. Even though we’re not in NYC anymore, we often use it as separate layers.

You can get the Vosque (synthetic) or Tres 3-in-1 parka (100% recycled down). They’re both comparable in function. We have the Tres, which is slightly warmer and bulkier.

Pros

  • Five ways to wear the jacket
  • 100% recycled materials
  • Water-proof shell
  • Removable hood to look dressier.
  • Handwarmer pockets
  • Longer jacket to keep more of you warm
  • Can be dressed up but also handle outdoor adventures
  • 1% for the Planet

Cons

  • Pricey, but you’re getting 3-in-1.
  • Bulky to pack.
  • Limited color options
  • The men’s version is not as long.

See More: How to Survive Winter in New York + How to Dress for a New York Winter

2. Duer Jackets – Best Versatile Day-to-Day ($139-149) →

Fabric: 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane for LuxTwill | 70% Cotton, 28% Polyester, 2% Lycra
For: Urban exploration, Outdoors
Wearing: XS

We love our Duer Performance Jeans and have a few pairs each. Naturally, they take their tech and make jackets, too. Their collection changes each season, but we currently wear the Stay Dry Denim (men’s) and LuxTwill Trucker Jacket (women’s) with matching pants.

Pros

  • Performance denim
  • Can be dressed up or down
  • Comfortable, stretchy fabric
  • Antimicrobial treatment for extended wears between washes (LuxTwill)
  • DWR water-repellent finish (Stay Dry)
  • Reflective detailing for increased visibility (Stay Dry)

Cons

  • I don’t love having buttons (vs. a zipper), but I’ll mostly wear it open.

3. Prana Bomber Jacket (on sale $90) →

Fabric: 100% Polyester, 100% Recycled Polyester Lining
For: Urban exploration
Wearing: Size XS in Camel

I was excited to see that Prana came out with a bomber-style jacket. It’s easy to throw on when heading to the airport or around the city. It also has a super soft interior. For petite people like me, it fits like an oversized jacket, and oversize clothing can be hit or miss when you’re petite. I always pair it with other slim-fitting clothing.

Pros

  • Doesn’t look outdoorsy.
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable and cozy
  • Water-repellent shell (PFC-free DWF)
  • Uses recycled polyester for the lining.
  • Bluesign

Cons

  • Bulky to pack
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4. Ministry of Supply Kinetic Blazer ($288) – Best Work Travel Jacket →

Fabric: 100% Japanese Primeflex Polyester
For: Urban exploration, work travel
Wearing: XXS in Black (true to size)

We love Ministry of Supply, especially since one of the co-founders is a Georgia Tech alum. Their tagline is “scientifically better,” and their goal is for their pieces to perform better than all your other clothes. I wear the Kinetic Blazer for conferences and anytime I need more business attire but don’t want to sacrifice comfort. I can even throw it over jeans and a tee to dress up a casual look. Jacob has the Velocity Blazer (photos coming soon!).

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Stretchy
  • Breathable
  • Moisture wicking
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Lots of pockets.
  • Machine washable

Cons

  • So far none but will update you if I have any complaints after more use.
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5. Anatomie Kenya Safari Jacket – Best Style ($398) →

Fabric: 55% Cotton, 37% Polyamide, 4% Elastane
For: Urban exploration
Wearing: XS in White

This is one of the best jackets for travel if you’re looking for a mid-weight jacket. It works well dressed up or down while keeping me warm.

Both Kim (our million-mile writer) and I have this jacket and love it for all our trips that aren’t focused on hiking or climbing.

Pros

  • Flattering fit around the waist.
  • Lightweight (except white is heavier and thicker to avoid transparency)
  • 50+ UPF protection
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Moisture-wicking/quick-drying
  • Plenty of pockets (top slash pockets and bottom zip pockets)
  • Offered in four neutral colors
  • Durable with a lifetime guarantee.

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • It’s not as stretchy as other jackets on this list, but it does have a slight stretch.
  • No hood, for when it rains, but hoods also tend to negate a sleeker look.
  • Priciest mid-weight jacket on this list

6. Protected SPECIES Waterproof Jacket – Best Raincoat ($332) →

Fabric: 100% Polyester
For: Urban exploration, Outdoors
Wearing: Size 1 in Blue Mist

I love that my Waterproof Mac performs like my other outdoorsy shells without looking outdoorsy. It doesn’t have the plasticky feel of typical rain gear. I also get compliments about it all the time!

Pros

  • Flattering fit.
  • Luxuriously soft
  • Four-way stretch
  • Fully waterproof with each seam sealed
  • Lightweight
  • Wind resistant
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Breathable
  • Durable with a 2-year guarantee on waterproof performance (as long as care instructions are followed)
  • Made from recycled yarns

Cons

  • Pricier than many other jackets on this list

7. Graphene x REVERSIBLE Hoodie – Best Reversible Jacket ($249) →

Fabric: 100% Graphene-integrated polyester (warm side), Middle membrane: TPU membrane (middle), 88% nylon and 12% spandex (cold side)
For: Urban exploration
Wearing: XS in Black

This Reversible Hoodie is made for cold and warm weather. One side is a soft graphene-integrated fleece that keeps you warm, while the other side cools you. The membrane also keeps wind and rain out.

Pros

  • Fully reversible
  • Functions in hot and cold
  • Graphene-integrated fleece
  • Durable and abrasion-resistant
  • Highly water-resistant
  • Breathable and windproof
  • Antibacterial and anti-UV

Cons

  • Bulky to pack
  • Hard to dress up

8. Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket – Best Fleece (On sale $79) →

Fabric: 100% recycled polyester fleece
For: Outdoors, Urban exploration
Wearing: XS in Birch White

This is our go-to mild-weather travel jacket. It’s warm enough for cool evenings and small enough to pack away in a backpack when we don’t need it. We’ve also worn it as a mid-layer on outdoor adventures.

Pros

  • Wind-resistant and fleece-lined
  • Stretchy but slim fit
  • The collar can be zipped all the way up for extra warmth.
  • Lightweight and packable
  • Wrinkle-resistant
  • 100% recycled
  • Fairtrade certified, Bluesign approved.

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Can’t be dressed up

9. Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoodie – Best Puffy (On sale $281) →

Fabric: 80% Recycled Polyester, Recycled Nylon, RDS-certified European Goose Down
For: Outdoors
Wearing: XS in Cardinal

This jacket has a hoodie and non-hoodie version and is the warmest jacket I own (besides the 3-in-1 above, but I think of that as two jackets). Since I always run colder than Jacob, I decided to get one, and it’s extremely warm. I’ve had this jacket for over six years and continue to wear it often. It also packs down small, although not as small as the Patagonia Nano Puff.

Pros

  • 850-fill-power down – certified Responsible Down Standard
  • The warmest single-layer jacket we own
  • Breathable and wind-resistant
  • Water repellent fabric
  • Bluesign approved, responsible down standard.

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Can’t be dressed up
  • Pricey

10. Gamma Graphene Jacket – Best Rechargeable Heated Jacket (on sale $299) →

Graphene is the most formidable and lightest material on earth. Infusing this material into a jacket and adding many features helps the Gamma Jacket earn a spot on the list. The best feature is the built-in heating option. All you have to do is plug in a power bank, and the jacket is heated!

We just picked up their Heta Hand Warming Power Bank, too! It’s the perfect companion that will support maximum heat output from the jacket, but it also can be used separately as a hand warmer and power bank.

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Pros

  • Made with tough and light material
  • It is a heated jacket
  • 10-pocket system for organization
  • Antimicrobial and anti-order material
  • Breathable and moisture-wicking
  • Waterproof
  • Zippers are water-resistant

Cons

  • Need to carry a power bank around to use the heat feature
  • For extreme weather, you still need a separate insulation layer.
  • Has the plasticky feel of most waterproof shells.

11. Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoodie (On sale $210) →

This jacket has a hoodie and non-hoodie version and is one we prefer since it has a cleaner look than the waffle knit design. We have the hoodie version but might pick up a non-hoodie version, too, since we wear them all the time, especially when we’re out climbing. We wear it in mild conditions and have used it as a mid-layer for colder conditions.

Pros

  • Warm and lightweight
  • Clean look
  • Side panels help with stretch, performance, and breathability
  • Low profile hood for wind and light rain
  • Works on its own or for layering
  • Made to last. We’ve worn these for several years.

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Has an outdoorsy look – although less so if you get one without a hood and in a neutral color

12. 66ºNorth OK – Best for Hikers ($395) →

This is Jacob’s favorite right now for cold weather. It combines warm down with Polartec stretch panels, giving you the insulation you need without sacrificing movement. He pairs it with his Snaefell from 66ºNorth when it rains.

Pros

  • Responsible Down Standard (90% Duck Down, 10 % Feather)
  • Polartec Powerstreatch Panels
  • Breathable stretch panels
  • It can be used as mid-layer or outer layer

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Can’t be dressed up
  • Limited Colors

13. Graphene X Nomade Jacket – Best Packable Rain Jacket ($299) →

This ultralight waterproof jacket packs really small into itself and even has a carrying strap. I love that the hood also tucks into the collar, so you can leave it in there if you don’t need it. The graphene-printed membrane makes it durable and breathable.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Graphene-printed membrane
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Self-packable
  • Reflective pattern
  • Windproof
  • Packable hood

Cons

  • If it’s really cold, you’ll need an additional layer

14. Nike Sportswear Tech Pack Reversible Jacket (On sale $151) →

Fabric: 100% recycled polyester
For: Urban exploration
Wearing: XS in Night Maroon/Deep Jungle

I’m a sucker for reversible clothing, so I was excited to find this Nike Reversible Jacket. I mostly wear it on the floral pattern side, but I like my options. It’s currently on sale for $151, so get it while it lasts. They’ve had a few reversible bomber jackets in the past, and this one is my favorite.

Pros

  • Reversible gives you more options
  • Thermafit technology helps manage your body’s natural heat.
  • Made with 100% recycled polyester (recycled polyester reduces carbon emissions by up to 30% compared to virgin polyester)
  • Both sides have pockets
  • Comfortable fit

Cons

  • The tech zipper pockets are uncomfortable to use because they sit so high up.
  • Not waterproof
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15. Nike Windrunner – Best Packable Lightweight Jacket for Men (on Sale $73) →

If you need a lightweight and packable jacket, then check out the Nike Windrunner. It has a pocket on the inside to self-pack and also includes a carry strap. It’s made from recycled polyester and is water repellent with plenty of ventilation if you’re doing something active.

Pros

  • Water-repellent
  • Made from recycled polyester
  • Lightweight and self-packable
  • Good for light activity

Cons

  • Not a windbreaker or thick
  • Can’t be dressed up

16. Nike Dri-FIT Bliss Bomber Jacket – Best Lightweight for Women ($105) →

Fabric: 81% Nylon, 19% Spandex
For: Urban exploration
Wearing: XS in Night Maroon/Deep Jungle

I have a lot of jackets, but they’re all made for warm weather. I’ve been borrowing Jacob’s jackets until I recently found this Nike Bomber Jacket, a great casual lightweight jacket. I loved it so much that I got it in two colors.

Pros

  • Ultrasoft and stretchy
  • Sweat-wicking
  • Good for layering
  • Looks dressier than other athletic jackets

Cons

  • Only for mild weather
  • Not waterproof

17. Patagonia Nano Puff or Nanostorm – Best Overall (On Sale $142) →

This is one of the best overall jackets for both warmth and packability. It’s extremely light and comes in many different colors. The jacket also doubled as a pillow on the plane for me since you can stuff it into the pocket.

We don’t wear the Nano Puff as often anymore, but it has served us well over the years. Now, we either wear the interior of the 3-in-1 Parka or our Nano Storm is our go-to since that one is waterproof without feeling like a raincoat.

Pros

  • Packs into its own pocket
  • Bluesign approved fabric
  • Extremely light
  • Comes in a bunch of colors
  • Water-repellent design and windproof
  • Uses the most thermally efficient synthetic insulation

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Very outdoorsy look
  • Doesn’t have a hood
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More Highly Rated Travel Jackets

Things to Look for in Travel Jackets

  • Versatility – Most of our trips will take us from outdoor activities during the day to fine dining in the evening. Ideally, our jackets can transition between outdoor and urban environments.
  • Performance – Jackets have different features, and we have a handful of them to help us fit those needs. We consider breathability, waterproofing, windproofing, quick-dry, and more. It’s important to know what your jacket can handle. Overall, we look at if it’s waterproof or just water-resistant.
    • Water-resistant is good if you are getting wet, but not for an extended period of time.
    • Waterproofing is necessary if you’ll be outside in the rain a lot. It costs more and is generally less breathable.
  • Down Material – Most jackets will use synthetic or goose down. Generally, goose is warmer and more compressible but less breathable and less water-resistant.
  • Packable – We’re always looking for light and easy-to-pack jackets, although, that isn’t always possible with larger winter coats, so prioritize what you need for each trip.
  • Comfort – Since we’ll be wearing it a lot, we want jackets that are comfy.

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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