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7+ Best Jackets for Travel for Any Weather 2023

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 preps 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 14, 2023

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

The Best Travel Jackets for Women and Men 2023

We wouldn’t have made it through our year in NYC without these jackets. We’ve had them for 5 years and wear them whenever we travel to cold destinations. It’s a 3-in-1 because you can wear it 5 different ways, as you can detach the insulated layer from the shell layer and detach the hood. Plus, they have a clean design on top of great function. Even though we’re not in NYC anymore, we still use it and break up the layers often.

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

  • Three ways to wear the jacket
  • Water-proof shell
  • Removable hood, so it can look dressier.
  • Longer jacket to keep more of you warm
  • Slimmer fit
  • Can be dressed up but also handle outdoor adventures
  • Bulky to pack if you happen to need to keep it in your suitcase
  • Limited, muted color options
  • The men’s version is not as long as I would like.
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The men’s version is the Trembly, although the design is slightly different.

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Fabric: 55% Cotton, 37% Polyamide, 4% Elastane
For: Urban exploration

This is my favorite mid-weight jacket when I need to dress up in the city. It works well dressed up or down while keeping me warm.

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

  • Flattering fit around 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.
  • Not waterproof
  • Not as stretchy as other jackets on this list, but does have a slight stretch.
  • No hood, for when it rains, but hoods also tends to negate a sleeker look.
  • Priciest mid-weight jacket on this list
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Fabric: 70% Cotton, 28% Coolmax All Season Polyester, 2% Lycra Spandex
For: Urban exploration

I’ve been wearing this jacket a lot this winter, whether it’s to explore locally or for city travel. It’s been a great go-to casual winter jacket. Even though it’s heavier and bulkier to pack, you get two jackets in one, one with a denim side and one with a shearling side. I usually end up wearing this on the plane, so I don’t have to worry about it taking up space in my carry-on.

  • Fully reversible
  • Adjustable waist drawcord
  • Vegan
  • Soft and cozy
  • Stretchy
  • Pockets on both sides (patch pockets on the shearling side, and slash pockets on the denim side)
  • Bulkier to pack
  • Heavier than other jackets
  • Not warm enough on its own to survive a NY winter, but great for all the other cities we’ve lived in. It fits loose enough to layer under, and we’re extra sensitive to the cold since we’ve been based in Vegas.
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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.

  • Wind resistant and fleece-lined
  • Stretchy but slim fit
  • Collar can be zipped all the way up for extra warmth
  • Lightweight and packable
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Not waterproof
  • Looks casual, and therefore, not as versatile
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Graphene is the toughest and lightest material on earth. Infusing this material into a jacket and adding a ton of features helps the Gamma Jacket earn a spot on the list. One of the coolest features 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 also can be used as a hand warmer and power bank separately.


  • 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
  • Need to carry a power bank around to use the heat feature
  • For extreme weather, you still need a separate insulation layer.
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This is another jacket that has both 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. It packs down small as well, although not as small as the Patagonia Nano Puff.

  • 850-fill-power down – certified Responsible Down Standard
  • The warmest single-layer jacket we own
  • Breathable and wind-resistant
  • Water repellent fabric
  • Not waterproof
  • Can’t be dressed up
  • Priciest on this list
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This jacket has a hoodie and non-hoodie version and 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.

  • Warm and lightweight
  • Clean look
  • Side panels helps with stretch, performance, and breathability
  • Low profile hood for wind and light rain
  • Works on it’s own or for layering
  • Not waterproof
  • Has an outdoorsy look – although less so if you get one without a hood and in a neutral color
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This is the newest jacket in our collection and Jacob’s favorite right now. It combines warm down with Polartec stretch panels giving you the insulation you need without sacrificing movement. He paired it with his Snaefell from 66ºNorth when it rains.

  • Responsible Down Standard (90% Duck Down, 10 % Feather)
  • Polartec Powerstreatch Panels
  • Breathable stretch panels
  • Can be used as midlayer or outlayer
  • Not waterproof
  • Can’t be dressed up
  • Limited Colors
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This is one of the best overall jacket 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.

  • 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
  • Not waterproof
  • Very outdoorsy look
  • Doesn’t have a hood
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[UPDATE] Looks like Baubax has discontinued this jacket and many of its original products.

This Bomber jacket was built for traveling with every feature imaginable, including a built-in eye mask, inflatable neck pillow, zipper pen, tons of pockets, and more. I love all the features, but on the downside it adds to the weight and bulkiness.

Esther has been waiting for this jacket to be back in stock in her size, but it’s been over a year.

  • Tons of features built with the traveler in mind
  • Comes with removable accessories, like a travel blanket, earplugs, travel bottle etc
  • A bunch of dedicated pockets
  • Stylish bomber-jacket look
  • Water resistant
  • Heavy in comparison to the other jackets
  • Bulky if you have all the features inlcuded
  • Not waterproof
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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 the outdoor and urban environments.
  • Performance – Jackets have different features and we have a handful of them to help us fit those needs. Sometimes we need to bundle up a lot more, other times, we have to worry about rain and wind. 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 will be getting wet but not outside for an extended period of time.
    • Waterproof is necessary if you’ll be outside in 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.

Are there any others we should check out that belong on our list of best jackets for travel? What’s your go-to travel jacket?

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both 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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