7+ best travel jackets at any time


We love our versatile clothes. Not only does it help us pack the light, but as we love the combination of urban and outdoor adventures, it prepares us for any activity. Since we have lived in all climatic conditions for years, we had the opportunity to test different jackets, and here are our favorites.

5+ best travel jackets tested on the road

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Last updated: January 19, 2021

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

The best travel jackets for women and men 2021

Without these jackets we wouldn’t have spent a year in New York. They have a clean design and work well. It’s 3-in-1 because you can wear it in 3 different ways because you can separate the insulated layer from the shell layer.


  • Three ways to wear a jacket
  • Waterproof shell
  • A hood that can be removed so it can look smoother.
  • A longer jacket to keep you warm
  • Thinner fit
  • It can be groomed, but it can also deal with outdoor adventures

  • Bulky to pack if you happen to need to keep it in a suitcase
  • Limited, muted color options
  • The male version is not as long as I would like.

Park 3 in 1
Female + Male

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This is our jacket for mild weather. It’s warm enough for cold evenings and small enough to pack in a backpack when we don’t need it. We also wore it as a middle layer in outdoor adventures.


  • Made from 100% recycled polyester fleece
  • It doesn’t pill like another fleece
  • Works as a jacket or middle layer
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • It comes in a variety of styles if you prefer a quarter zip etc.

  • It is not waterproof
  • It looks casual, and therefore not so versatile

Better jacket than sweater
Female + Male

The best jackets from Patagonia

This is my favorite medium weight jacket when I have to dress up in town. It looks well dressed up or down, and at the same time warms me up with its wind-lined and fleece-lined design.


  • Windproof and fleece lined
  • Stretchy but thin
  • For extra warmth, the collar can be zipped up completely
  • Lightweight and packed
  • Wrinkle resistant

  • It is not waterproof
  • No hood, for when
  • The most expensive medium weight jacket on this list

Anatomy passenger sleek jacket
Women – Read more reviews

This is one of the best overall jackets for warmth and packaging. It is extremely light and comes in many different colors. My jacket is also doubled like a pillow on a plane, because you can put it in your pocket.

We no longer wear the nano puff that often, but it has served us well for years. Now we either carry the interior of the park 3 in 1 or ours Nano Storm is our approach, because it is waterproof without feeling like a raincoat.


  • He packs in his own pocket
  • Fabric approved by bluesign
  • Extremely light
  • It comes in a bunch of colors
  • Water repellent design and wind resistant
  • Uses the most effective synthetic insulation

  • It is not waterproof
  • Very external appearance
  • No hood

Patagonia Nano puff jacket
Female + Male

the best lightweight travel jackets
The best travel jacket

This jacket has a hooded and non-hooded version, and we prefer it because it has a cleaner look than the waffle knit design. We have a version with a hood, but we may also get a version without a hood, because we wear them all the time, especially when we climb. We wear it in mild conditions, and we used it as a middle layer for colder conditions.


  • Warm and light
  • Clean look
  • Side panels help in stretching, performance and breathability
  • Low profile hood for wind and light rain
  • Works on its own or for applying layers

  • It is not waterproof
  • It has an outdoor look – although less so if you get it without a hood and in a neutral color

Arc’teryx Atom LT
Female + Male

arcteryx atom lt hood
arcteryx atom lt

This is another jacket that has a version with a hood and without a hood. Since I always run colder than Jacob, I opted for him and he is extremely warm. It also packs small, though not as small as the Patagonia Nano Puff.


  • 850-fill-power down – certified responsible lower standard
  • Breathable and windproof
  • Water repellent fabric

  • It is not waterproof
  • It can’t be groomed
  • The most expensive on this list

Arc’teryx Cerium LT
Female + Male

arcteryx cerium lt hood

This Bomber jacket is made for travel with all the features you can imagine, including a built-in eye mask, a pillow for inflating the neck, a pencil with a zipper, tons of pockets and much more. I love all the features, but on the downside it adds weight and bulk.

Esther waited for this jacket to return to stock in its size, but more than a year has passed.


  • Tons of features built with respect to the passenger
  • Comes with accessories, such as travel covers, earplugs, travel bottles, etc.
  • A bunch of dedicated pockets
  • Modern look bomber jacket
  • Waterproof

  • Heavy compared to other jackets
  • Bulky if you have all the features turned on
  • It is not waterproof

Bumber jacket Baubax
Women + Men

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Things to look for in travel jackets

  • Versatility – Most trips will take us from outdoor activities during the day to evening meals. Ideally, our jackets can switch between outdoor and urban environments.
  • Performance – Jackets have different characteristics, and we have a handful of them to help us meet those needs. Sometimes we have to collect a lot more, other times we have to worry about rain and wind. It is important to know what your jacket can handle. Overall, we look at whether it is waterproof or just waterproof.
    • Water resistance is good if you get wet, but not outside for a long time.
    • Water resistance is essential if you will be out in the rain a lot. It costs more and is generally less breathable.
  • Down material – Most jackets will use synthetic or goose down. The goose is generally warmer and more compressible, but less breathable and less water resistant.
  • Packing – We are always looking for light jackets that are easy to pack, although this is not always possible with larger winter coats, so determine what you need for each trip.
  • Comfort – Since we will wear it a lot, we want jackets that are comfortable.

Are there any more that we should check out that fall on our list of the best travel jackets? What’s your 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 United States. They believe the adventure can be found both up close and from afar and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore the new city in depth every year and are currently in Las Vegas.

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