A Fashionista’s List of the Best Packable Women’s Travel Jackets for Your Carry-On

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If you’re wondering what are the best lightweight jackets for women who love to travel, then this post is for you.

Before we dive into the lineup, let’s talk about a few things to keep in mind when packing outerwear:

  • Your travel destination. For example, this past June, I traveled to Ireland and mistakenly thought they had the same summer weather as we do in New York. Boy was I wrong! There were a few rainy days when I wished I had packed my wind-resistant rain jacket!
  • Your itinerary. This is important because if your travel plans include dressier events, you probably want to pack a cute jacket. Or you might want to bring a packable jacket that is both functional and stylish. Trust me, rain jackets can be trendy while also protecting you in an unexpected downpour!
  • Suitcase space. If overpacking could be a personality trait, I would have to claim it. I’ve been known to swap out necessary travel clothes so I could fit my leather jacket in my carry-on. As someone who loves options, but also loves traveling light, you can see the problem I face. My faux fur coat doesn’t want to hear this, but packable lightweight jackets are much kinder to my suitcase space.

Now that we’ve mentally mapped out our trip, let’s get to the fun part —the best travel jackets. If you need outerwear inspiration or are in search for your next perfect travel jacket, I’ve got you covered.

The Best Packable Lightweight Women’s Jackets

You might be thinking, what makes a jacket packable? Essentially, packable jackets can be rolled up and stored in one of their own pocket, usually a zippered pocket. These are great for traveling since they won’t take up precious suitcase space.

To avoid wrinkles, look for jackets that are made with wrinkle-resistant materials like polyester, rayon and wool. For cold weather, packable down jackets have the same functionality but with added insulation.

For extra warmth, you can always layer a sweatshirt underneath your jacket.

Here are my go-to packable travel jackets:

The Best Rain Jackets

Let my Ireland packing mistake remind you to always pack a raincoat! And yes, I feel like my mother saying this out loud.

Even if you don’t pack a raincoat, a jacket that is water-resistant will suffice. There’s nothing worse than ruining a perfectly good hair day with an unexpected downpour.

Needless to say, you can’t go wrong with any of these options.

The Best Parka Travel Jackets

If you’re looking for the best winter jacket, a parka is your best bet. A parka is a well-insulated puffer jacket that falls below the waist — perfect for any cold weather trip. These are my current obsessions that will keep you warm and toasty.

SheBuysTravel Tip: Always wear your bulkiest coat on the plane to save space in your suitcase!

Other Lightweight Travel Jacket Options

For more inspiration, I’ve rounded up a few more options that include packable rain jackets, full zip winter coats and classic hoodies.

They come in a variety of color options, in sizes ranging from slim fit to plus size.

Kara Blakeslee is a self-taught personal stylist with a natural talent and sharp eye for procuring the best basics and foundational staples. Her style ethos is timeless with a chic, yet modern twist. Her passion spiraled into a profession when a unique opportunity presented itself to work at WhoWhatWear and lead affiliate retail fashion campaigns. Intersecting fashion, celebrity, and trends helped further develop and ignite her passion for helping others feel confident in their skin. Currently, Kara is a Fashion Editor at SheBuys Travel where she combines her fashion background with her love for traveling. Aside from sleuthing the web to find the best airport leggings, Kara’s ultimate goal is to instill a sense of confidence, beauty, and ease through her shopping recommendations for female travelers everywhere. Ann Klein once said, “Clothes aren’t going to change the world. The women who wear them are.” Let’s change the world and look good while doing it.
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