When you’re hitting the road, it’s essential to dial-in your wardrobe — no matter where you’re headed.
If you’re off to the wilderness for hiking or camping, you’ll need to swap out your jeans for some outdoor pants. But, alternatively, if you’re going sightseeing in Europe or road tripping, it’s still a good idea to invest in some travel pants.
Travel pants offer a few key upgrades over your typical everyday legwear. They’re lightweight, wrinkle-resistant and easy as hell to pack, they’re stretchy for all-day comfort (on the plane or walking the city) and some even feature pick-pocket-proof compartments for your passport or wallet. Plus, water-resistance keeps you safe from showers while you’re out and about.
Below are our 16 favorite travel pants, including stylish picks you can wear to the restaurant, as well as rugged options for the wilderness.
1. Unionbay Rainier Travel Pants
These travel pants from Unionbay stand out as our top choice for a few reasons. They feature a stretchy nylon-spandex build for serious comfort, as well as a discreet zip pocket on the leg. But this function doesn’t come at the cost of fashion, as the pants are still stylish enough to rock with a button-up shirt to a fancy restaurant in the evening. And at just under $30, you don’t have to worry about damaging or losing them.
2. Public Rec All Day Every Day Pant
BEST DAY TO DAY
If you think you’ve looked everywhere for that pair of pants that are crafted for your on-the-go lifestyle but can’t find the perfect pair, there’s a good chance you’ve yet to stumble upon Public Rec’s All Day Every Day Pants. These handsome yet moveable bad boys are a more stylish alternative to sweatpants that don’t hold out on the comfort. They’re professional enough to wear from the office to the airport and in-flight for your next business trip, and casual enough to strut in the city, mountains or countryside of your next bucket list destination. If you’re trying to get from point A to point B and need a stylish pair of pants to do that in, these are definitely them.
3. Amazon Essentials Wrinkle-Resistant Pant
Traveling is expensive, so saving a few bucks on your wardrobe might be a good idea. These stretchy, wrinkle-resistant pants from Amazon Essentials make a great affordable pick. They’re a little on the dressy side, but still look good with sneakers and a Tee. The construction is cotton and polyester, offering a comfortable fit and fewer wrinkles when you pull them out of your suitcase.
4. Everlane Performance Chino
You know how cartoon characters seem to never change their outfits? This pair of pants will have you doing the same. These are so comfortable, form-fitting and handsome, they’ll be the only pair of pants you want to wear on your next adventure. From cruising city streets to sunset beachside dinners, they’ll look excellent thrown on no matter the travel occasion. We love these stone-colored chinos, but if you’re the type who sweats or spills pretty frequently, there are six darker colors to choose from in the same style.
5. prAna Brion Pants
At first glance, these prAna trousers just look like stylish slim-fit pants. However, they’re actually breathable, lightweight travel pants. In case of rain, the fabric is quick-drying and water-repellent (so you won’t have to slog back to the hotel in wet jeans). And in case of harsh sun, the pants feature UPF 50+ for protection.
6. Columbia Convertible Pant
BEST FOR HOT WEATHER
If you’re going anywhere warm, zip-off pants are a great idea. Yes, they’re touristy, but in this black color they’re discreet enough to blend in. On the legs you’ll find two pockets for stashing your passport, hiking gear or the bottom half of the pants when it gets hot. Plus, moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cool and dry on the trail or the sunny streets.
7. J.M. Haggar Iron Free Premium Khaki
BEST DRESS PANT
Traveling for business or hitting some nice restaurants? Go for these iron-free dress pants from J.M. Haggar. They’re classy enough for any event or meeting, but no one will guess that they’ve never touched an iron. You’ll simply have to yank these out of that carry-on and throw them on your legs. There’s also a convenient shirt gripper to make sure you never look undone no matter where your business travels take you.
8. Western Rise AT Slim Pant
Reimagine your favorite pair of jeans with the comfort of your go-to lounge pants and you’ll get the AT Slim Pants from Western Rise. Both durable enough to take on whatever Mother Nature throws your way yet comfortable enough to sit at your desk for an entire eight hours when vacation comes to an end, these are a versatile yet handsome addition to your wardrobe you won’t ever regret buying. These are your classic five-pocket pants the twist you never knew you needed. Wear them from the office to the bar to the plane to even the next music festival you’ve got planned. Wherever you wear them, they won’t let you down.
9. Everlane French Terry Sweatpant
BEST FOR THE PLANE
Please don’t tell us you’re the type to wear anything aside from sweats on the plane because that is the most awful choice a guy could make. You really want to bunch your junk up in denim for an eight-hour flight? Okay, well . . . you do you. If you’re sane, you’re throwing on your old college apparel sweats on every flight you get on, but it’s time for an upgrade. Everlane’s French Terry Sweatpants are a cool yet comfortable athleisure option that will allow for maximum comfort whether your flight’s a couple of states away or from New York to Brisbane. The sweats come in four different colors, so choose which fits your travel look best.
10. Rhone Commuter Pant
BEST FOR WORK
Headed back in the office? If you’re traveling to work all of a sudden after being, well, trapped to your work from home desk for ages on end, throw on Rhone’s Commuter Pants and stay comfortable during your travels and at your desk. Styles range from regular, skinny and slim to fit your personal pant needs. We don’t suggest you manspread on the train, like, ever, but if you had to, these are the pants to do it in. Stretch, jump, move, shake — these pants are readily available to take on any activity and won’t rip like your average pair of khakis.
11. L.L.Bean’s 1912 Stretch Corduroys
Corduroys are coming back into style and for a good reason, they’re effectively handsome, vintage in style and incredibly comfortable. L.L.Bean’s 1912 Stretch Corduroys are our favorite travel corduroys for their immense stretchability and high-performance design that are almost comfortable enough to work out in. If you want to keep a dapper look to your travel clothing but don’t want to sacrifice the coziness other walking pants have, these are an awesome five-pocket go-to to strut along in no matter where you’re headed.
12. CQR Cargo Pants
Rugged travel pants are a great idea for adventure travel, hiking, camping or trips to less developed areas. We recommend these CQR cargo pants because they’re inspired by tactical military pants with plenty of pockets and a super durable design. Function aside though, they’re low-key enough for civilians like us to wear normally. They feature a whopping eight pockets to keep all your gear and belongings safe and a comfortable elastic waistband.
13. TRU-SPEC Men’s Tactical Pant
Going by Amazon reviews, these Tru-Spec pants take top honors. They boast over 1,700 reviews and 4.3 stars, as customers say they’re extremely well-made and comfortable. The pants are on the rugged side, so we suggest them more for hiking and outdoor activities than city travel.
14. SAXX Snooze Sleep Pants
BEST FOR SLEEP
We know, we know, you’ve heard it from us again and again, but the SAXX Snooze Sleep Pants are an easy-to-pack, extremely comfortable pant option to sleep in if you can’t sleep in your birthday suit. Even if you’re having trouble closing that overflowing suitcase, these pants are so paper-thin that you can add them without creating any extra space. These are also excellent for when you’re sleeping in a hostel or traveling with a group of friends who don’t necessarily want to see you naked or in your underwear as you slumber. When on your body, they feel as if you’re wearing nothing, so you’ll be just as comfortable sleeping in these as you are sleeping naked.
15. UO Corduroy Cropped Beach Pant
BEST FOR THE BEACH
You might be wondering why you’d ever have to wear a pair of pants to the beach, but on those breezier afternoons where you don’t necessarily intend on heading into the water, a classic pair of beach pants will totally have you covered — from waist to ankles, at least. These corduroy beach pants from Urban Outfitters are a loosey-goosey pant option designed for total breathability and held up with a drawstring, which is ideal for that post-quarantine gut you’ve put on. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, so if this pink pictured below ain’t your gig, try out something a little more toned down.
16. Coalatree Trailhead Pant
If money is no object, these Coalatree adventure pants are a worthy upgrade. One of our editors swears by them because they’re super comfortable with a four-way stretch fabric, yet stylish enough to wear in any restaurant. They feature a jogger design that scores style points while also upping the performance for trail runs or hiking, and they have an ergonomic crotch gusset for maximum mobility that’s ideal for rock-climbing and overall movement.