Sometimes packing is the hardest part of spring travel. Weather can be unpredictable, and layers and jackets can take up a lot of packing space.
The Best Lightweight Spring Jackets for Travelers
These 10 lightweight spring jackets for men and women will stand up to spring weather, plus they pack light and look stylish.
Helly Hansen Women’s Copenhagen Coat
This durable, waterproof jacket from Helly Hansen is perfect for inclement weather in warmer temperatures. Available in three colors, the long coat is super lightweight, plus wind- and waterproof to keep you both warm and dry.
Helly Hansen Men’s Royan Jacket
This shorter version of Helly Hansen’s popular Royan Coat for men doesn’t disappoint. The Royan Jacket is a super lightweight spring jacket that’s packable and on-trend. Available in three neutral colors, it works both on business trips over a suit jacket and in more active settings like hiking. Completely waterproof, it’s also treated with DWR and its seams are fully sealed against rainy weather.
Fjallraven Greenland No. 1 Special Edition (Men’s & Women’s)
Fjallraven’s Greenland No. 1 Special Edition jacket (available in both men’s and women’s styles) is a great lightweight spring jacket for travelers. It’s made from recycled polyester and cotton in a classic style with a fixed hood and two hand pockets.
Duluth Trading Co. Women’s Mist Master Spring Jacket
This machine-washable coat is highly rated on Duluth Trading Co.’s website for its versatility, style, and comfort. It’s a lightweight spring jacket that will still keep you warm in colder temperatures, and has four large pockets perfect for travel. The drizzle-shedding fabric is brushed on the inside so it’s soft against your skin. The jacket also has a hood, adjustable waist, and a longer backside.
Nau Women’s Reverb Jacket
Nau’s line of lightweight spring jackets includes the Reverb Jacket, a 100-percent cotton soft-shell recycled polyester double weave. It’s both wind- and weather-resistant, and has a high collar, drawstring waist, and pockets.
Patagonia Men’s Baggies Jacket
Gap Women’s Jean Jackets
Nothing says “lightweight spring jackets” more than classic denim. I love Gap’s styles for affordability and comfort. They also have some unique styles like this cropped version with striped paneled detailing.
Muji Men’s Organic Cotton Indigo Jacket
Muji’s simple cotton jacket is the perfect stylish lightweight spring jacket to add to your wardrobe. With a button closure and two open pockets, it’s comfortable and versatile.
Lululemon Women’s Effortless Jacket
This Lululemon jacket is perfect for both everyday use and spring travel. The Effortless Jacket is just that, effortless. With a stowable hood, room for layers underneath, and multiple inner pockets, it really is the perfect lightweight spring jacket. It’s available in four colors and made from glyde-water-repellent material.
Cotopaxi Kusa Bomber (Men’s & Women’s)
This trendy bomber jacket (available in men’s and women’s styles) is reversible, which makes it a versatile travel accessory. The outside has a water-resistant DWR finish, and the inside is insulated with lightweight llama fleece. Plus, the front zippered pockets and lifetime warranty make these bombers the ultimate lightweight spring jackets—you’ll never have to buy another.
More from SmarterTravel:
- The Best Packable Rain Gear for Travelers
- 13 Things You Need to Pack for an Active Vacation
- 9 Essential Travel Products for Spring
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.