Whenever I travel, leggings are a must. They’re the perfect travel-day outfit, especially when paired with a baggy sweater or long shirt, for a chic but comfortable look. There’s so much to love about a good pair of travel leggings. They’re slimming, they stretch, and they don’t take up tons of room in your suitcase. Plus, should you feel the need to utilize the hotel gym or join a pop-up yoga class, you’ll be ready for a workout.
The Best Travel Leggings
Below I’ve divided the best travel leggings into the three most useful categories for travelers: the best leggings with pockets (to hold your phone and documents), the best leggings to make a fashion statement (to show off your personality), and the best leggings that don’t look like leggings (to travel comfortably incognito).
Travel Leggings with Pockets
Clever Travel Companion
The Clever Travel Companion leggings pack comfort and security into one ultra-functional pair of pants. These leggings for travel are equipped with two zippered pockets. The first is big enough to hold your phone and passport; the second and slightly smaller pocket is still large enough to fit your credit cards and keys.
Lululemon Speed Up Tight
The sleek cool Speed Up Tight isn’t just great for working out with sweat-wicking fabric and four-way stretch—it also has four pockets. With two side pockets large enough for your phone and two waistband pockets perfect for tucking away cash, these leggings are a great choice for the active traveler with stuff to carry.
North Face Motivation High-Rise Pocket Tights
From the North Face, the Motivation High-Rise Leggings provide support and storage. They feature two discreet thigh pockets, an extra-wide waistband, and are also available in a shorter cropped style.
Core 10 Onstride Run Full-Length
With both mid-rise and high-rise waistband options, Core 10’s Onstride Run Full-Length Leggings are customizable for everyone, and they come equipped with a drawstring for adjustability. The two side-panel pockets and a stylish behind-the-knee mesh feature prove that these travel leggings combine function and fashion.
90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Cire Leggings
The Cire Leggings from 90 Degree By Reflex feature two large side pockets in a pair of leggings that are stylish enough to run errands in and comfortable enough to work out in. They’re also available in multiple colors, such as white, plum, and lavender.
Travel Leggings That Make a Fashion Statement
Outdoor Voices 2-Tone Warmup Leggings
With blocks of navy and black, the 2-Tone Warmup Leggings are chic while still maintaining an athletic look, which makes them great for the airplane or a jogging trail. The material is sturdy, comfortable, and opaque, so you won’t have to worry about anything showing through. If you’re a big fan of the color block style, make sure to check out the Outdoor Voice’s tri-colored Zoom Leggings, too.
Columbia Women’s Luminary
Up for some serious adventure or maybe just a day hike, but want cute leggings that still work? Sturdier than the average yoga pants, the Luminary Leggings will perform well in the great outdoors. Made of moisture-wicking and snag-resistant fabric, these travel leggings are smooth to the touch and even include a large pocket on the side.
Fabletics Cashel Leggings
For a fashion statement that’s extra comfortable, the Cashel Leggings from Fabletics are cinchable. Not only does this add a unique design element, it also allows you to customize the length of the leggings.
Athleta Elation Ombre Tight
Sometimes leggings with a bold-print can be too much for the average travel day, which is why I think the Elation Ombre Tight from Athleta is a perfect compromise. With bright colors that are also easy on the eyes, there’s a lot to love about these statement-making leggings.
If your flair is a little more bohemian, check out these high-waist lounge pants for a fashionably daring set of pants that are just as comfortable and flattering as any pair of leggings. They’re affordable, available in lots of different patterns, and fabulous for flying.
Travel Leggings That Don’t Look Like Leggings
Betabrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants
If you want to make sure you’re maintaining a little class while staying comfortable on your flight, check out the Dress Pant Yoga Pants from Betabrand. Made of comfortable, stretchable material, they’re totally chic. I love that they come in multiple colors and are perfect for a business-casual look.
Athleta Bettona Jegging
If you need jeans to complete an outfit, but dread the discomfort of wearing denim on a long-haul flight, get yourself a pair of jeggings like the Athleta Bettona Jeggings, made of lightweight fabric that can be worn on the trail or to a casual dinner. No one will ever know the difference.
Blank NYC Faux-Leather Jeggings
Sport a lean silhouette with an edge with these super-stretchy faux-leather and faux-jeans leggings from Blank NYC. These flattering jet black jeggings are also very comfortable and will go a long way in your travel wardrobe.
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Jamie Ditaranto is a writer and photographer who is always looking for her next adventure. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.