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15 Best Travel Pants for Men and Women


I always find that traveling in pants—whether it be in a car, plane, or train—is way more comfortable than wearing anything else. But not all pants are created equal.

Waistbands digging into your skin, fabrics wrinkling, or not being able to wear them with any other outfits are all travel pants problems that can have you wishing you could wear straight-up sweatpants. So I’ve tested and researched dozens of options for men and women to find the ultimate brands and styles for your next trip.

There are four key elements that go into the best travel pants: comfort, fabric, style, and versatility. These 15 options for men and women tick all the boxes, so you know you’re making a good investment.

Aella Women’s Ankle Skinny Pant

Comfort: 4/5. These pants are stretchy and don’t gape at the waistband, and also have two pockets, which I love. The clasp-closure waist can get a little uncomfortable when sitting for a long period of time, but otherwise it feels like you’re not wearing anything.

Fabric: 5/5. The material is super stretchy, and the “matte skin fabric” is also wrinkle-resistant, fade-resistant, UV-blocking, and machine-washable.

Style: 5/5. These pants can pass for business-casual and be dressed up with a pair of heels, but you can still wear your favorite t-shirt and sweatshirt with them.

Versatility: 5/5. The cut makes them great for anything from travel days to client meetings. Plus, the black color goes with everything.

Type of Traveler: Business and/or fashionista.

Shop: Available on Aella’s website for $135.

Coalatree Unisex Slim Fit Trail Head Pants

Comfort: 4/5. The elastic waistband and drawstring are super comfortable and the fabric is thicker, but still stretches. These pants even have a five-star rating based on 684 reviews.

Fabric: 4/5. These pants are waterproof, super quick-drying, antimicrobial, tear-resistant, and have four-way stretch.

Style: 4/5. The unisex style is flattering on most figures and has four handy-yet-stylish pockets.

Versatility: 4/5. While these pants don’t do double duty for something like a business dinner, they could pass for sit-down meals at a casual restaurant or nature lodge. Plus, you can wash them easily and will get multiple re-wears.

Type of Traveler: Active and/or hiker.

Shop: Available on Coalatree’s website for $89.

Columbia Women’s Saturday Trail Pants

Comfort: 5/5. Amazon reviewers rave about the soft and stretchy fabric of these pants. With a snap closure waistband they don’t gape. They also feature two side-zip security pockets.

Fabric: 5/5. The nylon-elastane blend is soft and stretchy. Other fabric features include UPF 50 and water and stain repellency.

Style: 4/5. Featuring a mid-rise and straight leg, these pants have a feminine and flattering fit.

Versatility: 4/5. They’re convertible and come in tons of neutral-colored options to go with any outdoorsy vacation. While these travel pants do have a sportier look, they can be dressed up.

Type of Traveler: Active and/or hiker.

Shop: Available on Amazon. Select colors and sizes starting at $60.

Columbia Men’s Flex ROC Pant

Comfort: 4/5. Reviewers note the stretch and comfort, even on a transatlantic flight. The waistband has a front button closure and belt loops.

Fabric: 4/5. This pair of travel pants is made from a medium weight cotton-elastane blend and is machine washable.

Style: 5/5. The casual style is comfortable, without giving the look of cargo pants.

Versatility: 5/5. As one Amazon reviewer says, these pants are “not too dressy, not to casual.”

Type of Traveler: Active and/or casual.

Shop: Available on Amazon. Select styles and colors starting at $45.

Athleta Women’s Soho Jogger

Comfort: 5/5. Super soft fabric and a knit waistband give these pants the ultimate stamp of approval when it comes to comfort.

Fabric: 5/5. The featherweight stretch fabric is made from recycled polyester and is lightweight. It’s also quick-drying, breathable, wrinkle-resistant, and rated UPF 50+.

Style: 5/5. This pair of travel pants is semi-fitted with a tapered leg and has a mid-rise, sitting just below the natural waist. Four pockets (two secured front and two back) make accessing your essentials on travel days even easier.

Versatility: 5/5. These travel pants make up the perfect travel day uniform but can also be dressed up with a silk blouse and heels to go out on the town.

Type of Traveler: Fashionista.

Shop: Available on Athleta’s website for $89.

Eddie Bauer Women’s Travel Pants – Curvy

Comfort: 4/5. The curvy styles sits below your natural waist with a mid-rise, and has a fuller fit through the hip and thigh. A button closure and stretch blend fabric add to the comfort level.

Fabric: 5/5. These are machine-washable, water-resistant, and don’t wrinkle. The dark neutral colors also hide any stains.

Style: 5/5. These look like traditional dress pants but aren’t nearly as fussy. The straight leg is flattering on almost any figure.

Versatility: 5/5. Reviewers love the dressier look of these pants, even though they feel like leggings. The dressier style is great for when you need to go straight from the plane to a dinner or meeting.

Type of Traveler: Business traveler.

Shop: Available on Eddie Bauer’s website for $70. Also available in plus sizes.

Eddie Bauer Men’s Horizon Guide Chino Pants

Comfort: 4/5. For hikers or frequent travelers, these pants are light and stretchy. The waist has a button closure and belt loops.

Fabric: 5/5. The fabric is waterproof and UPF 50+, making these a great pair of travel pants for the outdoors. They’re also machine-washable and hold their shape.

Style: 4/5. These pants have a sportier look, with two secure zip-pockets that are great for travel essentials.

Versatility: 4/5. Many reviewers note wearing these to work, out with friends, hiking, and traveling.

Type of Traveler: Active and/or hiker.

Shop: Available on Eddie Bauer’s website for $50.

Everlane The Work Pant

Comfort: 4/5. Reviewers love the wide waistband and high-cut waist for comfort. Plus, the fabric is super stretchy.

Fabric: 4/5. Everlane’s four-way stretch cotton is machine washable and softens as you wear them.

Style: 4/5. These definitely are more of a legging style, but still look polished with a side zipper and back seam detail.

Versatility: 5/5. You can go to a fancy meal, attend an important meeting, and then sleep in these cozy, legging-style pants.

Type of Traveler: Business traveler.

Shop: Available on Everlane’s website for $50.

Betabrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants

Comfort: 5/5. These pants were made famous by a crowdfunded campaign and are known for their comfort. With a thicker waistband and super stretch material, reviewers—all 1,490 of them—rave about the comfort.

Fabric: 5/5. The rayon-blend fabric is machine washable, wrinkle-resistant, and has four-way stretch.

Style: 4/5. The “Dress Pant Yoga Pants” come in a variety of cuts: boot-cut, straight-leg, skinny-leg, and cropped-leg to fit almost any body type.

Versatility: 4/5. These are the ultimate comfort dress pant. They look better dressed up, but are comfortable enough to be a staple in your travel day uniform.

Type of Traveler: Business traveler.

Shop: Available on Betabrand’s website starting at $52.

Patagonia Women’s Happy Hike Studio Pants

Comfort: 5/5. The pull-on jogger style couldn’t be more comfortable, especially with the knit waistband and hidden drawstring cord.

Fabric: 4/5. The fabric is lightweight, better for warmer climates and is water repellent with 50+ UPF.

Style: 5/5. These pants have four large pockets, ideal on travel days, and the elasticized cuffs allow you to adjust the length to capris- or full-length.

Versatility: 4/5. I personally love the jogger style pants for versatility. You can hike, bike, or work out in these and keep them on for dinner or other casual activities.

Type of Traveler: Active.

Shop: Available on Patagonia’s website for $79.

Patagonia Men’s Quandary Pants

Comfort: 5/5. These pants have a curved waistband to reduce gapping and stay in place during activities.

Fabric: 4/5. They’re water repellent, lightweight, quick-drying, stretch-woven, and have 50+ UPF—can the fabric be any better?

Style: 4/5. The slim-straight fit is designed to be stylish and comfortable, but reviewers note that the pants are best for lean-to-medium builds. Six pockets make this pair of pants even better on travel days for easy-access to essentials.    

Versatility: 5/5. Great in all seasons, the Quandary Pants go from trail to town.

Type of Traveler: Active.

Shop: Available on Patagonia’s website for $80.

Toad & Co. Women’s Earthworks Pant

Comfort: 4/5. Reviewers note that there’s no gapping at the waist with these pants, and the fabric is stretchy and comfortable

Fabric: 4/5. Made from an organic cotton, Tencel, and spandex blend, these pants are machine washable and good for the environment.

Style: 5/5. The straight-leg style has back darts to flatter curvier figures.

Versatility: 4/5. Since they’re more like jeans or khakis, these are great for everyday wear, but can also be used for light activities.

Type of Traveler: Casual.

Shop: Available on Amazon for $85.

Toad & Co. Men’s Rover Pant

Comfort: 5/5. One reviewer says, “I own four pairs in three different colors and I pretty much wear them exclusively day in and day out.”

Fabric: 5/5. The eco-friendly polyester fabric is cooling and strong, which maintains its shape. It’s also UPF protective, light for packing, and is quick-dry and machine washable.

Style: 5/5. With five stealth pockets, your passport and wallet will stay safe while traveling.

Versatility: 5/5. The Rover Pant will replace your khakis in a heartbeat, and you’ll be way more comfortable. These pants can also be worn for light activity.

Type of Traveler: Casual.

Shop: Available on Amazon for $82.

Prana Women’s Halle Pants

Comfort: 5/5. These pants are a best seller on Amazon for a reason. The fabric is stretchy, comfortable, and soft, and the pants have a relaxed fit.

Fabric: 5/5. prAna’s ‘Stretch Zion’ fabric has wrinkle-, water- and stain-repellency, and is lightweight, UPF 50, and quick-drying.

Style: 5/5. With 1,513 nearly five-star reviews, these prAna pants fit most body shapes. There are plenty of pockets and the pant leg can be rolled up.

Versatility: 4/5. These pants are comfortable on travel days, hold up on the trail, and can be dressed up for a casual dinner.

Type of Traveler: Active/hiker.

Shop: Available on Amazon starting at $80.

Prana Men’s Brion Pants

Comfort: 5/5. Stretchy and breathable, these pants are made with a spandex blend. Five-star reviewers call them “outrageously comfortable.”

Fabric: 5/5. prAna’s ‘Stretch Zion’ fabric is wrinkle-, water- and stain-repellent, and is lightweight, quick-drying, and has UIPF 50.

Style: 5/5. The slim fit style pant is available in multiple inseam options, making them flattering on most body types. Plus, the five pockets keep all of your travel day essentials secure.

Versatility: 5/5. Whether you’re traveling, doing indoor climbing, or going out to dinner, these pants work.

Type of Traveler: Active/hiker.

Shop: Available on Amazon starting at $70.

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