The best travel shirts all share qualities that make them ideal for travel. They must wick away sweat, fight odors, resist wrinkles, and of course—look stylish. Here are my top picks for the best travel shirts for men and women.
Alternative Apparel Everyday V-Neck
Alternative Apparel’s Everyday V-Neck is not only soft, it’s also eco-friendly. The trademarked Lenzing fabric used to make this travel shirt is a sustainable cellulose fiber that comes from beechwood pulp—resulting in a material that’s twice as soft as regular cotton.
Orvis Men’s Shirt EZ Cool Poplin Check
Long sleeves might be the last thing you want to wear if you’re going somewhere hot, but some of the best travel shirts with long sleeves can actually keep you cooler than short sleeves—plus prevent sunburned forearms. Orvis’ EZ-Cool Poplin Mini-Check Long-Sleeved Shirt has a patented EZ-cool treated fabric that wicks away moisture and helps you regulate your temperature. The fabric is also wrinkle-free, so you can pack this without worrying about ironing.
Nautica Double Layer Tank
Nautica’s Double Layer Tank is sleeveless to help keep you cool, and stands out as one of the best travel shirts. Made from a very packable and lightweight nylon and polyester blend, this shirt adds a touch of fun and pop of color to your travel wardrobe, thanks to its cool double-layer design.
Toad & Co Men’s Ventilair LS Shirt
Ever wished you could wear your own personal air conditioner? Toad & Co’s Ventilair shirt comes close to achieving that dream. This long-sleeve travel shirt actually lowers your body temperature. The organic cotton fabric wicks sweat and moisture away from your body and keeps you dry, while light-reflecting polyester yarn blocks UV rays and heat. A hidden zippered pocket makes this shirt even better for travel.
Patagonia’s Glorya Tee is a shirt that all other T-shirts should be modeled after: a lightweight, breathable fabric that’s moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and soft. Plus, it’s made using Fair Trade Certified sewing. The flutter sleeves add just the right amount of fashion while still keeping it classic.
Most men’s’ button-downs look sloppy when worn untucked, because they’re just too long. Newbury Mills’ line of shirts are designed to look great either tucked in or untucked. These versatile shirts work with dress pants, jeans, shorts and can be casual or formal. Newbury Mills’ shirts are perfect for travel (since it’s like two shirts in one) as they are made from 100 percent cotton that’s anti-wrinkle (but not treated with formaldehyde, unlike many other no-iron shirts). Attention to detail is evident throughout the shirt—even in the buttons which are cross-stitched and durable to prevent breakage and loss.
Jungmaven Short Sleeve V-Neck
Never worn hemp before? Give it a try with Jungmaven’s Short Sleeve V-neck (made from a blend of hemp and organic cotton) and you’ll be surprised at how crazy soft and odor-absorbing the fabric is. The best travel shirt from Jungmaven is made in the United States, and can be machine washed and dried to make things easy.
Patagonia Squeaky Clean Polo
Patagonia’s Squeaky Clean Polo is as comfortable as a T-shirt but looks classier—so you can wear this on a hike or to a meeting. Made from 100 percent organic cotton heathered jersey, this ultra-soft shirt packs easily, feels great, looks awesome, and stands out as one of the best travel shirts.
Toad & Co Airbrush Shirt
When you want something that’s a little more elegant (and cooler) than a T-shirt, Toad & Co’s Wayfarer SL Shirt steps up. This classy sleeveless shirt is made from organic cotton that’s been woven through with a hollow core poly fiber to make it ultra lightweight, moisture-wicking, sun-protective and quick-drying. There’s even a hidden zipper pocket that you can use to stash your cash and cards if you want to go hands-free on your wanders.
Ramblers Way Brad Cotton Shirt
Ramblers Way’s Brad Cotton Shirt is made in America from 100 percent woven cotton, so it’s cool and breathable. The relaxed, semi-fitted style looks great and is comfortable and doesn’t restrict movement, making it one of the best travel shirts.
Nautica Classic Fit Performance Deck Polo
Nautica’s Performance Deck Polo is designed for active travelers or sportsmen and features a UV-blocking fabric that also wicks away moisture. It’s breathable and has a vented hem that won’t restrict your movement—yet, it looks like a regular polo so you can wear it in almost any kind of situation.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.