Spring weather can present quite the packing conundrum. One day might be hot and sunny, the next chilly and rainy. How do you decide what to bring for trips when the weather is unpredictable but you’ll still want to be outside—and comfortable?
The Best Spring Travel Clothes
Toss these spring travel clothes into your suitcase and thank me later.
SCOTTeVEST Hidden Cargo Shorts
Want to carry everything you need in a way that looks better and keeps your belongings safer than regular cargo shorts? Get the Hidden Cargo Shorts from SCOTTeVEST, which have eight concealed pockets. The largest pockets are deep enough for a computer keyboard, so they’ll easily hold all your necessities, from your wallet to your phone. They’re also super comfortable, thanks to the adjustable waistband.
White Sierra Bug Free Printed Gauze Scarf
Lightweight scarves are an essential travel item, no matter the time of year. They double as a blanket, a head/shoulder covering for churches or mosques, and a bandanna. The White Sierra Bug Free Printed Gauze Scarf has the important added bonus of UPF sun protection and insect repellent.
Canari Cyclewear Men’s Razor Convertible Jacket
Wind, rain, sun, or cold—you’ll be ready for all types of weather with this convertible jacket. The sleeves zip off so you can wear it as a vest.
Pact Three Quarter Sleeve Henley Tee
A top with three-quarter sleeves is a smart pick for any spring travel outfit. Try the Three Quarter Sleeve Henley Tee from Pact, which has a comfy, relaxed fit and is made of breathable, organic cotton that won’t make you hot on a warm spring day.
SmartGlamour Arianna Convertible Dress
Pack one dress and get a bunch of different looks with SmartGlamour’s Arianna Convertible Dress. It can be a casual or fancy look, depending on which way you tie it. The cotton/spandex jersey fabric is great for travel because it is comfortable and doesn’t wrinkle easily. The dress comes in sizes that fit everyone, from XXS to 15X, and you can customize the hem for knee, tea, or maxi length.
Don’t worry about sweating when you’re wearing the Thompson Tee, which has an underarm sweat-proof design to keep you dry. It’s machine washable, made in the USA, and available for men and women.
ExOfficio BugsAway Line
Spring nights are made for sitting outside, but they’re also the time when bugs like to come out to feast. Ward them off without having to spray on stinky repellent with the ExOfficio BugsAway line, which has built-in Insect Shield technology to keep mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges away. Options include convertible pants for men and women, as well as comfy leggings and a variety of shirts.
Montane Minimus Jacket
The eternal gamble of spring: Should you bring a jacket with you in case it gets cold or rainy and have to carry it around all day if you don’t need it, or go without and risk being uncomfortable? Just pack the Montane Minimus Jacket (available for men and women). It’s got a breathable waterproof fabric, tailoring to let you move around easily, an adjustable hood that can accommodate a helmet, and a zippered chest pocket to keep your stuff secure. It folds down to take up about as much space as an apple, so you can stuff it in your pocket if you don’t need to wear it.
Aetrex Taylor Sandal
Fact: Flip-flops are terrible for your feet—unless you get ones from Aetrex, like the Taylor, which has sturdy arch support and eight millimeters of memory foam cushioning for comfort.
Wool&Prince Button-Down Shirts
Wool for travel in the spring? Only when it’s this special, lightweight, super soft wool that Wool&Prince uses for its button-down shirts. The 100 percent merino wool is non-itchy and wrinkle- and odor-resistant, which means you can go a few wears without washing them.
Wallaroo Women’s Scrunchie Sun Hat
Sun protection is always smart. The Wallaroo Women’s Scrunchie Sun Hat protects you from the sun with its 4.5-inch brim. The brim is wire-edged, so you can adjust it to any angle, and it scrunches down for easy packing without losing its shape.
SOREL Janey Chelsea Boots
You never know when rain might strike your spring trip, so it’s practical to make your main walking shoes a waterproof pair, such as these SOREL Janey Chelsea boots. These comfy boots slip on and off easily at security, and their simple design makes them easy to dress up or down.
Lead the Pack Waterproof Cap Toe
Men looking for a similarly practical spring shoe should try the Lead the Pack Waterproof Cap Toe, which is comfortable enough to wear for sightseeing but dressy enough to wear to dinner.
White Sierra Men’s Kalgoorlie Long-Sleeve Shirt
Convertible tops are some of the best clothes for spring because they suit the season’s changeable wather. The White Sierra Kalgoorlie Long-Sleeve Shirt can be worn with long sleeves or rolled up and buttoned to wear as short sleeves. It’s made from a fabric that has UV protection, and the shirt is moisture-wicking to keep you dry.
More From SmarterTravel:
- 12 Amazing Waterproof Shoes for Spring Travel
- Ridiculously Comfortable Travel Clothes That Don’t Sacrifice Style
- The Worst Clothes for Spring Travel (and What to Wear Instead)
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.
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