The best travel jackets keep you warm, look stylish, and won’t take up too much space in your carry-on. Here are nine of the best packable winter jackets for 2018:
Salomon Drifter Loft Hoodie
Get two jackets for the price (and space) of one, with Salomon’s Drifter Loft Hoodie. Available in a women’s version and a men’s model, this coat is reversible, so you can wear it baffled-side out for the classic puffy jacket look or with the Pertex-side out for a more stylish, urban outfit. The Drifter Loft Hoodie uses a slim, Stormloft insulation to keep you warm without adding extra weight (even in wet conditions).
Patagonia Vosque 3-in-1 Parka
Looking for a jacket that works for every part of your trip, from the mountains to the city? Patagonia’s Vosque 3-in-1 Parka has it all. The outer shell looks like a stylish tweed jacket, and can be worn alone or paired with the insulated liner for really cold days. The insulated liner can be worn alone and works well when you’re being active. The parka uses 100-g THERMOLITE eco insulation, an environmentally friendly (it’s 92% recycled) material that’s lightweight but still super warm.
Cotopaxi Kusa Hybrid Jacket
Can’t decide between packing your fleece hoodie or your rain jacket? Cotopaxi’s Kusa Hybrid Jacket is the best of both. This unisex jacket has a cozy thermal knitted fleece on the arms and the hood, while the body is made from a water-resistant nylon. Inside, a fleece insulation made from llama fur works to keep you warm.
L.L. Bean Quilted Riding Jacket
Most packable winter jackets look like activewear and are tough to pull off on a city trip, but L.L. Bean’s Quilted Riding Jacket is the ultimate packable winter jacket that can do both. Its classic design goes with any outfit and won’t make you look like a tourist that just wandered into town off a hike. Thanks to the insulated synthetic lining, it will keep you warm in -15 degrees (with moderate activity). Want to layer this jacket? It has adjustable waist tabs that let you customize the fit based on what you’re wearing.
Columbia Mighty Lite III Jacket
Omni-Heat lining and insulation gives Columbia’s Mighty Lite III Jacket plenty of warmth. It comes in a wide range of colors, and can be found for a surprisingly low price while on sale. This jacket packs down really small and won’t add much weight to your bag.
Flag & Anthem Clemson Quilted Jacket
Flag & Anthem’s Clemson Quilted Jacket is slim and comfortable to wear, which makes it great as an extra layer on the plane. The stylish jacket has a tailored athletic fit that works with jeans or dress pants, and a zipper and button front closure will keep you extra warm.
L.L. Bean Pine Ridge Insulated Jacket
L.L. Bean’s Pine Ridge Insulated Jacket looks deceptively light, but it’s rated up to 35 degrees for light activity and down to -15 degrees for moderate activities. The durable outer cotton layer repels both water and stains, and the inside hides a lot of warm features, including 60-gram Thinsulate insulation, a wool-blend lining, and a Sherpa-lined collar.
The North Face Thermoball Hoodie
The North Face’s Thermoball Hoodie packs down incredibly small (fit it easily in a purse or carry-on), because it uses synthetic PrimaLoft insulation that traps heat within small air pockets. The insulation is equivalent to 600 fill goose down, but without all the weight. (Click here to see the men’s version).
Merrell Featherless Glacial Ascent Jacket
You don’t need to depend on down to keep you warm, as proven by Merrell’s Featherless Glacial Ascent Jacket. The 3M Thinsulate 700 fill power synthetic insulation is incredibly warm, and is a lot lighter and slimmer than down. This jacket is water-resistant, and has fleece-lined hand warmer pockets to keep your hands extra toasty.
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Caroline Morse Teel never leaves her Boston apartment without a packable winter jacket. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline for style and travel photos from around the world.