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What to Wear on an Active Vacation: An Outfit Guide for Women

Whether you’re going on a trekking trip or visiting a mountain town, casual attire is becoming increasingly popular and stylish—which is a godsend for frequent travelers. The comfortable fabrics and easy-to wash-materials are perfect for those constantly on the move.

What to Wear on an Active Vacation

Here are seven outfits similar to what I wore on a recent trip to Vail, Colorado that are perfect for any active vacation scenario.

On the Plane

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Travel days are all about layers and unexpected situations, so make sure you have a wide variety of temperature needs covered. These open-front cardigans are perfect for the plane when paired with a stylish (and thin) sweat pant, headband, and a loose knit shirt. Compression socks are always key, but never come in stylish options right? Well, these ones from MPG are different.

I also always travel with a reusable water bottle as part of my plane-ride essentials.

Hiking & Climbing

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Layers are essential for hiking, as climates vary greatly from base to summit. This hooded backpack means you won’t need to pack an extra rain layer. Complete the look with a vented hat for sun protection, a tank, double layer sports bra, long sleeve layer, hiking-sneaker hybrid, and short capri leggings.


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Take on the road with this cycling zip jersey, a light jacket, and padded cropped leggings. If you’re going to be doing intense biking on your trip, all of these products from MPG have hidden high-visibility features. Don’t forget appropriate shoes (if necessary, or rent them) and a hydration belt.


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For zip-lining, or a similar climbing-related activity, you’ll want no-fuss layers. Wear a full-zip hoodie, cropped leggings, a zip-front bra, and low-armhole tank. The company you are going with will most likely have a small bag to attach to you for personal belongings, as well as jackets in case of inclement weather.

Water Activities

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If water sports are on your itinerary, make sure to pack durable sandals, a no-fuss bathing suit top (like this H20 bra), quick dry shorts, and a top that covers your shoulders. A thick headband or wrap will also help manage wet hair.

Cold Weather

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Active winter-weather packing is all about layers, like these fleece-lined leggings. Complete the look with a wool long-sleeve base layer and a PrimaLoft insulated jacket–this one even folds into itself for easy packing. To keep your feet warm, go with thermal socks and waterproof boots.

And, don’t forget gloves, a scarf, and hat if the weather is going to get extra chilly.

Casual Dinner

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These front-cuffed capris and casual kimono tee are great for any mild climate, and are still super-comfortable and casual. Pair with these slip-on shoes and a tote bag for a complete look.

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