7 Packable Sun Hats That Won’t Get Crushed in Your Suitcase
Every summer, I’m tempted to invest in a sun hat for my warm weather travels, but what always prevents me from indulging in the trend is the burden of packing it. Bulky hats occupy a lot of space in a suitcase and typically lose their shape after being stuffed inside. I’ve even tried wearing my hat while traveling so that I could avoid the hassle of packing it, which inevitably led to my forgetting it at security.
The solution, I learned after much research, was simple. This wasn’t just a me problem. This was a universal frustration that was made clear when I discovered just how many brands make “packable hats” designed specifically for traveling. Whether they fold or roll up or are simply made from flexible materials making them more durable for packing, below are our 7 favorites.
Gap Packable Straw Panama Hat
Gap’s packable straw panama hat is a classic style for anyone hoping to ease into summer hats. This bendable, woven straw maintains its shape making it easy to pack.
To buy: gap.com, $45
Mango Braided Bucket Hat
While sun and panama hats are the most popular hat styles, bucket hats have become a big trend among the younger it-girls like Gigi and Bella Hadid. A raffia bucket hat is the perfect summer staple to take with you on all of your warm weather travels. The soft and flexible material of raffia makes it lightweight and damage-free.
To buy: mango.com, $30
Nine West Packable Roll-up Sun Visor
This chic visor style by Nine West was designed specifically for packing. It rolls up smoothly to keep it compact and crease-free, making it the ideal style to throw into your packing frenzy.
To buy: amazon.com, $28
Madewell Packable Mesa Straw Hat
This is a slightly more structured classic style– at least on the surface. While it appears structured, it is actually designed for packing, produced in a flexible straw that’s perfect for folding up and throwing in your beach bag or suitcase.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $38
Eugenia Kim Cassidy Printed Faille-trimmed Sun Hat
Investment hats also come in packable styles, like this faux raffia sun hat by Eugenia Kim. It’s made from a flexible woven raffia and features a sophisticated and colorfully printed faille sash that ties to secure the hat at the nap of your neck or under your chin. If you want to take in some sun, you can even remove the hat and wear the scarf in your hair.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $395
Lorna Murray Indian Summer Capri Hat
You’ve heard it here first: Lorna Murray hats are about to be the must-have hat for summer 2019. They’re handcrafted using 100% natural organic grass fibres, a material that allows them to fold compactly (without damage) into your suitcase, tote or beach bag. Each hat features a different color and design scheme and comes with optional ties for keeping the hat stable during sea breezes.
To buy: lornamurray.com.au, $85
Janessa Leone Charlotte Hat
Celebrity favorite designer, Janessa Leone is known for her sophisticated line of hats for every occasion. One of our favorites is her newly developed packable straw style that comes in three different colorways: Adriana, Alaia, Marcel and Charlotte (featured here). These are designed to return to their shape after packing. While they’re the most functional hats in her collection, they are so without sacrificing style.
To buy: janessaleone.com, $207