These parkas, puffers, windbreakers, and down jackets from Eddie Bauer, The North Face, and more don’t compromise on style.

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There are few things that can puzzle a minimalist packing list more than jackets. Can you wear it on the plane? Can you wear it in the rain? Can you wear it on the trail? In the hail? In a bar? In a car? Lest we get more Seussian, the hunt for the perfect single travel jacket begins.

The ideal jacket should be able to swing from a hike up the mountain to a night out downtown, without actually looking like you stumbled straight from backpack to bar. But how to master that if you only want to bring one item?

"When it comes to winter travel, your first line of defense on the city streets is your outerwear," said Dani Bernstein, one of Backcountry outdoor retailer's Gearhead experts. "Finding something that is warm, compact, and stylish can be a challenge. When it comes to design, clean, long lines and coats that cover lots of surface area without restricting movement are what I look for first."

Shorter, puffy, packable down or synthetic insulated jackets can de-puff down into their own pockets or travel bags, conveniently doubling as a travel pillow and taking up minimal luggage space. Meanwhile, a thinner packable rain jacket won't be as warm on its own, but will insulate your base layers against wind and water. Cross-climate travelers can layer up to make a lighter jacket work better across temperatures or find a three-in-one model that has both at once.

Below, explore the best packable jackets for women and men, which have glowing reviews from travelers. 

These are the best packable jackets for women

These are the best packable jackets for men

Best Packable Jackets for Women

Best Overall: Orvis Pack-and-Go Jacket

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The Pack-and-Go Jacket from Orvis has you covered for any occasion. With its wind- and water-resistant exterior and long length, you're protected from the elements and sufficiently bundled up. Plus, the drawstring waist ensures a comfortable fit and gives the jacket shape. This lightweight pick packs down into a small carrying bag, which won't take a lot of room in your luggage, backpack, or purse. The hood can be tucked into the collar when not in use, and the interior is lined with deep mesh pockets to stash everything from electronics to tickets. 

"I originally bought this coat for a trip to London in 2013 and then I wore it to the grocery, to work, hiking, and took it on every trip," shared one reviewer. "It became my go-to coat. I literally wore it out after constant use for eight years." 

To buy: orvis.com, $149

Best Down: Calvin Klein Chevron Quilted Packable Down Jacket

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Stay protected against cold without sacrificing style. This packable insulated down jacket falls just around the knees to prevent chills from creeping in. Before you've reached your destination, pack the nylon chevron-quilted coat into its convenient carrying case, which can be compressed if you need more room in your carry-on. Two roomy side pockets provide easy storage, and the stand-up collar offers more cold-weather protection while you're on the move. 

"I ordered this down coat a few days before we were expected to leave for a trip to Japan," explained one Amazon shopper, who dubbed the down coat the "perfect travel jacket" in their review. "I wanted something lightweight, warm, packable, and flattering. This coat did the job… With a sweater underneath, this coat kept my entire body and legs comfortably warm." 

To buy: amazon.com, from $85

Best for Rain: Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Packable Jacket

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Upgrade unreliable, ill-fitting rain gear with this innovative packable rain jacket from Eddie Bauer. It's made with the brand's WeatherEdge and StormRepel technologies, so wearers can brave the rain with total confidence that no droplets will penetrate the jacket. Thoughtful details like the high collar and adjustable hood also keep you dry, while the mesh interior prevents stuffiness. The adjustable cuffs and hems give the jacket a customized feel, and there are plenty of pockets to securely store your belongings. Once the storm passes, pack the jacket into the right hand pocket and transform it into a travel pillow. 

"I've bought five of these over the past few years," a customer said. "They look great, they protect me from showers, they can be scrunched up to fit in my backpack, and the sleeves are long enough for my arms."

To buy: eddiebauer.com, $70 (originally $99)

Best Puffer: Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket 

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This puffer-style down jacket has a fill power of 640 or greater for instant warmth when temperatures drop. The lightweight pick's resin lining repels water and offers durability without adding bulk. Its interior features an anti-static lining, and the new-and-improved quilting design and collar create a flattering fit. For even more protection, adjust the hem to keep the cold out. Reviewers say it "fits over hoodies and layers" and that they "can move easily in it." Many were happy to report that it has "lots of pockets." 

"I love the way it fits and looks great," one shopper wrote. "It's so lightweight and fits into a little pouch. Great to pack for traveling. Looking forward to using it on an upcoming fall/winter trip to Italy." 

To buy: uniqlo.com, $70

Best Insulated: The North Face ThermoBall Eco Jacket

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This slim-fitting jacket is made with The North Face's PrimaLoft ThermoBall insulation, which delivers impressive warmth by retaining heat within its small air pockets — and doesn't let it go when wet. Additional insulation is provided through the jacket's bottleneck quilted design, which actively reduces cold spots by keeping the heat in place, as well as the super-sealed, water-resistant Vislon zipper. It can be worn on its own or layered underneath your favorite cold-weather jacket, and it packs easily into its hand pocket. 

"I purchased this for hiking in Sedona and the Grand Canyon," explained one Zappos customer. "The weather fluctuated from 12 degrees Fahrenheit to 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the time we were there and this jacket was perfect." The reviewer added that the jacket "easily fit in my backpack on the warm days. Worth every penny!"

To buy: zappos.com, $199

Best Windbreaker: Summersalt The On-The-Go Zip-Up Jacket

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Equal parts functional and stylish, the On-The-Go windbreaker has a moisture-wicking fabric that regulates temperature while you're on the move. Its lightweight construction makes it a breeze to pack, and multiple pockets ensure that there's a place for all of your travel essentials. Plus, it's made from recycled materials and available in three colors. 

"This jacket is a must-have in my wardrobe," according to one five-star reviewer "I have it in black as well. It is perfect for taking the dog for a walk, going to the gym, wearing on the plane, etc. It's the best light zip-up I've ever owned!"

To buy: summersalt.com, $95

Best for Snow: Columbia Bugaboo II Fleece Interchange Jacket

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This versatile winter jacket is lightweight for easy packing and storage, yet incredibly warm and durable when up against snow, wind, and rain. It has advanced waterproof materials built into its exterior, as well as strategic seam-sealed details to block out the wind and rain. Columbia's Omni-Heat technology is featured in the jacket's removable fleece liner to guarantee long-lasting heat retention, so you can enjoy as much time in the snow as you want. Zippered hand pockets, an adjustable hood, and a drawcord hem deliver comfort and additional cold-weather defense. 

"I simply love it," raved one five-star reviewer. "The fit is perfect and it really keeps me warm. In the wintertime, it's usually [14 degrees Fahrenheit] on average. I can wear this jacket with a t-shirt underneath and I still don't feel the cold." 

To buy: columbia.com, $180

Best Parka: Everlane The ReNew Short Parka

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Versatile and effortlessly chic, the ReNew Anorak is lightweight and incredibly durable. Its water-resistant material has your back on unexpected rainy days, and its longline silhouette provides adequate coverage from the cold. According to reviewers, the sustainably made anorak is oversized, which is ideal for layering, but its hidden waistband allows for a more fitted look. Choose between four fashion-forward colors: black, dusty lavender, bay leaf green, and burgundy-brown espresso. 

"I was pleased to find, this jacket accommodates a thick sweater as an underlayer. The back is also cut long enough that [when] using the cinches for the waist, the fit is still great," one reviewer said, adding, "The jacket kept me dry during a medium rain… I hiked up a steep hill in it with temperatures in the 40s and found it comfortable, not getting too hot." 

To buy: everlane.com, $98

Best Fleece: Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan

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Fans of fleece will love the heat retention of the Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan, which is designed with a brushed back and specialized heather knit for long-lasting warmth. Its trim-fit silhouette is made to move with your body, ensuring flexibility and eliminating bulk from your cold-weather wardrobe. Sealed zippers offer protection from wind and rain, as does the jacket's high collar. 

"The fleece is a bit warmer than ordinary fleece and it sheds wind better," explained a shopper. "I started out using it skiing in Montana over long undies under a hard shell. When it got really cold, I would wear a light down jacket over it and no shell. I have worn it in South Asia when the air conditioning is too strong, used it as a pillow and a jacket while camping and trekking in South Asia and Bolivia, [and] used it in Europe on trains and planes." The reviewer noted that it also helped them stay warm during a chilly camping trip in Utah, where they experienced "frost on the tent, high cold winds, and even some dusty windy sun in the 50s." 

To buy: zappos.com, $179

Best Packable Jackets for Men

Best Overall: Marmot Minimalist Component Jacket

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This three-in-one pick doesn't let wind, rain, or snow ruin your trip thanks to its insulated and waterproof construction. On the outside, its water-repellent shell keeps you dry, while Gore-Tex technology eliminates internal condensation and seamed zippers prevent water from getting in. The jacket's internal thermal layer retains heat and can be removed or worn on its own. Gore Windstopper technology blocks the wind from creeping in, so you stay comfortable throughout your journey. 

"Excellent coat," one Amazon shopper wrote. "Both very water-resistant and insulated." Another added, "Fits perfect and great quality." 

To buy: amazon.com, from $263

Best Down: Canada Goose Cabri Hooded Packable Down Jacket

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Down insulation ensures optimal heat retention when you're braving the elements. Additional warmth is achieved through the jacket's articulated sleeves, which feature cozy detailing on the cuffs and are designed with mobility in mind. The drawcord hood offers customizable protection from the wind and rain, and the jacket easily folds into a stash sack for compact packing. 

"This jacket is probably one of the best-looking, stylish, well-fitted, and has a high-quality feel to it," raved one Nordstrom reviewer. "It's worth the money you pay and seems like [it] would last you a long time and will really serve its purpose. It is one that I would wear casually day or night." 

To buy: nordstrom.com, $695

Best for Rain: Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Packable Jacket

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Rain is no match for this packable jacket, which is built with a double layer of waterproof polyester to keep you dry and comfortable. The jacket is also seam-sealed, which means there are no entry points for droplets. The interior features Eddie Bauer's StormRepel DWR Plus Finish and a mesh lining to wick away moisture and promote breathability. When not in use, pack the jacket into the right hand pocket; it makes an excellent pillow for buses, trains, planes, and cars. 

"For years, I had an older one that I have used for everything from camping in heavy rain, to a snow day hard shell, to a daily wear jacket," shared a customer. "Enough room for a puffy layer underneath if I needed it, but not so big that it looks like I am swimming in it. The jacket has a middle-weight construction, so you probably won't be using it for your ultralight backpacking, but honestly, I could probably use this jacket for 90 percent of my jacket needs, especially with layering. The built-in pocket for packability was a welcome upgrade from the old version to the new version. The sleeve wraps are a great feature, especially in driving rain and snow conditions." 

To buy: eddiebauer.com, $70 (originally $99)

Best Puffer: Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket 

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Casual yet refined, this puffer coat is lined with down fill to keep you warm when you need it. Its water-repellent coating also protects you from rain and snow. Designed with comfort in mind, the lightweight pick has a three-dimensional gusset that encourages mobility in the arms, so you never feel restricted while wearing it. Finally, the Ultra Light Down Jacket packs into a compact carrying bag for simple storage. 

"I love the packable feature of this jacket," said one shopper. "It makes it easy to bring with me traveling. It is not too heavy so I can throw it on and stay warm. I think it is also great to wear for layering but not being too bulky." 

To buy: uniqlo.com, $70

Best Insulated: The North FaceThermoBall Eco Jacket

The North Face Thermoball Eco Jacket
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With The North Face's ThermoBall Eco insulation at its core and polyester fill, this jacket delivers consistent and adequate warmth during outdoor activities. Thoughtful details like the Vislon front zipper, elastic cuffs, and a high collar work together to keep the cold out. The jacket's slim cinch-cord waist ensures a secure fit, and travelers can easily stow it inside of its own pocket when packing. 

"Great jacket," a customer wrote in their review. "I love that it's so lightweight and still warm!! Say bye-bye to big bulky jackets because this is definitely the way to go." 

To buy: zappos.com, $199

Best Windbreaker: L.L. Bean Waterproof Windbreaker Jacket

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Equipped with a water-repellent, tear-resistant polyester shell, this packable windbreaker shields you from the rain. It also has a storm flap and hood for extra protection when things get wet and windy. A mesh lining adds ventilation, and the hook-and-loop hand and concealed interior stash pockets come in handy for storing your essentials. The jacket packs into a storage pouch that won't take up room in your backpack or carry-on. 

"Blocks wind and repels rain; inside pocket is useful," according to one L.L. Bean shopper. "The Velcro-closure hand pockets work well, deep enough. Hood fits snugly when [the] jacket is zipped up. I got the size XL, though I usually wear L, so that I can comfortably wear a sweatshirt hoodie or other layers beneath I'm colder weather, and that works very well so far." 

To buy: zappos.com or llbean.com, $79

Best for Snow: Columbia Bugaboo II Fleece Interchange

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This versatile winter jacket is lightweight for easy packing and storage, yet incredibly warm and durable when up against snow, wind, and rain. It has advanced waterproof materials built into its exterior, as well as strategic seam-sealed details to block out the wind and rain. Columbia's Omni-Heat technology is featured in the jacket's removable fleece liner to guarantee long-lasting heat retention, so you can enjoy as much time in the snow as you want. Zippered hand pockets, an adjustable hood, and a drawcord hem deliver comfort and additional cold-weather defense. 

"I simply love it," raved one five-star reviewer. "The fit is perfect and it really keeps me warm. In the wintertime, it's usually [14 degrees Fahrenheit] on average. I can wear this jacket with a t-shirt underneath and I still don't feel the cold." 

To buy: columbia.com, $180

Best Parka: Everlane The ReNew Short Parka

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High-performing, comfortable, and perfect for any trip, Everlane's ReNew Short Parka's hem hits the hips for a boxy-style fit that never falls short on warmth. Inside, the brand's PrimaLoft insulation technology, which is made from recycled materials, locks in heat. The extra-warm lightweight jacket also has fleece-lined pockets for extra comfort and toastiness, as well as a fluorine-free water-resistant treatment and drawstring hood to keep you dry when the weather calls for rain. And don't worry, there are plenty of pockets. 

"Warmest jacket I've ever worn," one reviewer reported. "So tired of being freezing in 15- to 20-degree Fahrenheit weather, so I ordered this jacket and couldn't be happier! It's oversized and completely blocks wind and cold." 

To buy: everlane.com, $168

Best Fleece: Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan

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Warm enough to wear on its own and light enough to sport under your favorite winter jacket, the Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan uses the brand's specialized heathered fleece, which offers a similar warmth and feel to wool, so you can comfortably explore regardless of the weather forecast. Plus, its zippered front pockets double as hand warmers. 

"I needed one jacket for a month in South America," explained a shopper, who noted that the charcoal color pairs well with athletic and evening clothes alike. "The first night after 24 hours of flying, I was run down and slept in the jacket as the hotel was chilly. Voilà, it still looked fresh and is now on week two of an adventure." Another reviewer wrote, "For travel, this garment is versatile and comfortable. Doesn't wrinkle if you stuff it in your backpack!" 

To buy: zappos.com, $179

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By Rena Behar and Emily Belfiore