The Best Travel Pants for Women
Whether your next travel adventure involves biking, beaching, forest trekking, or waiting out a five-hour flight delay, comfortable pants are an absolute must-have. And while some ladies may prefer denim for their traveling pants — looking at you, Sisterhood — there are plenty of pant styles and materials that prove to be just as versatile in your wardrobe.
If we had to pick a favorite, it would be Athleta's Brooklyn Ankle Pant. There's just something about a sleek silhouette and a subtly elastic waist that makes travel days as effortlessly stylish as they are comfy — not to mention, the pants are wrinkle-resistant and super soft. But if they're not quite to your taste, keep reading. Our list includes everything from joggers to leggings to true dress pants.
- Best Overall: Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant at Athleta
- Most Pockets: Anatomie Skyler Five-pocket High-rise Pants at Anatomie
- Best Terry Cloth: Summersalt The Softest French Terry Pintuck Pants at Summersalt
- Best Moisture-wicking: Eddie Bauer Departure Ankle Pants at Eddie Bauer
- Best Stretchy: Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants at Nordstrom
- Best Elastic Waist: Everlane The Easy Pant at Everlane
- Most Size-inclusive: Athleta Farallon Jogger at Athleta
- Most Stylish: Banana Republic High-Rise Wide-Leg Performance Pant at Banana Republic
- Best Cropped: Outdoor Voices RecTrek Pant at Outdoor Voices
T+L's Top Picks
Best Overall: Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant
Most Pockets: Anatomie Skyler Five-pocket High-rise Pants
Best Terry Cloth: Summersalt The Softest French Terry Pintuck Pants
Best Moisture-wicking: Eddie Bauer Departure Ankle Pants
Best Stretchy: Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants
Best Elastic Waist: Everlane The Easy Pant
Most Size-inclusive: Athleta Farallon Jogger
Most Stylish: Banana Republic High-Rise Wide-Leg Performance Pant
Best Cropped: Outdoor Voices RecTrek Pant
Tips for Buying Travel Pants
Put comfort first
Any clothing you plan to travel in should be comfy enough to sit in all day. When it comes to pants, you can't go wrong with stretchy material (like nylon, spandex, and elastane) and an elastic waist. These elements make for superior comfort both when walking around a new city and also when sitting for long periods of time in your plane, train, or car. You can, of course, find comfort in pants that have a zippered or buttoned waist, but make sure the pants fit you properly ahead of time. The last thing you want is to wear a pair of pants for the first time onto a plane, only to discover they're too tight or hit an uncomfortable spot on your torso.
Think about pockets
If you'll be changing out of your travel pants shortly after your flight ends, pockets aren't a major must-have. But if you have some time to kill before checking into your hotel or want to walk around your destination, opt for a pair of pants that include a few pockets. That way, you can sightsee or head to a business meeting with all of your essentials (cash, cards, your phone, etc.) in tow without having to carry a bag around.
Look for wrinkle-resistant options
Long flights, drives, and train rides tend to make for some wrinkly clothing — but not if you choose the right pieces. Go for pants made of fabrics like nylon and polyester, as they're resistant to wrinkles. Steer clear of cellulose-based materials like cotton and linen, which are some of the most easily-wrinkled fabrics.
Why Trust Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure writers are travel experts who use personal experience as well as customer recommendations to choose the most stylish, reliable, and all-around best products for travelers. For this article, Hillary Maglin and the T+L staff researched countless pairs of travel pants and used their own expertise to put together the ideal list of pants to wear or pack for your next flight.
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