Your jacket is one of the most
important pieces of travel gear you will
purchase, so don't skimp. Jackets can be
expensive, especially if purchasing it strictly
for travel, so you may want to consider
something that can be worn even when you are not
traveling, helping to justify the expense.
Look for a shell type jacket
that is 100% Waterproof and Breathable.
Your jacket should be lightweight, wearable on
it's own or over another insulation layer
such as a poof or fleece jacket. See our
Jackets for insulation layers.
Things to consider
- Roomy enough to fit
over another insulation layer jacket
- Should have a hood
for rainy or windy conditions - possibly a
zip-off style hood, but not required
- Multiple zippered
pockets both internal and external
- 100% Waterproof
- Packable allowing it
to easily be compressed and packed inside you backpack
or strapped to the exterior if necessary
Of course the type of
jacket you wear depends on where you are going.
If you are venturing up north to Lapland for
Christmas in the dead of winter, you probably
want to be wearing a heavier winter coat but
still adhering to the
If you are headed to Europe for the
Christmas markets where it's going to be colder, you
should still be completely
comfortable dressing in layers and wearing a
shell type jacket over an insulation layer.
Most days even in winter will have very mild temps in the
50-60F range and throwing on an extra layer or
wearing a poof or fleece jacket under your shell
will keep you warm and comfortable. For
typical travel, you don't want a
large, heavy and bulky jacket that is hard to
pack, takes up too much room and can be too hot to
wear, especially if you are walking around with
Remember, your jacket
does not necessarily have to be packed in your
bag. You should be able to strap it easily
to the exterior of your pack when needed to
avoid taking up internal storage room.
During airport check in, wearing your jacket
will help to avoid excess size and weight in
your backpack. Airlines do not seem to
care what you are wearing when you check in.
A jacket having
multiple zippered pockets can help you
Bag Restrictions. Look for the obvious
exterior hand pockets, chest, interior and
even a back stowaway pocket in some models allowing you to store items
during check in if your bag has become
We have found that
wearing a minimally lined rain jacket shell as
our primary outer jacket and dressing in layers
provides comfort and warmth while providing
different wearable combinations. A high quality rain
jacket shell can serve as your primary jacket
even when it's not raining, so consider something
more versatile than a cheap plastic poncho or
jacket. A jacket having some type of
lining will help provide additional warmth, but
look for something that is not too warm so that
it may be worn during summer travel. The
fit should allow you to wear multiple layers
underneath such as a fleece or minimal poof
jacket during colder conditions.
Your jacket can easily be
the most expensive piece of clothing you
purchase, so shop around and find something that works for you
and a price that won't break the bank. We
suggest trying on different jackets over a
fleece or puff jacket to be sure of the fit.
Remember, a rain jacket should fit slightly
large to provide additional room for other
layers of clothing.