- 1 The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket
- 2 Orvis Nimbus Travel Parka
- 3 Scottevest Trench Coat
- 4 Craghoppers Nat Geo 250 Jacket
- 5 Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Parka
- 6 Canada Goose Blakely Parka
- 7 Helly Hansen Express Jacket
- 8 Craghoppers Compresslite
- 9 Eddie Bauer Women's Girl On The Go Insulated Trench Coat
- 10 Columbia Switchback Jacket
10 Great Travel Jackets That Are Easy to Pack
The struggle is real when it comes to packing a jacket in your suitcase. Unless you wear it on the plane (which makes you feel even more cramped than normal), your travel jacket usually takes up a good chunk of your carry-on bag. Don't sacrifice warmth for space. These 10 travel jackets are portable, stylish, warm, and ultra-packable.
The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket
The North Face Thermoball is everything I look for in a travel jacket: warm, eco-friendly, water-repellent, and super compressible. The Thermoball insulation technology mimics goose down in that it traps heat within small air pockets to retain warmth. It's also incredibly lightweight, clocking in at just 10 ounces.
Orvis Nimbus Travel Parka
Packable jackets are usually on the shorter side, which is why I was amazed at how compactly this long Nimbus Travel Parka squished down into its included stuff sack. This parka is water-repellent, and it has a removable hood to make it even more versatile. It won't make you look like a shapeless lump, either, thanks to the chevron front, back filling pattern, and princess seams.
Scottevest Trench Coat
This is the one travel jacket I'd recommend wearing on the plane—because it can double as a carry-on bag thanks to its 18 hidden pockets. The wrinkle-resistant SCOTTeVEST trench coat has spots to hold your cords and keep them tangle-free, plus a weight management system to keep your back and neck from getting sore.
Craghoppers Nat Geo 250 Jacket
Craghoppers' Nat Geo 250 Jacket was designed with National Geographic readers (and journalists) in mind, so it will last through pretty much anything. I've put the AquaDry outer layer through some severe weather and it has always kept me dry. The interior lining is soft without being bulky, so this jacket can fold down pretty small. It's perfect for travelers thanks to the six pockets (including one that's RFID-blocking) and a removable hood.
Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Parka
For seriously cold destinations, you'll want Eddie Bauer's Sun Valley Down Parka, which is rated for temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. The 650-fill premium down is responsible for this warmth, but it's also very lightweight, which makes it easier to pack. It repels water to keep you dry, and has extra touches like fleece-lined zipper pockets that keep your hands warm, adjustable cuffs, and a snap-off hood (with a detachable faux-fur trim for different looks).
Canada Goose Blakely Parka
Canada Goose jackets are super popular in cold weather cities. Every winter, I see more and more people wearing the iconic logo. The Blakely Parka makes me understand why these coats are so ubiquitous—it will keep you warm in temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit, but it's also lightweight, breathable, and portable, so you'll be comfortable even while being active.
The front zipper has a protective wind guard underneath, and the hood has a stretch binding to keep it secure—both of which ensure your warmth. The Blakely has interior backpack straps that allow the jacket to be carried hands-free over the shoulder.
Helly Hansen Express Jacket
Sometimes ski jackets are unnecessarily bulky. Not Helly Hansen's Express Jacket, which has ultra lightweight and slim PrimaLoft Black Insulation throughout the sleeves and body which provides warmth without weighing you down. (Meanwhile, a venting system keeps you cool when you're heating up on the slopes). The Express Jacket is really designed with skiers and snowboarders in mind—think wrist gaiters, pockets for your ski pass, phone, and goggles, a detachable helmet-compatible hood, a snap-away powder skirt, and a built-in RECCO rescue reflector.
Craghoppers' Compresslite Jacket is my go-to hiking jacket. It's kept me warm in serious wind gusts above tree line (it's windproof, water-resistant, and insulates just as well as down). It's super lightweight, so it doesn't take up too much space in my pack, plus it's roomy and flexible for when you're doing some serious physical activity. It's also very affordable for its performance level.
Eddie Bauer Women's Girl On The Go Insulated Trench Coat
Stay dry no matter what the weather with Eddie Bauer's Girl on the Go Trench Coat. The StormRepel outer layer means water (or spills) bead up rather than soak in. When you're back home, you can just toss this machine-washable travel jacket in the laundry. Zippered pockets keep your stuff secure, and the two-way front zipper lets you open the jacket from the top or bottom.