Whether you’re a man or a woman, wearing a decent travel jacket is always a good idea when you’re taking a long journey.
You may have the most beautifully tailored wardrobe in town, full of superb outfits perfect for days in, nights out, formal and informal, but one thing the majority of clothes won’t be great for is travelling.
For that reason, there should always be room in your wardrobe for a travel jacket, particularly if travelling is something you tend to do frequently.
But what defines a travel jacket? How does one tend to differ from other jackets?
Hopefully this list should help you answer these as you look for one suitable for your needs.
1) Look for plenty of pockets.
It seems obvious, but sometimes the things staring us in the face are the things we fail to see. If you’re going on trip, particularly abroad, you’re going to need to carry certain things on your person.
Your carry-on luggage, after all, can only hold so much, and things such as money and important documents should really be kept on you so you can a) access them easily and b) are less likely to lose them.
As a result, a decent travel jacket should have enough pockets to make carry such items a breeze.
2) Make it lightweight
After all, if you’re carrying your money, travel documents and kitchen sink, you don’t want stuff like fabric getting in the way. Choose a travel jacket that’s light – you’re going to be spending a good deal of time in it – comfort is key.
3) Look for a reversible jacket
How great an idea is that? Wear it one way, and you have a stylish jacket for everyday use, wear it the other and you’re ready to take travelling by the scruff of the neck.
You may baulk at the slightly bargain-basement concept, but if you can get a jacket to do two jobs, you’re freeing up space in your travel suitcase.
4) Go for something affordable
As with any item of clothing, the range is huge. Many cost a fortune, others are priced very reasonably. In my opinion, this is one item of clothing where, if you can avoid paying for a label, you should – after all, practicality is the main purpose here, you’re not out to win a fashion contest.
5) Go for something that suits you
It’s an obvious point but it needs making. Given the range available, there’s no reason why you can’t select a travel jacket that’s both affordable and stylish. Yes, your primary aim is to travel conveniently, but you’ll be a happier traveller for wearing something you’re happy in.
Travelling can be a tiring, stressful experience. You may as well buy a jacket you’re suited to and feel comfortable in, otherwise the whole experience could end up being that much worse.
With luck, some of these suggestions should stand you in good stead when choosing a travel jacket, and make your travelling all the more rewarding for it.
First-hand experience has taught me how overwhelming it can be to plan for a trip and often it’s the little things that can contribute to a stressful situation.