The Best Pants for Travel

The Best Travel Pants in 2020 Both Comfortable and Stylish


I love versatile clothes, and how it makes packing simpler. We’ve seen a lot of outdoor brands creating more lifestyle clothes as well as newer brands that are popping up all about making clothes that can transition seamlessly from the office to going out in the evening.

The Best Pants for Travel

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Last Updated: November 19, 2020

In this post, we check out highly rated and recommended travel pants and also include our personal favorites that we’ve discovered over the years.

Content Menu
  • What to Look for in Travel Pants?
  • Best Travel Pants for Women and Men
  • Best Women’s Travel Pants
  • Best Men’s Travel Pants

Things to Look for in Travel Pants

  • Comfort – Comfort is big for us, especially if we’re wearing them all day long in multiple scenarios.
  • Versatility – Our typical trip is a mix of fine dining, outdoor activities, exploring cities, and more. We want pants that can handle it all.
  • Wrinkle Free – Who wants to spend time ironing clothes when you’re traveling? Not me.
  • Packable – Light and easy to pack.
  • Performance – Sweat-wicking, quick-drying, or waterproof features are always great to have, but sometimes that comes at the expense of looking too sporty or outdoorsy. We love clothes that can handle both.

The Best Travel Pants for Women and Men 2020

1. Boulder Denim – Best Denim Travel Pants

I don’t know about you, but I’m never wearing stiff denim again. Ever since discovering Boulder Denim jeans, they’ve been our go-to jeans for any occasion. We first discovered them at a demo at our climbing gym, and we loved how stretchy they felt since mobility is so important for climbing.

We started with their original design, but they’ve improved the comfort and stretchiness for version two.

I currently wear the women’s straight fit surf blue and skinny fit newmoon blue, and Jacob wears the men’s slim-fit pitch black. As you can guess, they are great for climbing, but they look great for any occasion. We wear them around the city and on all our travels.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Deep-pocket and hidden zipper pocket
  • Stain & water-resistant (for climbers, chalk comes right off)
  • Pre-shrunk
  • Ethically-made and vegan-approved
  • One free return or size exchange for every order
  • Memory-shape denim
Cons
  • They come in standard lengths which require you to hem them yourself

Boulder Denim Coupon Code: Use code LOCALADVENTURER for 15% off your order.

More: 15 Practical Gifts for Rock Climbers That They’ll Love

Boulder Denim
Women’s + Men’s

Best Travel Jeans
Boulder Denim Jeans

2. Topo Designs Boulder Pants

I wear these a ton around town and they definitely go in my suitcase if we plan on climbing or doing anything outdoors. They are lightweight, comfy, and I love that they come in bright colors that other pants typically don’t. These are the ones Jacob wears.

Pros
  • Comfortable and casual
  • Built to handle the outdoors
  • Water repellent finish
  • 7/8 length with adjustable hem
  • Elastic waist
  • Zippered back pocket
Cons
  • Great for casual trips but can’t really be dressed up
  • No belt loops

Topo Designs
Women’s – See more reviews here
Men’s – See more reviews here

Topo Boulder Pants

The Best Travel Pants for Women in 2020

3. REI Co-op Take Your Time 7/8 Leggings

Leggings are always a part of my packing list. I can lounge in them, climb, or hike. I’m always looking for ones with pockets, and I love wearing these REI leggings (though pockets can be both a pro and con).

These are my go-to for flights.

Pros
  • Moisture-wicking and breathable
  • Wide waistband that keeps leggings snug and provides core support
  • Thigh pockets
Cons
  • Since they have pockets, these leggings are harder to dress up.
  • A bit long in the legs if you’re petite like me, but I always have this problem.

Pro Tip: The black ones are much more versatile. I ended up with the odyssey gray since I have way too much black in my wardrobe.

REI
Women’s – See more reviews here

Best Travel Leggings
Travel Leggings with Pockets

photo: REI

4. Anatomie Skyler Travel Pants

A solid black pant is a must for any wardrobe. I had been looking for one for the longest time when I finally found the Anatomie Skyler Travel Pant. I love the versatility of these pants and it’s a great addition to any closet.

Pro Tip: I have both the gray ones and the black ones, but the black ones seem to run a bit smaller than the gray.

Pros
  • Can easily dress up or down
  • Low maintenance fabrics
  • Breathable, stretchy, and comfortable
  • Lightweight and extremely packable
  • Moisture-wicking and wrinkle-free
  • Machine washable
Cons
  • They do require air dry so if you like washing your clothes while you’re traveling you need enough time to do that.

Anatomie
Skyler Travel Pant – See more reviews here

Anatomie Skyler Travel Pants

5. ExOfficio BugsAway Della Jogger Pants

I hate bugs, so when ExOfficio started a line with a bug-blocking treatment, I knew I had to add a few pieces to my collection. I ended up with these joggers that are super lightweight and comfortable. Plus they have built-in UPF 50.

Pro Tip: Jogger pants can be challenging to dress up, but it’s still possible. Look for both slim-fitting pants and fabrics that give it structure.

Pros
  • Lightweight and packable
  • Quick-drying in case you get wet or want to wash them in the sink
  • Insect repelling fabric wards off ticks, mosquitoes, and midges (effective for 70 washes)
  • Zippered back pocket
  • Elastic cuffs stay in place and easily roll up
Cons
  • Looks very sporty or outdoorsy
  • Need to reapply bug-blocking treatment after 70 washes

Exofficio
Della Jogger Pants– See more reviews here

ExOfficio Bugsaway Travel Joggers

6. Royal Robbins Spotless Traveler Pant

These pants are included in a lot of the best travel pants post so I had to check them out. Unfortunately, even the XS looks too big for me. I did however fit their culottes version much better (pictured below).

Pros
  • Really soft and built for travel
  • Spills and dirt wash out easily
  • Bluesign approved lightweight stretch fabric
  • Zippered hand pockets
Cons
  • Have seen multiple reviews stating that they fit baggy

Royal Robbins
Spotless Traveler Pant – See more reviews here

7. Uniqlo Legging Pants – Best Affordable Travel Pants

These are the best bang-for-buck pants that I really loved. I used to own them in so many colors. Over time, I’ve replaced them with better quality pants that last longer, but I still have a few.

Pros
  • Priced lowest out of all the travel pants
  • Soft and fits well at first
  • Comes in a ton of colors
  • Doesn’t look like leggings
Cons
  • They stretch out over time, so at the end of the day, they fit loose.
  • It isn’t the best quality, so you may go through them quicker if you wear them a lot.

Uniqlo
Legging Pants – See more reviews here

ladies travel pants

The Best Travel Pants for Men in 2020

8. Du/er Performance Denim and Live Free Adventure Pant

Jacob loves his pair of Du/er Performance Denims. They come in a bunch of colors and sizing options. He’s also been looking for a good pair of joggers and recently added the Live Free Adventure Pant from Du/er to his collection (pros and cons for the joggers)

Pros
  • Zippered cargo pockets
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • DWR application to protect against spills
Cons
  • Jacob got them in green and the cargo pockets definitely stand out more in that color – are cargo pants still a no-no?

DU/ER
Performance Denim – See more reviews here
Live Free Adventure Pant – See more reviews here

duer live free adventure pant

9. 686 Everywhere Pant Slim

These have been the perfect pants for summer here in Vegas. They are lightweight and super stretchy. He wears them to the gym, outdoor adventures, and to run errands. Right now, he only has them in Golden Brown which looks more outdoorsy, but the black and navy can be easily dressed up.

Pros
  • 10 pockets without it looking overly cumbersome
  • Super stretchy and breathable material
  • DWR water and stain-resistant finish
  • Drawcord (can be adjusted to run inside or outside the waistband) and belt loops
  • UPF 40+
  • Packs into itself for easy travel
Cons
  • We’ve read reviews that darker colors will show dust easily
  • The material still looks casual

686
Everywhere Pant – See more reviews here

686 Everywhere Pant

10. Royal Robbins Alpine Road Pant

Whereas most outdoor pants can disguise as city pants, these look more like city pants that can perform like outdoor pants.

Pros
  • Clean city style but proven trekking performance
  • Bluesign approved durable stretch fabric
  • Zippered thigh pocket
  • UPF 50+
  • Hidden corded angles
Cons
  • The thigh pocket makes it look a little less sleek

Royal Robbins
Alpine Road Pant – See more reviews here

Royal Robbins Alpine Road Pant

11. Public Rec Workday Pant

Jacob used to wear colored pants so he’s been looking to bring them back. The Workday Pant Slim in Maroon is the perfect way to get back into it, and it definitely helps that they are super comfortable. 

Pros
  • Super stretchy and soft material
  • Lots of color options
  • Hidden back zipper pocket
  • Easy care and quick dry
Cons
  • Run a bit short, which you can take into consideration when ordering

Pro Tip: They run on the shorter side. I normally wear a 30/30 and might get a longer one next time.

Public Rec
Workday Pant – See more reviews here

Public Rec Pants

12. Western Rise AT Slim Pant

This is another pair of durable and comfortable pants great for the office and weekend activities. I wouldn’t wear them climbing or hiking, but they are great for exploring the city and light activities.

Pros
  • Water repellent treatment
  • UPF 50+
  • 2-way stretch
  • Hidden zippered pocket
  • Bluesign approved fabric
Cons
  • Thicker material makes it less stretchy

Western Rise
AT Slim Pant – See more reviews here

Can you think of any others that belong on our best travel pants list? What are your go-to pants for travel?

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Esther + Jacob

Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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