The "Best" in travel clothes

Over the last five years of trial and error these are the items that work best for me: Shirts: Patagonia and Royal Robbins poly/nylon shirts like the RR Expedition light or the Patagonia Sol Patrol and Trailbend. These shirts are comfortable, sturdy, easy to wash in sink and dry quick. These shirts have hidden zip pockets which are useful. Pants: Royal Robbins Global traveler are made with nylon, have a hidden zip pocket, dry quick. Simms and Patagonia also make excellent travel pants. Undies: Exofficio Give and Go are the best, period! I've found nothing else that comes even close Socks: Body Gloves makes microfiber socks that are comfortable and quick drying. Fleece: Kuhl is my current favorite but Columbia, Patagonia make great fleece jackets and pullovers. Jacket: Marmot makes a Mica (waterproof) jacket that is light weight and when put over a fleece is great down to upper 30's temp. Shoes: For me Merrell's are all I wear home or traveling, the water proof models were great in rainy climates. All the above items were bought on sale, usually through the internet, I'm not affiliated with any of these companies, I just like to travel with the "right" gear. What works best for you?

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10854 posts

Your are correct. Best for you. For me I would substitute a number of different products.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7188 posts

"Best travel clothes" are a lot like "best bottle of wine" for me. It's only "best" if it works great AND I got it at a great price. To me those are the real finds. Dom Perignon makes a great champagne, but Villa Jolanda makes a really nice prosecco and it's cheap - so Villa Jolanda is my "best sparkling wine".

Posted by Donald
Wichita, KS, United States
52 posts

I was hoping that as people responded they would list what has worked best for them, experience is usually the best teacher.

Posted by Dave
Ventura, CA, USA
162 posts

I just got a couple pairs of Patagonia Rock Scout pants, looking forward to walking for miles in them... Designed as climbing pants, they are light and slightly stretchy, and dry fast. Also have the Patagonia Rain Shadow jacket, light waterproof shell with hood and armpit zip ventilation.
I found a pair of New Balance Minimus shoes, very lightweight and I am hopeful that they will be a good second shoe with enough support for limited use. I have replaced the original insole with a better one. Main shoes are SAS, and these have been great.

Posted by Laura
Virginia, USA
2891 posts

What works for me? I pretty much wear the same clothes in Europe that I wear on the weekends at home. I don't find that I need special gear for travel in Europe unless I'm going on a hiking trip. Shirts: - Various cotton and cotton blend shirts that don't require ironing. Pants: - I wear blue jeans most days. I also always bring a pair of black dress slacks. Undies: - Cotton undies (the same style that I wear at home). Undies are lightweight. I don't care if they dry overnight because I bring 7 or 8 pairs. Socks: - The 1/4 length microfiber socks from The Walking Company. Fleece: - I bring a wool cardigan. My favorite one is alpaca wool; it is warm and very lightweight. Jacket: - I bring a knee length raincoat with a hood (currently from LL Bean) Shoes: I wear my Ecco Yucatan sandals most days.

Posted by Sylvia
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
331 posts

Dress: ScottEVest Phoebe dress. Comes in 2 lengths and can be dressed up or dressed down.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7188 posts

Okay, some of my bests. My best underwear is underarmour boxerjocks 9" inseam. My best socks, although I only pack them in winter, are the four-pack of merino wool socks you pick up at Costco. Otherwise, I'm always looking for non-cotton cushy crew socks in solid black. My best rainshell, so far it's Marmot (though ideally it would be a couple of inches longer and have a waistband I could tighten to cut out the wind). I like the zippered vents and pockets, adjustable hood and light weight. Pants, I got a pair of Talia slacks and a pair of Perry Ellis "travel eze" at Macy's, both non-cotton and both on sale, that I love. Until slim-fit came in, I'd travel with non-cotton golf pants I bought during fall/winter sales. The decent slim-fit golf pants are still a little pricey - when I spot a good deal, I'll pick some up for travel. Sweater, H&M sells merino wool sweaters in the fall that are washable and cheap.

Posted by Laura
Washington DC
35 posts

Pants: Athleta Dipper pants. Love them! Also a pair of Prana zip-offs I got ages ago- the zip is at the knee and they don't scream "hiking pants." Underwear: Patagonia. Great for working out too. Shirts: Various (e.g., Kulh, Patagonia, Prana). Usually wait to see what's on sale at REI or Sierra Trading Post. Sandals: Chacos

Posted by Diane
Westford, MA, USA
233 posts

Shirts: Orvis - No iron blouses; Travel Smith, LLBean; Apt 9- Mixed Cotton blends that dry overnight. Pants: Levis, Vera Wang - Dark jeans; Travel Smith- Tencel nylon pants with a crease. LL Bean - Microfiber nylon lined pants. Pants must have pockets. Dressier styles must have an inside stash pocket. Patagonia - zip off pants Lingerie: Magellans, Ex-Officio, Lady Grace Socks: Walking Company- Microfiber socks; Magellans- Peds, Compression knee length socks. Fleece: Columbia-Fleece; Coats/Jackets: LLBean-Knee length water proof-hooded jacket with liner; Magellans - Cafe Jacket; Columbia- Light Down Coat; Reebok and Avalanche- Light weight waterproof-hooded jackets. Shoes: New Balance and Brooks water proof black walking sneakers; Ariat leather waterproof shoes; Neck scarf: Travel Smith, Orvis, traveling! BOOTS: Still need waterproof boots, Suggestions? Clothing purchased during travel!

Posted by Diane
Westford, MA, USA
233 posts

PS Sweaters & Wraps: Lands End, LLBean, Travel Smith - cardigans and wraps.

Posted by Donald
Wichita, KS, United States
52 posts

I forgot to mention in my earlier post about belts: The "Bison Belt" company makes belts made of nylon webbing and nylon buckles, the advantage is that you don't have to remove them when you go through security at the airport! Also, they're light weight and unlike leather, water doesn't ruin them.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
1960 posts

Your list sounds very goodbut very expensive. Our idea of packing is following Rick Steve's list. Then, go through the bag and take out 1/4 of what you've packed. We always come home from a 2 week trip with some clean clothes. Our best clothes suggestion is to get any dress shirts, blue jeans and khaki pants starched at the laundry. You can wear any of them for a week as long as you don't get dirt on any of them. Obviously, I don't wear shirts more than 2-3 days, or until I cannot stand myself. I prefer golf shirts when temperatures allow it. We're not into fashion when traveling. We're into practicality.
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