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Men's Long Sleeve Travel Shirts

We are going to Ireland this June (Best of Ireland in 14 days, never warmer than mid 60's) and I don't have any long sleeve travel shirts. I've looked all several brands, and they all look like travel shirts! I would like to purchase something that is easily washed, drys quickly, but doesn't look like a travel shirt. Anyone have a recommendation? Thanks!

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Well you dont have to buy "travel shirts" any no-iron shirt will work. But if you want "travel" features - zippered pockets, sleeve buttons, etc., Travelsmith seems to be a good place to look.

PS I find that laundering shirts with heavy starch before a trip makes them look better through the first few wearings.

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8598 posts

Brooks Brothers travel shirts work very well. Never wrinkle, dry fast.
Look for their stores in outlet malls for good prices.

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3784 posts

Or try LL Bean on-line. Shirts last forever and resist wrinkles. But I too don't get the concept of a "travel" shirt. I do understand layering, though. Light cotton or mixed sleeveless sweaters or sweater-vests are an easy and lightweight method of adding that extra warmth on a chilly evening (or a trans-Atlantic airliner.)

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You might consider looking at Arc'teryx "Skyline." This is my husband's favorite "travel shirt." He found his on sale at REI. It is easily washed, drys quickly, resists wrinkles and best of all fits well and doesn't look like a travel shirt. Well worth the investment. See sale at

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5303 posts

My DH likes Columbia brand shirts for travel. They don't look like "travel shirts," and dry overnight in the hotel bathroom.

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I travel with the following shirts:
1) Patagonia Sol Patrol - awesome shirt, dries fast, durable, looks great

2) Royal Robbins Expedition- another great shirt, dries quickly, durable

3) Clothing Arts Travel shirt - great shirt and even better pants

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I have never heard of a "travel shirt." What is that? How is it different from any other kind of shirt?

The OP coined that term. You know it when you see it.

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812 posts

Don't bother. Just get some light weight base layers and wear them under your normal shirt, short sleeved or not. That's pretty common in Western Washington.

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REI travel shirts are less expensive than brand names.

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Sir Pendleton........wool. They are superbly practical, they pack well, look good, are warm even when wet and last for years. A solid color or a refined (not crazy) plaid is ideal...I away travel with a black watch plaid shirt.
The nice thing about these shirts are that they don't look at all "touristy"...they are not overflowing with pockets, gussets, pleats, labels etc.

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I have never heard of a "travel shirt."
What is that? How is it different from any other kind of shirt?

I think he is talking about shirts that are 100% polyester or nylon. I don’t carry many of those type shirts anymore. My shirts are a mixed bag bag of polyester to 100% cotton. Greg, pack no more 7 shirts and have them laundered along the way, along with some sink washing. I am sure the guide on your tour will know where some laundry facilities are on your tour.

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3789 posts

Go to your closet, grab a couple of shirts you like, wash in the sink, wring out in a towel and hang to dry. See if they pass the 'travel laundry on the go' test.

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My husband travels with and lives in Lands End no iron collared shirts (off hand I don't know if it is a blend or straight cotton, but you can see on their website). He does have two shirts with hidden zippered pockets on the front he sometimes wears when in transit, but I do not recall from whom he purchased them. None of them look unusual. Basically, wear what you wear at home.

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1866 posts

All sorts of shirt types thatbare good for travel at Duluth Trading

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Special "travel" clothing seems like overkill to me. I just wear what I would normally wear for the climate I am traveling to. But I also normally dress like I rolled out of bed, so there's that.

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2612 posts

Look at Kuhl brand. Available on line and at REI (limited selection) as well as many airport clothing stores (Denver terminal C, Sacramento terminal B are two I know).

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Wool & Prince merino wool button-down shirts are perfect for travel. Can be worn for several days without laundering and definitely don't look like a travel shirt.

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1220 posts

Spousal Unit used to love the Brooks Brothers dress shirts but their quality control has been poor in recent years. I'd look for the offerings from Columbia and Uniqlo (if they have their no-wrinkle shirts back in stock- they come and go)

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1118 posts

Travel clothing is anything that is comfortable, can be layered, washes easily in a sink, dries quickly, and does not require ironing. Other good features are hidden pockets, high wool content, and maybe a dressier appearance if you need that where you’re going. Beware of clothing advertised as travel-specific or travel-friendly which can be expensive or silly — read the reviews carefully or check here.

My travel shirts are long sleeve polyester t shirts (some with zips) and merino wool pullovers (some with zips). I don’t need pockets or buttons or collars but some guys like those.

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Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your responses and suggestions!

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Late to the party, but I'll add my 2 cents. I'm uncertain why you wouldn't want "travel shirts," you're going to be traveling.

My husband has a "travel uniform" that works well for any trips we take. He likes shirts from Eddie Bauer (surprised no one has mentioned the brand, they have stores all over and a good online shop). He also likes ExOfficio and Columbia brands. He has various shirts in blue, green, khaki, and a couple of plaids.

He wears a cotton short-sleeve or long-sleeve crew-neck tee (depending on weather) as a base layer, with the shirt over it. Open/unbuttoned, kind of like a jacket, in hot weather, buttoned up in the other 3 seasons. Eddie Bauer and Lands' End make quality tees in many colors.

He wears travel pants, plain ones not the cargo type, from Eddie Bauer. The shirts and pants can be washed in a sink and dry overnight, he's on his own with his cotton tees. :-) If you don't mind synthetic tees, they're easy to find in the brands that others and I mentioned.

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What is a "travel shirt"? My husband brings with him his oxfords, long-sleeve polos, and rugbies -- the shirts he wears at home AND away. Why the need for a separate set of clothes?

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381 posts

Why the need for a separate set of clothes?

  1. There's money left after booking flights and hotels.

  2. There's no money left after booking flights and hotels. But it's a good excuse to shop.

  3. To help the locals identify the tourists.

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For me, I want a shirt that dries quickly. That factor is what distinguishes a travel shirt from other shirts. Generally, that means the shirt must have a high content of man-made fiber. It is amazing how far the manufacturers have come with making polyester feel decent (a polyester shirt was pretty wretched not that long ago). I just found some Swiss Tech shirts at Walmart, of all places, that are a combination of polyester and spandex. They dry very fast and the fabric feels to me like some of my all-cotton broadcloth shirts. They are available online. If you are interested, here is what to look for: Swiss Tech long sleeve outdoor woven shirt. I admit the shirts are a little odd: they have snaps instead of buttons and the collars are button down but don't look like it because the buttons are hidden under the collar. I think the shirts look fine, but I recognize that tastes vary.

P.S. I have no connection with Walmart.

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A factor in so-called travel shorts is they have a more secure pocket, often with a zipper or at least a secure button flap. My husband likes them especially for that feature, where he keeps a flat wallet with a CC and money for the day. Many good brands recommended above do have these pockets in some styles. For me, they have to pass the hang-to-dry-and-not-look-bad test.

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My husband has a collection of travel clothes from Tilley Endurables (the well-known Canadian company & creator of the famous Tilley hats). Tilley Endurables are on the expensive side, but last forever! Unfortunately, the company has been sold & is a shadow of itself, with far fewer offerings than before. Therefore, for travel, my husband now purchases button-down shirts by Columbia, Orvis & ExOfficio. Columbia shirts tend to look more outdoorsy (e.g. their fishing shirts). But, Orvis & ExOfficio also have more classic looking styles. He prefers long sleeves that can be easily/neatly rolled up. His shirts have pockets, can be worn tucked in or not & are made of materials easily washed in the sink/dry quickly. Since we travel internationally for months at a time, he always packs at least one white shirt, as well as other solid colors & one or two subtle plaid patterns. Orvis also has nice pullover shirts in pretty colors (some with a hood), which would work nicely for your trip....They provide an additional layer, but are not bulky. Have fun on your trip!

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yes you can get Craghopper clothes here - Travelsmith has them, and also through Amazon. Good stuff.

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Don't count on weather no warmer than mid 60s. We were on a 2 week tour of Ireland in June last summer. First week yes it was cool and we saw some rain. Second week they hit a heat wave with high 70s and 80s for the rest of the trip. Previous year in June we were in northern France and the UK we again got a heat wave.

Rather than a bunch of long sleeve shirts just for this trip, pack your normal short sleeves, a pullover (like a fleece or sweater knit), and a lightweight rain jacket roomy enough to fit over all. Layers. Layers.Layers.

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The only shirts I bring on a summer trip are long sleeve, pack at least 10 of them for a month to two month trip, both 100% cotton and blend, button-down mostly, a few are oxford,

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For outdoor travel I look for sun-protetion and quick drying, especially quick drying. You can use the REI search function for "men", "
"hiking/travel shirts"
"long sleeve"
"quick-drying" AND "sun-protetive fabric"

The serach returned 64 products with those characteristices:

You can narrow down the search by keying band, and/or if you have an extreame size, search for size.