Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, comfort is key. And while we love our trusty leggings and sweats, some folks prefer looking a little more pulled together with stylish bottoms during their trips.
When it came to curating our list of best travel pants, we put in a place a set of criteria to meet: look versatile enough to wear straight off the plane and into a business luncheon, be comfortable enough to withstand whatever weird contortions we end up in when trying to catch sleep on a long-haul flight, and match the rest of our wardrobe enough to be worn multiple days throughout our trip. Along with those requirements were a handful of secondary concerns like wrinkle resistance, technical fabric, and of course — pockets.
Say hello to our nine top travel pant picks below. Once you learn the beauty of a sweat-wicking and stretchy trouser, we promise you’ll never go back.
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Outdoor Voices Rectrek Pant
If the people behind the athleisure powerhouse brand are brave enough to call this their most versatile pant, then we’re game to believe them. These cropped, relaxed-fit bottoms are made with OV’s special TerraStretch fabric (a fancy term for four-way stretch) and are weather resistant (so spill however many in-flight cocktails you want on them).
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Outdoor Voices Rectrek Pant, $, available at Outdoor VoicesEverlane The Dream Pant
Wrinkle resistant and business appropriate in appearance (there’s pintuck detailing!), you’d never guess these 58% cotton pants are almost as comfortable as your favorite sweatpants. Look sleek and chic when you get to your destination in Everlane’s tailored Dream Pant.
Everlane The Dream Pant, $, available at EverlaneAthleta Nolita Wide Leg
Wide-legged cuts are an underrated hero when it comes to good travel pants. They offer some additional circulation for when you and your partner are fighting over the A/C knobs during a long-distance car drive, and they allow your legs to feel a little less restricted.
Athleta Nolita Wide Leg, $, available at AthletaZella Getaway Pants
In case you haven’t picked up on it, we’re big fans of the cropped trouser look. Aptly named Getaway Pants, these bottoms were specifically created for long-distance travel. They’re even topped with an elastic waistband for optimal comfort.
Zella Getaway Pants, $, available at NordstromLululemon LA Wide Leg Side Split High-Rise Pant
Remember what we said about wide legs being a smart choice? These side-split pants take it to the next level with slits on the inside that allow for better movement. And don’t forget the naturally breathable …read more