Travel Hats

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No matter where you are vacationing or exploring, it’s a smart idea to at least pack one hat for your travels. In the summer, travel hats provide much needed protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while in the winter a quality hat will keep your ears and head warm from those frigid temps. We’ve done our research on the very best hats for every vacation, and we’ve got you covered with which hats you should purchase to stay warm, cool, and safe from the sun’s rays no matter what time of year you travel.  

Tilley Two-Tone TRH4 Sun Hat | Practical Travel Gear 1

Have you ever played “count the khaki” when you’ve been in (or checked out) a crowd of travelers on an adventure tour? Especially when it comes to sun hats, you’ll usually need more than 10 fingers. Enter the Two-Tone Hat from Tilley made from a blend …

Tilley Mash-Up Hat | Practical Travel Gear 2

I’m a reformed sun worshipper. After spending way too many hours in the direct sun, I’ve finally learned to care for my skin while enjoying the outdoors. Side note: I’m well into my 30s and should know better. But if a sun-oholic like me can not only g …

Sunday Afternoons Sun Protection Clothing for Kids | Practical Travel Gear 3

Sunday Afternoons makes affordable, high-quality sun protection clothing for kids and adults. They’re based near my hometown in Oregon, but trust me, Sunday Afternoons knows how to block bright sunshine. We took both a child’s hat and tee along for a S …

5 Things I Always Pack - David Lee of GoBackpacking | Practical Travel Gear 1

David Lee is a the founder of two popular travel blogs, Go Backpacking and Medellin Living. He considers himself a minimalist, and when not on the move is based in Medellin, Colombia. So Dave, what do you always pack? In 2013, I challenged myself to be …

Winter Travel Hats for When You're Over 25 | Practical Travel Gear 2

   For traveling to places with frigid temperatures. a Tilley hat will keep your head warm without making you look like a dork. Or a hoodlum. Or someone trying to pretend they’re still in college. Eventually you reach a point in life where you want to …

Tilley TM10 Cotton Duck Hat | Practical Travel Gear 1

Sometimes outdoor excursions require a bit more than a baseball cap. I may have my favorite, acquired in Jackson Hole (complete with moose patch), but when it comes to an ideal shade hat that keeps my head cool, I turn to the Tilley TM10. Made from a c …

Tilley Mash-up Airflow Hat Uses Cast-off Materials (& Looks Great) | Practical Travel Gear 1

Taking the best elements of their popular Airflo hat and using recycled fibers to mix up the look, this Tilley TMH5 Mash-up Hat stands out from the sea of other sun hats you’ll see in your travels. We’re big fans of the Tilley brand here, joining half …

Spring Beanies from Chaos Hats | Practical Travel Gear 1

I think it’s fitting that as I write this review, I’m sitting on the balcony of a ski condo in Squaw Valley, CA, with my feet up after a warm spring-skiing day. On my head is a knit Chaos beanie  which is doing double-duty keeping the spring sun at bay …

Sherpa Adventure Hats Made in Nepal | Practical Travel Gear 2

Would you like to do some good somewhere when you buy a winter hat? Get a great travel and outdoors hat from Sherpa Adventure Gear and you’ll be making a difference in one of Asia’s poorest countries—Nepal. I had the pleasure of meeting the founder o …

Chaos Winter Hat Round-Up for Women and Kids | Practical Travel Gear

How have I not known about Chaos Hats? I spend most of my winter with a beanie on my head (mostly so I don’t have to brush my hair). My favorites are colorful, fun, and cozy…exactly what Chaos delivers.  If you’re a winter hat wearer, or have one on yo …

OR Sun Hats for Women and Children | Practical Travel Gear 1

There’s still plenty of sunny days left in the summer and fall to make use of quality sun hats for you and your family. OR (Outdoor Research) has a couple models that work well for casual wear and travel. The women’s Radar Cap has a nice flair of urban …

Keep Your Head Cool With Hats From Headsweats | Practical Travel Gear 1

You’ve probably seen Headsweats hats in action without knowing their name: they supply a lot of hats used by runners that are emblazoned with some sponsor’s logo. Headsweats is often in the background, content to let someone else snag the limelight. Th …

Fun, Funny and Downright Useful New Travel Gear | Practical Travel Gear 1

What’s on the way in travel gear? I just got back from the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market held each year in Salt Lake City. It’s a place where retail buyers come to see what’s new and different for the upcoming fall season and place their orders. For u …

Inexpensive Travel Staples from Columbia Sportswear | Practical Travel Gear 1

I’m willing to pay for quality travel gear sometimes, but I’m also a big fan of clearance ranks and end-of-season sales. Because Columbia Sportswear cranks out so many new products and styles each year, you can often get their travel clothing at a very …

Serious Ski Headwear from Chaos | Practical Travel Gear 1

Enveloping your whole head in warmth is a great idea, but let’s get it out of the way first that I feel like I’m watching a homemade terrorist video when I look at myself in the mirror wearing one of these black face-covering contraptions from Chaos Ha …

Buy a Chaos Moonshadow Hat, Do Some Good in Peru | Practical Travel Gear 1

The Moonshadow line of hats from Chaos Headwear changes your look—and changes lives. Most of us first-world consumers don’t think too much about the impact of our purchases when we’re home. Sure, maybe when we’re traveling we might try to stay at loc …

Kids' Winter Hats from Chaos & Moon Shadow  | Practical Travel Gear 1

The Montreal-based company Do-Gree Fashions produces absolutely darling winter hats for kids with its Chaos and Moonshadow brands. Granted, children wear helmets while they are skiing or snowboarding, so you won’t typically find these head-toppers actu …

Travel Hats from Tilley, Wallaroo and The Real Deal Brazil | Practical Travel Gear 1

Who doesn’t travel with a hat these days? For me, it’s certainly a necessity, not only for function (keeping sun out of my eyes while adventuring in the outdoors) but for my health (keeping harmful sun’s rays off my head, face and neck). This week as m …

Sombriolet Sun Hat from Outdoor Research | Practical Travel Gear 1

There are some travel clothing items that are going to brand you as a tourist, like convertible pants and yes, big wide-brimmed sun hats. But you can look cool and have a peeling face a week later or you can look not so cool and be protected. This Somb …

Tilley Organic Airflo T5MO Hat | Practical Travel Gear 1

Tilley sun hats. Those words seem to go together like Osprey and backpacks, like Teva and water shoes, like Swiftwick and biking socks, like Coghlan’s and camping gadgets. For those who want a well-constructed hat that is going to hold up well over the …

Best Travel Hats for Everyday Travel

 

If you’re traveling somewhere where the temperature is moderate, there’s no need to pack anything crazy. In fact, you can be happy knowing all you have to pack for is your own personal comfort. If you’re a hat person, then perhaps one of these hats will be the perfect travel accessory for your everyday travels:

  • Runabout Packable Fedora: If you’re able to pull off a fedora, then the Runabout Packable Fedora Hat is the perfect travel accessory. Made of 100% fur felt, the Runabout is both stylish and comfortable. It’s soft and lightweight, and it comes in either walnut or caribou. It certainly is one of the pricier fedoras at about $180, but it’s one of the more stylish travel hats you can possibly find.

 

  • Hi-Beam Cap: Perhaps you’re just looking for a traditional, standard hat – say a baseball cap. If so, the Hi-Beam Cap is perfect for you. This illuminated baseball-style cap has two LED-bulb placements so you can read maps, light pathways, or otherwise see in the dark. Made of premium cotton, the Hi-beam Cap is lightweight, comfortable, and perfect for your everyday travels.

 

Best Travel Hats for Cold Weather

 

When the weather turns cold, you’ve only really got one thing in mind – staying warm. After your hands and feet, your ears are the most susceptible body part to frostbite. It’s important to protect them when the temperature drops below freezing, and we’ve got the perfect hats for you to stay warm:

  • Sherpa Adventure Hat: Not only will the Sherpa Adventure Hat keep you warm in even the coldest of temperatures, but purchasing the hat will also support one of Asia’s most impoverished countries. The Adventure Hat is made of real wool, yet it doesn’t sacrifice comfort or softness at all. It also has enough flexibility to fit multiple head sizes, and it’ll cover your ears completely so your ears are fully protected. Plus, every purchase of the Adventure Hat supports under-privileged Sherpa children in Nepal.
  • Orvis Ultimate Cold-Weather Hat: If you’re going to experience the extreme cold, then a Sherpa hat simply isn’t going to cut it. However, the Orvis ultimate Cold-Weather hat will. This nylon hat is lined with fleece that can protect you from the elements no matter how low the mercury drops. Earflaps provide additional protection and a stowaway face mask can shield your nose and mouth from the bitter cold. This outdoor cold weather is rated one of the best in the world, and it’s a must-purchase if you are going to brave the extreme cold.

Travel Hats for UV Protection

 

On the flip side, perhaps you’re traveling to a tropical destination this year. In this case, you’re going to want a hat that is going to provide protection from the sun’s UV rays AND a hat that will keep you cool and dry. Some of the best travel hats for this purpose include:

  • Tilley TM10 Cotton Duck Hat: The Tilley TM10 Cotton Duck Hat provides enough shade for your eyes and face no matter how bright or sunny it is. The hat’s polyester UPH 50+ mesh blocks the sun’s UV rays from damaging your skin, but it also allows air to pass through the hat to keep your head cool and dry. In addition, the TM10 Cotton Duck hat packs flat without damaging the crease or sides.
  • Headsweats: There’s a good chance you’ve already seen Headsweats in action without actually even knowing it. The company supplies hats to various athletes, particularly runners. The Protech Hat in particular is useful if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time. The Protech hat goes beyond just protecting your head because it has a built-in flap to keep the sun off of your neck. In addition, the hat is lightweight, wicking, and quick-drying – all essential when the mercury rises above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Travel Hats for Women

 

Men aren’t the only ones who can use a hat to accommodate their style while traveling. Ladies, we’ve found plenty of hats that are stylish, comfortable, and perfect for a variety of situations. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Nine West Boucle Newsboy Hat: The Nine West Boucle Newsboy Hat is a stylish, comfortable hat women can wear for everyday travel. Made of a combination of polyester and wool, this hat adds an extra hint of style and flair that pairs well with any casual ensemble. Best of all, it only costs around $20, yet it looks like it should be priced for at least double that.
  • Outdoor Research Radar Cap: The women’s Outdoor Research Radar cap has a unique flair of urban style, yet it still retains a lightweight, flexible feel to it. In addition, it comes with 30 SPF sun protection and a small headband absorbs sweat extremely well. It weighs just 1.8 oz. so it’s one of the lightest hats you can fun. The radar cap also comes in sizes for children as well, so you can easily pick up a few hats to protect your children from the sun’s rays too.

 

Hats are a great travel accessory that can both protect you from the elements and add an extra layer of flair and style to your ensemble. Hopefully now you’ve got some hat ideas for your next vacation.

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