Whenever I used to travel, the hat I usually took with me was an old baseball hat. It was “broken in,” fit me well, packed well (I usually put socks inside it in my bag to save on space), and would keep the sun out of my eyes. It served it the purpose I needed. It provided me shade, looked decent on me, and covered up a bad hair day. These are all important qualities in a hat. But sometimes when you are spending a lot of time on a boat, in the rainforest, on the beach in the sun, hiking in the desert, or somewhere with lots of bugs and mosquitoes, you need something better than a baseball hat. Here are the best travel hats for bug protection, sun, wide brim and more, based on hats in various categories.
After getting attacked with bugs on our visit to the southeastern states, we made it our mission to never leave for a trip or even a day hike without a hat to keep the bugs away. Here are two of our favorites.
Best travel hats for bug protection
These mosquito protection hats really do help keep the bugs away:
Olymstore Camouflage hat – This Olymstore(TM) 2pcs Camouflage Beekeeping hat is so affordable, I couldn’t believe the price was for two of them. And I sure wasn’t sure what to expect after I ordered them. Yet, they proved to do the job and then some. My hat was great at keeping the mosquitos away from my neck — where I’m usually bitten — during my evening hiking excursions. I used it during the day another time and had rolled up the netting. It was there if I needed it. This is great for using during fishing, camping, hiking, gardening, and more. It provided excellent protection from mosquitos and works great to prevent bees, pesky gnats and no-see-ums too.
ExOfficio BugsAway Mesh Cape Hat – This comes in two sizes so this hat is great for older kids as well as adults. It’s made from nylon. The mesh part detaches. It doesn’t completely cover your face but what’s nice is that it snaps in front so it covers better and won’t flap around.
Best Sun Hats: Wide Brim and Beach Hats
We love spending time in the sun. The best travel hats for sun protection include those that have wide brims or special neck coverings to keep the sun as much off your face and neck as possible. I’ve also included beach hats here:
Tilley Hats (and Tilley style hats)
These hats are all in Tilley brand hats or in the traditional Tilley style. They have wide brims, tend to be breathable, and come backed with a brand name that says: This is an awesome hat – so awesome that we guarantee it for life.
Tilley LTM6 Airflo Hat – This Tilley travel hat floats if it falls in the water, offers 50 SPF protection, fits with a cord under your chin (for high winds or high speed boat rides), and comes with Tilley’s lifetime guarantee. Tilley also offers an aviator hat, a Tilley Winter hat, and a Tilley Hemp hat.
Tilley look-alike travel hats: They look much like the Tilley hats, but are cheaper in price. They generally do not offer the same breathability as Tilley’s hat, but they are usually similar in style. You may find some imitation brands that snap on both sides to keep the flaps up if you want them up instead of down.
Crushable Travel Hats
These crushable travel hats allow you to fold up or roll up the hat so that it doesn’t get crushed or wrinkled in your suit case while you are traveling. Our top picks include:
Best travel hats for bug protection wherever you are going
It is so important to wear a hat, even if you don’t particularly like wearing them. There are best travel hats for wherever you are going. Remember to pack one or two on your trip as the right kind of hat for your journey can be more effective than sunscreen alone to shield you from the sun’s harmful rays. And who knew there were hats to keep the mosquitos away. Even if you think you don’t need one or won’t wear it, pack a hat before leave for your trip. You just might find it comes in handy.