How has modern science and technology influenced travel hair dryers?
What’s great is they are now small enough for you to justify taking one with you.
Especially if you have long hair, as you pack for your vacation, you decide you want to bring a travel hair dryer.
It is as important as the other things you are organizing for your trip and for your daily hair styling routine.
If possible, you want to bring your favorite hairbrush, shampoo, and conditioner.
Luckily, unless you are backpacking or going somewhere remote, you can most likely tuck one in your bag.
There are dozens of travel blow dryers available.
Most of them promise something unique: “40% faster drying time,” “Ionic Technology,” or “Best for Extra-Fine Hair!” The advertising and marketing is endless.
Well, in reality, there is such a great variety of hair dryers today that it may be hard to know which one to choose.
We wanted to make it easy to choose a travel hair dryer for your longed-for dream vacation so it’s one thing you can easily cross off your to-do list.
Best travel hair dryer
Let’s take a look at some of the dryer tech that is currently impacting the style market.
Afterward, we will take a time-saving trip through the top five best travel models so that you can spend more time planning your vacation activities and less time planning how you’re going to get ready to do them!
Materials and Technology in Travel Hair Dryers
The most common technologies and materials used in the manufacture of blow dryers are metal, clay, gemstones, and Chemistry 101.
That seems a bit alarming on the surface, however, what this translates to is: titanium, ceramics, tourmaline, nano technology and ions.
It all seems a bit gimmicky, however, there is something to it.
Titanium: Friend of Doctors and Hair Stylists
Titanium is an amazing metal. It resists oxidization and corrosion and is incredibly lightweight for its strength.
Titanium has been used in the manufacture of fighter jets, bone screws, and hip replacements since the 1950’s.
It is unique in the biomedical field because the human body rarely rejects it, allowing the metal to be used to replace bones, including in the skull.
Now you’re surely wondering what this has to do with drying and styling hair?
Titanium is used in the manufacture of the internal parts of blow dryers to give them some useful characteristics.
First, titanium warms quickly and cools down slowly.
This means that you should always be careful not to aim it at one spot in your hair too long to prevent burning.
On the other hand, it also means that your hair will dry very quickly and ultimately have less damage from blow drying it.
Titanium dryers also help prevent bacterial growth due to their high heat production, thereby helping maintain a healthy scalp.
Titanium blow dryers tend to run on the expensive side, but they are especially prevalent at professional styling salons.
Ceramic, Isn’t that what dishes are made of?
Yes, it is!
Ceramic, also referred to as “porcelain” in some circles, is a material that started out its life as clay and may have ended up on your shelf in the guise of a vase or even in your kitchen cabinet as your favorite serving bowl.
However, in a blow dryer, ceramic may be used in the heating element, as a coating on the inside parts of the machine, or in the body of the dryer.
Ceramic is favored by professional stylists because it heats quickly and evenly.
It produces infrared heat that penetrates hair shafts, helping maintain natural shine.
As a bonus, infrared heat does not remove all the moisture from hair at the same time it dries, preventing it from becoming over-dry and brittle.
It is very difficult to burn hair with a ceramic dryer.
Here are some questions to consider before taking a look at our travel jacket recommendations below:
Before Buying a Travel Jackets Ask Yourself
What Type of Climate Are You Traveling To?
Before you find the best travel jackets you should first consider the type of climate you’re visiting – is it warm or cold, wet or dry?
This may seem obvious but visiting the hot and humid rain forests of Belize will require a different type of rain jacket (i.e. lightweight and breathable) than the kind you’ll want on a chilly, rainy, early spring day in the Pacific Northwest.
The best travel jackets will be adaptable for many types of weather, but before you make a purchase think about where you’ll wear the jacket the most.
How Long Will You Be Gone?
If you’re going to be going on an extended multi-month trip you’ll want a lightweight jacket that you can layer with a fleece that you can layer with a raincoat as it will presumably change seasons while you’re gone.
If you’ll just be gone a week you only need to find something that will meet your needs for one season and one climate.
What Type of Traveler Are You?
If you’re an adventurous traveler on study abroad.
You’ll want something that’s more informal and all-weather, if you’re a person traveling with your spouse and will mainly stay in hotels and not venture out of museums on rainy days.
You’ll want a jacket that is nicer looking.
So think about what kind of traveler you are.
Will Travel Jackets You Already Own Suffice?
Before you go buy a new jacket just for an upcoming trip, first make sure you don’t have a travel jackets tucked away in the back of a closet that will work just as well as a new jack.
If you do, save your money and take an awesome excursion or have a fabulous meal on your vacation.
Is this a Jacket You Will Continue to Wear?
Make sure that you buy a travel jacket that you will continue to wear around after you’ve returned.
Maybe you’ll only need it when you go on hikes or walking the dog or in a crisp fall day, but buy a quality jacket that will last and be practical for other occasions.
Best Travel Jackets by Category
If you’re on your way to a destination notorious for rain, I highly recommend investing in a good rain jacket – with a hood.
Find a lightweight rain jacket that you can wear on a daily basis (black coats always blend in well) will be critical to your happiness and comfort.
Places like Ireland, anywhere with a rain forest, the Pacific Northwest all come to mind as places I would want to bring a good rain jacket.
Remember, you can always buy a cheap rain poncho if you’re somewhere and it rains unexpectedly, but for places where it usually rains for a least part of the day you’ll want a raincoat.
Here are the best six rain jackets I’ve come across for men and women travelers:
Lightweight jackets for travel fall into several categories.
Formal and informal and rain proof or water resistant.
Which category you need goes back to the questions I posed for consideration in the beginning.
If you a twenty something traveler backpacking around Eastern Europe you’re probably going to go for a less formal jacket than you would if you’re a middle aged retired couple taking a river cruise down the Danube and stopping off at fancy restaurants in cities in Europe.
Here are the best lightweight jackets I’ve found based on reviews and personal experience.
It’s great that you’re going to travel, and if you want your belongings with you all the time then you’ll need a travel backpack instead of the usual luggage bags.
Travel backpacks may enable you to go on short hikes and camping trips, and you can decide to go to another city or country on a whim without too much preparation.
So the question is, how do you choose the right backpack for you?
Backpack guidelines you need to consider:
Travel Backpack Reviews
Before you buy any type of backpack, check out the travel backpack reviews from verified customers.
This is especially crucial when you’re buying it online and you can’t personally check it out yourself.
Of course, you’re going to read the specs of the backpack you’re going to get.
You’ll need to look for features such as made from waterproof material, so that your belongings don’t get wet when there’s a drizzle.
You also should get an internal-frame backpack, meaning that the frame and the support rods are already built in and hidden, instead of having separate rods that stick out.
Internal-frame backpacks are slimmer so you can move around more easily, and usually the rods are made from tough plastic or carbon fiber that’s lighter and more durable.
You may also want to get lockable zippers so that you can have some piece of mind regarding the security of your belongings or of your bag itself.
While there’s not much of a risk that people on the road will pickpocket your dirty clothes, there’s always a chance that some baggage handler at the airport may take a liking for some of your things.
A bigger risk is if you’re in a country where there’s a chance a police official can plant some drugs in your bag so that you’re going to have to pay up big time to avoid prison.
You also need to see that there are enough compartments for your things.
A separate compartment for your shoes is always a good idea, and if you’re bringing your laptop with you then that also needs a compartment of its own.
You’ll also need to check that there’s padding on the shoulder straps so there’s less pressure on your shoulders and on the adjustable hip belt so that it’s more comfortable for you to support the weight.
Most of the weight you’ll carry will be supported by your hips.
Reputable Brand of Backpack
One of the things you need to check out is the brand, of course.
This isn’t about brand snobbery, but about going for the brands with the best reputation for producing durable backpacks that don’t break down soon after you buy them.
This is where the travel backpack reviews come in.
You can check out the long-term reviews and see that the straps are durable, the buckles aren’t flimsy, and the metal zippers are not prone to locking up.
Some backpacks also have ventilation systems that keep the load off your lower back so your clothes don’t sweat through.
However, you may have to sacrifice some durability in the material in exchange, because backpacks with ventilation may be more likely to get torn.
Then finally there’s the size of the backpack.
Some manufacturers have sizes such as small, medium, and large, but what’s large for one manufacturer may be considered medium by another.
So first you need to measure your torso length (not your height) from the prominent bone at the base of your neck to the top of your hip bone.
Then you can check the backpack specs that correspond to your measurements.
The overall size of your backpack may also correspond to the length of your trip.
The longer your trip is, the more things you’ll likely bring with you.
Smaller is always better if you have a choice, so for a weekend trip a light backpack with a 35 to 50 liter capacity will be fine.
For 3 to 5 day trips you may want a capacity ranging from 50 to 80 liters, and for extended periods you’ll need a minimum of 70 liters.
Choosing the Right Travel Backpack for Women
There are some special considerations to factor in when buying a travel backpack for women, aside from the usual considerations.
One crucial factor is of course style.
It has to look good, and appearance is not something that most women will consider inconsequential.
Men are also concerned about how “cool” a backpack is of course (most men don’t choose canary yellow backpacks, for example) but the standards of what’s cool may be different for women.
Now one of the most important considerations is size, because women are on average smaller than men.
It’s for that reason why most women choose backpacks in a size “medium” while most men go for the “large size” instead.
Many manufacturers simply make a smaller size of backpack and call it a women’s version, but your best bet is to choose a backpack tailored specifically for women.
They have to be designed specifically for the frame of a woman, which is different from a man’s frame in more than just size.
The torso dimensions are on average shorter and also narrower.
But the hip belts and the shoulder straps should be contoured with the woman’s form in mind.
But the size must also be enough not just for the woman’s belongings, but also enough for her future belongings.
In other words, it must anticipate the likelihood of shopping adventures, and these purchases must be accommodated.
Of course, if a woman wants to avoid the temptation of shopping then a smaller backpack may be the best option.
It’s much easier to decide not to shop when there’s not much space begging to be filled with various new items.
Compartments are crucial too.
A separate compartment for the shoes is important, and also a special compartment for umbrellas.
Many guys are too cool to bring umbrellas, but most women have more sense than that.
And also, a special compartment for makeup would be nice.
Now let’s consider the straps.
It must be adjustable, and not just padded for your comfort.
When the straps are adjustable, the bag won’t sag down low like you’re some kind of teenager.
Instead, you can tighten the shoulder straps so the bag can ride higher on your back.
This prevents the backpack from pulling on your shoulders and causing you lots of discomfort and pain.
A padded hip belt is also essential.
Again, a lot of guys don’t go for this because they want the coolness factor of easily removing the backpack whenever they want.
And again, women usually have more sense than that.
The hip belt is crucial in making sure that the weight is properly distributed.
The weight of the backpack is loaded more on your hips, as it was properly meant to do.
When the hips are carrying the load, you have your most stable and strongest part carrying the biggest burden.
This will greatly reduce the pain you’ll experience on your neck, shoulders, and back.
Backpack Carry strap
Some people may also want an additional carry strap so that they can carry the backpack like a shoulder bag.
You may also want a strap that connects across your chest between the 2 shoulder straps.
This also helps in a more even distribution of the weight, and the strap doesn’t have to be padded because it’s not resting on you.
You may also want to consider a front-loading backpack, especially when you think you may have to dig through your bag often to get what you need.
A front-loading backpack can open as if it is a suitcase, so you can easily get the things that have fallen to the bottom of the backpack.
I did some research into greener options and was surprised by the lack of backpacks made of eco-friendly materials.
After all, backpackers and hikers are very much outdoorsy types who care about the environment.
So I was psyched when I found Mountainsmith’s line of recycled packs.
The folks at Mountainsmith were kind enough to send me a Lily backpack made of recycled PET.
I love it.
It’s the perfect size for extended travel if you pack light, though it’s designed for shorter trips.
And it’s carry-on size, which was a huge selling point for me.
Its 31.5 liters hold more than you’d think and at just 2 lbs 8 oz, carrying it is a breeze.
It works well as a day pack, too.
My favorite part is the pockets.
The pockets on either side are big, and the front compartment has lots of smaller pockets to help you stay organized.
There are even two water bottle pockets large enough to hold my 24 ounce water bottles.
The shoulder and abdomen straps are extra padded for added comfort.
The Lily recycled backpack by Mountainsmith pack is designed for women and it fits me better than most unisex pack do.
It even has a safety whistle, which I’ve fortunately never had to use, and can hold trekking poles, a sleeping bag, and an ice axe.
All in all, the recycled Lily recycled backpack by Mountainsmith is a great pack for anyone who’s looking for a small pack for extended travel, or a large daypack, and I applaud Mountainsmith for leading the way with eco-friendly backpacks.
I would definitely recommend the Lily to any green traveler.
But don’t rely purely on GPS as there are a number of things that could go wrong – especially in the poorly mapped wilderness.
Instead, take back-up in the form of an old-school map and compass, things that don’t rely on power or connectivity.
And never assume that you know the terrain.
Make sure to time your trip, so you know when to turn around and head back.
Tell someone else where you’re going before you leave so they’ll know to raise the alarm should you be late.
Take a whistle with you so you can signal for help should the need arise.
If you do get lost, stay calm.
Make your way to higher ground if possible, which will hopefully offer you a fresh perspective on what’s around you.
Maybe revealing a familiar landmark that you previously passed, and to which you can retrace your steps.
But if this doesn’t work, and there’s no immediate danger, it’s best to stay put.
Wandering further on can just make you even more lost, guide you towards potential dangers, and make the trail harder for rescuers to trace.
Tips if You Get Lost While Hiking or Backpacking
Make yourself a shelter, be it against the sun or the rain, and build a fire to maintain your energy and as a signal to rescuers.
When you do hear a helicopter tracing the area, lay down flat on the floor (outside of the shelter!) so that you are easier to spot.
Wear your brightest clothes, and if possible make a flag out of your most colorful item.
All that said, with the right preparation and a responsible attitude, disaster is highly unlikely.
Most of your energies should be focused on looking after yourself, and nature around you.
Be sure to eat regularly – a carb-packed oatmeal breakfast, a high-calorie lunch, and plenty of snacks in between – and drink plenty of water.
You’ll want to take a water filter or purification tablets to ensure that even when your own supply runs out, you can make a healthy resource of any spring you should find.
Remember to wrap up your trash and take it with you, and leave your souvenirs behind.
Nature belongs where you found it!
Fine wilderness will remain an enticing challenge for generations to come.
These tips and more have been gathered into a great new infographic, an easy reference check-list for the aspiring backpacker.
Be sure to study it closely and run through it ahead of your next big trip, like Best UK Walking Cycling Holiday, take care out there, and have fun.
Best Duffel Bags with Wheels is the Rolling Duffel Bags
Whether you are packing your kids off to summer camp, getting ready to pack them off to college, or packing yourself off to a much deserved vacation, the rolling duffel bag is your new best friend.
The perfect pairing between the flexibility of a duffel bag and the ease of movement of roller bags can be found with just the click of a mouse.
These bags are big enough to act as a footlocker but their collapsible nature makes them easier to store than traditional suitcases and their flexible exterior can be squished or squashed down if space is at a premium.
To help you get packing, here are the best rolling duffel bags according to Amazon’s reviews and ratings.
Briggs & Riley Transcend 26″ Wheeled Duffle
Leading the pack is this super-sleek duffle that looks like the kind of luggage James Bond would use.
With side panels that collapse for easy storage and a super strong exterior made from TuffLite™ fabric, you truly get the best of both worlds.
Inside you will find more than 5,000 cubic inches of capacity, zippered dividers, pockets, and zippered pouches, providing all the space and organizational assistance you need to pack for a 10-12 day trip.
In addition to wheels specifically designed to roll smooth and quiet, this bag features tilt-resistant front feet which means no more awkward balancing act at the airport counter while you try to keep your suitcase from toppling over onto your feet during check-in.
This bag is available in sunset (dark red) and rain forest (deep green), and is on Best of the Best List.
Nautica Luggage Seaside 26″ Pop Up Wheeled Duffel Bag
It doesn’t matter if you are headed for the sea, the shore, or the slopes, this bag will have you covered.
Constructed from a durable polyester blend, it has a pop-up feature that keeps the body of the bag upright while you are packing which saves time and maximizes how much the bag can hold.
This duffel comes in three sporty color combinations, black/red, black/orange, and black/yellow, and collapses for easy storage under a bed or on a closet shelf.
Tommy Bahama Luggage Nassau 26″ Wheeled Duffel Bag
The most traditional of the three bags, the Tommy Bahama Nassau duffel (see it here) is a high quality piece made from durable two tone bird’s eye material.
It provides numerous inside storage pockets and pouches and smooth running wheels for ease in moving around the airport or hotel.
Designed to give you an island feel and get you in the mood for rest and relaxation, this is the perfect duffel for a lengthy cruise or trip to the Caribbean.
Available in black and deceptively roomy, this bag can find a place in any vacation destination.
Donna Sharp Rolling Duffel Bag
Although smaller than the other featured duffel bags, this bag has a personality all its own.
Made from cotton featuring the Lighthouse design, this duffel would be as easy to carry as it is to pull.
The traditional black styling says you mean business and the inline skate wheels make it easy to pull behind you on the streets of the city or the terminal at the airport.
An accordion file in one pocket provides a great way to organize files and paperwork and an accessory organizer with special pockets for pens, business cards, and keys will help keep you on top of everything no matter where you are.
The main compartment will hold most laptops up to 17” and provides a padded pocket for safekeeping.
This bag received top rankings and is reasonably priced, Weighing in at barely a pound, this bag is the perfect companion for any type of business travel.
It’s super cute and it has a unique cushioning system that uses a quilted pocket specifically designed to protect laptops up to 15.4 inches.
This bag, made from water-resistant material, is designed for comfort, portability, and ease of use.
Lightweight and easy to maneuver into small spaces on planes, trains and automobiles, it is equipped with an external pocket to store accessories and paperwork.
The hidden wheels and contour grip handles make this bag the perfect partner for a weekend away.
Plus, it’s less with free shipping.
Travel Bags for Everyday and Everything
Looking for a great bag that is spacious enough to stow all your carry-on items in but still stylish enough to make a statement?
The Saltbox GEO Getaway Bag – Tote from SaltboxGEO Getaway Bag from Saltbox is the perfect mix of form and function.
Designed to look like a slouch bag, the roomy interior converts to a flat tote and has more than a foot square of interior storage space.
Voted Best of the Best on eBags.com, this bag comes in three colors pool (blue), lychee (pink), and kiwi (green) and can be found on the site.
To maximize functionality, the GEO has straps that can be reconfigured based on how you are using it.
It is constructed of heavy weight canvas that is both water and stain resistant, making it perfect for a trip to the beach or to Bali.
Travel Bags for Long Stays
For longer trips and for those times when packing light is not an option, the Athalon 15-Pocket 34″ Wheeling Duffel from Athalon offers a roomy interior, rugged construction, and three in-line skate wheels to help with even the heaviest loads.
Nearly 3’ long, this bag is built for durability from water-resistant polyester and includes several features to reinforce the structure of the bag and protect your belongings.
Another Best of the Best bag, the Athalon duffel got high marks from customers in every category.
This carry-all is accessibly and the distinctive rust color makes a statement without needing any words.
It gives you easy access to all of your valuables and has is comfortable to wear under your clothing against your skin.
This creates the ideal way to protect your belongings when traveling.
As you consider your options in travel wallets, remember that security and organizations are the two most important things to look for.
These options are the perfect fit for just about any activity you plan to take on.
Travel Jewelry Case: Jewelry Cases for Travel
Whether you are heading to a five-star resort or to hike the Himalayas, investing in a good travel jewelry case to hold your jewelry while you travel is a wise decision.
This type of case is designed to protect watches, rings, necklaces, pendants, and other adornments from loss or damage while you are in transit.
It provides a single place for storage which also makes it easy to protect your valuables once you arrive at your destination.
Just slip the case into the hotel safe and you will never have to worry about this bracelet or that watch being left on the bathroom sink and disappearing into someone’s pocket.
Best Travel Jewelry Case
A good jewelry case for traveling will provide different types of storage for the variety of items you decide to bring.
For ease of use once you arrive at your destination, look for a case that provides see-through pockets and pouches so you can see all of your items without having to dig through each pocket to find what you want.
Travel Jewelry Portable Roll Case from Household Essentials
You also want to look for a case that is built from a durable material and offers custom storage for the jewelry you travel with the most often.
ATJ’s Anti-Tarnish Jewelry Roll offers a soft padded home for your precious jewelry including a secure strip for earrings, pouches for housing necklaces and a ring roll that detaches at one end.
Silk Brocade Jewelry Roll from Red Blossom
If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, the Silk Brocade Jewelry Roll from Red Blossom is made from soft silk and rayon brocade fabric and provides several pouches for storage and a roll carrier for rings.
You might also like the Silk Brocade Coin Pouch Set from Dahlia which features a set of 10 small oriental fan shaped pouches perfect for storing jewelry at home or while traveling.
Because they are separate pouches, they make packing a breeze, just select the items you want and they are pre-packed in their own pouch.
Red Travel Jewelry Box
If space is not an issue and you want something more solid, there are several jewelry cases that might suit your needs.
The Red Travel Jewelry Box from Richards Homewares features a red faux leather exterior filled with a soft cream bed for all your valuables.
A make-up mirror in the lid provides the perfect place for putting in earrings or applying lipstick.
It provides multiple snap fixtures for securing chains and necklaces, space for 24 rings, and a built-in combination lock allowing you to lock the case and keep your valuables secure while your luggage is out of your control.
With a faux leather exterior, this case is durable enough to weather your most extreme adventures.
Never spend another minute of vacation trying to untangle the jumble of necklaces or searching for the other earring that matches your dress.
By investing in the right jewelry travel case, you can protect, store, and secure your bracelets, earrings, and rings no matter where your travels take you.
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Weekender Bags: Best for a Weekend Getaway
When it comes to a weekend away, packing should be the least of your concerns.
Take a few tips from the pros and start your getaway stress-free.
First, don’t bring too much.
Over-packing is very common and only leads to more stress and more stuff.
Think about what you need to take with you, add a few things you want to bring, and then try and cut the end result by one third.
Second, don’t over-schedule.
Make sure that your getaway is actually a time that you can get away from the demands, pressure, and stress of your normal life.
Put the blackberry away and make your laptop part of the third you decide not to bring.
Lastly, take a great bag.
Only shoes have a more immediate and positive effect on how carefree and fantastic we feel.
To help you find just the right one, here is a breakdown of the highest rated weekender bags.
Vera Bradley Weekender Bags
Part of the infinitely popular line of Vera Bradley bags, this weekender comes in a gorgeous colors and patterns.
With a large interior space that opens wide for easy packing, this bag can easily hold everything you need for a weekend away from home.
A variety of interior pockets provide places to stash the little bits and bobs you don’t want to lose and the removal strap makes it easy to carry, no matter how much you pack.
Voted a Best of the Best selection, this weekender has just enough space and just enough flair to get your getaway off to a great start.
The North Face Isla Weekender Bag
Available in black/white plaid, fuchsia, and straight black, this bag provides more than 2000 cubic inches in available packing space, which should be sufficient for any weekend away.
Another of the Best of the Best recipients, the North Face weekender is made in part from recycled poly and offers zippered pockets inside and out to keep you organized throughout your trip.
The bag has standard carry-handles and a detachable strap making it easy to grab and go when it’s time to get out of town.
As part of eBags.com “Pick Pink” campaign, when you purchase this bag a 10% donation is made to the Susan G. Komen for a Cure Foundation.
The Sak Artist Circle Convertible Weekender Bag
Trendier in appearance than the other bags, this weekender looks like it belongs on the streets of New York City, perched on the shoulder of someone beautiful who is heading off to the Hamptons.
Constructed of nylon and available in four color/pattern combinations, it has about the same capacity as the North Face bag with the personality and flair of the Vera Bradley.
Loaded with pockets and zippered pouches, you won’t have a problem finding a place for everything in this Best of the Best bag as you head out of town, Sak Artist Circle Convertible Weekender Bag.
Alla Leather Art Tarantella Weekender Shoulder Bag
This gorgeous leather shoulder bag looks more like a fashionista’s purse than everything she might need for a weekend away.
Available in a variety of colors, it won’t fit quite as much as the other bags, but who needs more clothes when you have such a great bag.
Nooks and crannies for storing your odds and ends are featured throughout the bag and it’s Best of the Best list.
As if style and leather weren’t enough, there is also a special pocket just for sunglasses ensuring you won’t get away without them.
This skirt is appropriate for your travels, hiking, errands, or for an awards assembly at your child’s school.
It seems like it will flatter most body types.
It’s flattered me and continues to fit even as my weight fluctuated 10 – 15 lbs.
This skirt is made with 48% organic cotton, 48% Tencel, and 4% Spandex.
The material is soft and is just all around a pleasure to wear.
I live in the hot southwest, so I abhor jeans and pants in general.
Sometimes when I wear shorts, I feel so squashed in, confined, and hot.
I wear skirts every day I can.
The Chaka skirt, with its elastic waistband and flattering cut, has fast become one of my beloved items of eco clothing.
Easy to wash
I’ve been washing it on cold on the quick cycle.
When I take it out of the washing machine, there isn’t the sort of stretch that other clothes have.
It really holds it’s shape.
One day, when I accidentally dried it with a bunch of towels for over an hour, it didn’t shrink or alter its shape in any way.
When I took it out of my suitcase, I was surprised it did have a few wrinkles.
However, they disappeared in less than an hour of me wearing it.
I bet if I rolled it, it would have remained wrinkle-free.
Many patterns and colors
I liked the patterns but went for a more neutral color, the Cocoa Quito Line Print.
I love so many of their prints, including the skirts with stripes and the Buffalo Basket print.
They have neutrals as well as bolder colors as in their Turquoise Cove Geo or Spiced Coral.
They have tribal prints as well as solids.
The Chaka skirt features a small interior pocket on the right side of the skirt that would hold cash or a pack of Tic Tacs. Updated to add: It’s the perfect place for me to put my step counter/Fitbit Zip.
Best Fun Travel Skirt: Chachacha Skirt from Toad & Co.
Like the above Chaka skirt, this is a jersey knit made with 48% organic cotton, 48% Tencel, and 4% Spandex.
The material also is wrinkle-free and easy to wear.
This style is multi-paneled but it doesn’t affect the weight.
It’s more that there are additional seams all around the skirt.
While this would be comfortable enough to wear as a hiking skirt, I probably wouldn’t being I have the Chaka skirt.
This one is a tad dressier feeling with the cut flaring out a bit.
Still, it’s very versatile and works with many different types of shirts and shoes.
It will look awesome with boots but not as good with traditional gym shoes. (However, it looks cute with Toms and other less bulky styles.)
It’s easy to care for
I’ve also washed this organic skirt in the washing machine on cold and dried it in the dryer without any issues.
It’s the same material as the Chaka skirt and has worked well with my changes in weight.
When I unpacked this one to wear on my trip, it too had wrinkles.
They disappeared after wearing it for about 20 minutes.
Best Travel Skirt with Pockets: Royal Robbins Discovery Strider Skirt
Known for traveling clothing, the Royal Robbins Discovery Strider Skirt was made for travelers. This skirt has pockets. In addition, it withstands moisture and water. It perfectly balances style with practicality.
Royal Robbins has two popular skirts, the Discovery Skirt and the Discovery Strider Skirt.
If you are in a smaller size, either of these will be great.
The Discovery Skirt has a little ruffle at the bottom which is not at all flattering on me but would be if I were taller and thinner.
However, the Discovery Strider Skirt is flattering.
Royal Robbins skirts are amazing and made with lightweight, “non-swishing” material that wicks moisture away.
They are 96% nylon and 4% Spandex.
The Discovery Strider Skirt has sun protection of UPF 50+.
It’s comfortable to wear, packs well, dries quickly, and can be dressed up or down.
Something cute is it’s a tad shorter in the front than it is in the back.
Additionally, it looks good with dressier or casual sandals and equally well with tennis shoes. This is important when traveling, when you walk and sightsee a lot.
The only downside for me about this skirt is there is a zipper in the back. It’s cute and stylish; however, I prefer elastic waistbands.
So this skirt isn’t as forgiving as the others if your weight tends to fluctuate.
Their skirts come in vibrant colors, including Dusty Coral, Dark Lapis. The Light Taupe, Khaki, Jet Black, and Stone are more neutral.
Best Sporty Travel Skirt: Nike Modern Rise Tech Classic Golf Skort
If you’re looking for a skirt that fits your active lifestyle, Nike is a good choice.
This Nike skirt (technically a skort) has built-in UV protection, lots of pockets, and is made of Dri-FIT fabric.
For sure, it was made with the athletic traveler in mind. This is a great skirt to wear when it’s really hot outside.
And I always love a comfortable skort to wear when I’m more active, hiking, playing sports, etc.
They are much more flattering than shorts.
I don’t wear this one as often as the others because it’s shorter than the other skirts I own.
This is a personal preference and typical of these types of skirts — this type just isn’t particularly flattering on me (5’4″ and 145-ish lbs).
Runner up…. I don’t like wearing long skirts — also known as maxi skirts — but if you do, this is one to check out.
Best Long Travel Skirt: Patagonia Serenity Skirt
This ankle-length skirt is made of organic cotton and spandex.
It’s long, but not frumpy and its fit will complement most body types.
It’s machine washable and dryable, which is great for women on the go. I also like that it looks nice with tanks and tee shirts. It’s easy to drape a cute sweater with it for traveling.
I don’t want to worry about drinking too much water while hiking or eating too much at a restaurant, so I like skirts with elastic waists.
This way, it will always be comfortable, so I will always want to wear it, unlike many of my other clothes that I only wear when I have to or when I’m at my ideal weight.
These are still cute and fashionable.
The best travel skirts are so much easier to wear than shorts. They are also more flattering and usually a lot more comfortable.
I still wear mine with tee shirts and layers, just like I would with shorts or jeans.
Wearing a skirt with gym shoes
Typically, I wouldn’t wear a skirt with tennis shoes; however, when traveling and walking so much, it’s often inevitable.
Sure, you could get a more fashionable type of athletic shoe, but mine are not.
While none of these skirts look particularly fantastic with your basic athletic shoe, the skirts that look best with them are the Colorado Clothing Tranquility skirts, the Chaka skirt from Toad & Co., and the Nike Modern Rise Tech Classic Golf Skort.
White skirt, Denim skirt, Maxi skirt
While there are many white skirts, denim skirts, jean skirts, and maxi skirts we love, we didn’t pick them among our favorite travel skirts.
When traveling or even wearing around at home, we don’t want to worry about a white skirt staying clean.
The white skirts we favor are made from cotton which easily wrinkles. It’s not ideal for traveling.
Denim skirts are on trend but aren’t as versatile to wear for hiking and outdoor pursuits. They tend to not be as lightweight as other skirts though they are usually wrinkle-free.
And usually they don’t have the elastic waist we favor.
Maxi skirts can be suitable as a travel skirt, especially for religious attractions and museums, but aren’t as versatile.
It’s easier to wear one of the other shorter skirts multiple times in a week without it looking like you are wearing the same thing repeatedly.
Somehow with maxi skirts, it’s just more obvious.
They also take up more room in the suitcase.
I choose to review Toad & Co.’s skirts because I was looking for organic cotton skirts to build my travel wardrobe.
Also, I was familiar with their eco-friendly practices.
I’ve owned Toad & Co. clothing before, (I have one of their travel dresses that is great) and love them for their eco-friendly principles.
When a company uses organic cotton, you know they are interested in eco issues.
Toad & Co. practices sustainability everywhere they can. Giving back to their communities is important to the company and to their employees.
They compost; use 100% recycled paper products and 100% LED light bulbs; and they purchase Renewable Energy Certificates to offset their energy usage at their three locations.
Their employees are actively involved in community service.
Also, Toad & Co. is a member of the 1% for the Planet community.
My skirts arrived in a package that is 50% post consumer recycled paper with a reminder to recycle, compost or reuse it to return or exchange an item.
The company’s fun spirit shines in it’s note that if you don’t receive a compliment within three wears, you can return it. Ha!
Organic cotton skirts from an eco-friendly company
Toad & Co. offers other travel skirts that I haven’t tried that look very cute, easy-to-wear, and stylish as well.
Here are some of their other skirts made with organic cotton:
Tica skirt – made with 58% organic cotton. This looks like it would flatter most shapes. I should have asked for this to review as well. I think I’d love it. It comes in different stripe patterns… very cute!
Sama Sama – made with 48% organic cotton
Sereena Samba Skort -(I wish I saw this one when I ordered because I would have asked for this to review. Who doesn’t love a great travel skort!?
Choosing a travel skirt
I’m partial to organic cotton clothing, and really love the Chaka and Chachacha travel skirts.
They are great skirts for wearing around town.
I love them and am looking forward to picking one more of each in a different color and print.
If I could only buy just one, for my lifestyle now, I would choose the Chaka over the Chachacha but that is because I do a lot of outings with my children and am dressed more casually.
If I was going to eclectic restaurants with my friends and wanted to wear the skirt with cute boots and layer it with sweaters, etc., I would choose Toad & Co.’s Chachacha skirt.
As it is, I’m happily enjoying wearing both with my sandals and tanks and tees.
Lightweight skirts for travel
Skirts are great for traveling because they’re lightweight, versatile, and take up a small space in your suitcase.
And, if you pick the right travel skirt, you can dress it up and wear it to the theater or dress it down and wear it hiking.
These comfortable, easy to wear items are the perfect carefree look for any getaway.
Some travel skirts are popular because they have amazing pockets. A hidden pocket is great for protection. You can carry a passport, identification, a room key or some emergency cash.
No one will know it’s there. Travel skirts sometimes have more than one pocket. Sometimes they feature an oversize pocket where it’s possible to carry a map or small wallet.
Many skirts have pockets you can zip to deter pickpockets.
Travel skirts make it very easy to carry essential items without calling attention to them.
I was able to change the look easily with a different necklace, shoes or shirt.
Depending on the color you get, they would look excellent with black boots as well. (Only one of the ones I ordered — the teal one — looks good with black boots. The other is lighter, but I knew that before ordering.)
We reached out to Toad & Co. because they are an eco-friendly clothing company.
They sent us two organic cotton skirts which have become my go-to skirts.
I wear them extensively, even after returning from my trip.
Organic cotton clothing is great and easy to wear.
Women’s travel clothing wrinkle free
Travel skirts make a great choice for a number of reasons.
Choosing skirts from the many choices
Whether your style leans toward athletic or fashionista, there’s a perfect skirt for you.
They will serve you well wherever you roam.
I was familiar with Toad & Co. and how they are a very eco-friendly company.
Always on the hunt for stylish and practical organic cotton clothing, I purposely sought out Toad & Co. and asked them to send me these two skirts. I’ve owned their products in the past. The opinions are all my own.