Sure, you could leave your valuables locked in your bag, but when you are away from home losing a credit card or passport, let alone your phone, can ruin your trip.
That is why a good travel jacket (or vest) with hidden pockets can help keep your things secure. That way you can carry all your essentials and not have to worry.
And in this review I will cover the best options travelers have available - those with enough pockets and hidden places to let you focus on the things that matter when you are traveling - enjoying yourself!
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Joey Travel Jacket with Hidden Pockets
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Joey Travel Jacket with Hidden Pockets
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At A Glance: Top 10 Travel Jackets with Hidden Pockets
The Joey Travel Jacket by Global Travel Clothing is one of the most versatile and functional travel jackets out there. This jacket with detachable sleeves can be worn in any weather no matter what the circumstance. This water-resistant and windproof jacket is ideal for both hot and cold climate.
Whether you want to travel light and just carry one jacket to hold everything you own, or you want to carry everything "just in case" you need them, the Joey Travel Jacket has eight well-designed pockets to fit what you need. It doesn't look much on the outside with two zippered pockets on the front and one on the sleeve. However, the inside of the jacket has room for everything else. There are two large pockets roomy enough for a book or an I-Pad and include elastic straps to keep a water bottle in place. There are also a couple of vertical pockets for smaller items and a small hidden pocket to stash emergency cash.
There are two cable loops and cable slots to connect earphones to your device hidden in a pocket with Velcro closure so you can adjust the size of the pocket. The removable hood has a built-in eye mask as well. The sleeves run a little longer than most jackets, so it's highly likely you'll have to bunch up or roll the sleeves.
While it's great to have everything within reach, the SCOTTeVEST Travel Jacket pays special attention to weight management. That way, even if you have all 25 inner and outer pockets full, you won't feel lopsided or bulky. Often an issue with this kind of jacket.
The cotton blend material keeps this jacket light and airy and the Teflon treatment makes it water and stain resistant. It also has detachable sleeves for hotter climate, but it doesn't have a hood. That means you better reserve one of those pockets for a small umbrella in case it rains.
Organization is good with this jacket despite the many compartments. Outside, there are two large chest pockets with hidden zippers at the top. Inside, a pad pocket can hold an iPad or tablets and a special pocket is fitted with RFID blockers to secure against credit card and data theft.
Two large hand-warmer pockets can also hold a water bottle and extendable/detachable key-holder in the right pocket and ZIP-PIP (zippered pocket-in-pocket) to keep items segregated in the left pocket. There are two interior clear touch pockets so you can use touchscreen devices without taking them out, and several smaller pockets for sunglasses, IDs, pens, and travel document.
The BOMBAX Travel Jacket is a pretty nifty jacket. Not only does it carry a lot of stuff in 10 functional pockets, it also has some fun extras to make your travels more comfortable.
There's an outer pocket with a flap and another one with a zip. Inside, there are 10 practical hidden pockets where you can hide a tablet, passport, sunglasses, phone, water bottle, power bank, cash, and even a blanket. Once you've stashed all your valuables, the built-in inflatable neck pillow keeps you comfortable during a long flight. When you step outside into cold weather, the built-in gloves will keep your hands warm and that's one less thing you have to carry around.
The jacket is made of polyester and is water-resistant too. It's a great windbreaker that can protect your jacket and everything inside it from being soaked by rain. So, it's great for cold and windy climates, but it's not made for warmer weather.
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Buying the XY37 Men's Travel Jacket not only gets you a cool and innovative jacket but also helps a group of college students make their dreams come true. It's a project of very innovative and travel-savvy students that resulted in a great travel jacket without a hefty price tag.
There are dedicated pockets for your passport, phone, wallet, tablet, sunglasses, earplugs, pens, smartphone, and a water bottle. The built-in neck pillow is ergonomic and lays flat when not in use. You can inflate it in 2 seconds for a comfortable flight. If you want more portable privacy, the hood has an adjustable eye and face mask. It also has built-in gloves and hand warmers for extra cold weather.
While the pockets definitely hold a lot of things, not all pockets are zippered. Some pockets don't close completely and will risk your items falling out. The jacket is made in China, and the zipper opens on the left side. There is also a bit of inconsistency in the sizing, so make sure you check the measurements before purchasing. On the bright side, the makers include free ear plugs with every purchase!
The jacket is great for cold weather, but it's not waterproof or water-resistant.
The SCOTTeVEST Puffer Jacket is great for cold weather and rainy climates. The quilted nylon down shell keeps travelers warm and the 19 pockets will carry all of your things without the added bulk.
Just like the Travel Jacket, this puffer jacket also features a great weight management system so you don't feel too heavy with full pockets. It has all the pockets and features of the Travel Jacket. One special pocket is called the lumbar pocket so you can stash much bigger items like a magazine or a bigger tablet.
The thick fleece lining is comfortable and warm so you can step out into the cold once winter comes along. This is made with wrinkle-resistant material that maintains the great look and design of the jacket even if it's stored for most of the year. However, it's not easily compressed so it will take some space in storage or if you decide to keep it in your luggage.
Not everyone likes wearing jackets, especially when it is warm enough out. That is why a secure vest with hidden pockets is also worth considering. It can be carried around and used, or not, depending on the weather conditions too.
This vest from AyeGear has been well thought out in more ways than you can imagine. It has pockets enough for everything you are carrying. Including specific ones for your phone and tablet, along with clear plastic so that you can not only read them, but also interact with them! How handy is that.
It's also designed to be taken off at airport security, so if you want to wear it to/from your destination - no problem at all. Just toss it (lightly!) into the security scanner containers, along with any other electronics, etc.
And in terms of weather, it is wind and waterproof, so in many cases with also mean you don't have to carry another jacket.
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Global Travel Clothing did not forget about the ladies! With the women's version of the popular Joey Travel Jacket you also get lots of great options. It's very similar to the male version including detachable sleeves and hood so you can wear it in both cold and warmer climates. It's also machine wash and dryer friendly unlike some travel jackets with plastic pockets or outdated metal RFID blockers.
The jacket has a large configurable pocket that can hold tablets or books. These inside pockets have a configurable divider so you can have a pocket that's the right size for tablets or smaller items. There are two metro card zippered pockets in the lower sleeves that can hold your cards so it's easily accessible while staying secure. There are several other pockets for documents, phone, and water bottle and you can keep all the essentials with you at all times.
All pockets both outside and hidden will fully close. This way, you're sure that none of your items, no matter how small, will accidentally fall out.
The hood also has a built-in eye mask so you can nap and rest anytime and anywhere.
The main issue with this jacket is it's fit. It's designed a bit slimmer and closer to the body than the male version, therefore bulky items like water bottles won't fit comfortably in the jacket. It has a tendency to bulge if you overstuff your pockets.
The Baubax Travel Jacket is a startup hit, crowdsourcing a total of $9.2 million on Kickstarter and $11.5 million on Indiegogo On Demand.
It comes in four styles: windbreaker, sweatshirt, blazer and bomber jacket. Of all the versions, the Bomber jacket is the most well designed, does NOT look like a travel jacket, and will fit any urban or adventure setting. It is heavier than the other styles, but it's thicker and sturdier and will hold up well even in cold climates.
It's built with lots of features and pockets to keep you from having to dig into your bag the whole time. The jacket has nine utility pockets (six of which are hidden), an attached pen stylus, built-in gloves and hand warmers, and a built in neck pillow and eye mask. Yes, it has everything!
Sizes run small for Bomber jackets, so make sure you get the measurements right. The material doesn't stretch, but it's machine washable.
When it comes to travel jackets with hidden pockets, SCOTTeVEST has a wide range of designs and uses. Their Women's Standard Jacket is a no frills travel jacket that helps you carry everything you need.
There are 25 external and hidden pockets meant to house all your gadgets and essentials. There are also dedicated pockets to hold phones, tablets, wallets, keys, accessories, water bottles and sunglasses. Like all SCOTTeVEST products, its Weight Management System is the kicker to avoid bulging and uneven weight distribution.
It's also a versatile jacket with detachable sleeves if you want to convert it to a vest. The material is Teflon coated for water resistance, but the jacket has no hood. It's more suitable for light weather with lots of sun, or just carry a folding umbrella in one of the many pockets.
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For winter travelers, the SCOTTeVEST Women's OTG Jacket will keep you warm and cozy with heavyweight fleece. It's made with 100% Nylon ripstop quilt that is nano-treated for water and stain resistance. Despite the bulk, it's also still machine washable for easy maintenance. It's also wrinkle-free so that you can store it all summer and have it nice ready when winter comes around.
It has 29 pockets for all your gadgets, gizmos, and personal items. There is also one RFID blocking pocket to keep your cards and information secure. You can store as many things as you can fit in it, and still have access to everything without exposing yourself to the cold. Along the zippers are quick access panels that are big enough to hold a laptop. This way, you can grab whatever you need without having to unzip yourself.
The Weight Management System is extra helpful because it keeps you from looking too bulky with an already bulky kind of jacket.
It doesn't come with a hood, so you'll have to bring head gear.
The sizes are a bit small, so you'll have to order up a size. This makes the sleeves a little longer than normal, but it shouldn't be too obtrusive.
The SCOTTeVEST Women's Trench Coat is a great addition to any wardrobe. The classic style is great for any travel but also works for daily wear whether casual or business. With the longer garment than a jacket, the coat's 18 pockets are larger, easier to access, and can hold a lot more items equivalent to a travel purse. While it's still not the best replacement for a bag altogether, it significantly lessens the amount of items you have in your purse or carry-on.
As with all SCOTTeVEST garments, the Weight Management System keeps the coat from being too heavy or bulky. Add to that the sleek lines and the belt and you will have slimming shape even if your pockets are full.
The coat is water and stain-resistant, so you can walk through a downpour and keep yourself and your gadgets dry. The length of the coat also offers more protection than a jacket.
Despite its construction and material, it's still machine washable making it easy to maintain and store. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a hood.
Also, knowing where you put your phone can be a challenge at first because some pockets are too deep and will be more troublesome than convenient.
The main point of finding a jacket with hidden pockets is fitting everything you need inside. More pockets is not necessarily better. Some pockets are too small to be functional. Too many pockets will also just give you a more difficult time looking for what you need. Too few, on the other hand, leaves you with items that have no place in the jacket.
There are some pockets with plastic panels so you can see your phone without taking it out. They are super-handy, but come at a price, If you need to machine wash or toss the jacket in the dryer, this plastic panel can melt. So, be careful.
Also make sure that closures are secure so your items don't accidentally fall out of the jacket. This could just mean a zipper, or similar, but have a think about what you are going to put where, and how secure (in terms of falling out) it is going to be.
The jackets in this review are made from a variety of materials, so it pays to know what you want it to do, in terms or warmth or weather, before you buy it.
Not all travel jackets are water-resistant or waterproof. For example, there are travel jackets made like a sweater, so it will keep you warm but not dry. So, you will need another one to go overtop if it rains (or you can simply use an umbrella)
Waterproof jackets will keep you dry, but can be too hot if you'll be traveling to warmer climates or doing lots of exercise. It pays to be flexible in what you wear when traveling, so keep layering in mind.
A lot jackets have hoods, which can be great against the wind, or to sleep in a plane. But they are not a style everyone likes, as they are quite casual.
Others have built-in features like pillows and eye masks, but can be too bulky when not in use. So, don't overdo it on the features unless you really need them. Find a design that fits your style of travel the best.
If you don't need a hood, then hoodless jackets can still be great option. And bells and whistles are often more hassle than they are worth. Stick with what you need, and focus on the security features that are going to protect your most important possessions.
There are two reasons why you are looking for a travel jacket with lots of pockets: convenience and less baggage fees.
Travel jackets are similar in many ways, but the way these pockets are designed and secured make all the difference. The best lookout when choosing your jacket is how easy it will be for you to get your stuff out of the pockets and, of course, how much protection you can get from the climate.
For men, the Bombax Travel Jacket has everything you need. The built-in pillow and eye mask are great for long-haul flights or emergency naps. It has enough pockets to store your things, and it's weather-resistant to protect you from rain and cold weather. The manly and modern design also makes you look stylish wherever you go.
For women, the Joey Travel Jacket is light, functional, and versatile. It has a hood to protect your head from the rain, and it has ingenious pockets to keep everything you need close to you. It's also very easy to pack thanks to its lightweight material if you decide not to use sometime during your trip.
Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!