Don’t like flying in jeans? Neither do I, which is why I wanted to make a list of the best and most comfortable travel pants you can get. Some of them are probably already in your closet, and others might surprise you.
At A Glance: Our Top Travel Pants for Women
I’ve also found some great travel pants for those of you that need something for traveling on foot, to reach that far away cabin in the wilderness. Or just for exploring nature and hiking trails.
So, jump to the section that interests you the most, and see the best pairs of travel pants for women!
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The Chico pants are a great option if you’re looking for something really soft and comfortable. They are made from acetate and spandex, which make them stretchy and soft. They are a bit like tracksuit pants in the materials, but the overall design can actually pass for normal pants. And these are high-wasted, which on its own makes them look less casual.
The waistband is stretchy, but it is not ruffled at the front. Instead, the tummy area is entirely smooth on the front, with vertical lines that make your stomach look flat, and your torso longer. Yes, these women’s pants will not only be insanely comfortable, but they will also make you look really good.
The sizing is amazing – the pants are available in sizes ranging from XS (0) to XXL (20), with regular, tall, and short-length options. In addition to that, they are also available in a variety of different colors, so I’m sure you will easily find something you really like.
They are ankle-length, so be sure to pick up the right fit for your height. Unfortunately, these don’t have any pockets, and that’s pretty much the only downside to them. They are machine washable though, so keeping them clean is not going to be an issue at all.
And by the way, these pants are wrinkle-free, so you will arrive at your destination looking as put-together as you were when you first entered that airplane. This feature also makes them awesome for packing, since you don’t have to worry about ironing them.
If you’re traveling for work, I think these are definitely the best pants you can get. They are stretchy, soft, and comfortable, but they actually look quite businessy and professional. Especially if you go for the vertical stripe print – pair it with a casual white shirt or jumper, for a very smart outfit.
The other colors are a bit more casual, and a great option if you don’t care too much about looking professional. These pants are straight leg and they will not stick to your skin too much, which ensures that you stay comfortable and not too warm.
In addition to that, the waist is somewhat higher than normal, but it is not as high as on the Chico pants – perfect if you’re not a fan of high-waisted clothing.
The fabric that these pants are made of is wrinkle-resistant and packable, which makes them ideal for traveling. Even when you get to your destination, you will not look as though you’ve been on a tiring, long flight, and that’s really great.
One downside to these is the lack of pockets, which I’m really sad about. Another thing that I don’t like is that there are no length options. The inseam is 31”, and there’s a good chance you’re going to have to get these adjusted if you’re on the shorter side.
Another thing worth noting is that the material is very fluid. The pants are not stiff, and they will move along with your body in a very feminine way.
Harem pants are an excellent choice for all of you that usually dress casually. They allow you to retain some of your personal styles while being insanely comfortable and having great freedom of movement. I would not – I rarely take these off in the summer when it’s not hot enough for shorts, but too hot for jeans.
The Joop Joop pants are lightweight and airy, due to the Rayon fabric they are made of. They don’t stick to your skin, as they are designed to be really loose. However, I’m not sure you will manage to achieve that fit, due to the lack of sizes.
The pants are only available in two sizes – S/M and L/XL. If you are very petite, you will probably find them too large. And if you’re normally a plus size, you might not find them as baggy as they should be.
One thing I really like about them is the variety of colors and prints. They are available in designs that I would wear on a daily basis – if you’re a fan of colorful patterns, I think you will really like them too. Especially because they have pockets.
The waist is stretchy, but the ruffles are concealed in the patterned versions. There are also cuffs around the ankles, which ensures that you can adjust the length of the pants so that they are never too long for you. If you usually like your clothing to stand out and be unique, these harem pants are a great option for you.
The Rekucci Capri pants are an excellent choice for all taller women that want to be stylish. They have that resort look to them – pair them with a patterned blouse or a lightweight shirt, and you will look very sophisticated while being really comfortable.
But to be honest, I would not wear these women’s travel pants myself – I am quite short, and they are not at all flattering for my height and figure. They look insanely good on tall women though, and I’m trying to find something great for everyone.
These travel pants for women are elastic; they have a pull-on waistband with hidden elastic inside. The buttons you see are only decorative, as is the lace in the back. They are available in a variety of different colors and prints, so you should easily find something that suits your personal style.
Keep in mind that the solid colors and patterns are made from different materials; solids are made from nylon, spandex, and rayon, while patterns also have polyester in the mixture. All of these materials are stretchy, comfortable, and feel great against your skin.
The capri pants are mid-rise, so they are pretty stylish in addition to being so comfortable. You can pair them with pretty much anything, and still look really great. And they have pockets, so you will be able to have your phone and wallet handy at all times.
Another thing worth noting is that the size variety of these is pretty good as well – they come in eight different sizes, ranging from a four to an eighteen.
If you’re all about comfort and don’t really care about looking professional or businessy, then you can’t go wrong with classic tracksuit pants. Pair them with a t-shirt and a comfy hoodie, and you will feel almost as good as you do in your favorite PJs.
The Asics tracksuit is made from polyester and spandex, so it’s stretchy but it’s not skinny fitting. It’s rather loose and it won’t stick to your skinny, which I find to be the most comfortable fit for a tracksuit.
In addition to that, there are cuffs around the ankles, which will help keep the tracksuit in place, even if it turns out to be a bit long for you. Which it might, since there are no length options to choose from.
The elastic waistband won’t feel too tight around your tummy, and the drawstring will allow you to adjust the fit however you like. Oh, and this tracksuit has pockets (yes!) ,so you can have some necessities on you during your flight.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot of color variety – you can only get these women’s travel pants in black and tarmac (blue) colors. But at least they are machine washable, so they will be super easy to clean.
Here’s another pair of really comfortable capri pants for travel. They are made from mostly nylon, so they are quite stretchy and lightweight. The elastic band at the waist ensures that the pants won’t cut into your skin, and it eliminates muffin tops! The drawstring on the elastic band allows you to tighten or loosen the waist as much as you want, for the perfect fit.
The sides of the pants are ruched, which is very flattering. And it makes the women’s travel pants seem less casual than they actually are. They are slim fitting but they are not too tight, so they will look good, but also feel really good on long flights.
The North Face capri pants have two open pockets that are pretty deep, and should fit the newer smartphones. They also have a smaller zippered pocket on the right side, which is great as a money pocket – the zipper is barely noticeable, so it’s safe from pickpockets.
These pants are actually a great option for adventure travel as well, because their exterior wicks away moisture. They are also quick-drying, which is great for exploring in rainy weather. But I would not recommend them for really rugged terrain because of the length, unless you want to come home with scratches and cuts all over your calves.
If you want a pair of pants for women that are really comfortable but also rugged enough that you can wear them while exploring the outdoors, I think these are a really good option.
The Saturday Trail Pants by Columbia are an excellent option for adventure travel. They are made from lightweight material, which is stretchy enough so that the pants don’t feel too tight. The Active fit means that they are not too skinny in the calves, and that you will be able to move around freely when wearing them.
The material is both water and stain resistant, which is perfect for the outdoors. It is actually Omni-Shield – Columbia’s proprietary technology that wicks away moisture and dries very quickly. It will protect your legs from any debris on the trails, as well as any nasty bug bites. But you can also roll up the legs when you feel like it.
One thing I really like about these Columbia adventure travel pants is the amount of color and size variety. They are available in three lengths (regular, short, long), and sizes ranging from 2-22. You can also choose from 13 colors, which are admittedly a bit boring – with the exception of the awesome camo print pants.
If you like carrying items on you, you will just love these women’s travel pants. They have a lot of pockets, both in the front and in the back. Some of them are open and others are not, but all in all there’s definitely enough space in your pants for all the items you would like to have handy while you’re exploring.
The waist on these is semi-elastic, and it’s the only part of them that might feel a little bit tight. If you’re between sizes, I recommend you go for the larger size, in order to get the most comfortable fit.
The Prana Halle travel pants are a great option if you need really durable outdoor pants that are relaxed fitting. They are made from Stretch Zion, which is a stretchy material that has water repelling and quick drying properties.
These pants are convertible, meaning that you can easily roll up the leg and turn them into capris should it get too hot. I wouldn’t recommend doing this on more difficult hiking trails, but it’s actually perfect if you need to walk through a body of water.
The size variety of these hiking pants is amazing – there are sizes ranging from 0 to 18, and you can choose from regular, short and tall lengths. It should be easy enough to get a pair that fits you just right. There is detailed information about the sizes on Amazon – inseam length, size charts etc. Be sure to check that out before you actually buy a pair.
One downside to the Prana Halle travel pants for women is that they are not machine washable – you will need to hand wash these, and that really is a shame. And be sure to check out which pants are the cheapest in your size – pretty much every color/size combination has a different price tag, and that’s not great.
They have pockets in the front and in the back, as well as a hidden zippered pocket on the front leg. The last one is pretty deep, and it should be large enough to fit your phone and some cash.
These travel pants are also quite versatile, because of the bi-stretch material and minimalistic design. You can easily wear them on a plane and still be just as comfortable as you would in a tracksuit.
The thing that immediately drew me to these travel pants is the fact that they have 11 pockets. Ladies, I’m sure you’ll all aware just how much we need to struggle to get decent clothing that has real pockets, especially dresses and skirts. Or even jeans with real pockets – how many times did you pick up a pair, only to see that the pockets on them are fake?
So, if you like pockets as much as I do, then you will love these travel pants. With a total of 11 pockets, you can easily pack all your on-the-go necessities in these, and have everything you need on you. Just don’t put anything too heavy in the pants, since they have an elastic waist which won’t stay in place if you overpack them.
But that also means that the waist is comfortable and stretchy and that you won’t have any muffin top issues. The Margaux travel pants tend to run large, so if you’re between sizes I recommend you go a size down. They are pretty relaxed and stretchy all around, so there’s very little chance they will be too small for you.
Another thing I love about these are the ankle ties. Even if they are too long, you can easily secure them in place, so that the cuffs don’t drag on the ground. And you might need to do this, since you can’t really choose a length for the women’s travel pants.
They are made from a mixture of cotton, polyester and spandex, so they are very comfortable overall. They are also wrinkle-resistant, but unfortunately not water or stain resistant.
These Columbia adventure travel pants are a really good option if you want something casual but durable. They are awesome for rugged hiking trails, because they are made from water repellant and quick drying material. In addition to that, the material also blocks UVA and UVB rays, ensuring that you are protected from the sun at all times.
The short inseam is 30” and the regular inseam is 32”, so at least you have some length options. And there is lots more size options, since these travel pants for women come in sizes ranging from 2 to 16. Just keep in mind that these are boot cut; if they are too long for you, the excess material will drag on the ground.
The pants are stretchy, and they are bit tighter in the thighs. The waistband is also elastic with a drawstring, so you will easily make it fit you just right. But, the pants also have a zipper and a snap, so they’re not exactly pull on.
There are only three pockets on these pants; two in the front and one in the back. One downside of these travel pants is that they are not convertible – you’re stuck with the length you get.
Overall, these pants are an excellent option for all of you that are looking for something comfortable and rugged. They are amazing for the outdoors, but also comfortable enough that you will want to wear them more frequently.
To be honest, the first thing that popped into my mind when I thought of travel pants were leggings. But, since leggings are not pants (and they never will be), I wasn’t completely sure that they fall into this category. So, they’re a bonus mention – an article of clothing that you most likely already have in your closet and that you know you feel comfortable in.
They are soft, stretchy, they won’t get wrinkled and they will keep you feeling comfortable all day. Leggings won’t cut into your skin, and you can get them in any color or print you want.
Now, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing these with a plain, short t-shirt, it’s okay – neither do I. That’s why I usually pair them with an oversized hoodie, a really long sweater, or a t-shirt dress with high slits, depending on the temperature outside. These clothes will be comfortable, and they will cover up your bum, so you won’t feel too self-conscious about wearing leggings.
Long-haul flights are one of the few occasions in which it is totally acceptable to forget about your personal style and just focus on being comfortable. But, the be perfectly honest, it’s not really socially acceptable to board a plane wearing pyjamas, which I find to be the most comfortable clothing ever created.
So, I’ve tried to find pants that are going to be almost as comfortable as your favorite PJs. Some of them will be slightly more functional than others (will have pockets), so just try and find something that is suitable for you.
You should also look for something that is not going to cut into your skin in any area or feel tight. Something in which you can move around freely, and sit however you want.
If you’re going on a more rugged trip that is going to include hiking or walking to get to your destination, you can’t really go with yoga pants. So, I’ve also dug up some awesome outdoor travel pants, which are designed to brush off any obstacles on the path.
I am talking about durable and water-resistant pants, which will not get torn if you scratch them on a rock or get attacked by wild branches. Hiking pants that have plenty of deep pockets for all the items you need handy while you are hiking through the wilderness, and that feels lightweight and comfortable against your skin.
You will find these in the latter section of the review. I did not find as many great pants for adventure travel as I did for comfy flights, but I think you will find that the pairs I’ve featured in this review perform remarkably well and are up to your standards.
You need to consider where you will be landing, and what the weather is going to be like once you get off the plane. Maybe it’s freezing in your country at the moment, but you’re traveling somewhere sunny and warm – do not go for a fleece-lined tracksuit. You will regret that decision the moment you get off the plane and start sweating.
Instead, go for materials that are suitable for the weather in your destination. If you’re going somewhere where it’s really warm, go for light and airy materials. Harem pants are generally a really great choice for hot weather since they don’t stick to your skin.
Yoga pants are also an option because they are very thin. But they are going to be a bit warmer than harem pants.
If you’re traveling to a place where it is cold, tracksuits are usually going to be your best friends. They are thicker than yoga pants, and some of them are lined with fleece, which is going to keep you warm.
Can’t decide on a single pair of travel pants? No problem – pick up one of our top choices and you definitely won’t be disappointed!
I’m a bit biased here, so I have to recommend the Joop Joop Harem pants as the most comfortable option for long flights. They are very loose, so they won’t annoy you or feel tight in any area. The Rayon material these are made from is lightweight and airy, so it really won’t feel like you’re wearing roper pants – perfect for the summer heat.
And they are available in a lot of cute colors and prints, so you can still showcase your personal style! Oh, and the pants have a couple of pockets, which are just large enough for your phone and wallet.
If you’re an explorer and you need travel pants that you can wear on some really rugged trails, I recommend the Columbia Saturday Trail pants. They are made from water repellent and quick-drying material, so you will feel comfortable in them regardless of the weather outside.
The pants are convertible, meaning that you can turn them into capris if you want – perfect for hot summer days or cooling your feet in the lake. They also have several pockets, so you will be able to have some necessities on you at all times.
The North Face Aphrodite capri pants are one of my favorite versatile options. They are soft and stretchy enough that you can wear them on a really long flight and feel really comfortable.
But they are also made from moisture-wicking and quick-drying material, which is great for going outside and exploring. The length makes them an excellent option for hot summer days, as long as you’re not going too far off the beaten path – you don’t want to encounter a rattlesnake or a swarm of mosquitoes wearing capri pants.
Head over to Amazon to see the prices of all of these pants, and to check if they are available in your size. Keep in mind that all of the travel pants I’ve shown you in this review are rated very highly, and all of them are up to my really high standards.
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