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17 Best Travel Dresses for Women (With Pockets!)

Written by Becca

Updated on May 7th, 2024

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I figured out the best dresses for travel, and they’re a mix of cute and versatile styles with wrinkle-resistant fabrics and even pockets. See the list here.

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Best Travel Dresses

Bluffworks Threshold T-Shirt Dress

  • Free Fly Women’s Breeze Dress

Quince 100% European Linen Sleeveless Swing Dress

Public Rec Go-To Tank Dress

Bluffworks Threshold Tie Waist T-Shirt Dress

  • Free Fly Bamboo Heritage Midi Dress

Aviator Chambray Travel Dress

  • Icebreaker Women’s Merino Granary Sleeveless Dress

Quince Cotton Tiered Maxi Dress

Athleta Elation V-Neck Dress

Toad & Co. Grom Tank Dress

  • Patagonia Regenerative Organic Certified™ Cotton Essential Dress

tentree Arden Dress

prAna Jewel Lake Summer Dress

KUHL Vantage Dress

REI Co-op Trailmade Dress

Peruvian Connection Le Marais Dress

For me, it’s always been a challenge to pack a bag and choose just one or two dresses that will be versatile enough to wear in different types of weather and various occasions for a single trip.

In fact, one thing I never let myself do was explore the different types of cool travel dresses out there, for women on the go. I’ve always packed a patterned maxi dress, layered it with a jean jacket, and called it a day. But I could be doing better!

I’ve learned that there are travel dresses out there made by great brands that have invented fabrics that zap moisture and sweat, minimize odors (who doesn’t get stinky on a plane?) and come with pockets .

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In the list that follows, I’ve picked a few of the best dresses on the market for women travelers, so that you don’t have to do the work! Let’s dig in.

Bluffworks Threshold T-Shirt Dress

If there was ever a T-shirt dress that really rocked my world, it’s this new one from Bluffworks , the brand that builds great travel clothes for women. In the past, I’ve found T-shirt dresses to hit the wrong places on my body, but this one is both flattering and comfy. Plus, it has hidden POCKETS!

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The Threshold T-shirt Dress is made from the Bluffworks proprietary Threshold fabric (I also have the Threshold tee). It works well on travel days.

My favorite part of the T-shirt dress is that it comes in petite sizing and I actually feel great in it. Regular dresses often hit my legs too far down and look like I am drowning. This dress comes in regular sizes by default, and if you’re short like I am, opt for petite sizes!

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I think this T-shirt travel dress is priced pretty affordably for all the versatility it provides. I could wear it from spring to fall, layered with scarves, cardigans or tights and boots for cool nights on a trip. In these photos, I’m wearing it with my Troubadour Momentum backpack .

Check out this stylish dress to wear on an upcoming trip!

Free Fly Women’s Breeze Dress

If you’re taking a warm-weather trip that’s bound to get you into humidity, try out the Free Fly Women’s Breeze Dress . I own it in Baltic Amber and in size XS, and the feel of it is like nothing I’ve ever had in my closet before. It’s bouncy and soft on my torso and legs. Note: while the Heritage Midi Dress from Free Fly fits me great in the torso, this one is a bit big and looser.

This dress folds up small in a packing cube, and is made of a special material blend that’s meant to handle heat and humidity like a breeze . The best feature I found is the hidden zipper pocket in the right-side slash pocket. I use this for tiny things like coins or a key.

Is Free Fly worth it? See my Free Fly product experience review .

Free Fly Women's Breeze Dress

Embrace the breeze in this lightweight dress that handles heat and humidity.

Quince 100% European Linen Sleeveless Swing Dress

Everything from Quince has been so affordable, in my experience. I tried the Quince 100% European Linen Sleeveless Swing Dress and absolutely loved the classic summer style.

The only thing about it to gripe about is that the buttons are a little hard to open, when you first get it. I opened one, and got it over my head, and then I kept that button open. I really like the colors that this dress comes in, and I chose Olive. The two pockets on thes sides are perfect for sliding my hands into, and they are functional during travel.

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I like the timeless chic style of this travel dress, and the side pockets.

Public Rec Go-To Tank Dress

I’m so glad that Public Rec has come out with some dresses! The cousin of the Public Rec Go-To Dress , the Go-To Tank Dress is a nice travel staple with a funky open back for style. It has a flirty fit and a top half that reminds me of the Public Rec muscle tank that I enjoy wearing as a travel shirt.

With a blend of Pima cotton (which I first discovered in the Public Rec Essential Tee ) and spandex, it’s an athletic fit and the material is durable. This one is great for travel in pretty hot temperatures and could be paired with my Public Rec Adapt Belt Bag .

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My tip about sizing: Public Rec typically runs “true to size,” in my experience, with their products like the Essential Tee, Luxe Fleece collection and joggers. The Go-To Tank Dress runs a bit wider than I’d like, so I have some fabric gaps at the side that will probably make this dress less of a “go” for me. Keep this in mind about your build if you like this dress, because it’s good for larger-chested women (proportionally) as well as women who might feel like they have more of a standard (non-petite) body type.

Keep it simple with the Public Rec Go-To Tank Dress, a chic travel dress.

Bluffworks Threshold Tie Waist T-Shirt Dress

The Threshold Tie-Waist T-Shirt Dress is the second travel dress from Bluffworks. It has a flattering look that is not too tight, and originally the tie-waist scared me off, but it works out really well. It can be worn in the front (my preference), or even the back. Check out the photos here of me modeling the six usable pockets.

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At an affordable price point for the quality you get with Bluffworks, I think this one’s an easy decision. This type of dress can be totally casual for a day to day while traveling, and would look nice as a base layer for more business casual outfits if you have that use during your trip.

This one differs from the Bluffworks original T-shirt dress because it has the nice touch of cuffed sleeves, and I like this a lot. One of the biggest benefits is that this tie-waist style is a classic, so if you put your budget toward a dress like this, it’ll last for years.

See why this travel dress makes a great wardrobe staple.

Free Fly Bamboo Heritage Midi Dress

I slid this Free Fly dress on when I got it. It’s called a “midi” dress because it is supposed to fall at the mid-calf, but for me, at 5’2,” the hemline falls at my ankles in size XS. Keep this in mind! I actually really like that the bamboo viscose fabric feels a little heavier than other dresses I’ve worn, becuase it doesn’t show underwear lines and I appreciate this.

The Heritage Midi Dress has UPF 50+ sun protection, and it is fitted at the top with a natural flow throughout the rest of the body. I like the flattering scoop neck and the hand pockets at the waist! It looks good with a jean jacket when I put on a layer for cooler evenings on a vacation.

To see more products from Free Fly, check out my list of the best women’s travel shorts and you’ll find some recommendations there.

Free Fly Women's Bamboo Heritage Midi Dress

A breezy and comfortable cotton-bamboo viscose dress with a scoop neck.

Aviator Chambray Travel Dress

This long-sleeve denim-look travel dress from Aviator is a new one of my travel finds. It’s a sturdy chambray and I can dress it up with sandals in spring or boots in the fall. What stands out to me about this dress is of course, the pockets, which even have Aviator’s signature YKK zippers.

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This chambray dress has a waist tie for closure and flattery. For my Aviator dress, I took Aviator up on their FREE tailoring, and had it taken in at the shoulders and at the length because I’m petite. Now it fits great! Most women say it fits between “to size” and “on the big side.” So, you might want to size down.

I prefer to wear it with the sleeves folded up, as I’m not one for the long-sleeve look. For more photos, see my detailed Aviator Chambray Travel Dress review . My tip : This dress is currently being discontinued and is on “dead stock” only, so it’s discounted on Aviator’s website ! Most sizes are available, but note that it is Final Sale .

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Try out Aviator's newest travel product for women during your next trip.

Icebreaker Women’s Merino Granary Sleeveless Dress

I learned about the Icebreaker brand because Dan really likes his Icebreaker merino wool crew sweatshirt . I was glad to find out that Icebreaker makes great women’s apparel in their signature merino wool blend.

Merino wool is one of the best materials for travel, because it’s soft and strong, as well as lightweight and fine. The Granary Sleeveless Dress is 100% merino wool and is a minimalist travel dress with a subtle cap sleeve and a modest knee length.

A dress like this would be good if you plan to take a trip that involves some sightseeing that requires modest dress, like religious temples or sacred places — think Israel or Sri Lanka .

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As for fit, it runs pretty long and overall, I think Icebreaker runs big in women’s sizes. If you are a pretty standard build and average height, you still might want to size down . I have Icebreaker’s merino tee for women, and that runs big, too. Check out my photos for a close-up on the fabric and for how small it folds up in your luggage!

Icebreaker Women's Merino Granary Sleeveless Dress

Stay cool and comfortable with the Icebreaker Women's Merino Granary Sleeveless Dress, a versatile piece for any wardrobe.

Quince Cotton Tiered Maxi Dress

I have my eye on the Quince Cotton Tiered Maxi Dress for travel because this is the dress I want to wear in a photo. Imagine wearing this dress on a gorgeous beach, or in a beautiful city somewhere in the world. It’ll make a photo to remember.

Quince products have unbeatable prices and I’ve heard this dress called the “Anthropologie dupe.” It’s timeless, and modest: perfect for going out to dinner or being on a river cruise at sunset. Plus, if it wrinkles in luggage, no one will be able to tell because of all the fabric layers.

Travel in style with Quince's #1 best-selling travel dress.

Athleta Elation V-Neck Dress

I became familiar with Athleta via my Athleta leggings with pockets that I mention in my list of the best travel pants for women . They make dresses, too! The Elation V-Neck Hybrid Dress is a pretty and flattering summery dress that I can’t stop looking at because it’s so breezy and easy.

It’s an ultralightweight dress made of polyester and spandex that comes in inclusive sizes of XS to 3XL! It’s fitted at the torso and then flares out for keeping you cool.

Embrace comfort and elegance with the Athleta Elation V-Neck Dress, perfect for casual outings or dressier occasions.

Toad & Co. Grom Tank Dress

This super casual v-neck dress from the brand Toad & Co. comes in both solids and stripes, and has hand pockets to boot! I’ll pair this one with sneakers or sandals for sure because it has a cool T-shirt vibe to it.

It’s made of hemp and organic cotton, so it dries fast, controls odors and is lightweight, making it a simple option to roll up into a packing cube for a tropical trip.

As a bonus, like with other products from Toad & Co., you can often find a few of the colors on sale at any given time.

Bask in the summer sun with the Toad & Co. Grom Tank Dress, your ultimate casual style statement.

Patagonia Regenerative Organic Certified™ Cotton Essential Dress

This long-sleeve casual dress from Patagonia caught my eye because it is super chill. And of course, I had to search for if it has pockets: it does! It has a totally relaxed fit, so think of pairing it with walking sneakers and a baseball cap. You could also wear it with leggings and boots in winter or fall.

As for specifics, this Patagonia travel dress is Fair Trade Certified™, and made from 100% Regenerative Organic Certified™ cotton. It has raglan-style sleeves, two slit pockets and that “Retro Fitz Roy Patagonia logo” that every traveler wants on their chest. What’s not to love?

Patagonia Cotton Essential Dress

This laid-back long-sleeve dress for chilled-out travelers has pockets and a cozy vibe.

tentree Arden Dress

The Arden Dress from tentree has pockets — can you believe it? This travel dress is a blend of Lyocell, recycled polyester and organic cotton that has a two-way stretch knit. For now, it comes in the “core color” of Meteorite Black.

I like the gathered neck, hand pockets, elastic gathered waist and sleeveless look. I’d wear this one in Central America or Southeast Asia, or a summer in Europe. This dress is specifically meant for summer, and for keeping you cool with the gentle fabric. Lastly, it’s easily machine washable.

Embrace comfort and sustainability with the tentree Arden Dress, crafted from recycled fabrics.

prAna Jewel Lake Summer Dress

prAna’s cool high-neck flare dress is stretchy with a detailed back. It’s the only one of its kind, in this entire list of travel dresses!

There are pockets in this travel dress, too (two hand slit pockets at the hips). It has a built-in shelf bra (with removable pads), so that you don’t need to wear one if you don’t need to! I also think it’s an ideal day-to-night dress to bring on a warm and tropical trip. In the black color, you could even dress it up a whole bit more.

This high-neck relaxed dress is made for warm-weather holiday breaks.

KUHL Vantage Dress

KUHL is an adventure and outdoors brand, so I was glad to see they have a dress available for women travelers. The Vantage dress comes in four bold colors, and is sized XS-XL.

As all KUHL products are created for being on the go and being active, the dress has moisture management, odor resistance, sun protection at UPF 50+ and a four-way fabric stretch. There are pockets right below the elastic waist!

This travel dress is fairly casual, so if your trip is active (I probably wouldn’t wear this dress for biking or climbing) like if you’re camping, doing a lot of walking or going on an easy hike, pack this dress in your bag.

Dress to impress with the KUHL Vantage Dress, a versatile piece that combines comfort with contemporary fashion.

REI Co-op Trailmade Dress

Zipper pocket alert: the REI Co-op Trailmade Dress has one, for three pockets in total. It’s a dress that was actually designed for women who love to hike and be outdoors, with UPF 50+ sun protection.

As for the fabric, the REI Trailmade Dress is made of a lightweight nylon/spandex blend with 2-way stretch. It’s quick-drying and moisture-wicking, making it the ultimate dress for “roughing it.”

REI makes a point that this dress is geared toward women of all sizes, as it comes in sizes XS to 3XL.

Travel in style and comfort with the REI Co-op Trailmade Dress, perfect for all types of trips.

Peruvian Connection Le Marais Dress

Probably the most elegant dress in the list, this summery travel dress has a beautifully flattering neckline and a flare hem that will look pretty in photos. It’s a blend of pima cotton and spandex, so it has a slight stretch in its softness. It’s perfect as a go-anywhere dress that’ll pack up into a compression cube and be ready to go.

Peruvian Connection is a company founded from the love of Peruvian textiles, evolving into a global company. The brand’s mission is to support Andean artisans with luxurious fibers and to provide well-paying job opportunities locally.

Travel elegantly in this timeless dress with pockets

Why should you trust me?

I’ve been traveling on my own since 2009, and I know what makes a good piece of clothing to have in my suitcase!

I’ve been through items that have broken or ripped during trips, as well as clothes that have shown sweat, haven’t washed easily and haven’t stood the test of time.

The garments I recommend in this list are clothes I have personally tested already, or ones I plan to wear, and I’m happy with how they look and how they feel.

Also, the brands listed are ones from which I already own other travel clothes (check out my list of the best women’s pants for travel , as well as the best women’s shirts for travel ).

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There’s nothing like a simple dress to give you effortless travel style . Travel dresses are comfortable, especially in the summer heat, and provide versatility for layering and making multiple outfits.

Plus, sometimes us female travelers want to look sexy, feminine and flirty!

The best dresses for travel are multipurpose , should dress up and down easily, and hopefully consist of special fabrics that wrinkle less, smell less, and wear out less. With the right accessories, dresses on our packing list work in many climates and for many travel activities.

Here are our picks for the best travel dresses .

Best Basic Dresses for Travelers

Wool& sierra tank dress.

Wool& Sierra Merino wool tank dress

This sleeveless, A-line silhouette dress is the perfect transitional piece. The wool& Sierra Tank Dress has patch pockets (pockets!!!) and a crew neckline to give it an elevated look that can work for any destination from the beach to the city. 

Not only is wool&’s signature Merino wool odor-resistant, breathable, and temperature-regulating, but it also stays wrinkle-free which means you can wear it all day and look amazing. It’s also quick drying, so even if it does need a wash, you can easily wash it in your hotel’s hand basin and it will be ready to wear the next day!

At HPL we are huge fans of wool& and our readers feel the same way. This particular dress was recommended to us by an HPL reader who loves it because it is so versatile (she even knows people who have worn it on the Camino Trail ). Another wool& dress she recommends is the Chloe Dress which she is using to do the 30 Day Challenge where you wear the same wool& dress for 30 days straight.

  • BUY: Wool& Sierra Tank Dress

SCOTTeVEST Daisy Dress

Bamboo fabric travel dress with eight pockets by Scottevest

This unassuming design is not only stylish and comfortable, but it is also super functional. The SCOTTeVEST Daisy Dress has no less than eight (yes eight!) strategically placed pockets that you can actually use. Some of them are hidden (great theft-proof clothing options ) and some of them are zippered which is perfect for keeping all your essentials safe if you want to go handbag free .

The bamboo mix fabric is soft and breathable, designed to help regulate your body temperature, keeping you cool and comfortable during your travel days. It’s also wrinkle and odor-resistant making it perfect for multiple wears on your trip.

  • BUY: SCOTTeVEST Daisy Dress

Toad&Co Marley Tiered Short Sleeve Dress

Short sleeve black travel dress with pockets by Marley

At first glance, the Marley Tiered Short Sleeve Dress by Toad&Co looks like a simple T-shirt dress, but in reality, it’s so much more. First off, the simple design is perfect for a casual look and travel days (how about being part of a plane outfit ), and then it shows a bit of playfulness with the swing silhouette.

In addition, the breathable, travel-friendly fabric makes it quick-drying, moisture-wicking, and odor-controlling. Oh, and did we mention that this dress has hidden pockets? Holla. If there’s anything that makes a girl happy, it would be a travel dress with pockets … am I right?

  • BUY: Marley Tiered Short Sleeve Dress

Smitten Merino Tilly Dress

Smitten Merino Tilly Dress

If you are looking for something super comfortable that can take you straight from long travel days to sightseeing then this is the perfect dress for you! The Smitten Merino Tilly Dress is an A-line Merino wool dress with a square shape and oversized fit. Wear it loose and flowy or add a belt at the waist.

Made in Australia, this dress is the perfect dress for summer and was recommended to us by an HPL reader who loves it because it travels brilliantly – it’s lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying, machine-washable, and takes up little room. Plus, she received outstanding customer service from Smitten Merino.

Other Smitten Merino dresses this reader recommends are the Tiffany Dress and the Ellie Dress (she loved this one so much she bought two of them!).

  • BUY: Smitten Merino TIlly Dress

Travel Maxi Dress

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The simple maxi dress offers the traveler an extremely versatile wardrobe option. Given the length, this dress provides coverage for more conservative trips (with an extra wrap on top) while also staying flowy and light for warm, beachy adventures. 

Best of all, it’s casual, but also has the capability of being sleek and classy while at the same time being one of the most comfortable travel dresses.

Mariah mentioned that a black maxi dress is her one little thing she can’t travel without for the following reasons:

“It’s comfortable, and black goes with everything! The length is perfect for visiting more conservative countries as well as entering cathedrals. As an added bonus I don’t have to worry about shaving my legs! It’s also my favorite outfit to wear for those long days of traveling spent on buses or planes. I’ve slept overnight in airports wearing my maxi dress and it’s almost like having a built-in blanket keeping me warm.“

She goes on:

“The best thing about my maxi dress is not having to worry if it’s going to fit. With a few colored cardigans and cute jewelry, the options for outfits are numerous and I can tailor it to my activities. I’ve worn my maxi dress on the beach and out to dinner and it’s perfect for both occasions.”
  • BUY: Look for maxi dresses on Amazon , at Target , or even at your REI and travel clothing shops.

The LBD – Little Black (Travel) Dress

little black dress for travel

A little black travel dress is a staple in your home wardrobe, so why not in your travel wardrobe? The perfect LBD can be worn in almost every travel situation (that’s not super active) and dressed up for more special occasions. Your LBD can even be a black maxi dress!

Andi Perullo mentioned that a little black dress is her one little thing she can’t travel without:

“An LBD can take me trekking in tropical rainforests to painting the town red at night. It is comfortable and at the same time chic! Black is slimming, it goes with everything in your wardrobe, and it photographs really well. It takes up next to no space. Plus, since it can be worn during the day and at night, you can eliminate other items of clothing.”

Now the optimal little black dress will contain some extra travel-specific features (quick-drying material, for example — see the best dress for business travelers below), but even my simple $25 find from H&M worked wonders on a cruise. It’s no wonder the LBD is one of so many travelers’ top picks.

Eddie Bauer Easy Tank Dress

Black tank dress for backpacking by Eddie Bauer

The Eddie Bauer Easy Tank Dress is the ultimate traveler. The relaxed fit of this dress makes it perfect for travel days but it is also a very flattering style making it perfect for a day spent exploring or a night out when you want to look your best.

This tank dress combines four-way stretch mobility fabric making it comfy and easy to wear. It also uses moisture-wicking technology and built-in sun protection to make this dress a smart choice for warm weather destinations or crowded public transport. 

It is also quick drying which is a huge plus because you’ll definitely want to wear this one multiple times on your trip.

  • BUY: Eddie Bauer Easy Tank Dress

Convertible Travel Dress Picks

Season the pepper dress.

Different ways to wear this silk travel dress (Pepper Dress)

The Pepper Dress is sure to spruce up your travel wardrobe . This 100% silk, low-waste, and eco-friendly garment can be worn in over ten different ways!

This lightweight layering piece is perfect for all climates and can be worn at a variety of different lengths. This one piece can take you from day to night and can be dressed up or down to suit your needs.

In addition to being versatile, the lightweight silk fabric is odor-resistant and perfect for throwing into a backpack and toted off to the next adventure.

  • BUY: Season The Pepper Dress

Encircled Chrysalis Cardi

The Encircled Chrysalis Cardi - convertible scarf, cardigan, and dress

It may not have dress in the name, but let me assure you that the Chrysalis Cardi transforms into one glorious dress (or should I say dresses). At its core, this soft modal, wearable garment serves as an infinity scarf but it can transform into eight completely different styling options from a strapless dress for hot, sunny days to a modest cover-up for visiting temples.

With a couple of strategically placed snaps, the scarf transforms into a cardigan, and further into a gorgeous dress.

Caroline documented her love of the Chrysalis Cardi early on, and I also have enjoyed having this convertible travel dress on my packing list . Caroline says:

“As with all multi-wear products, you may like one look over others and for me, the scarf and dress looks suit me best. I love the Grecian inspired dress for nights out as well as bundling up in the scarf to keep warm in winter . It’s also easy to accessorize and comes in a handful of colors.”
  • BUY: Encircled Chrysalis Cardi

Encircled Sleeveless Revolve Dress

Black travel dress can be worn as either a dress or a top - encircled sleeveless revolve dress

By the same company as the Chrysalis Cardi, the Revolve Dress offers up versatility in a much simpler design. In the original post, we linked to the Revolve dress with sleeves, which is no longer available. However, the sleeveless version is just as versatile and great for warmer days (or layered up for colder ones).

This convertible travel dress works as a tunic dress or as a top, plus it can be flipped backward for a different neckline. It can be worn in six different ways, giving you six different outfit options in one, and is made of the same soft modal as the Chrysalis Cardi. The Revolve dress design was updated in April 2023.

Caroline reviewed the original Revolve dress saying:

“I can imagine packing this item for my next cold weather trip . Not only is it extremely comfortable and lightweight, it can be worn so many ways and add layers. It would make for an ideal plane outfit .
“. . .I found this garment to be much easier to wear in the different styles than the Chrysalis Cardi, which took a bit of learning and YouTube watching on my end. This dress is fairly straightforward and requires little instruction. You just put on and go!”
  • BUY: Encircled Sleeveless Revolve Dress

Ever by X Dress

Ever by X convertible travel dress

Ever by X makes only one dress, that’s how versatile it is! It can be worn in eight unique ways all year round. They refer to it as a “multi-wear essential taking you from chic day to elegant event.” We like the sound of that!

Made ethically and sustainably in Sydney, this dress comes in a wide range of colors and is machine washable, quick-drying, and wrinkle-resistant. Plus, it packs small.

This dress is a recommendation from an HPL reader who raved about the amazing customer service she received from the brand and loved the dress so much that she bought it in two different colors. As a bonus, she always receives compliments when wearing them.

  • BUY: Ever by X Dress

Infinity Wrap Dress

infinity wrap dress

It was one of the first articles I put on Her Packing List, and over 10 years later, it’s still a viable convertible travel dress option. While it might not be the style of skirt/dress you prefer, the infinity wrap dress is very suitable for beachy and tropical getaways.

Plus the multiple patterns, and the layers themselves, make this skirt/dress literally have 100 ways to wear. It works over bathing suits, it works while sightseeing, and it definitely works while getting dolled up for date night.

  • BUY: Sari Infinity Wrap Dress

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Reversible Dresses for Travel

Helene clarkson 4-way reversible dress.

Travel dress with reversible neckline and print by Helene Clarkson

You get four dresses in one with Helene Clarkson’s Reversible Travel Dress. This dress has two patterns, a charming floral print or a serene sky hue, and two different neck options, a flattering V-neck or a classic boat neck. 

The drawstring waist makes this dress incredibly easy to wear and not only looks great but can be worn for all occasions, from casual outings to special events. As a bonus, this soft and stretchy material is also wrinkle-resistant.

  • BUY: Helene Clarkson 4-Way Reversible Dress

Diane Kroe Reversible Resort Dress

Reversible travel dress worn as a halter dress and as a skirt, Diane Kroe reversible resort dress

Not only is this dress reversible, which means an instant two-in-one look, but it can be worn both as a skirt and as a dress which means even more outfit options to keep your travel wardrobe looking fresh and fun. 

In fact, the Diane Kroe Reversible Resort Dress can be worn in 22 different ways!

This lightweight dress is made from Diane Kroe’s Venezia travel fabric which is a high-quality poly/spandex blend. This is very similar to your yoga, workout, and swimwear, only with a lightweight, silky-soft finish. It is quick to dry, wrinkle-free, and durable.

  • BUY: Diane Kroe Reversible Resort Dress

Wool& Summer Midi Dress

Wool& Summer midi reversible dress

This semi-fitted, sleeveless merino wool dress can be worn either as a crew neck or as a v-neck. Both of which look effortless. For even more styling options, this dress comes with a fabric belt for either a fitted or loose look.

This simple silhouette hits just below the knee for an easy, everyday style.

The wool& Summer Midi Dress was recommended to us by an HPL reader who loved that she could style many looks with one dress.

  • BUY: Wool& Summer Midi Dress

Tribal Reversible A-Line Dress

Reversible A-line travel dress by Tribal

Double the options in your wardrobe with this versatile piece! This bonded knit dress is solid black on the one side which is perfect for days spent exploring and travel days or it can be easily dressed up for a night out. On the other side, it transforms into a stunning tropical print, perfect for a beach destination.

The Tribal Reversible A-Line Dress is made from a rayon/spandex blend, is sleeveless (perfect for hot island getaways), and has pockets! Does it get better than that?

  • BUY: Reversible A-Line Dress

Encircled The Everyday Sleeveless Dress

Encircled The Everyday Sleeveless Dress

The A-line, mid-length Everyday Sleeveless Dress from Encircled is super versatile thanks to the reversible neckline (meaning two neckline options in one). It also comes with a removable belt giving you even more stylish options. Cinch the dress in at the waist or leave it loose and flowing depending on the occasion. And to make this dress even better, it has pockets! 

This dress is made from an ultra-soft, sustainable bamboo blend fabric that is breathable, and perfect for a warm destination. It also comes in three color options, raspberry, heathered navy blue (pictured), and black.

  • BUY: The Everyday Sleeveless Dress

Best Dresses for Business Travelers

Wool& ellie midi wrap dress.

wool& Ellie Midi wrap dress for business travel.

This elevated midi dress hits just below the knee for a flattering fit. The ¾ length sleeve is not only perfect for a work environment but a great option if you need to look professional in a warmer destination.

Made of the same signature fabric as their Sierra Tank Dress, the Ellie Midi Wrap Dress from wool& is a business traveler’s dream come true. Wrinkle-resistant, and oh-so-lightweight, this travel dress delivers comfort and classy style that can easily be packed in a suitcase without any drama whatsoever.

Plus, it’s quick-drying , meaning a quick rinse in your hotel sink is all it takes to be fresh again by morning!

  • BUY: Wool& Ellie Midi Wrap Dress

Eddie Bauer Empire Waist Dress

Empire waist travel dress by Eddie Bauer

Although the Eddie Bauer Empire Waist dress is sleeveless, the addition of a cardigan or packable blazer will instantly make it a hit with business travelers. The fitted bodice also gives it a more professional look.

Many women struggle with packing light for business trips as there is often the need to pack bulky pieces and dress shoes, all while including casual clothes for outside of work hours. With this dress, you can literally go from work to play, with just the addition of a cardigan. You could even add the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi on top to really make the most out of a single purchase.

To make it even better, this polyester/spandex blend material features moisture-wicking, sun-protection, and odor-control technologies making it ideal as a travel dress.

  • BUY: Eddie Bauer Empire Waist Dress

SCOTTeVEST Daphne Dress

Dress with side seam zip pockets perfect for backpacking by Scottevest

This faux wrap dress is the perfect addition to you next business trip. Like the SCOTTeVEST Daisy Dress, it is packed with strategically placed pockets. The SCOTTeVEST Daphne Dress has one top drop pocket, two side seam pockets with zips, and one sleeve pocket with a zip perfect for safely stashing your valuables and ideal for women who need their hands free.

On top of all those pockets, the stretchy fabric is both flattering and comfortable. AND it is wrinkle-resistant.

  • BUY: SCOTTeVEST Daphne Dress

The Best Materials for Travel Dresses

Merino wool.

Merino wool is one of the best fabrics for travelers. Wool has got a bad rap, with many people thinking that it is high-maintenance when really this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Merino wool regulates your temperature like no other material. Not only does it keep you warm in cold climates, but it keeps you cool in warm climates too. Lightweight merino wool garments breathe and wick moisture away from your skin, keeping you cool, even when it’s humid.

Your Merino wool dress can also go for weeks (yes weeks!!!) at a time without showing signs of odor. Merino wool does this by quickly absorbing sweat which prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria and keeps your skin dry.

Wool& is so confident about this that they host a 100-day dress challenge where their customers are encouraged to wear a wool& dress for 100 days straight for eight hours a day and document their journey on social media.

In addition to this, merino wool is naturally soft, quick-drying, and wrinkle-resistant.

Bamboo is another great option for travelers. One of the biggest benefits of bamboo material is that it is so comfortable.

Bamboo fabric is breathable and has moisture-wicking properties. The structure of the bamboo fibers contains micro-gaps, which provide ventilation and pull moisture away from the body, allowing the skin to breathe. We all know this is extremely important when you’re traveling, especially when you have a tight schedule or are rushing from one train to the next.

As if that wasn’t enough to convince you, bamboo fabric is antibacterial, antifungal, thermoregulating, hypoallergenic, and lightweight!

To top that all off, bamboo fabric is naturally eco-friendly making it an obvious choice for the conscious traveler!

Rayon feels smooth on your skin. It dries quickly and is another great wrinkle-resistant fabric. Unfortunately, it doesn’t wick moisture as well as wool and bamboo, so it’s not the best option for warmer climates where you might sweat a lot.

Some Materials to Avoid

Some fabrics to avoid when traveling are those that lack breathability like nylon or leather.

Another fabric to avoid is cotton . You might think that cotton is a good travel fabric but cotton takes an extremely long time to dry meaning there’s no chance of washing and re-wearing your cotton dress if you get it dirty. 

Even if you’re not planning on re-wearing, if you get cotton wet or get a bit sweaty while you’re traveling, you could be stuck in your wet clothes for hours which can get really uncomfortable and even dangerous if you’re hiking in cold weather. This is even worse in humid conditions.

  • Read about the best fabrics for travel clothing .

Do Dresses Limit Travel Wardrobe Options?

Dresses on Packing Lists

“I love dresses and find them to be cool and effortless. Does packing dresses limit my ability to mix and match?”

Great question. On the one hand, if you already love dresses and feel most comfortable in them, then putting dresses on your packing lists is a pretty safe bet for packing with simplicity and ease. Many women love packing dresses because the top is included… there’s no need to put outfits together!

But when it comes to packing less and having loads of options, dresses may not be as versatile as a skirt plus top. You can change the look of dresses with cardigans, sweaters, and shirts over the top, but skirt and top separates give more options because you can mix and match those while also wearing the tops with a pair of jeans or the female travel necessity: leggings .

Or, you can invest in the multi-wear, convertible and reversible travel dresses mentioned in this article. See more convertible travel clothing for women .

Best Ways to Pack Dresses for Travel

Two words: packing cubes .

As with all things we pack, the best ways to pack dresses for travel start with the packing cube. By using a packing cube, dresses won’t get jostled around too much while in transit, but it does help if those dresses are made with wrinkle-resistant fabrics.

If you are packing nicer dresses, or dresses that shouldn’t be rolled up into a cube, the left side of a suitcase is usually a good place to store them. That side often has a zippered enclosure, which is where I store my jackets and nicer clothing that doesn’t get stuffed into a packing cube.

You can fold multiple items together, much like a loose form of bundle wrapping , to lessen the chance for wrinkles.

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I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag . When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm planning adventures or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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December 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

The ExOfficio dress is only $26 in the Raspberry color! And they have my size! Thinking I may have to pick one up, especially with a trip to Mexico in the spring.

December 11, 2012 at 6:36 am

Go for it! It looks very versatile, casual or nice 🙂

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April 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

You forgot the Scottevest Phoebe Dress, available in several colors and short or longer lengths. The top is similar to the ExOfficio Tank Dress, but the dress is a bit more loose and has two hidden pockets for cash, credit card, etc. Very versatile and easy to accessorize.

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April 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

My only problem with this list is that they are not good for top-heavy girls, like myself.

The Kamala dress is the worst! The tiny strings have to be tied pretty tightly to keep them from slipping and even then there’s a great chance of falling. The strings also have to be tied so tightly that they can dig into your neck or just plain give you neck pain.

The Bandeau is another I couldn’t wear without a cami underneath and then you have the issue of cami straps underneath a halter-style dress.

They are gorgeous though!

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April 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I own the American Apparel dress and for smaller breasted ladies like me (34A) some the style like the one pictures leave lots of fabric hanging by the armpits…not a good look. That being said, I can wear it as a bandeau and a high-waisted skirt. I’m wondered if I would have similar problems with the Kamala skirt? Does anyone know?

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May 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I traveled through Thailand with the Norma Kamali all-in-one dress from walmart ( http://www.walmart.com/ip/Norma-Kamali-Women-s-All-in-One-Jersey-Dress/11963662 ). It’s super cheap but the fabric is really high quality. What is great about this dress is that it has long sleeves if you need to cover your arms (plane or holy places) but easily transitions into a tube top, one sleeve, halter top, etc. and i can easily make it into a shirt or a dress. it was like having 10 shirts/dresses in one piece of clothing! I’d wash it at night and hang it to dry and by morning it would be dry. My boyfriend was amazed! We would go to fancy places and the material and cut is nice enough to pass in an upscale restaurant. I highly recommend it.

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June 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Absolutely love this list. I’m always looking for good ideas and this site is full of them!

I am in love with the infinity skirt but I can’t seem to find one from the links posted. 🙁 Would you be able to give me the brand or something else to go off of to find it????

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November 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Hello, Thanks for this great site and helpful tips! Could you perhaps update this list? I wanted to get the Ex Officio dress but it is not available anywhere anymore. Are there new options that are similar?

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May 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

prAna makes great dresses for traveling also! I have several of their styles and I will never live without them!

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June 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm

I cannot vouch enough for the Betabrand Round Trip Dress. I just picked one up and it’s so soft and light to wear.

Thank you for making this list so i could find these dresses.

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March 27, 2020 at 8:09 am

Love this list! The Betabrand dress is my favorite, what a versatile yet classy item. Can’t wait to try it out on my next trip. Thanks for the inspiration!

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June 28, 2020 at 12:06 pm

“Title Nine” has an exceptional selection of travel skirts, dresses, and other clothing. The items are wrinkle-free, fold compactly, are versatile and perfect for traveling.

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August 22, 2023 at 8:56 pm

I found this dress which I took travelling this summer. https://www.reitmans.com/en/short-puffy-sleeve-dress-with-bow-at-neckline/467264.html?dwvar_467264_color=Black&cgid=Women_Dresses#start=1 It has a bumpy seersucker finish and doesn’t wrinkle at all. It’s loose enough to be cool even though it is polyester and that back tie adds syle. Unfortunately, it’s a seasonal offering and there aren’t many sizes left!

August 23, 2023 at 8:00 am

Thanks for sharing!

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15 Comfortable Travel Dresses That Are Totally Packable

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Whatever you're thinking, warm-weather destinations call for a few staples: a swimsuit , a cover-up , flip-flops , and sunglasses top the list. Another nice-to-have? A travel dress that goes the distance. Travel dresses are versatile pieces of clothing that instantly complete your getaway capsule. They're comfortable, multifunctional, one-and-done travel pieces that will withstand long days of adventuring.

Our Top Picks :

Midi A-Line Dress

Best Budget Travel Dress

Amazon essentials midi a-line dress.

The Kallie Flowy Maxi Dress

Best White Travel Dress

By anthropologie the kallie flowy maxi dress.

Stripe Cotton Gauze Shirtdress in Ivory Cloud

Best Striped Travel Dress

Caslon stripe cotton gauze shirtdress in ivory cloud.

Presidio Traveler Maxi Dress

Best Maxi Travel Dress

Athleta presidio traveler maxi dress.

100 Percent Organic Cotton Tiered Maxi Dress

Best Organic Cotton Travel Dress

Quince 100 percent organic cotton tiered maxi dress.

Freezer Tank Dress

Best Travel Dress for Hot Weather

Columbia freezer tank dress.

Cotton and Linen Shirtdress

Best Travel Dress on Amazon

Sopliagon cotton and linen shirtdress.

Easy Travel Fit & Flare Dress

Talbot's Easy Travel Fit & Flare Dress

Double Knit Midi Flare Dress

Best Petite Travel Dress

Ann taylor double knit midi flare dress.

Travelers Side Slit Maxi Dress

Chico's Travelers Side Slit Maxi Dress

The most packable styles are those made of wrinkle-resistant fabrics, but you'll also want to keep an eye out for breathable materials that keep you cool when you’re on the go. Relaxed fits and modest silhouettes are easy to wear on the plane (anyone else like to curl up in their seat and binge on mini pretzels?), while versatile T-shirt styles and flowy maxis are road-trip-ready. And how can we forget pockets?! Never more convenient, they’re perfect to hold your ticket to the museum, stash your sunglasses, or even carry some hand sanitizer.

When you're exploring on your feet all day, pair your dress with super-comfy, minimalist sneakers before swapping them with walkable wedges for a night out—consider your packing woes solved. To bid you bon voyage, we found the most comfortable women's travel dresses that will get you jet-set prepped in no time.

From sightseeing to happy hour, this sunny, travel-ready dress will keep you comfortable wherever you go. The breezy fit keeps things relaxed, while short sleeves and a below-the-knee hemline keep you covered.

Colors: Yellow floral, black, blue and white stripe, pink, navy, and green vine print

Available Sizes: XS to 2X

Ideal for both beach breaks and lounging at the hotel or home, this dreamy gauze pullover will definitely become a go-to. Petites and plus sizes, rejoice—it comes in an extended range of sizes (and colors!). Colors: White, black, sage, red, blue green, and mauve

Available Sizes: XXS to 3X

It's called the vacation shirtdress for a reason. The easy, breezy style is easy to throw on, comfortable to wear for hours on end, and looks great in pictures, to boot. If stripes aren't your style, it also comes in pretty solids like navy, black, and white.

Colors: Blue stripe and pink stripe

Available Sizes: XXS to 2X

Roll up this high-low hem maxi and toss it in your bag—it's lightweight, soft, and wrinkle-proof so you don't have to worry about malfunctions on the go. A relaxed silhouette makes this dress a no-brainer— and there are pockets.

Colors: Black, rose wood, olive, and navy

Crafted from 100 percent organic cotton poplin for maximum lightness, Quince's bright maxi is a holiday dream dress. A long hemline and short sleeves offer coverage while tiered layers and functional pockets add thoughtful details.

Colors: Vermillion red, light blue, navy, and black

Available Sizes: XS to XL

Venturing to a hot and humid destination? You'll want this tank dress with cooling properties, anti-sweat technology, and UPF protection. Also available in plus-size and maxi-length options.

Colors: Black

Available Sizes: XS to 3X

Nail casual cool in this comfy long-sleeved shirtdress, which also works equally well over a swimsuit. It's an Amazon gem that won't take too much room in your bag and won't break the bank.

Colors: Apricot, olive green, black, black plaid, light blue, gray, denim, purple, navy, pink, red, rose, white, white stripe, and royal blue

Available Sizes: S to 2X

Talbot's Easy Travel Fit & Flare Dress

Made from a wrinkle-resistant fabric, this flattering fit-and-flare travel dress is ideal for planes, trains, automobiles, and everything in between. While the below-the-knee hemline offers just enough coverage, it's also a great layering piece. It also comes in petite and plus sizes.

Colors: Navy and black

Available Sizes: 2 to 24

With short sleeves, a tailored waistline, and midi hemline, Ann Taylor's double knit flare dress is flattering on a range of body types. Available in an extended range of sizes from petite to tall, wear it on the plane with sleek sneakers and then out to dinner with comfortable heels or strappy sandals.

Available Sizes: 00 to 18

Opt for pretty in pink with Chico's travel-ready maxi dress. It's made from a wrinkle-resistant fabric that looks fresh in transit or just out of your suitcase. Not only is it universally flattering, but elbow-length sleeves and a longer hemline keep you extra comfy. If pink's not for you, there's a shorter-sleeve version in black and green.

Colors: Fresh plum pink

J.Crew Elena Shirtdress in Striped Cotton Poplin

Elena Shirtdress in Striped Cotton Poplin

A breezy cotton shirtdress is a good idea when you want to feel comfortable and look polished. With a cinched waist and roomy cuffed sleeves, this beauty from J.Crew is as good as it gets.

Colors: Blue and white stripe, white, black, and green

Billabong Jet Set Dress

Jet Set Dress

With traveling right in its name, this dress is made with a relaxed fit and pullover style, perfect for vacation and travel. A V-neckline and short bell sleeves enhance the flattering silhouette.

Colors: Moss meadow

Available Sizes: XS to M

Madewell 100 Percent Cotton Melody Smocked Midi Dress

100 Percent Cotton Melody Smocked Midi Dress

Whether you choose the petite or plus-size style, you can't go wrong with Madewell's flattering sundress. A smocked, fitted bodice is balanced thanks to a billowing midi skirt that you'll look forward to wearing from the airport to vacation dinners.

Colors: Black and pistachio

Available Sizes: XXS to 4X

O'Neill Reid Light Blue Multi-Stripe Button-Up Midi Dress

Reid Light Blue Multi-Stripe Button-Up Midi Dress

Stripes are a summer staple, and this lightweight button-up dress is sure to get tons of wear time. Short sleeves and a below-the-knee hemline balance the V-neckline.

Colors: Green and blue stripe

Available Sizes: S to XL

Old Navy Fit & Flare Linen-Blend Midi Dress

Fit & Flare Linen-Blend Midi Dress

Kick off your holiday with a Riviera-inspired striped linen sundress. A fitted bodice acts as an ideal foundation for an in-flight sweater or denim jacket, while the below-the-knee hemline offers just the right amount of coverage.

Colors: Blue and white stripe

Available Sizes: XS to 4X

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Why pack a dress for travel?

I’m not your typical dress person. At home you’re more likely to find me in a great pair of jeans or workout wear. But when I’m planning a trip, I want to be ready for anything – museum visits, evenings out, and lots of walking. For me, one of the best options is a travel dress! On cruises, a dress is always on the list. (We don’t book anything that requires formal wear. It’s just not our thing.) On an active adventure where you’re in hiking or cycling clothes by day, it’s nice to have an option for something soft and pretty at night. And in a stretch, a dress can be worn as nightwear! That’s where dresses for travel come in!

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This post includes affiliate links. Traveling Tulls may earn a small commission, at no additional expense to you, if you purchase something from one of these links. Unless noted, we were not supplied with the dresses we reviewed here, but were so impressed with the Wool& dress and bike shorts, that we have chosen to partner with Wool& going forward. DISCLOSURE

As a woman over 60, I began traveling IN the sixties. My Dad wore three piece suits, and my mom and I wore dresses. Does that make me a travel dress expert?? No, but it does give me an appreciation for the functionality of dresses.

What makes a great travel dress?

Any piece that makes its way into our bag has to earn its place. Dresses are no exception. Here are our criteria for the perfect travel dress:

1. Packability – lightweight, wrinkle resistant

2. Versatility – I don’t pack anything that I can’t wear more than once. Clothing that has more than one good option is the best way to pack light. Choose a casual dress that can go from daytime touring to evenings out with an accessory or two. A dress that’s convertible gets extra points!

3. Low Maintenance/Ease of Care – who has time for doing laundry on vacation? A sink wash and air dry are usually the most we do on vacation.

4. Sustainable Quality – don’t be fooled by fast fashion. Invest in well made, classic items from ethical companies. Not only is this best for the planet, but it’ll save you money in the long run.

5. Comfort and Pleasure – (Probably the most important yet often forgotten criteria) Do I like how I feel in this dress? Does it work for my body type? Does it fit my personal style? Do I enjoy wearing it?

Save space by packing natural fiber clothing that can be worn multiple ways. Willow merino dress by wool&. #merinowool #travelclothing

Choose your color, a dress style you like, and fabric that travels well

Color . The foundation of the French woman’s style is the little black dress. This staple piece is simple yet classy and never goes out of fashion. When creating a French-inspired travel wardrobe , I start with a solid color dress – the base palette – and add color and patterns with other pieces and accessories. Parisian women may favor black as their base, but you should choose what’s best for you, and your skin tone. Navy blue, wine, or dark gray can be more flattering to women over 60. They certainly are for me.

Style . Your choice will depend on your signature style and your destination. Sleeveless styles are great for hot climates, and will work just as well in cold weather when you add layers! But some ladies prefer long sleeves. And some love maxi dresses! (though maxis will take up more luggage space!) Go with what makes you comfortable and what flatters your best features.

Travel dress - woman over 60 wearing a merino wool dress.

Fabric . To earn its place in your bag the dress (and every item really!) has to be lightweight and easy to care for. This is where the fabric choice comes in. For example:

  • Cotton is heavy, retains odors, and takes forever to dry.
  • Linen is wonderful, but wrinkles can be frustrating.
  • Synthetics are very lightweight, but can retain odors.

For ease of care and sustainability we recommend choosing natural fibers such as bamboo, Tencel, and wool for your travel clothing.

Bamboo is quickly becoming a popular material for travel clothing. It’s sustainable and odor resistant.

Merino wool has a natural warmth and resiliency not found in other textiles. Merino sheep, bred originally in Spain, have ultrafine wool which doesn’t provoke the itchy reaction some people experience with wool. AND it’s naturally odor resistant. That means you can wear a merino wool item over and over again, with only an overnight airing out!

Best Women’s Travel Dresses: tested and recommended

  • Best Dress for Everyday Travel & Versatility – Wool& Merino Wool
  • Best Dresses for a Special Event While Traveling – Chico’s Travelers Collection
  • Best Convertible Dress (& Top) – Diane Kroe Origami
  • Best Dress for Sun Protection – Coolibar Travel Shirt Dress
  • Best of the Rest

Our Top Pick for General Travel & Versatility:

Best dresses for travel offer versatility and easy care.

Wool& Merino Wool Dresses

Rowena swing dress, price: $138 USD

  • Packability: 11 oz., wrinkle resistant.
  • Versatility: simple swing dress, but can be styled as a top or tunic
  • Ease of Care: fabric is 78% ultrasoft merino wool and 22% nylon
  • Quality: very well made
  • Comfort and Pleasure: temperature regulating, very comfortable, and has pockets!

I discovered Wool&, a small Oregon company producing merino wool clothing, through a Facebook ad. To prove the durability and natural odor resistance of merino wool, the company challenged people to wear their dress for 100 days straight. (I can’t imagine they expected this challenge to be so popular or to inspire an online community of women sharing the ups and downs of daily life over 100 days! No doubt the kindest group on social media!) Needless to say, given my interest in merino wool clothing, I was intrigued.

I base my capsule wardrobe on my favorite color, navy blue, so I opted for the Wool& signature item, the Rowena swing dress in marine blue. It’s a wonderful rich blue and I’m thrilled with the color. The dress has a boat neckline which is very flattering (and protective in the sunshine). As this is a swing dress, the body of the dress is loose, flowy, and flattering to my body shape. The material is light and lends itself to dozens of styling tricks and outfit ideas shared by the Facebook community. (There are many different colors available for this and other Wool& dresses)

My Wool& Review: Is this the best dress for traveling?

Styling a multiway travel dress as a tunic. Older woman in NYC

For the first month of the challenge, I played with the dress. I shopped my closet, pulling out long neglected items to pair with the dress. It was fun being creative with a simple piece of clothing, and truly surprising to pull out the dress each morning to find it as fresh as the day it arrived !

Then I got serious and began testing the dress for travel. I limited myself to a small capsule and worked on different outfits for different travel scenarios. First I wore the dress to my grandchild’s christening, and then another granddaughter’s lacrosse game. I wore it during zoom meetings, neighborhood clean-ups, and even for bike rides. The Wool& Rowena came through every time.

I had two opportunities to travel during this time – once to NYC for a fun weekend, and once to Texas for a sad event. The dress became my nightgown in Texas and gave me comfort.

Ease of Care: I aired out the dress every night – flipped it inside out and hung it over a bar. I sink-washed the dress six times and washed it in the washer once just to test durability. (I did use a lingerie bag) Day 100 the dress looked as fresh as on day 1.

Wool& offers several other travel dresses with pockets, including french terry dresses like the Sierra, a sleeveless option that’s very popular with travelers, the Everett, a tunic length sweater dress, and the Willow, a 3/4 sleeve swing dress with a V-neck.

Merino wool dresses are also offered by Icebreaker and Smartwool. Both brands produce quality goods so I’d feel confident ordering one of these if you find a style that suits you!

Amazon carries merino wool clothing at a more affordable price. I haven’t tried any of these so can’t speak to the quality. Let me know if you recommend them!

Best for a Special Event While Traveling

Chico's travelers collection includes many stylish dresses for travel all packable travel dresses.

Chico’s Travelers Collection – dresses

  • Price: ~$100-109 USD
  • Packability: wrinkle resistant
  • Versatility: n/a
  • Ease of Care: machine or sink wash
  • Fabric: 96% acetate, 4% elastane. From website: Our Travelers Classic collection contains Eastman Naia™, a sustainable cellulose fiber derived from wood pulp.
  • Comfort and Pleasure: stylish, and flattering. Fabric has a bit of stretch for extra comfort

These packable travel dresses would be perfect for date nights, a destination wedding or afternoon tea party . Chico’s designs these dresses for all but I think the dresses, with their simple lines and great style, appeal especially to mature women. I like the mid-length pencil skirt look, but Chico’s also has cocktail dresses.

I don’t own any of these gorgeous dresses above because I have another Chico’s dress, bought 10 years ago, that still looks great! It’s a floral print and always in my luggage if I want to add a beautiful dress to my bag!

Our Favorite Convertible Travel Dresses

Origami by Diane Kroe

Diane Kroe Origami travel dress. Best convertible dress for travel, truly a multiway travel dress

  • Price: $150 CAD
  • Packability: wrinkle resistant, but at 14.3 oz, not particularly lightweight
  • Versatility: converts to multiple new looks – dress, halter top, batwing top, skirt
  • Ease of Care: Dress is made from 92% poly and 8% spandex, so not a natural fabric, but it dries quickly and resists wrinkles.
  • Quality: well made in Canada
  • Comfort and Pleasure: stylish and extremely comfortable!

I’ve been a customer of Diane Kroe Designs for many years. I love the versatility of the collection. The Origami is one of my favorites. Usually I wear it as a top with skinny jeans or white pants, but I love having the option to wear it as a dress when traveling. This piece is great for older women travelers. The shape and drape are stylish and forgiving.

The main thing about convertible clothing is the style options while traveling. I’ve packed this dress specifically for special events but reached for it later in the trip as a light layer.

Best Dress for Sun Protection

Coolibar (Malta) Travel Shirt Dress –

Note: After first posting about this travel dress, the company kindly sent me one for review.

Price: $115 USD

Coolibar striped shirt dress for travel

  • Versatility: wear it as a shirt dress, an opened jacket, or tie the ends to make a cute button-down shirt.
  • Ease of Care: fabric is quick dry. Machine or hand wash in cold water,
  • Fabric: from the website: Antimicrobial fabric that is lightweight, breathable and soft to the touch. With 4-way stretch it is naturally wrinkle resistant and moisture wicking.
  • Comfort and Pleasure: a travel (and home!) classic style

What makes this a great choice? The Coolibar brand produces stylish clothing with sun protection – great for us older women! This shirt is rated UPF 50 and is breathable making it a great option for days of intense sun. The collar and cuffs can be adjusted to give maximum sun coverage.

Another great feature of the Malta is the hidden, zipped side pockets!

I was gifted the black version of the this dress. It is remarkably lightweight and cool. I wore it to a recent event – belted over leggings – and received lots of compliments!

Visit the Coolibar website for other dress styles for travel and sun protection .

Best of the rest: more suggestions for travel dresses

Athleta is one of my favorite brands for comfortable travel-friendly pants. I haven’t had the chance to try any of their dresses, but they offer several cute – short and sporty – dresses. You’ll find similar dresses at TitleNine.

For hard-working dresses suitable to many overseas trips check out Travelsmith, Magellan Travel Catalog, Lands End, L.L. Bean, and Orvis. These classic travel clothing companies will often have something that fits our easy-care, lightweight, wrinkle-free standards.

An option often offered in travel dresses is a reversible dress – pattern on one side and solid on the other. This might work for you, but I donated mine as it was too heavy. Some reversible dresses, like mine, are actually a two layer dress (a black sheath inside a patterned sheath). Thus the dress is heavier than a single layer dress.

A variant of the reversible dress that I do like is a dress with two necklines. Basically you can wear the dress back or front depending on the neckline you want. I love my Wool& Summer midi dress which has a high neckline and a v-neck neckline. This actually does give versatility to my travel wardrobe!

Have I convinced you to pack a dress for your travel?

Some last thoughts. The right dress can be endlessly useful during your travels. Wear it to a nice dinner? of course! But you can also wear it when you’re on a bus tour, for a hike in the mountains, and even sometimes as a workout tunic over exercise tights. (believe me. I’ve done it several times!)

Look in your closet first to see if there’s a dress that’ll be versatile, stylish, and easy care for your trip. If you need to buy a new dress find one that you can see wearing several times on your travels. Take some time before you leave to try the dress on, and play with accessories. That’s the best time to see if the dress deserves a place in your travel capsule wardrobe .

What do you think? Will a dress fit into your travel wardrobe?

Tip: for maximum comfort (and modesty) consider wearing leggings or bike shorts under your dress. I love my merino wool shorts by Wool& , Frankie Bike Shorts and Summit Shorts- both keep me fresh and comfortable and have pockets!

The best dresses for travel are lightweight, easy-care, and versatile. Choose merino wool for the ultimate travel dress. #travelstyle #traveldresses #merinowool ##womenoversixty

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I’m about to embark on the Wool& 100 day challenge, and this post has me excited about all the possibilities! I’ve been interested in capsule wardrobes for a while. This might be my moment!

Oh my goodness! All the yesses!!!! I’ve done the challenge (in a Ro!) as well and am a full on convert to not only a merino wool fan but it has affirmed my love, desire, and need for a capsule wardrobe for every day and more.

I am finally getting to travel again soon and my Wool& dresses are all I’m planning on taking for core outfit pieces!

So, I have to ask, is the merino wool cool to wear? I am at the age where I am wearing t-shirts when everyone else is bundled up!

Yes! At least that’s my experience. The dress I purchased was long sleeved, and would not be ideal for a woman who’s usually hot. I have since purchased a sleeveless and short sleeved dress. Both wonderful on hot days.

Well I’ll definitely be reconsidering packing dresses in the future. Thanks!

🙂 Looking forward to seeing pictures of you in those dresses!

I’ve just purchased a SmartWool sleeveless dress for a trip to Italy, but don’t know about shoes. Was planning to take only athletic shoes for comfort but they don’t look good with the dress. Suggestions?

Loved your article and Wool&. What tool did you use to gather up the Rowena (one had the Rowena as a top, it looks as if it is plastic and round). Thanks for this article. I was looking for ways to elevate the styling of the dress.

Hi Joy, I use a scarf ring/loop I purchased from Amazon. I’m sure you can find one at a fabric store too!

Another trick you can use with either the scarf loop, or a smaller circular thing like a coin, is to place the loop either under or over the dress and gather the fabric around it with an elastic. It makes either a cute pucker or a button.

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Women’s adventure clothing has come far in the last few years. Dresses are no longer reserved for just fancy events or casual outings. A lot of outdoor retail brands have recognized the rise in solo female travel and have designed travel dresses specifically for outdoor high-energy activities.

Personally, I’m a big fan of rocking tennis dresses for day hikes or boppin’ around a new city . Not only are they made of breathable, stretchy fabric, but they come with shorts! 

But not all dresses are made equal: some make better travel dresses than others. This list of the best travel dresses available right now contains my top picks for flattering, comfy, stylish dresses that travel well.

So, ready to match your style with your spirit for adventure?

Best Travel Dresses at a Glance

Toad&Co Cue Wrap Short-Sleeve Shirt Dress

What Makes For a Good Travel Dress?

My criteria for a great travel dress is: packs down small, stays wrinkle free, doesn’t show dirt easily, and fits true and comfortably.

I prefer cap sleeves or long sleeves and a high scoop neck to stay protected from the sun, and I like a jersey dress or other simple, durable t-shirt material with some stretch. I’m also a fan of shorter dresses as opposed to maxi-length, because I don’t want it catching on stuff or getting between my legs while I’m walking.

As with all travel clothes, I also personally think that the best travel dresses come without stuff like halter necks, buttons, zippers, ties, or complicated styles. Those things always end up getting in the way, digging uncomfortably into your shoulders under backpack straps , or making it difficult to hike, climb, run, or just get errands done.

And if a dress has pockets, it’s a must have!

Best Casual Travel Dresses for Style & Comfort

Let’s take a look at some of the best travel dresses on the market right now.

Toad&Co Cue Wrap Short-Sleeve Shirt Dress


The Toad&Co Cue Wrap Short-Sleeve Shirt dress checks all my boxes for the perfect travel dress: short, simple style, cap sleeves, no frills or buttons or additional parts. It’s a fit and flare dress that accentuates your figure by cutting in at the waist and flaring around the knees, so it’s also cute and stylish.

But wait, there’s more! It has pockets! It’s also made of a moisture-wicking material that keeps you cool and dry and repels dirt and stains. I love this dress for long haul flights and days I plan to explore or do a lot of walking.

MoFiz Tennis & Golf Dress


What I absolutely love about the MoFiz tennis dress is that it comes with shorts that are separate from the dress. Unlike other adventure dresses that have shorts sewn-into the dress, the MoFiz dress shorts are unattached so you don’t have to remove the whole top half of your dress in order to get your pants down when going to the bathroom.

The shorts also add a layer of protection and warmth for your bum, and help ensure you don’t accidentally flash anyone your private bits!

This dress is also fantastic for activities ranging from (obviously) tennis, pickleball, golf, casual hiking, and even bicycling. I wore this dress while walking miles around Athens, Greece in the hot summer afternoon and it kept me comfortable and cool!

Toad&Co Cue Wrap Dress


The Cue Wrap Dress is another winner from Toad&Co – a long-sleeve version of the wrap dress. Perfect for hot days where you need to stay cool and stay protected from the sun. The cut of this dress is slightly different, accentuating the “wrap” and with a v neck instead of a scoop neck.

The material is a cotton blend that’s breathable and lightweight. It also scrunches down small, and because it’s a shift dress with a lot of flow and give, wrinkles don’t stand out. This one is always on my packing list for summer, and it makes great resort wear.

Patagonia Fleetwith Dress


Although they are on the pricey side, Patagonia’s clothes are always worth the investment, in my opinion. The Fleetwith Dress is a sporty cover-up that’s a fan favorite for its soft, casual, easy-to-wear style. Plus, the quality is top notch, it comes with a lifetime repair warranty, and Patagonia is a super ethical company who strive to use your money to better the planet.

The material is a polyester blend that repels water and has a good amount of stretch. The cinched waist accentuates your figure in a cute and stylish way, and, last but certainly not least: pockets! You may want to review body measurements and sizing before ordering one, though–some reviewers note that the top runs big and the bottom runs small.

Outdoor Voices Doing Things Dress


If you’re looking for a dress that can go from the gym to the club without missing a beat, check out Outdoor Voices’ Doing Things dress . It’s sporty and casual when paired with hiking sandals or sneakers, but after sundown, throw on a pair of boots and a cute jacket and scarf, and you’re ready for the town.

The dress has a built-in shelf bra and built in shorts (with pockets!) for ease of motion and tons of support. It’s made of cool-to-the-touch TechSweat fabric, designed to hold up to sweat, and is ideal for high-intensity activities like running, hiking or yoga.

Cugoao Collared Tennis Dress


The Cugoao Collared tennis dress also comes with separate matching shorts like the MoFiz dress and boasts the same athletic, breathable, spandex material. The biggest difference between the two dresses is simply how they look! Are you more of fancy collared v-neck kinda gal, or a simple swooping neckline gal like the MoFiz rocks?

I’ve actually paired this red dress with a cute collared blazer and wore it as a work dress. Proof that it’s so versatile, you can dress it down for activities or dress it up for more professional occasions.

Merokeety Short-Sleeve T-Shirt Dress


The Merokeety Short-Sleeve Summer dress is the perfect combination of chic and comfortable. With a wide crew neck, rolled sleeves, a belt, and pockets, it’s comfortable enough for errands and travel but classy enough for a business meeting.

The dress is made of soft, stretchy t-shirt material that stays mostly wrinkle free and doesn’t show wrinkles if it does get scrunched. It’s flattering on any body shape, and a must have for my packing list.

Mountain Hardware Summit Grid Dress


Looking for something a little warmer? The Mountain Hardware Summit Grid dress is made of a thick fleece and polyester blend that keeps you warm without overheating you. The cowl neck converts into a hood that can be cinched around the face with a drawstring to keep out drafts, and the long sleeves keep you cozy in the cold.

Paired with leggings or thick tights, this is the ultimate cold weather dress for the outdoors. It packs down small and stays wrinkle free even after a long flight.

What’s Your Casual Travel Dress Style?

Whether you prefer a sportier look, a shift dress, or a jersey dress, there’s no shortage of travel dresses out there for you. My advice? Buy a couple of different styles and toss them in with your regular travel clothes to see what works best for you. Once you start wearing travel dresses, you’ll never want to stop!

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The 11 Best Hiking Dresses & Skirts for Active Outdoorists

Our top picks for versatile, lightweight, and flattering pant-alternatives for hiking, running, and all other fun activities, too

The 11 Best Hiking Dresses & Skirts for Active Outdoorists

Gabi Stadulis, Leah Balagopal


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There’s something about wearing a dress that just pumps me full of unexpected confidence. And these days, that’s just around the house. Wear one outside in the sunshine, rollerskating around the park, or hiking on a favorite trail—yes, the hiking dress and hiking skirt is a thing—and that confidence—and comfort—goes through the roof.

The " adventure dress " isn't new. In fact, it's old. So old that its resurgence feels new again. This time, the renewed push centers both on comfort and practicality, and on empowering people to wear whatever the hell they want. Whether you choose to wear a skirt or dress as an act of defiance to those who view femme-presenting people in the context of outdoor sports as somehow less capable for their gender or outfit choices, or simply because you think it’s comfortable, having the option is the important thing.

Beyond how it makes you feel, the practical case for hiking dresses and running skirts in place of hiking pants is strong, too. They’re breathable, great for ventilation, encourage free movement, and of course, make backcountry bathroom breaks easier than ever. Case in point: In the thru-hiking community, rain skirts have become a functional item for backpackers of all genders and a common sight on the Appalachian Trail, PCT, etc. Dresses and skirts for outdoor activities just make sense, so we thought we’d share our favorites.

The following 11 items are our top picks for the best skirts and dresses for hiking, trail running, camping—you name it.

Field Mag's Top Picks

Best overall: outdoor voices exercise dress, best for everyday: houdini route shirt dress.

  • Best for When Nature Calls: Backcountry Destination Dress

Best Coverage: Kari Traa Vilde Dress

Best post-ride skirt: wild rye estelle skirt, best lightweight hiking skirt: houdini stride skirt.

  • Best Fit: Girlfriend Collective Plum Sport Skort
  • Best High-Performance Skirt: Lululemon Pace Rival Skirt
  • Best Sun Protection: Carve Designs Cody Dress

Best for Travel: Patagonia Fleetwith Dress

Best pockets: palante packs hiking skirt, 11 best hiking skirts and dresses for all outdoorists in 2023.


The very dress that inspired this list, the Exercise Dress is an Outdoor Voices staple, re-released seasonally with new patterns and colors. Form-fitting with built-in tights and flattering on any body type, this dress is your one-stop-shop for any warm weather activity—running, biking, hiking, and heck, maybe even bouldering. Perhaps not backpacking though, as the body suit design may make going to the bathroom a real ordeal.

Pockets: Phone pocket Built-in Bra: Yes Built-in Shorts: Yes

Price: $100


If you haven't tried a shirt dress yet, you're missing out on one seriously versatile layer. This unassuming performance piece is ultra lightweight and packable, with a soft, stretchy recycled polyester fabric that dries quickly. Throw it on with a pair of hiking leggings or over a swimsuit for easy coverage as a dress or top when you're going from trail to town for an instantly pulled-together look. At the end of its lifecycle, send it back to Houdini to be repurposed.

Pockets Yes Built-In Bra No


Best Dress for When Nature Calls: Backcountry Destination Dress

There's a lot to love about Backcountry's Destination Dress, like the fast-drying, stretchy material with built-in sun protection, stitched-in shorts, and a super flattering high-neck athletic silhouette. Yet, it's the clever split-back design that doesn't only look great, but provides a quick and easy way to heed the call of the wild when you're outside without having to fully drop your drawers. Genius.

Pockets: Yes Built-In Shorts: Yes

Price: $99 $75


The wide straps and high neckline in the Kari Traa Vilde Dress offer a bit more coverage and security up top for those who need it. However, the extra material doesn't get in the way of comfort and performance—on the back, a mesh panel provides plenty of breathability, while the swingy A-line cut allows for freedom of movement in a flattering yet functional active dress. Pockets: No Built-In Shorts No


From the hard-charging ladies at outdoor apparel brand, Wild Rye, the Estelle Skirt packs in all the performance features you need to keep going outside—abrasion-resistance, stretch, breathability—with a style-forward look that looks great layered over bike shorts or worn solo. Ideal for travel, hiking, and other active pursuits.

Pockets: Yes Built-In Shorts: No


Lightweight and quick-drying with great breathability, this knee-length skirt from Sweden’s lesser known purveyor of design-driven, eco-friendly outdoors apparel is a truly versatile option to wear hiking, gardening, and elsewear. Made with 70% recycled polyester, the Stride is lightweight enough to stuff in the top of your pack to make for a quick changing station at camp. Large slits on the sides allow for a full range of motion, and zipper pockets ensure valuables stay safe.

Pockets: Yes Built-in Shorts: No


Best Fit: Girlfriend Collective Plum Skort

High-rise and snug in all the right places, this skort is made from sweat wicking and sustainable materials, has hidden mesh pockets, and side slits for maximum movement and versatility. It also comes in a variety of tasteful colors that aren't explicitly outdoorsy.

Pockets: Yes Built-in Shorts: Yes


Best High-Performance Skirt: Lululemon Pace Rival Mid-Rise Skirt

Whether you want to be ready to hit the tennis courts or go for a run, Lululemon’s Pace Rival Skirt has got you covered. Made from Lululemon's proprietary lightweight and quick-drying Luxtreme fabric, it will keep you cool even on the hottest days. In addition to the pockets integrated into the short liner, the Pace has a hidden media pocket with a cord exit so your tunes don’t have to stop when you’re on the go.


Best Sun Protection: Carve Designs Cody Sundress

This free-flowing dress is an ideal option to throw on over a bathing suit after a surf at the beach. It provides UPF 50+ sun protection and the drawstrings make it adjustable to the length that suits you. It's also made from 94% recycled materials and a touch of spandex for a flattering semi-fitted fit. This would be the perfect dress to slip into day one of a river trip—and never take off.

Pockets: No Built-in Bra: No Built-in Shorts: No


Part of Patagonia’s Fair Trade Certified sewn collection, the Fleetwith Dress is great for hiking, traveling and also the environment. It has an encased drawcord to customize the fit and it has a DWR treatment to wick away unwanted moisture. It's also versatile and functional, with not one, not two, but three pockets to stash any essentials you may need.

Pockets: Yes Built-in Bra: No Built-in Shorts: No


Designed with not one, but four (!) large pockets, Palante Packs scores major points for providing an abundance of on-the-go storage that includes one front zippered pocket, plus two back snap pockets to keep valuables safe. Made from a durable stretch woven fabric, this rugged unisex hiking skirt runs large to accommodate a wide range of body types, with an adjustable built-in belt to customize the fit.

Pockets: Yes Built-in Shorts No

Other Great Hiking Skirts & Dresses

We also like Prana's Railay Skort , which includes a subtle elastic waistband, Mountain Hardwear's Dynama Skort , which is like a stretchy, UPF 50-rated, DWR-treated mini skirt, and Backcountry's Stansbury , which is an insulated skirt ideal for extra warmth for winter hiking.

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15 Best Travel Dresses in 2024 – Cute, Comfortable, and Wrinkle Free

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Looking for the best travel dresses? Here are the ones I’ve tried and love.

When I travel, I prefer wearing dresses. It simplifies your packing process and makes coordinating outfits on trips a breeze. The maximizer in me will be stressing about it all day, even with a packing list in hand, so it helps!

For this post, I tested many highly rated travel dresses mentioned on travel sites and got recommendations from our globetrotting friends on the road. Plus, I’m sharing a few of my own personal travel staples I’ve discovered along the way.

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Many fitness and outdoor brands are also starting to make lifestyle lines so you can have stylish clothes that also perform well. Sometimes, you must dig through all the items that scream outdoorsy to find the gems. 

We reached out to the major travel and outdoor brands on the market (including Adventure Dress, Anatomie, Fig Clothing, Helene Clarkson, prAna, Rec Room, Toad&Co) to identify their top sellers and then cross-referenced it with numerous travel sites, blogs, and globetrotting friends. 

None required inclusion, and we returned any dresses that did not fit or travel well.

Many of these brands are pricier because they use performance fabrics and care more about fair trade and sustainability. But if you’re looking for mid to lower-price range dresses, we included those too.

Before we get into my top choices for dresses, here are some things I’m looking for when searching for the best travel dresses.

  • Comfort  – Though I might carry one fancier dress for a special occasion, most of the clothes I travel with are comfy chic.
  • Versatility  – can be dressed up or down. It’s even better if it’s convertible clothing or a 2-piece dress that makes it easy to mix and match. Usually, convertible clothing can be pretty ugly, but occasionally, you find a gem.
  • Wrinkle Free  – I don’t want to spend part of my trip ironing clothes.
  • Packable  – Light and easy to pack.
  • Performance  – Sweat-wicking or quick drying is icing on the cake. If the dress looks too sporty, though, it’s not a must.
  • Rompers and Jumpsuits? – If you’re outdoors all day with no bathroom, you will not want to strip naked. Trust me, this has happened to me, and it was uncomfortable.

Note: You know your body best and what style looks best on you. I’m generally a size 0 petite. If there’s no petite size, I accept that minis will look like midis, and midis will look like maxis on me.

The Best Travel Dresses in 2024

1. petal tunic dress (on sale $19 from $27) – most affordable →.

Activities:  Urban exploration. Sizing:  XS in Yellow (runs large on me)

It has low-quality fabric , but I’ve worn it for several years, and it holds up better than other fast fashion pieces I’ve owned. It’s mostly for city travel, but I’ve also worn this as a swimsuit cover-up and went SUPing.

The best part is that it’s affordable , and you can go on any adventure without feeling bad that you’ll mess it up .

  • Versatile and can be dressed up or down.
  • Can machine wash cold and tumble dry low.
  • Affordable.
  • Will wrinkle
  • Fabric is not comfortable. It has some stretch but isn’t very soft.
  • Low-quality fabric with a “plasticky” feel, but it’s sewn together well.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Amazon .

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2. Free Fly Apparel Heritage Dress ($88) – Most Comfortable Travel Dress →

Activities:  Urban exploration. Materials: 55% Cotton | 45% Viscose from Bamboo Sizing:  XS in Heather Black (true to size but long on me)

This is by far the most comfortable dress I own. Comfortable clothes tend to look slouchier, but this one, surprisingly, is more flattering than I expected. It’s easy to throw on during hot summer days, and luckily, their midi dress hits right at maxi length for me.

I also like layering over this with a sweater during the winter. Also, I must have a favorite pose right now. lol

  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Soft Fabric
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Flattering fit; not too loose or tight
  • Side slits for easy movement
  • Hang dry recommended
  • Not as many color options

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3. Encircled 3-piece Reversible Dressy Knit Dress + Jumpsuit (on Sale $188 from $389) →

Activities:  Urban exploration. Materials: Rayon from Bamboo, Spandex Rib Knit Sizing:  XS in Martini Olive (true to size)

I love this 3-piece set , which can be worn four ways. The top is reversible , with a boat neck on one side and a scoop neck on the other. Then you can pair it with their skirt or their wide-leg pants . My biggest complaint is that the skirt has no pockets.

  • Versatile and can be dressed up or down across multiple seasons.
  • Reversible top .
  • Breathable fabric.
  • Sustainably sourced. Certified B-Corp.
  • Sustainable packaging.
  • Full bra coverage straps.
  • Can machine wash.
  • Pockets on the wide-leg pants .
  • Women-owned, women-run.
  • Pricier, but I don’t mind paying more for sustainable, ethically-made clothes.
  • In some light, you can see unflattering lines created by the tank.
  • Must lay flat to dry (They suggest you always line dry. Did you know air drying can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 2400 lbs a year?).
  • No pockets on the skirt .
  • Will wrinkle.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Encircled .

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4. Prana Luxara Dress (On sale $59 from $119) – Best Activewear Dress for Travel →

Activities:  Urban Exploration, Outdoor Adventures in Heat, Hot Yoga Material:  76% Recycled Nylon, 24 Elastane Size Worn:  XS in Spiced (true to size on me)

This is an excellent activewear dress, especially for warm-weather destinations like Las Vegas! The Luxara is Prana’s lightest material and is perfect for hiking in the heat. It fits like a hug and is more comfortable than my Girlfriend Collective Lola Dress, my other active dress with a built-in shorty.

  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Moisture wicking and Quick Dry
  • UPF Sun Protection
  • Stretchy and comfortable
  • Built-in shorts
  • Interior pocket in shorts
  • Some recycled materials
  • Only one pocket
  • Some reviews mention it’s too short, but it’s a great length for me.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Prana .

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5. Prana Cozy Up Bayjour Dress (Out of Stock) →

Activities:  Urban Exploration, Beach, Soft Adventures Material:  55% Hemp | 25% Recycled Polyester | TENCEL™ Lyocell Size Worn:  XS in Heather Grey (true to size)

I loved all my previous Prana dresses (now discontinued), so I knew I would love the Cozy Up Bayjour Dress. It is soft and comfortable , can be dressed up or down , and  pockets  are always a plus. I’ll later post up all the mixing and matching I can do with my wardrobe and this dress.

  • Soft fabric
  • Lightweight than most dresses, but on this list, it’s one of the heavier fabrics.
  • Flattering shape with rib knit tank bodice
  • Bacteria resistant
  • Quick drying
  • Versatile and can be dressed up or down
  • On-seam pockets
  • Some recycled fibers and eco-friendly materials
  • Other reviewers mention the fabric is heavier than expected, and the black color looks faded.
  • The waistline could be higher to be more flattering on petite frames. It’s better for average or taller heights.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Prana or Amazon .

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6. Toad and co Jumper ($125) →

Activities:  Urban Exploration Material:  100% Organic Cotton Size Worn:  XS in Honey Brown (fits large on me)

I love this jumper for travel days when I have multiple activities requiring multiple outfits. Instead of bringing two outfits per day, I can throw this over the same top, which makes for an easy day-to-night transition. I did this twice on our Washington trip , where I had to hike during the day but had more formal dinners later.

  • Easy to throw on.
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Lots of pockets (one zippered pocket for valuables)
  • Can machine wash
  • Oeko-tex standard
  • Shipped in a recyclable paper sleeve.
  • Joy-backed guarantee. You can return it within 90 days if you don’t get a compliment within three wearings or it doesn’t bring you joy.
  • Runs large if you’re petite, but I don’t mind wearing it looser.

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7. Arc’teryx Contenta Dress (Out of Stock) →

Activities:  Urban Exploration, Outdoor Adventures Material:  100% recycled Diem™ polyester Size Worn:  XS in Light Immersion (true to size on me)

They made a newer version of this dress with a looser silhouette and a scooped neckline. Meanwhile, I still have the older version. 

This dress is the  most lightweight option  on here and feels the most breezy out of all the dresses. I especially gravitate towards it on hot summer days (we have plenty of them in Vegas).

  • Lightweight
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Can wear it two ways.
  • Materials meet the Bluesign criteria for sustainability.
  • The elastic waistband inside is annoying to cinch the waist (the newer version has it on the outside).

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8. Anatomie Taya Racerback Maxi Dress (On Sale $78 From $168) →

Activities:  Urban exploration, Beach, Nicer Dinners, Work trips Material:  95% Viscose / 5% Elastane Size Worn:  XS in Navy (true to size on me other than length)

Let me start by saying I’m a big fan of Anatomie’s line of travel clothes. Everything is  high quality . I own two pairs of Skylar Pants in black and gray because they’re perfect for flying, and now this dress!

The performance fabric keeps you comfortable, and the mesh panel makes it perfect for warm-weather travel.

  • Stretchy, Relaxed fit
  • Flattering shape
  • I had to hem it since there are no petite sizes

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Anatomie .

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9. Helene Clarkson Sabi Reversible Halter Dress (on sale $94 from $189) →

Activities:  Urban exploration, Work travel Material:  95% polyester, 5% spandex Size Worn:   XS in teal  (true to size on me)

The material is so soft and comfortable that I can practically  sleep in it ! What initially drew me to this dress was that it’s  reversible , and you can wear it as a mock-neck halter style or a v-neck. Also, since the fabric is so thin, you can wear it as a top with baggier bottoms like joggers.

  • Wrinkle Free
  • Reversible – front is a pleated mock neck, and the back is a relaxed v-neck. I typically only wear it on the mock neck side, though.
  • Hang to dry
  • It’s easy to snag, so be careful around sharp objects or velcro.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Helene Clarkson .

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10. Bluffworks Threshold Tie Waist T-Shirt Dress (On sale $46 from $78) →

Activities:  Urban exploration Material:  66% Polyester, 29% Lyocell, 5% elastane Size Worn:  XS Petite in Deep Maroon (runs large on me)

Jacob has been wearing Bluffworks clothes for years, and now that they have started carrying women’s clothes, I finally got to check out one of their dresses. Their threshold tie waist t-shirt dress uses a super soft fabric that feels like your old favorite tee. The fit runs a half-size large on me in XS, their smallest size, but most of their reviews say it fits true to size.

  • Comfy, soft fabric.
  • Machine washable
  • Odor resistant
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Moisture wicking/quick drying
  • 4 total pockets (2 on interior)
  • It fits loose on me and isn’t flattering on the side you don’t tie. It probably looks better on you if it fits more snugly.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Bluffworks .

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11. Girlfriend Collective – Lola V-neck Dress (on sale $88) →

Activities:  Hiking, Climbing, Urban exploration. Material:  90% RPET and 10% spandex Size Worn:  XS in alpine (true to size on me)

The Lola V-Neck is perfect for any activity. With its  built-in shorts , you can hike or climb without worrying about flashing people. They make them out of  90% recycled plastic bottles  (RPET). 

Plus, they have their  ReGirlfriend recycling program , where they turn your dress into future clothes.

It was also perfect for travel with a  diverse range of activities . We zip-lined in the morning before exploring the city, and the built-in shorts made that all possible.

Girlfriend Collective sent me two dresses to showcase on  my climbing account , but I loved them so much that I included them here.

  • Comfortable fabric.
  • Flattering shape with compression around the waist and hips.
  • Built-in bra.
  • Built-in shorts.
  • Pockets on inner shorts.
  • Sweat-wicking.
  • Ultra-lightweight.
  • Sustainably made from 90% recycled plastic bottles, and they have a recycle program called ReGirlfriend.
  • Must be hang-dried.
  • Doesn’t hide stiff nips, and if you’re already flat, it flattens you more.
  • Harder to take on and off to go to the bathroom.
  • Looks more sporty.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Girlfriend Collective .

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12. Toad and Co Marley Tiered Sleeveless Dress (On Sale $58 from $90) →

Activities:  Urban Exploration, Beach, Soft Adventures Material:  48% TENCEL™ Lyocell | 48% Organic Cotton | 4% Elastane Size Worn:  XS in Salt (runs large on me)

The Marley Tiered dress is  comfortable,  versatile, and perfect for hot summers. It’s easy to throw on whether lounging at home or exploring the city.

Toad and Co values  sustainability , and I thought it was cute that even their tags are made to be reusable as a coaster.

  • Loose, flowy silhouette
  • Bra-friendly coverage
  • Made with eco-friendly fibers and packaging
  • Joy-backed guarantee
  • The bust runs large for me since I’m petite and flat-chested.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Toad & Co .

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13. Fig CLothing Hampton Dress (On sale $72 from $89) →

Activities:  Urban exploration, soft adventure Material:  100% Cotton (Honeycomb terry) Size Worn:  XS in Terracotta Stripe (true to size on me)

Fig makes practical travel clothes that make no sacrifice on style, and the Hampton dress has been the perfect addition to my capsule wardrobe. I love the simple design and the in-seam pockets.

  • Soft on skin
  • Comfortable
  • UPF 25 solar protection
  • In-seam pockets
  • Quality fabric
  • Heavier than my other travel dresses because of its thicker fabric

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Fig Clothing .

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14. Milumia Button Up Split Floral Print Flowy Party Maxi Dress ($44) →

Activities:  Urban exploration, beach

I wear an XS in Beige Yellow, but the dress runs big and fits loose on me (I’m a petite XS, sometimes XXS). 

The fit isn’t perfect on me, but it still looks great for photos (see photo below). I have other travel bloggers friends with this same dress who own it in multiple colors. If it fits you, it’s a fan favorite.

  • Comfortable, soft fabric
  • Machine Washable
  • Must be line-dried
  • Fits baggy on me.

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15. Encircled Chrysalis Cardi Dress ($215) →

Activities:  Urban exploration, in flight.

I learned about Encircled and had the Chrysalis Cardi back in 2015. I love how this wrap dress can be worn in 8+ different ways (see  all the ways here ).

  • Premium quality and made to last
  • Can be worn 8+ different ways
  • Sustainability – They use the most natural and sustainable fabrics available and are a Certified B Corp and Oeko Tex 100 Certified
  • Heavy Fabric
  • Will Wrinkle
  • Must be line-dried and takes a while to dry, but I think the fabric has since changed.
  • Not all the ways have a flattering fit.

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Many of my favorite dresses are discontinued now. It’s worth noting that some travel apparel brands that shut down include Rec Room, Vacaystyle, and the Adventure Dress (the website is still there, but all their dresses have been sold out for several years).

Do you own any of these?

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More Travel Dresses – Honorable Mentions

  • The Undress  – the dress that lets you undress anywhere.
  • Uniqlo A-line Mini Bra Dress  – love when the bra is built in. So comfy.
  • Toad & Co Camp-co Romper – as long as you don’t mind traveling in a romper. It feels like linen but has a cleaner footprint.

If you want to avoid wrinkles, use these packing tips:

  • Don’t overpack.
  • Lay the dress flat inside a plastic dry cleaning bag. Fold it in its natural shape.
  • Pack them last or on top of everything else.
  • Roll softer garments.
  • Use a  mini travel steamer .
  • If your clothes are wrinkled, hang them in the bathroom while you take a steamy hot shower.

What do you think of these dresses? Which of them would you most likely wear? Have you tried any travel dresses (the ones are specifically made for travel)?

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7 Best Hiking Dresses For Outdoor Adventures (2024)

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  • Low back cutout for easy bathroom trips
  • Stitched-in shorts with gripper elastic gusset
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Durable, quick-drying nylon fabric blend
  • No built-in bra

From hot weather hikes to mellow neighborhood strolls, Backcountry’s Destination Dress stands out as a hiking outfit built to tackle movement with utmost style. 

It ticks all the activewear boxes: lightweight, durable, and just the right amount of stretch and coverage. The quick-dry nylon fabric also really moves with your body and does an excellent job repelling moisture when your heart rate (or the temps!) ramp up. I love the deep pocket on the shorts side, too; it allows you to stash a phone or emergency snack if you’re without a pack.

The top reason it’s my favorite choice for hiking, though? The unique cut-out design on the lower back. This key feature not only allows extra airflow but makes it possible to easily pull the bottom section down, making bathroom trips on and off trail a breeze. From personal experience, I can attest that’s a pretty huge perk!

I do wish it had some extra boob support or an internal sports bra, but that’s a simple fix: just layer with your favorite hiking bra and you’re set! At day’s end, Backcountry’s Destination Dress is a champ because it puts spunk and support in your step from the first go.

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I admit: It took me a while to give dresses for hiking a proper chance. But women’s activewear has come a long way, ladies. And the modern hiking dress is one of the most flattering, comfortable, and versatile pieces of clothing you can have in your outdoor gear lineup.

Especially for warm-weather hikes and casual adventures, a hiking dress is the perfect combination of trail performance and effortless flair. Plus, you won’t have to worry about near-maddening constriction of pants and shorts. Or about changing outfits when transitioning from trail to town!

So, if you’re ready to swap those traditional outdoor bottoms and tops for a dynamic adventure dress, I’ve got you covered. Read on for the best hiking dresses for all your outdoor escapades.

My Review Process

As someone who’s adventured near and far in search of memorable outdoor experiences, I have a pretty good sense of what makes hiking clothes stand the test of time. And let it be known, that the hiking dress of today isn’t some one-and-done trend. Some of the finest outdoor brands have added this super-versatile garment to their women’s collections, and it's easy to see why.

So what goes into making a solid hiking dress that will go the distance no matter what activity you’re powering through? Above all, I prioritize dresses made with quality performance fabrics that are lightweight, quick-drying, and allow unrestricted movement. I’ve highlighted other important features in the Buying Guide below, so be sure to have a look before committing to a purchase.

Backcountry Destination Dress

Backcountry Destination Dress

Best overall hiking dress, patagonia fleetwith dress, best hiking dress with pockets.

  • Two side pockets & one zippered pocket
  • Quick-drying fabric has DWR (durable water-repellent) finish
  • Made with recycled materials
  • Very versatile, from trail to town!
  • Drawstring waist not ideal with packs

Want a dress packed with pockets that doesn’t sacrifice comfort, durability and style? Then you’ll love Patagonia’s popular Fleetwith Dress.

Minimalists can rejoice with the versatile, no-frills silhouette, made with recycled polyester. The tank-style top has a charming crossover back and looser fit, while the dropped waist and drawcord feature allows for a customized fit. I like that the skirt is a bit more fitted, too, without compromising movement. Also, did I mention not one, but three pockets?!

I love the drawstring waist for everyday outings but if you’re heading out for a long-distance hiking trail, it may cause some rubbing issues with backpack belts. For casual hikes, rest days, and daily activities, though, the Patagonia Fleetwith really shines. Whether you’re pairing it with hiking boots or heels, it’s a dress you’ll soon find on repeat because it’s that good.

Mountain Hardwear Dynama Dress

Best lightweight hiking dress.

  • Antimicrobial fabric treatment
  • Great prints available
  • Bodysuit style not for everyone

Light as a feather but with a supportive core, the Mountain Hardwear Dynama Dress is true to its name, offering a dynamic design that thrives in the outdoors.

What’s to love? A stretchy nylon-elastane fabric puts mobility at the forefront in every way. And adjustable straps in the back make it possible to slip on and hit the trails with no time to waste. The shorts liner also creates what is essentially a built-in bodysuit. That makes the Dynama Dress a great option for cross-over activities that warrant a bit extra coverage, like cycling or bouldering. 

Okay, but does the one-piece design make bathroom management outdoors a tad tricky? Yes, but only slightly. It’s a process that has easy solutions with the right attitude. For me, the uncompromising comfort and technical nature of Mountain Hardwear’s Dynama Dress make it one I’m excited to hit the trails with each time.

Columbia PFG Freezer III Dress

Best quick-dry hiking dress.

Columbia PFG Freezer III Dress

  • Quick dry fabric with cooling technology
  • Wallet-friendly price
  • Inclusive sizing for plus sizes
  • Eye-catching summer prints
  • Length may cause chafing on longer hikes

It may be designed with the female angler in mind, but Columbia’s PFG Freezer III Dress will excel just as much on your favorite trails as on the water. It’s my top pick for a sweaty hike or logging some relaxed miles at the peak of summer.

The magic is in the material. Specialized, sweat-activated “Omni-Freeze” fabric cools your entire body as it releases moisture, and is dry before you know it. Thanks to the quality blend of polyester and elastane jersey, the PFG Freezer III also feels criminally light and silky. UPF 50+ sun protection only further adds to the hot weather pot!

What about the cons? Well, a lack of external pockets and no built-in sports bra isn’t ideal, but for hikers specifically, the longer silhouette of the Freezer III Dress may cause thigh chafing. An anti-chafing balm will alleviate that, though, and allow you to take on trails with confidence. Days end, it’s a pretty darn versatile option for a range of body types wanting a warm-weather dress to be active in.

The North Face EA Arque Hike Dress

Best hiking dress with shorts.

The North Face EA Arque Hike Dress

  • Moisture-wicking, quick-dry fabric 
  • Stretchy & supportive
  • Two drop-in pockets
  • Very versatile, from trail to town

Chasing tame and challenging hikes alike, but want to look sleek doing it? The North Face’s EA Arque Dress may not look like hiking gear, but it most definitely performs like it. 

The internal bodysuit provides support where you need it, with two drop-in phone-sized pockets on each side for your trail essentials. North Face’s trademark FlashDry fabric (made with recycled polyester) wicks moistures, dries quickly, and allows supreme mobility, too.

Like most of the awesome gear and clothing North Face offers, the price tag is a bit on the steeper end. But from my personal experience, the quality speaks for itself. This is a summer hiking dress that can power through quick high-elevation scrambles and nights on the town just as easily. A winner in my trail book.

Smartwool Active Tank Dress

Most stylish hiking dress.

Smartwool Active Tank Dress

  • Merino-wool blend in heavy-sweat areas 
  • Two drop-in pockets 
  • Moisture-controlling, breathable fabric with four-way stretch
  • Lightweight & form-flattering silhouette
  • Merino-wool only in select dress sections

Smartwool is a master of blending quality fabrics, function and design, and their Active Tank Dress is a testament to this. This stylish piece delivers everything you could want from a hiking dress in an elegant, capable and lightweight package that’s ready to take on the outdoors.

Unlike the synthetic material dresses on our list, the Active Tank Dress has the bonus of featuring a natural fabric blend. Merino wool and polyester are masterfully joined in key sections on the sides and back, promoting thermoregulation and breathability where you need it most. I also love the external drop-in pockets and peekaboo cutout at the back. 

Does Merino wool gear come at an extra cost? Slightly. But honestly, this price tag is quite comparable to other frocks on our list! And for a merino-blend of any sort, it’s still a pretty great value. Sporty, comfortable, yet easy to dress up when you need to, I wouldn’t hesitate to add Smartwool’s Active Tank Dress to your forever closet.

Avalanche Mesh Zipper Pocket Hiking Dress

Best budget hiking dress.

Avalanche Mesh Zipper Pocket Hiking Dress

  • Amazing low price
  • Built-in shelf bra with removable padding
  • Secure zippered pocket
  • Elegant strappy back design
  • Ultra-light fabric is not fully opaque

Just because it’s the most wallet-friendly piece on our roundup doesn't mean it’s not fit for your wildest hiking adventures. The Avalanche Outdoor Supply Company has knocked it out of the park with their Mesh Zipper Pocket Hiking Dress, and it’ll help you go that distance.

Why the praise? For one, a super lightweight, mesh-like spandex blend keeps you cool and airy whether you’re exploring beautiful hikes, car camping or exploring downtown attractions. The strappy, open-back design also adds a unique touch, all while promoting extra airflow. I’m a big fan of the built-in shelf bra with removable foam cup pads, too; it provides just the right amount of support!

Be forewarned: for some, the mesh fabric of the Avalanche Zipper Pocket Hiking Dress may feel a bit too transparent. But for a summer frock meant for summer travels and adventures, it’s a small price to pay. At such a steal of a price, I say you buy two so you’re never without a clean option for your next hike!

Why Are The Pros Of Hiking In A Dress?  

Especially when you already have a tried-and-true collection of hiking shorts , shirts, and pants for hiking, a dress may not feel like the most obvious choice for many. But a hiking dress has far more perks than meets the eye.

For one, you don’t have to deal with the often-uncomfortable constriction of pants and shorts. The lack of a defined waistband also means fewer hot-spots, especially when lugging a pack with a waist belt.

Another game-changer: no sagging bottoms beginning to ride low on those multi-day hikes! A dress is one streamlined piece of hiking garb that takes the place of two separate ones. If you’re packing for an overnighter or longer backpacking trip, that means less space and weight in your pack. 

What Are The Cons to Hiking Dresses? 

As great as a hiking dress is, it’s not for every hiker or for every season.

Most of all, your average hiking dress is generally limited to warm and hot weather. Although you can certainly still rock one in cooler months, especially when paired with a long-sleeved shirt or hiking jacket , a hiking dress has its comfort limits in cold weather.

Another negative, at least for some, may be exposure in the nether regions; mainly if a dress doesn’t come with built-in shorts. While the perk of this is more airflow, it definitely could pose an issue for some gals that prefer full coverage down there. No built-in shorts also means that chafing could potentially arise. A good way to combat this is by applying anti-chafing balm.

On that same note, built-in shorts do pose a bit more complication when popping a squat on the trail. Pulling the entire dress off just to go to the bathroom can become frustrating to say the least, but with the right mindset, you can nail a system that works for you.

Read more on built-in shorts in our Buying Guide below!

Women’s Hiking Dress Buying Guide

A great hiking dress is more than just a cute activewear frock. The most reliable designs are equal parts flattering, comfortable and technical, and made to please the most active woman on whatever adventures she embarks on.

Here are the most important features to consider when purchasing a dress for hiking.

As with all hiking clothes, material is everything. You want to ensure the fabric of your hiking dress is not only comfortable on the skin, but quick-drying, sweat-wicking and breathable. Generally, this means a synthetic, stretchy material, like polyester or nylon, but some dresses do feature a Merino wool blended with spandex or other synthetics.

Ease of movement is also critical when choosing a hiking dress. Going with a fabric that conforms to your body type and allows unrestricted movement when scrambling or pushing through a tough section of trail makes all the difference.

Hiking dress styles range from loose and simple slip-on designs to more performance-oriented pieces. The latter usually feature built-in bras or built-in shorts, and fitted, stretchy silhouettes that provide utmost freedom of movement.

As you’ll see from our shortlist, the exact length, shoulder strap width, and back design will vary from piece to piece. Some dresses will have adjustable racerback straps and slightly flared skirts, while others may be more fitted with a body suit design. Which you pick is mainly a matter of personal preference.

When it comes to attire for hiking, the same is true around the table: the more pockets the better! Granted, a hiking dress generally won’t feature quite as many pockets as, say, technical climbing pants . But the top hiking dresses will typically have at least one. Whether it’s a simple drop-in pocket or a secure zipper stash pocket will depend on the dress itself, of course, but definitely aim to have something there to carry your small essentials.

Built-In Shorts 

Built-in shorts are a pretty big deciding factor in the hiking dress realm, which is why I’ve featured dresses with and without them in the roundup. Yes, shorts mean more protection against chafing, and more coverage when on technical (or busy) terrain. But built-in shorts also make going to the bathroom in your dress a bit more complicated (yes, you need to pull the whole thing off.)

Which design is best for you? If you want ease, I’d choose a style with no built-shorts. You can always pair your dress with bike shorts if needed, after all. If you prize an all-in-one dress that will have your back, though, built-in shorts are the way to go. It may take a few rounds to find the best bathroom system for you, but rest assured, one does exist. The tradeoff is well worth it!

Prices for hiking dresses range anywhere from $30-$40 for a budget-friendly piece to upwards of $100 for one from a top outdoor brand. Even though the higher-priced frocks may seem expensive for a seemingly limited, seasonal piece of outdoor clothing, the versatility of a hiking dress truly makes it a worthwhile investment.

Besides merely wearing a hiking dress for outdoor adventures, most styles —like all of the ones I’ve featured above— can easily be worn for everyday outings, travels, and even relaxed nights on the town. This adaptable nature makes a hiking dress quite the chameleon of your wardrobe! 

Want a hiking dress that offers equal parts support, style and ease of movement? Our Best Overall pick, the Backcountry Destination Dress , offers a unique design that the most seasoned hikers will appreciate.

If something a bit more refined and versatile is your aim, Smartwool’s super-sleek Active Tank Dress will really impress with its thermoregulating merino-wool blend and crowd-pleasing silhouette. Patagonia’s Fleetwith Dress is a close runner-up in terms of a sporty-yet-polished hiking look.

For those needing ultimate support and coverage for high-output activities, I wouldn’t hesitate with The North Face EA Arque Hike Dress . It’s one of my all-time favorite hiking dresses, and the FlashDry fabric stands the test of time and trails.

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Ultimate Guide To the Best Travel Dresses for Summer

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An effortless way to feel comfy yet feminine and put-together, dresses are a staple travel item for so many TFG readers! Gear up for your sunny trips with one of these reader-favorite summer travel dresses !

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Dresses are hit any time of year, but they’re particularly popular for a summer trip!  Having a versatile selection of dresses that are easy to put together, take up little space, and can be worn for a variety of travel activities is ideal for anyone.

However, it can be a little daunting to know what type of dress is suitable for your destination and even the weather, as some places can be more humid or dry than others. And some places are a bit more fashionable than others, such as Europe , so it’s a fine balance to know the best travel dress women pack.

Check out these top tips on how to choose the best womens travel dresses that are timeless, stylish, and ideal for warmer weather!


The Merino Wool Travel Dress b y Wool& can be worn in summer or when it gets chillier out!

Dresses are the perfect way to stay cool (and cute) in the summer heat! When searching for the best summer travel dresses , readers suggest natural fabrics or fabrics like rayon that are highly breathable and cooling. 

One TFGer shares how she keeps cool in the summer, “I try to look for dresses in cotton or other natural materials.” 

Linen is the perfect option for beach destinations and is super chic for sightseeing in Europe , too! You can’t go wrong with a cotton dress, whether a crisp t-shirt dress or a jersey knit maxi dress , as they’ll feel cozy and super airy. 

Rayon and nylon are loved for their comfy, wrinkle-free, moisture-wicking, and vibrantly colored fabric. Readers pack sundresses made from these fabrics for everything from exploring tropical Thailand to island hopping in Greece ! 

Merino wool is temperature-regulating, breathable, and moisture-wicking, so it’s another great fabric to look out for, especially if you have an active trip planned.

You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly !


The Quince Jersey Ruched Dress is wearable in many scenarios, whether leisure or business travel!


Versatility is always an important factor to keep in mind when figuring out your perfect travel wardrobe, so be sure to consider whether you can wear your dress(es) for multiple occasions and various activities. It’s always a plus if you can wear your dress out and about with comfy shoes for sightseeing and then dress it up with some nice sandals and jewelry for going out to dinner. 

Travel dresses that don’t wrinkle and will keep you at a comfy temp are great because you can wear them on your flight and then jump straight into a day of exploring your destination. TFG readers especially love simple, sleek dresses made of technical fabrics that can be worn to a business conference and then on a hike! 

Be sure to consider all the activities you have planned, and see if your perfect travel dress can handle more than a few of them!


The Loveappella Maxi Dress is a classic style that readers adore for summer travels. Also wearing Wallaroo Sun Hat and carrying Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody

Overall, more neutral colors and classic cuts for dresses work best for travel. For example, the best travel dresses for Italy , in cities like Rome , Milan , or even New York , or Paris , is a great opportunity to rock some stylish pieces that are timeless but still emphasize your personal style. Readers recommend trying a chic midi for sightseeing or a flowy silk number for an evening out!

If you like colors that pop more, brighter colors and bold patterns are wonderful for   Thailand or Southeast Asia . Go for a cute floral summer dress or an easy t-shirt dress that can transition from day to night. 

If you’re heading to a city where the locals tend to dress modestly, midi and maxi dresses are perfect options for keeping cool and looking fabulous while dressing appropriately for the destination. 

Be sure to keep in mind sleeve length and necklines, too — while sleeveless options and deep v-necks are feminine, airy, and fun, travel dresses with sleeves and higher necklines might be better for more conservative countries or when touring churches and other religious or cultural sites. 

Remember that no matter where you’re heading, being comfortable and confident is the number one priority (as well as respecting the local custom in terms of style or length of dress), so whether bright and colorful or neutral and monochromatic, long, midi, or short, if you love it, wear it!


The Columbia Freezer III Dress has Omini-Shade and blocks UVA and UVB rays

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Once the boxes for comfort and style are checked off, it doesn’t have to stop there! Dresses made of various tech fabrics offer so much in the way of function and practicality while still being super cute. 

A moisture-wicking and quick dry travel dress will make warm-weather travels a breeze, as it’ll keep you feeling (and smelling) fresh after sporty excursions or hours of sightseeing under the sun. And if you’re looking for some extra sun protection for those long days spent outdoors, opt for a dress that has UPF protection built in.

If you’re worried about wrinkles, look to travel dress wrinkle-free fabrics such as nylon, rayon, and certain knit fabrics, which are naturally wrinkle-resistant. (Bonus: these fabrics tend to be lightweight, breathable, and packable!)

Now that we’ve covered how to select the right women’s travel dresses for summer , check out the readers’ most popular picks for the hot season!

Best Travel Dresses for Europe Summer Vacations

Europe is such a popular travel destination in the summer, and what better place to roam around in a chic and comfy dress? Trips in Europe often entail a LOT of walking, and because summer in Europe tends to be very hot, staying cool and comfy is key. 

Readers like to strike a balance between fashion and function so they can enjoy their trip to the fullest and feel chic and confident while doing so! 

Below we’ve listed some classic and chic dresses, but if you’re searching for more, check out the 10 Best Travel Dresses for Europe .


Gevomir Halter Neck Summer Dress with Packable Braided Straw Hat

Gemovir Halter Neck Summer Dress

After Editor-in-Chief Alex wore this summer dress from Gevomir all around Rome and other European cities and shared it with readers, it’s become a huge TFG fave, many of whom claim it’s the best travel dress for Europe ! 

Light and breathable, this number has an elastic band that flatters the waistline, a chic high neckline, and a flowy, ruffled hem. To top it off, it’s super versatile and can be styled in a lot of different ways, it’s a dream in the heat, and the fabric doesn’t wrinkle!

A traveler says, “This is such a cute and lightweight travel dress , and is perfect for different body types. It photographs really well and was flattering and comfortable, even in scorching Lucerne weather!” Choose from a wide range of colors and sizes S-XXL .

Check out why Gevomir printed halter summer dress is perfect for Europe!


Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince

Quince 100% European Linen Dress

Effortlessly elegant and comfy, you can never go wrong with a linen dress for Europe — especially when it looks as cute as this one! Quince’s 100% European Linen black travel dress is a versatile piece with a polished collar, buttons, short sleeves, and a midi length, so it’s perfect for both business and leisure travel. 

The linen is airy, high quality, and lightweight and can be cinched up to enhance the waistline with the removable belt! 

A wearer raves, “I love this dress! I have a feeling I will be living in it this summer. It fits perfectly, the fabric is lovely, and the colors are beautiful! Can easily be dressed up or down!” It comes in sizes XS-XL .


Shop Sizes 1X-3X: Caslon

Caslon Tie Front Gauze Dress

Another cute midi, Caslon tie front cotton dress is snug up top with a long, flowing skirt. Its cotton fabric keeps this dress cool and breathable and feels nice and soft. Wearers rave about how comfy and cute this dress is, both for wearing casually on summer days or for special occasions! 

A wearer goes into detail, “I bought this dress for a trip and wore it nearly every day. So comfortable and attractive. I’m busty and found the smocking was flattering – defined but didn’t accentuate.” Available in sizes 1X-3X .


Shop Sizes XS-3XL: Pact

Pact Fit & Flare Tie Back Dress

Elevated yet cozy and easy to wear, this Pact short  dress is a travel rockstar. Cute details like the cinch waist and the tie on the back make this unique looking, while the straps offer enough bra coverage. Yet this functional, low-maintenance organic cotton fabric keeps it cool and durable. 

A wearer shares more, “Comfortable dress. Had super strong smell straight out of the bag but a wash got rid of it. Great quality and feel. Will definitely purchase additional clothing once my preferred size is back in stock for some styles.”  It comes in sizes XS-3XL .


Shop Sizes XXS-XL: Carve Designs

Carve Designs Nellie Linen Dress

This Carve Designs midi travel dress is beyond dreamy, made of soft linen that’ll keep you feeling cool and comfortable. The loose design features a flattering neckline with a flowing skirt, and wearers of all sizes say it fits perfectly. 

It’ll look cute with everything from sneakers to sandals , and you can store your lip balm or other small essentials in the side pockets! 

One wearer says, “Cute dress, Perfect for summer. The dark fawn is a pretty color and the linen materials is lightweight and comfortable. I’ll pair it with a jean jacket in the fall. Love it!”  It’s offered in sizes XXS-XL . 

Best Moisture Wicking Travel Dresses for Hot Destinations

Good travel dresses for summer are usually moisture wicking ones. These dresses are made from technical fabrics that draw moisture away from the body, keeping things fresh and cool without showing any signs of dampness. Readers love these functional womens travel dress styles for really hot places or when embarking on a more active adventure where you’ll be working up a bit of a sweat. 

We’ve featured some of the most popular moisture-wicking dresses below, but see the full roster right here ! 


Shop: Amazon | Eddie Bauer Sizes Regular XS-XXL | Petite S-L | Tall M-XXL | Plus 2X-3X

Eddie Bauer Aster Dress

This Eddie Bauer travel dress is a longstanding TFG favorite, loved for its simple, classic design and impressive roster of functional features. The empire waist is flattering, and the fabric has a hint of stretch for a supportive fit that gives you plenty of mobility. The fabric also has odor-control and UPF 50+ sun protection, doesn’t wrinkle, and will look nice and neat throughout your trip! 

A happy wearer says, “I love these black travel dresses . They’re perfect for travel and everyday wear. You can dress them up or wear them for a casual look. They don’t wrinkle and are super comfy!” It comes in sizes XS-XXL , petite S-L , tall M-XXL , and plus 2X-3X .

Find out how to turn any one of your dresses into versatile dresses !


 Shop Sizes Regular XXS-3X  |  Tall S-XL  |  Petite XS-L : Athleta

Athleta Elation Midi Dress

With such a cute and chic design, no one would ever guess this dress was made of technical fabric and built for adventuring! While it looks and feels silky smooth, the Athleta v-neck dress is comfy, quick-drying, breathable, and has UPF 40+ sun protection. 

Whether you take it out on a boat, hike in it, wear it as a beach coverup , or go out to dinner, this dress can seriously do it all!

A happy wearer shares, “ Love that this has the same fabric and color throughout this year. A definite refresh for your favorite go-to spring/summer go-everywhere dress. ” It comes in regular XXS-3X , tall S-XL , and petite XS-L .


Shop Sizes XS-XL: prAna |  Moosejaw

PrAna Jewel Lake Dress

This PrAna travel dress will have you looking so cute and elevated yet totally ready for whatever adventures each day brings. Its flattering, a-line silhouette and bright print keep things fun and feminine, while its stretchy, moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabric coupled with roomy pockets keeps it practical for an active or warm-weathered trip. 

Readers especially love its supportive fit, with crisscross straps and an interior shelf bra with mesh lining. 

A reader says, “I think I found my perfect travel dress! It has a shelf bra with lightly lined cups. Usually, shelf bras don’t work for me, but this is a dream! I don’t have to wear a strapless bra now. AND…it has pockets!! I’m so excited about this find that I think I’m going to splurge and buy another.” It comes in a few different patterns and in sizes XS-XL .

Best Wrinkle Free Travel Dresses for Multi-Stop Trips

For a trip with multiple destinations where you’ll be packing, unpacking, and repacking your clothes, wrinkle-free fabrics will make a HUGE difference. Your cute travel dress will come out of its packing cube looking fresh, neat, and ready to be thrown right on! (Though, we always recommend hanging dresses once you arrive at your destination — even if the tag says wrinkle-resistant). 

Below are some versatile beauties, but if you’re looking for more low maintenance dresses, see these Wrinkle Free Dresses!


Shop: Eddie Bauer | Amazon Sizes Regular XS-XXL | Petite S-L | Tall M-XXL | Plus 2X-3X

Eddie Bauer Departure Easy Tank Dress

Another Eddie Bauer fave, readers love the Departure little black travel dress for its casual and flattering style and amazing versatility. This cutie is made of a stretchy fabric that’s moisture-wicking, lightweight, and has UPF 50+ sun protection, so it’s perfect for sightseeing, active excursions, or grabbing lunch. Readers say this wrinkle-free travel dress is easy to pack and will still look nice after a long trip with repeated wearing!

A wearer shares why she thinks this is the best black travel dress : “This dress is versatile, so great for a night out, a day of sightseeing, a trip to the beach, or just running errands. The fabric is light, comfortable, and packs small. When traveling, you can wash it in the sink, hang it up, and it’ll be dry by the morning! And the zippered pockets are big enough to keep your phone, keys, and wallet secure, so you can leave your purse behind.” Sizes range from XS-XXL , petite S-L , and plus 2X-3X . 


Quince Silk Blend T Shirt Dress

T-shirt dresses are awesome for travel because they can be styled up with wedges and accessories or worn as a cute sightseeing outfit with sneakers and a sunhat . These Quince comfortable travel dresses are a great pick because their wrinkle-resistant, sweat-wicking, and quick-drying properties mean you can wear them all throughout your trip and know they’ll stay fresh and neat. 

Readers love that the relaxed fit adds to the cooling, airy feel and gives them a fashion-forward look, too!

A fan of these easy travel dresses sums it up, “This is just about the perfect little dress that can transition from day to night. It travels well and fits great!” It comes in several colors and in sizes XS-XL .  


Shop Chico’s: Sizes Regular 00-22 | Petite 00-18

Chicos Travelers Classic Maxi Dress

This Chico’s Classic travel dress with sleeves has a beautiful, timeless silhouette that’ll work in any destination and for all kinds of activities! Part of their Travelers collection, this pretty piece is made from a smooth, light, and quick-drying fabric that’s super durable and won’t pill or wrinkle, and many wearers talk about how well it drapes and moves. 

So grab a floppy hat and comfy sandals for a chic daytime look, and then add flats and a wrap for evening elegance! 

It’s a great business travel dress , too! A TFGer says, “I wear lots of Chico’s, and I love their Travelers fabric!” This dress comes in sizes 00-22 and petite 00-18 . 


Quince Vintage Wash Tencel Slip Dress

Classic, feminine, and versatile slip dresses are a closet staple, especially when they’re wrinkle, shrink, and static-resistant, like the Quince’s Vintage Wash Tencel dress ! It’s long, flowy, and relaxed, with adjustable straps and a v-neck. Wearers love the cool and lightweight yet sturdy fabric that comes in two gorgeous, vintage-looking colors. 

One reader says, “I have the Quince slip dress. It is generously cut, so very flattering. I wear something over it – like a jacket or cardigan .” It comes in sizes XS-XL . 

Best Travel Dresses With Pockets for Sightseeing Excursions

For days when you only need a few small essentials or just want to keep certain things easily accessible, a travel dress with pockets is the answer! They’re amazing for holding small items like your lip balm and small amounts of cash or a room key. These dresses are cute, comfy, functional, and super trendy for summer. 

The list of pocket dresses is some of the most sought-after! And if you love them as much as we do, see more Dresses With Pockets !


Shop Sizes XXS-XXL: Nordstrom |  Faherty

Faherty Isha Linen Dress

The Isha linen dress is a heavenly pick for summer, made of 100% linen and designed with a relaxed fit. The buttons and pin tucks on the bodice embellish this classic dress, and the range of colors and prints are all so pretty. 

Readers love that the fit is cute and ultra-flattering, and wearers confirm how comfy and versatile it is —you can throw it over a swimsuit for the beach or dress it up for date night! 

A wearer says, “Super cute and comfortable. I am a slim athletic build, and I like that it falls straight. A great piece for traveling as it can be worn super casual with sneakers or less casual with sandals and accessories.” Available in sizes XXS-XXL . 

We’ve compiled the ultimate list of what our readers rank as the best dress for hot weather travels !


Shop Sizes Regular XXS-XXL: Nordstrom

Caslon Tie Waist Maxi Dress

Simple, clean lines and small details like a side slit and tie waist give so much style and femininity to Caslon’s black travel dress with pockets . It’s chic and flattering but has enough coverage to be a perfect choice for any trips where you need to dress a bit more modestly. The cotton-rayon fabric is light as air, deliciously soft, and comfy. 

A traveler shares, “I needed a packable dress for travel in Europe and found this one to be perfect. This one is simple, comfortable, and functional and can be dressed up or down!” Sizes range from XXS-XXL .


Shop Nordstrom: Sizes Regular XS-XL | Plus 0X-3X

Karen Kane Quinn Shift Dress

This plus size travel dress from Karen Kane is made from stretch-jersey rayon that looks sleek and polished but is super comfy to wear trekking around on a hot day. The slightly fitted bodice flows out into an a-line shape, which wearers say is super flattering and fun to wear. Its streamlined design keeps it ultra-versatile, which is always a plus when traveling! 

A wearer shares, “Great little dress that I can travel with and dress up or down. Love the v-neck and pockets!” Available in sizes XS-XL and plus sizes 0X-3X . 

Best Casual Travel Dresses for Beach Getaways

For a beach vacay, a light summer travel dress with the versatility to go from beachy to casual-chic is the way to go! Choose something functional that works as a swimsuit coverup when hanging out on the sand, but that also doubles as a cute option for dinner and drinks! These great travel dresses are perfect for relaxing at a beach resort, too.

Get inspired for your next beach trip with our round-up below, or search further for more Summer Beach Dresses !


Shop Sizes XS-XL: Nordstrom

Elan Bell Sleeve Coverup Dress

With a loose fit and a linen-cotton blend, these cute travel dresses from Elan are so ready to hit the beach! This dress hits above the knees and has a stylishly modest v-neck, while the metallic sheen and flutter sleeves give it a feminine touch. Wearers love this cutie for its summery look that’s both high quality and cooling! 

One says, “Great summer dress. I love Elan dresses and have a couple. The dress hits me above the knee in a flattering length. I also like the neckline and the fabric. Love it!” It comes in sizes XS-XL . Check out all of Elan’s summer dresses and coverups .

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Shop Sizes XXS-XXL: Gap

Gap Linen Blend Midi Dress 

Wearers say it doesn’t get more soft and cozy than this lovely casual travel dress from the Gap . Made from a lightweight linen blend, it sits close to the feminine shape and flows out into an elegant mid-length skirt. Readers say it’s ideal for lounging or sightseeing in a seaside town, and all you need are some comfy tan sandals to go with it!

One wearer says, “This simple and soft midi is perfect. You can wear it with sandals or tennis shoes and dress it up or down as it’s versatile. Great summer staple!” It comes in a range of pretty colors and in sizes XXS-XXL . 


Shop J.Crew: Sizes Regular XXS-3X | Petite XXS-L | Tall XS-XL

J.Crew Tall Bungalow Linen Popover Dress

Quick-drying, lightweight, and easygoing, J.Crew’s linen popover dress could totally be used as a beach coverup, but is such a chic and classy piece for dressy occasions, too! Its sheath silhouette is slightly boxy yet really flattering, and the shorter length makes it perfect for a beachy destination. 

Readers boast about how the quality is fantastic, and the linen allows your skin to breathe and feel nice and cool throughout the day. 

A happy user shares, “The color is beautiful, and the quality is great. I love it so much that I’m going to get the other colors!” It comes in sizes XXS-3X , petite XXS-L , and tall XS-XL .  


Shop Sizes XXS-XL: Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama Two Palms Linen Shirtdress

Light and beachy linen is polished up with front buttons, a collar, and an adjustable tie-belt with the Tommy Bahama’s Two Palms shirtdress . This pretty dress keeps it airy with side vents, a flowy fit, and a sleeveless design, while the midi length adds both style and extra coverage. You can keep it loose and buttoned down by the water, or cinch it up and add some white sneakers for sightseeing in town! 

A wearer shares more, “Beautiful dress! The linen is lightweight but still substantial (not too thin). It comes with a tie belt, but I think it looks great without it. Great alone or with a scarf , wrap , or statement jewelry.” Sizes range from XXS-XL .  

Best Lightweight Travel Dresses for Summer City Breaks

Summer in the city means dresses that’ll keep you both looking and feeling fresh, confident, and cool. Opt for chic, classic silhouettes, solid colors (neutral or bold!), and pieces that look just as nice with sneakers as they do with wedges . Bonus if they can go from day to night with an easy transition! 

Below is a versatile list of dresses for any city in the summer. Other popular classics for urban breaks are the LBD and LWD, respectively, the Best Black Dresses and the Best White Dresses for travel!


Shop Sizes XS-3X: Spanx

Spanx Carefree Crepe Reversible Slip Dress

The gorgeous silky fabric gives this Spanx slip dress a trendy and summery vibe. Its very flattering and reversible, so you can create different looks. It’s also super comfortable throughout your long days of exploring. Elegant and simple, you’ll be able to wear it repeatedly for all kinds of occasions!  

It comes in sizes XS-3X and two other colors that are also reversible. 

We have rounded up our favorite convertible travel dresses that will help you pack light and stylishly!


Quince Washable Stretch Silk Maxi Dress

While this Quince maxi travel dress looks elegant and polished, its flowy silhouette, smocked waistband, and stretchy, low-maintenance fabric make it quite a comfy and practical option for a long day of walking around and seeing the sights. 

The washable silk fabric is nourishing to the skin, hypoallergenic, and naturally thermoregulating, so it’ll help keep you cool, too! It also has handy side pockets for your small must-haves. 

A wearer says, “It is so light and airy and will be perfect for carry-on travel during the hot summer!” Sizes range from XS-XL . 


Shop on Nordstrom:  Regular Sizes XXS-XL | Plus Sizes 1X-3X

Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Shirtdress

This Eileen Fisher short sleeve travel dress is effortlessly chic and makes the perfect addition to a capsule wardrobe for a stylish city like New York or Paris . The organic linen and loose fit will keep things ultra-comfy, while the buttons and luxe look of the linen keeps it looking elevated. Wearers describe it as a summer must-have and love its rich and vibrant color options.  

A happy reviewer says, ”Love the color. The linen fabric is easy and breezy. Fits perfectly and will be great for the hot summer months.” These standard and plus size travel dresses are available in sizes XXS-XL and 1X-3X . 


Shop Sizes S-XL: Amazon

Merokeety Flutter Midi Dress

This Merokeety midi dress is casual and feminine, with adorable details like ruffle cap sleeves, a smocked bodice, an a-line silhouette, and a tiered, flowy skirt. Wearers rave about the comfort, from the stretchy fit up top to the airy, breathable fabric throughout, and share that it’s definitely hot-weather friendly. Whether dressing up for a special occasion or just spending the day exploring the city on foot, this dress is a super cute go-to for whatever’s in store! 

A wearer gives a rave review, “So flattering and versatile! The chest area is really stretchy and would be good for all chest sizes. The fabric feels nice and high quality and is light enough for summer. It’s not see-through at all. I feel so confident in it! And – it has pockets!” It comes in sizes S-XL . 


Shop Sizes XXS-XL: Nordstrom

Nordstrom Stretch Cotton Midi T-Shirt Dress

With a laid-back look of an oversized t-shirt and a midi length, this dress from Nordstrom is a super cute and modern take on the t-shirt dress. This versatile piece is made of soft and breathable cotton with a hint of stretch for extra comfort, and the versatile design is topped off with side pockets. Lean into the casual feel by adding sneakers, or contrast it with strappy sandals and some delicate accessories! 

One wearer gushes, “This is a super t-shirt dress . The cotton material is light, and it doesn’t wrinkle. Perfect for travel!” Available in sizes XXS-XL . 

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Thigh Society The Cooling Shorts  | Sizes XS-6X

Best Shorts to Wear Under Dresses

If your looking for a shorts to wear under your dresses Thigh Society is a reader favorite! The Cooling anti-chafe shorts from ThighSociety  are raved about by TFGers for so many reasons, especially their silky, hi-tech performance fabric. These shorts pull heat and moisture away from the body, keeping things cool, fresh, and chafe-free on even the hottest of days.

They’re tagless, don’t roll or bunch, and are ultra-thin and lightweight yet stretchy and durable as can be. Plus, they come in a wide range of colors and lengths and range in sizes from  XS-6X !

What do you think are the best womens travel dresses ? Share your thoughts and comment below!

For more cute summer dresses for travel, please read:

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  • Stylish Linen Summer Dresses to Keep You Cool
  • Cute Summer Dresses for Women Who Travel



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Rose Thompson

I’m so glad to see all these options in one place! Off to check them out 😀


Hi! I love the dress on the cover, any tips or where I can find it?


Hi Lourdes, I am afraid that the image at the top of the article is a stock image so we are not sure of the brand. ?

Hi, so pretty =-( Thank you anyway!

Patti Oblath

Hi Alex, I love the dress styles you show – they are all so cute.

But I just about only wear dresses to weddings and never wear them when I go out at home. So I doubt I’ll wear them if I pack them for our upcoming spring trip to Italy. I don’t want to add extra weight with dresses that will stay in my suitcase. How do I substitute dresses for tops and bottoms in your packing lists? Would I add a top for every dress and a bottom for every two dresses I omit? Do you have a formula? Thanks so much, Patti

Hi Patti, thank you for reaching out! Your aim should always be to dress for your personal comfort level vs trying to blend in. Depending on your preferences you can choose more bottoms, less dresses, more tops – you have the ability to adjust the combination based on your needs. It’s always best to pack more tops than bottoms because a top will create more of an impact to your outfit.

For our essentials 10 piece capsule wardrobe combination, you could pack – 7 Tops + 3 Bottoms instead of the 4 Tops + 4 Bottoms + 2 Dresses featured in the capsule.

Our Classic 12 piece capsule wardrobe combination, you could pack – 8 Tops + 4 Bottoms instead of the 5 Tops + 5 Bottoms + 2 Dresses featured in the capsule.

You can find our signature capsule wardrobes here: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/functional-and-fashion-packing-list/ If you need any more tips to help you with packing for Italy, we also have this helpful guide: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/10-step-packing-guides/10-step-packing-guide-italy/

Wear what makes you happy, what you feel good in, and what’s comfortable for you! ❤️ Have an amazing trip to Italy!

Thanks so much Alex! Really appreciate your suggestions.

Hi Patti, so pleased I was able to help. Have an amazing time on your travels!!! ?


Hi there, I’m plannng a trip to southern Italy in May – any chance you can update this article? Many of the links say the item is no longer available as it’s now over 3 years old. I find your articles so helpful just hoping for more updates! Thank you so much for all the research, it’s such a help!

Hi Linda, thank you for making me aware of this, I will look in to getting this update. So pleased you find the blog helpful, thank you for your lovely comment! Have an awesome time during your trip to Italy next year. 🙂

Kattie Myra

Nice Collection. Thanks for sharing such a nice post. Because all girls are confused to choose dresses for outdoors. But this topic will help to all girls and these type of dresses give a stylish and trendy look. Love all dresses.

Hi Kattie, thank you for your feedback, glad you found the article helpful! 🙂


LOVE them all!! Do you have the links or remember where you bought them? Thanks..


Hi Stephanie! You can click on the images and they will link you to each dress 🙂

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Travel Dresses: 20+ Best Travel Dresses for Your Next Trip

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When it comes to packing for a vacation, there’s something so appealing about bringing dresses. They’re cute, lightweight, versatile, and they don’t take up too much space in your luggage .

Plus, I love that just one piece can serve as your entire outfit—just add comfortable shoes and some accessories and you’re good to go!

During the spring and summer, dresses are a no-brainer for beach vacations and girls trips since they’re easy to pull on over a swimsuit (and fun to fancy up with heels!)

If you’re heading somewhere with cooler weather or if you’re traveling during the fall or winter, dresses are easy to layer with denim jackets, cardigans, and coats. They also look so cute with over-the-knee boots or basic white sneakers .

To help you pick the perfect travel dresses, I’ve rounded up a handful of my favorite styles for a variety of trips. Have fun shopping—and get ready for your most stylish and comfortable vacation yet!

Best Travel Dresses

Summer travel dresses.

Nothing suits a beach vacation better than a palm leaf printed dress.

Other on-theme choices: bright blues and pinks, striped patterns, and maxi dresses. Just keep in mind that even if you’re going somewhere tropical, it tends to cool off at night—be sure to pack some long sleeve dresses to wear to dinner or drinks.

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Fall Travel Dresses

Autumn is all about shades of burnt orange, bright red, and deep green.

Button-up dresses, ruching, flannel, and animal prints all have their own shining moment in the fall. These chic finds are perfect for wine tasting, leaf peeping, and pumpkin picking.

If you’re looking for more fall fashion inspo, we have an entire post dedicated to our favorite Amazon finds !

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For Winter Destinations

Sweater dresses are the ultimate outfit choice for winter travel.

Sure, they might be chunky, but you can rewear them and achieve several looks (just switch up your shoes and accessories).

If you’re planning a trip around the holidays and need a more formal travel dress for holiday parties , go for those with velvet, sparkles, or shades of green and blue—all are perfect for winter occasions.

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For Active Adventures

If you’re heading somewhere that requires lots of walking or exploring, these loose fitting dresses make for a practical outfit choice.

Dresses with a relaxed fit will keep you comfy from one activity to another, and materials like spandex and cotton are breathable and forgiving. Travel dresses with pockets are also perfect for trips that involve hiking or camping. They’re even good choices to pack for a safari !

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11 Camping Outfits That Make an Outdoorsy Style Statement

Practical, but make it fashion.

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Stylish camping outfits might sound like an oxymoron, but even the most technical gear can look chic when pieced together with a fashion person’s eye. That’s right: Everything from moisture-wicking tops and bottoms to Gore-Tex shoes and water-repellent layers can appear stylish with a bit of foresight ( and a baseline understanding of functional pieces to withstand the elements). 

Whether you’re a bonafide adventurer or outdoorsy novice, there are a few camping outfits you’ll want to pack for any trip, whether in the woods, desert, or lakeside. First, you’ll want versatile exploring attire you can wear on hikes—perhaps you'll want to be prepared for climbing, a bit of boating, skiing, fishing, or sunbathing. Workout attire is crucial for active campers, too, whether you prefer compressive separates or an assortment of trail pants, shorts, and tees. And if you're here looking for the most fashionable camping looks, you might want a matching set for outdoor yoga or a run. 

For early mornings and hangouts at the campsite, you’ll definitely want some cozy layers—think hoodies, flannels, and insulated puffers—plus warm extras like socks and thicker pants to combat the chill. Whether you’re hiking or not, tread soles and waterproof footwear always come in handy, as do slip-ons for around the campsite. And let’s not forget sun protection—from hats to polarized sunglasses and long sleeves, you’ll want to keep your skin and eyes protected (always in addition to a thick coating of sunscreen , of course). 

Ready to shop? Ahead, find 11 stylish camping outfits to pack for your next outdoor adventure.

A Windbreaker, Bike Shorts, and Gore-Tex Boots

A windbreaker is always a good idea when camping—you never know when the weather will change—and you can't beat a cute, color-blocked option like this one from Tory Sport. To stay cool while traversing around your campsite, team yours with bike shorts and Gore-Tex hiking boots.

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A flannel, joggers, and duck boots.

You couldn’t possibly go camping without a flannel—it’s pretty much required attire in the outdoors. From morning coffee to after-dinner s'mores, it’s the perfect layer with cozy joggers and duck boots at the campsite.

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A Crop Top, Shorts, and Waterproof Sneakers

For daytime activities in the heat, a cropped tank and shorts are comfy-cool camping outfit staples. For walks by the stream or lakeside excursions, waterproof sneakers are a sure win.

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A Tank Top, Trail Pants, and Hiking Boots

It doesn’t get more practical when hitting the trails than made-to-trek pants, particularly with extra design value (peep the lace-up detailing on this lightweight, moisture-wicking, water-repellent pair). Of course, coordinating hiking boots are a must, with a tonal tank top to finish. 

A Workout Onesie, a Hiking Pack, and Wool Socks

Activewear trendsetters know it’s all about the workout onesie right now. Rock yours for an outdoor camping adventure with moisture-wicking wool socks and a functional pack.

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Long Sleeves, Denim Shorts, and a Cap

Denim shorts may not be a technical essential, but they’re plenty practical for a camping outfit while hanging outdoors. Toss on a loose-fitting long sleeve shirt and a baseball cap to keep your skin protected while looking on point.

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A Sweatshirt Dress, Socks, and Rain Boots

Hoodies are a camping outfit classic—level up the vibe by opting for a sweatshirt dress instead, then finish with cozy socks and rain boots in damp terrain. 

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A Workout Set and Sunglasses

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A Hoodie, Long Shorts, and Boots

Camping outfits are all about comfy style with practical elements. Enter: The hoodie, long shorts, and boot combo—all three pieces function well on their own but make an effortless statement in tandem.

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An Insulated Jacket, Warm Pants, and Shearling Slides

Prepare for cold-weather camping by packing ultra-warm pieces like an insulated jacket and pants. For effortless campsite style, shearling-lined slides are a must-have, especially with socks.


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Complete Guide: The Best Camping Clothes

by Melissa Giroux | Last updated Feb 25, 2023 | Camping , Travel Gear , Travel Tips

There are many things to take into account when planning a camping trip. One vital consideration is what to wear camping .

If it’s your first time sleeping outdoors, you may not realize the importance of choosing proper camping clothing.  

You need clothing that will protect your skin from hungry mosquitoes and bugs and prevent you from getting sunburnt during the day.

To help you understand what to pack for camping this summer, we’ve put together this valuable guide to camping clothes .

We will break down how to choose camping clothes that will keep you warm, comfortable, and bite-free, and share our favorite camping outfits too!

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What To Consider When Deciding What To Wear For Camping

Wondering how to dress for camping? Deciding on what to wear camping doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming!

Use these three tips to make your packing go easily and smoothly.

1. Pack Separate Outfits For The Daytime And Evenings

When packing clothes for camping trips, you should pack specific outfits for the daytime and the evening.

The reason for this is, in some places, the temperature can drastically drop in the evening.

Plus, you don’t want to wear the same clothes to bed that you wore during the day as they will most likely be muddy, wet, and sweaty!

2. Wear A Practical Arrival Outfit

Plan your arrival outfit based on what you will be doing that first day – driving, setting up camp, and looking for firewood.  

Therefore, you’ll want to wear something comfortable but also something you don’t mind getting dirty.

3. Pack Both Seasonal Clothing And All-Year-Round Essentials

Your camping clothing will also depend on the season. For example, you will need thicker clothing with fleece lining if you’re camping in the winter.

However, regardless of the time of year, some camping clothes are essential to any camping trip. 

What’s more, wearing layers is a good choice in all seasons because both your body temperature and the outside temperature can fluctuate during the day.

For example, you’ll probably get warm hiking even if it’s winter.

Wearing multiple layers will make it easier to adjust to the temperature changes. We’ll cover what to wear for each layer below.

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Essential Camping Clothes

Getting essential camping clothes will not only help you on your upcoming trip but on many more after that.

These items will be the clothing staples that you can build from, no matter where you camp, or in any season. 

1. A Quick-Drying Base Layer – Vest Or T-shirt

Your base layer is the clothing item that will come into contact with your skin. Therefore, you should look for soft materials with quick-drying and moisture-wicking qualities.

For example, workout t-shirts can serve as good base layers for camping and hiking as they are great at drawing away moisture to keep your skin dry.

A moisture-wicking base layer is vital for all seasons. Wet clothes in cold temperatures can make you feel cold and damp.

Plus, if you sweat while hiking and your clothes don’t effectively evaporate the moisture, this can put you at risk of catching an illness.

Alternatively, suppose you’re camping in a hot climate. In that case, your base layer will likely be the only layer you wear during the day. 

Therefore, you will need a top that regulates your temperature to prevent overheating and wick-up sweat.

Furthermore, look for a top with UPF protection to avoid the harmful sun rays from damaging your skin.

Synthetic materials make the best base layers. You should avoid cotton or other plant-based materials as they tend to absorb moisture.

The fit of the clothing plays a role, too. Opt for a snug fit as this will keep heat in if it’s cold, but it is not too tight that the material sticks to your skin.

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Best Base Layer For Women

The MOERDENG Women’s Short Sleeve UPF 50+ T-shirt is designed for running and workouts, so it quickly absorbs sweat and releases it into the air. 

The fabric feels soft and comfortable against the skin. It has flatlock seams and printed tags to minimize any chafing.

It has a snug fit but is also stretchy and flexible, so you can move around freely without feeling restricted.

Lastly, it has UP 50+ protection, so you can wear it in the summer or use it as a base layer during colder months.

Best Base Layer For Men

The MIER Men’s Quick Dry Short Sleeve T-Shirt is fantastic for all outdoor activities that you will do during your camping trip. 

It has UPF 50+ sun protection and is made from a high-performance polyester fabric that is lightweight, stretchy, and breathable. 

What’s more, its quick-drying technology wicks moisture away from your skin to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

2. A Lightweight Middle Layer – Jumper Or Hoodie

A good jumper or hoodie will give you the warmth and insulation you need on your camping trip. When choosing a middle layer, look for synthetic or wool clothes.

These materials will work with your base layer to further allow moisture evaporation.

Moreover, the sleeves will likely be in contact with your skin, so it’s best to avoid cotton and other fabrics that absorb moisture rather than dispel it.

You may want to choose different middle layers for each season.

When buying clothes for camping trips in the winter, thick hoodies with fleece lining will be more suitable as they provide the most insulation.

In contrast, you will prefer thin and breathable sweaters that have good airflow for your summer camping trips.

Best Middle Layer For Women

I love the THUNDERGROUND Lightweight Women’s Hoodie because it is made from innovative thermal tech fabric that keeps you warm despite being thin and lightweight.

This long sleeve hooded pullover is super compact and folds up into a pouch to save you space when packing.

It also has a clasp hook so you can attach it to your day pack and use it as an extra layer should the temperature drop while you are out of camp.

Best Middle Layer For Men

Some fleece jackets feel heavy and bulky, but the MEETWEE Lightweight Full Zip Thermal Hoodie is an exception.

The fleece lining is thin to keep it lightweight, and it is perfect for camping in spring and autumn or even chilly summer evenings.

In addition, its quick-dry fabric rapidly dispels sweat if you get too warm. Another great feature is the reflective strips on the back and next to the zip.

These strips enhance visibility to keep you safe if you’re out in low-light conditions.

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3. A Waterproof Outer Layer – Jacket Or Parka

When deciding on your camping attire, ensure you have a high-quality outer layer that will protect you from rain, wind, and other elements. 

As well as being waterproof, your jacket or parka should have a hood with drawstrings so you can tighten it to keep your neck warm and dry.

If you’re camping in the winter months, your outer layer will need to be relatively heavy and bulky.

However, if camping in hot weather, look for a thin rain jacket instead.

Many of these fold up to be very compact, so you can keep it in your day pack or have it tied around your waist when it’s not needed.

Best Outer Layer For Women

For cold weather camping, I wear this CAMEL CROWN Women’s Fleece Lined Softshell Jacket.

The insulated brushed fleece lining keeps you warm and comfy by trapping heat but allowing perspiration.

Meanwhile, the wear-resistant softshell exterior repeals even the strongest wind and rainfall.

There are also adjustable drawcords on the hood and hem and elastic fastener cuffs that provide further protection against harsh elements.

Best Outer Layer For Men

The Little Donkey Andy Men’s Waterproof Rain Jacket is ideal for summer and in-between seasons, Spring and Autumn, as it’s lightweight and breathable.

The outside of this jacket is made from waterproof and windproof shell fabric.

In addition, there is a thin mesh lining inside to allow your skin to breathe and wick away any sweat.

This men’s camping jacket features a stowable hood, adjustable hook-and-loop cuffs, zippable pockets, and a chin guard.

It also packs away into a compact bag so you can keep it with you at all times.

4. Flexible Slacks With Sun Protection – Tactical Or Cargo Pants

Your lower body camping wear should be waterproof, durable, and offer a full range of movement.

Your pants should also protect your legs from the sun and bugs, so look for UPF protection and adjustable cord locks on the ankle to keep insects out.

Tactical or cargo pants are best as they are lightweight, flexible, and quick-drying.

Avoid jeans and tracksuit bottoms as they absorb moisture and thus, can become heavy and uncomfortable.

Best Pants For Women

These Xtansuo Women’s Hiking Pants are lightweight, breathable, and water-resistant.

They are made with moisture-wicking fabric to keep you dry and are treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) to bounce back light rain.

With their four-way stretch material, you can climb steep mountains with ease, and the built-in UPF 50+ protection will prevent sunburn.

They have lockable drawstring cuffs and multiple zip pockets. The thin polyester material keeps you cool when camping in the summer.

Still, you can also wear them in colder climates with a pair of fleece-lined leggings underneath.

Because they have a roomy fit, you won’t feel restricted movement with an underlayer.

Best Pants For Men

The Jessie Kidden Men’s Convertible Hiking Pants are suitable for all seasons. They are made from Omni-Shade UPF 50 fabric and have zip-off legs so that you can convert them into shorts in hot climates.

Furthermore, the Omni-Wick technology expels sweat to keep you cool and dry. They also have a loose straight-leg design so you can wear long johns underneath when it’s colder, without compensating range of movement.

These comfortable pants are waterproof, durable, and wear-resistant, and you can take big strides without the worry of them tearing.

There are plenty of pockets, and you can adjust the ankle hem with the drawstring lock too.

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5. Robust Boots With Good Underfoot Grip

When we think about what to wear camping, we can often forget about footwear.

However, shoes are one of the most important considerations when it comes to clothes for camping as you will be trekking through different terrains.

Therefore, running shoes or trainers will not suffice. Instead, look for waterproof hiking boots with a hard, protective exterior, breathable but supportive ankle cushioning, and durable, advanced traction soles.

Best Camping Boots For Women

Whether you are camping in summer or winter, the JABASIC Women’s Mid Hiking Boots will take care of your feet.

They are made from waterproof synthetic leather and feature breathable mesh around the ankle, sides, and top of feet.

They feel comfy and protective thanks to the thick and stable EVA sole. Plus, the toe has hardened rubber protection with a TPR coating to protect your toes from any hard surface collisions.

The soles feature lugged TPR for reliable protection and anti-slip support in all terrains and weather conditions.

Lastly, the mid-top design will protect your ankles from any injury when trekking up steep and rocky inclines.

Best Camping Boots For Men

These Wantdo Men’s Waterproof Hiking Boots are lightweight, extremely breathable, and have superb traction on wet and dry surfaces.

Their 6mm deep Vibram outsole will prevent slipping, even on snow, ice, mud, or wet grass.

Moreover, the thick EVA midsole gives lots of support and comfort for the arch, and the mid-rise style protects your ankles too.

These camping boots feature advanced seam-sealing technology to prevent any rain from reaching your feet and allows you to walk through snow without your feet getting cold or damp.

Therefore, they are perfect for winter camping as well as all other seasons. They also have a rubber top cap for further protection and a closed-cell foam tongue to keep strong winds out.

Final Thoughts On Camping Clothes

Whatever time of year you go camping, you should ensure your clothing is suitable for outdoor use to protect you from the elements and extreme temperatures.

Luckily, clothes explicitly designed for camping and hiking, like the recommendations above, have these necessary features.

Choosing camping outfits like the ones in this guide will keep you dry, comfortable, and safe, and, therefore, elevate your camping experience.

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A Summer Capsule Wardrobe Will Simplify Your Packing Process

By Meaghan Kenny

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Finding reliable clothing staples to rewear again and again helps us all to become more sustainable travelers—and refrain from overpacking. When building a summer travel capsule wardrobe, versatile and comfortable basics are key: Rather than packing a suitcase full of trendy items or statement outfits you'll only wear once, consider investing in basics you can pair with several outfits and wear from day to night. To lay the foundation, we've put together a list of top summer wardrobe essentials, whether you’re headed to a beach vacation in Mexico or are planning to eat your way through Italy . No matter where your upcoming travel plans take you, these are the pieces you’ll be glad you packed. From crisp white button-downs and lightweight linen dresses to walking sandals and packable beach totes, you can count on them to keep your packing list short and your outfit options long.

Below, 13 pieces to build a summer travel capsule wardrobe, with men's and women's styles from brands we love: Everlane, Lululemon, Banana Republic, and more. Keep scrolling to see them all or jump right to your item of choice.

Build your summer capsule wardrobe:

The breathable tank top, the perfect short, the linen pant, the classic button-down, the basic tee, the midi dress, the midi skirt, the exercise dress, the white sneaker, the walking sandal, the comfortable heel, the quality bathing suit, the packable tote.

Hot summer days mean you’ll need a few basic tanks. Ribbed tank tops are always a smart choice—they're both comfortable and flattering. If you want something that looks a little more put together with a pair shorts or a midi skirt, I wear this seamless bodysuit from Amazon constantly (it’s double-lined and I own it in multiple colors). Nike and Lululemon make some of our favorite performance tanks for men—they’re available in a variety of colors, too.

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Finding a trusted pair of shorts can feel nearly impossible. We chose options that aren’t too short, so you can avoid unwanted chafing while still keeping cool. High-waisted, light wash options are ideal for hot summer days and pair well with just about any top in your suitcase.

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For something a little more breezy, opt for a pair of linen pants. Whether I'm headed to a barbecue or lunch by the pool, I'm always gravitating toward linen in the warmer months. Lightweight, packable, and chic—it's the ultimate summer pant.

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Every traveler needs a go-to tee . A basic T-shirt pairs well with almost any pair of shorts, linen pants, or skirt you pack this summer (sometimes I even throw one underneath a sleeveless dress). Cotton tees from Everlane, Skims, True Classic, and Cuts are breathable and lightweight, making them year-round staples for every type of packing list . No matter where I'm headed, whether it's a beach trip in Miami or a cabin getaway in Vermont, I have at least two comfy tees in my weekender .

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Along with a plain white tee, I never travel without a button-down —I wear these with denim, as a cover-up by the pool , or over a slip dress at night if it gets a little chilly. For something ultra lightweight, a linen button-down will keep you cool and covered.

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One of the most fun items to pack for summer: midi dresses . Staple pieces like this rib tank dress from Buck Mason and Abercrombie's linen blend dress are always smart options, but for something with a little more flare, I’m eyeing colorful picks from Lulus, Farm Rio, and Banana Republic. Whether you’re headed to a dinner party or want to explore a new city in style, these dresses scream summer and are easy to throw on with any pair of sandals.

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Equally elegant and comfortable, a midi skirt can be dressed up or down with a pair of low heels, sneakers, or sandals. A skirt like this elevates an otherwise simple look and can be reworn endlessly throughout a trip with any of your favorite tanks, tees, or blouses. We love these chic styles from Free People, Banana Republic, and Cuyana, but for something under $40, Amazon brand The Drop's high-waisted skirt is a great staple.

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Ideal for active travelers and especially hot destinations, exercise dresses are supportive enough for hikes and workout classes, while doubling as a cute daytime outfit. I don't always work out on a trip, but when I do, a sporty yet feminine exercise dress is the way to go—I'll wear one for a morning walk and still feel put together enough for breakfast at the hotel and whatever comes next. For practicality and comfort, I love ones that have built-in shorts underneath, like the Outdoor Voices style.

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When it comes to essential shoes, every traveler needs a crisp pair of white sneakers . It’s always my most-worn shoe on every trip, especially when there’s a walking tour on the itinerary. Some of our team's favorite comfortable white sneakers come from Nike, Lululemon, and Adidas, with men’s and women’s sizes available for each.

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Summer sandals can be a tricky shoe to purchase: You want a pair that can withstand a good amount of walking without causing blisters, but that still leaves you looking put together. These options below from Rothy's, Olukai, Birkenstock, and Teva can take you from the pool to lunch to sightseeing around town. Comfortable, versatile, and packable, a good walking sandal is simply a must.

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For those summer nights when you need something a little more elevated than your favorite pair of sandals, a comfortable heel is a must-have. Black, ivory, or nude heels match just about any midi dress you toss in your carry-on . The height of these heels is just right—high enough to wear to any destination weddings or special events you're attending, but low enough to actually dance the night away in. Bonus points for block heels and mules—both styles are easier to walk in and provide decent stability on uneven ground.

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No matter where I’m headed—beach vacation or not—I always pack a bathing suit . You can't go wrong with a supportive one-piece or high-waisted set. Some of our favorite men's swim trunks are from Todd Snyder and Lacoste, but we have plenty more options where that came from.

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A packable tote bag that you can bring to the beach, shopping, or to the hotel pool will always come in handy. When I'm low on suitcase space, I prefer one that can lay completely flat—like Rothy's Lightweight Tote. These roomy, beachy bags all fit a day's worth of essentials, including a beach towel , water bottle, and lots of sunscreen .

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Soon you’ll have to pay to camp on the Lost Coast. Here’s what to know

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The Lost Coast, a Northern California trail on many a hiker’s bucket list, is one of the only coastal backpacking opportunities in the contiguous United States. Starting in November, backpackers camping there will be required to pay $12 per trip.

The change is part of an effort to preserve this unique natural resource as tourism in the area has boomed. Money from the fee will go toward hiring more local park rangers, increasing public hours at the area’s visitor center, improving campgrounds and cleaning up trails after storms, officials said.

“Public lands are welcoming an increasing number of visitors,” Dereck Wilson, manager of the BLM Northern California District, said in a statement. “These fees will help maintain 85 miles of wilderness trail along the Lost Coast.”

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Justin Crellin, executive director of nonprofit Friends of the Lost Coast, said the modest increase was “long overdue” and will lead to better management of the area.

The land’s best-known stretch runs through King Range National Conservation Area, where backpackers hike north to south on the Lost Coast National Recreation Trail along remote beaches home to elephant seals, sea otters and other marine life.

The most adventurous (or perhaps overachieving) backpackers can continue south, first 9 miles from Hidden Valley to Needle Rock in Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, and then — if your legs still feel OK — continue 19 more miles through the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. This portion of the trail is known for being steep and at times overgrown.

But it’s also beautiful — you will see old-growth redwoods that survived the logging era. You might even spot elk, from which you should keep a safe distance.

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I wanted to hike the Lost Coast Trail with my two young kids. How hard could it be?

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What does this new fee mean if you’re planning to visit the epic trail soon? Here’s a guide to everything you need to know.

Coastwalk hikers in the King Range National Conservation Area of the Lost Coast in 2003.

What’s changing?

Individuals and families who want to backpack the Lost Coast currently need a free-ish wilderness permit that’s issued online through recreation.gov . I say free- ish because, although there is technically no recreation fee for the permit itself, there is a non-refundable fee of $6 to reserve said permit.

As the Lost Coast has become more popular over the years, officials have gradually added more clerical steps required to visit the trail. They first implemented a reservation system in 2017 to ensure the Lost Coast wouldn’t become overcrowded and lose its signature aura of solitude, said Jeff Fontana, a public affairs officer at the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages the Lost Coast land.

Happily stranded on California’s Lost Coast

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Starting in November 2024, visitors will have to pay a $12 fee per person per overnight trip, with a maximum stay per trip of 14 days. It will be payable through recreation.gov. That fee excludes day hikers and children 16 and under. The BLM will waive the fee for tribal gatherings and ceremonial use, such as gathering medicinal or basket-making materials, Fontana said.

A view of the rugged coastline in Shelter Cove, the Lost Coast, in 2016.

When does this go into effect?

The new fee takes effect Nov. 12.

Is it possible to book a camping trip before then?

Yes! Though it may be tricky, given the trail’s popularity and the looming deadline. You can try to snag a permit on recreation.gov. Permits are sold on a three-month rolling window through recreation.gov . And from May 15 through Sept. 15, 60 people are permitted per day. Good luck!

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LANSING — Foxhole PX Store, a military surplus retailer that's been a mainstay in the Lansing area for more than a century, will permanently close its doors this weekend.

Owners Kelly and Tim Carpenter decided to retire and close the longtime business at 3128 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard about a month ago.

The store sells military uniforms, clothing, helmets, flags, hats, gloves, books, and camping and hunting gear. Many of the thousands of items sold are from past conflicts, including World War I and WWII, and the Vietnam War.

Foxhole PX Store first opened in East Lansing on Saginaw Street in 1923, Tim Carpenter said. The Grand Ledge couple has owned it for 35 years. They purchased it from a previous owner, Dennis Dudley, in the late 1980s. At one time the business included five retail sites in the Lansing area, Tim Carpenter said.

The store is one of about a half dozen military surplus stores still operating in Michigan, he said. Its last day of business is Saturday.

'We hate to do it...'

Kelly Carpenter, 63, said running the business has been "a great thing" for their family. Both the couple's children and several of their grandchildren have worked there over the years, she said.

But Tim Carpenter, 73, said health issues he's been dealing with for several years prompted the decision to close the store.

"I've been here for 35 years so I'd like to go on vacation, enjoy life for a little bit," he said. "You've got to live a little bit of life before you pass on."

The decision to close wasn't an easy one.

"We hate to do it because every day my customers and friends say, 'Oh my God, I'm glad you're here,'" he said.

Tim Carpenter will miss the store's regular customers, many of whom have been shopping there the entire time the couple has owned it.

The couple has been manning the store together since reopening after the COVID pandemic forced a brief closure. They often bought items for the shelves from military auctions, thrift stores, and retired members of the military who came into the store looking to sell items.

Many of the store's customers are active service members, veterans and survivalists, Tim Carpenter said.

A family-run business

Running the store for more than three decades meant adapting to customer needs and wants, Tim Carpenter said.

"You try to get the stuff at the best cost possible," he said. "You can see if a customer wants to deal or not, so we wheel and deal quite a bit."

Running a small retail business became more challenging as larger retail chains opened locations in the Lansing area, Kelly Carpenter said.

"Also, every time one of those things opened up we had to kind of change our niche a little bit," she said.

The store used to sell name brands like Levi Strauss & Co., but stopped when it was clear those items were sold for much less at chains like Target and Walmart, she said.

Owning the store gave the couple's family flexibility, Kelly Carpenter said.

"We could usually kind of make our own schedule," she said. "The kids have worked there, the grandkids, my cousins. We've had customers that have been there from day one."

The Carpenters said they're looking forward to travel and taking walks after it closes.

For the next several days items on the shelves at Foxhole PX Store will be deeply discounted. The last day of business is Saturday, and the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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40 Facts About Elektrostal

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Modified & Updated: 10 May 2024

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes, offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development.

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy, with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

Elektrostal's fascinating history, vibrant culture, and promising future make it a city worth exploring. For more captivating facts about cities around the world, discover the unique characteristics that define each city . Uncover the hidden gems of Moscow Oblast through our in-depth look at Kolomna. Lastly, dive into the rich industrial heritage of Teesside, a thriving industrial center with its own story to tell.

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Andres Gonzalez, dressed in a blue suit, stands in front of a large statue of Jesus. Alec Crawley, sitting on a bench several feet away, points a phone at him.

For Mormon Missionaries, Some ‘Big, Big Changes’

The church has loosened its strict rules for those evangelizing. And many members of Gen-Z are loving it.

Andres Gonzalez stands in front of a statue of Jesus Christ in Los Angeles as another missionary, Alec Crawley, films him for a video for social media. Credit... Isadora Kosofsky for The New York Times

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Lauren attended church in London, Los Angeles and Paris and spoke with current and former missionaries to report this story.

  • May 10, 2024

Andres Gonzalez, 19, stands on the balcony of his Los Angeles apartment, his hands in his suit pockets. It is his first week as a missionary, but today, instead of approaching people on the street, he is shooting a video that he will later post to social media.

After about a dozen takes, he is successful. “Hello! If you would like to learn more about Jesus Christ,” he says to the camera in Spanish, “contact me.”

Mr. Gonzalez is the image of the modern missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has changed many of its practices — from how missionaries preach to how they dress.

The faith, long known for sending tens of thousands of neatly and formally dressed young people across the globe each year to preach door to door, is encouraging new missionaries to spread the gospel on social media and, for some, with acts of community service closer to home.

As a church leader, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, put it, missionaries should feel comfortable sharing their faith in “ normal and natural ways .”

In the last few years, the church has also changed some rules for missionaries themselves — loosening restrictions on dress codes ( women can wear pants ) and how often they can call family members back home ( once a week , not just on Christmas and Mother’s Day).

To outsiders, the adjustments may seem small. But to missionaries who adhere to strict rules while on assignment, the shifts are dramatic.

“We’ve seen a lot of big, big changes,” Jensen Diederich, 23, said. He served his mission in Peru and said it was “monumental” when the church allowed him to call home weekly, instead of just twice a year.

The church believes missionary work is essential for the world’s salvation — that people must be baptized in the faith to get to the highest level of heaven after they die. Missionary work also helps increase the church’s membership, and it deepens many young members’ faith. Many missionaries begin their assignments just after they leave home. Instead of partying on a college campus, they commit themselves to the religion and develop habits that can last a lifetime.

One of those members was Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who was a missionary in France in the 1960s. He has said the isolation of his mission allowed him to examine his faith without distraction . When asked about the changes, he said, “For young people of my generation, I think the separation from family and friends served us well.”

Mr. Crawley, left, and Mr. Gonzalez, both wearing white dress shirts and ties, stand on a street. In front of them is a woman looking to the side. Mr. Gonzalez is holding a card in his hands.

But he understands times have changed. “With today’s youth in near constant contact with one another, maintaining greater connection during a mission fits their life experience,” he added.

Many young church members say the new rules have made missionary service more attractive and realistic.

Kate Kennington, a 19-year-old with a mission assignment to London, said finding people online and messaging them is a more successful way of approaching potential converts. “It’s how I would want to be contacted,” she said.

“Knocking on doors and approaching people on the street are no longer seen as useful as they once were because of shifts in American culture,” said Matthew Bowman, a professor of religion and history at Claremont Graduate University who holds the chair of Mormon studies. He is also a church member.

For decades, missionaries’ clean-cut suits were signs of prosperity, Mr. Bowman said, and an effective way of appealing to converts. But they now feel “outdated.”

Many of the changes, especially the push to evangelize on social media, were fueled by the pandemic, which shut down in-person church gatherings and forced Latter-day Saints and Jehovah’s Witnesses to find alternatives to door-to-door preaching.

The missionaries use their phones to film videos of themselves promoting the church or sharing messages of faith. In one video , a missionary raps about his faith. In another , two missionaries throw a football and a Frisbee through an obstacle course in a church gym — an object lesson meant to visualize how Jesus Christ can help people overcome challenges.

So far, the changes appear to be working: In the last three years, as pandemic restrictions lifted and young members responded to an appeal from the church’s top leader for them to serve, the number of full-time proselytizing missionaries has risen by around 25 percent , according to church data. At the end of last year, the church had about 72,000 full-time missionaries serving around the world.

The church has just under 17.3 million members globally but has seen growth slow. From 1988 to 1989, during a surge in growth when the church expanded into West Africa , the church grew by about 9 percent . Last year, the church grew by about 1.5 percent .

A tradition of travel

Missionary work is a rite of passage for Latter-day Saints — and has been since the church’s founding in 1830.

The church’s missionaries have traveled the world, growing their faith from a fledgling start-up in upstate New York to a global religion that brings in billions of dollars in revenue .

Church leaders say it is men’s responsibility to become missionaries for two years starting at age 18. Missionary work is optional for women, who serve for 18 months. The church has historically encouraged women to focus on marriage and motherhood. But since 2012, when the church lowered the age women could become missionaries to 19 from 21, more women have been going .

Missionaries leave their families and friends, learn new languages and spend the first years of their adulthood spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

While on a mission, they cannot date and must follow the religion’s ban on premarital sex, drinking, smoking, coffee and caffeinated tea. Communication with friends and family back home is restricted. They commit to stay focused on their work, and their proximity to their missionary partner creates a sense of accountability that keeps most from breaking the rules.

Until recently, the experience of young missionaries was similar to that of their parents. They first attended a missionary training center — a religious boot camp of sorts — before then traveling to their missions.

Most missionaries now start their training online at home , where the transition is less jarring. They can adapt to a mission schedule with their family’s support. Being home is also an opportunity for new missionaries to evangelize in their community.

“I’ve had friends who aren’t members of the church,” Tanner Bird, a 19-year-old missionary in Brazil who did part of his training at home in Houston. “And I just get super, super excited and talk to them about the gospel.”

Once deployed, men in some areas are allowed to wear blue shirts and go without ties , while women can wear wrinkle-resistant dress pants in “conservative colors.” Most missionaries now have smartphones and call their families weekly.

Some traditions remain: Young missionaries still do not get to pick their destinations. Many teenagers throw parties to open their assignments, reading their “call letter” aloud for the first time in front of family and friends. Others film elaborate announcement videos — including on ice skates . Some serve close to home (there are 10 missions in Utah). Others go as far as Tahiti or Tokyo.

Mr. Gonzalez, the missionary in Los Angeles, said he first imagined going on a mission when he was a child in Venezuela. His parents, who converted to the faith, often had young missionaries over for meals. After the church helped the family settle in Utah, he said serving as a missionary was part of his “American dream.”

Every morning, he wakes up at 6:30 a.m., the set time for many missionaries, with his “companion,” an assigned missionary partner. They are mandated to “never be alone,” with few exceptions, and each day follow a missionary schedule .

On Facebook, they contact people they have met, including those they have approached on the street in downtown Los Angeles. They also search groups for people who may be open to their message and post videos to generate interest in their faith. They keep track of potential converts’ progress, including lessons they teach. Every Monday, Mr. Gonzalez calls his parents.

Calls are also an opportunity for him to receive support. “It’s a little bit hard,” Mr. Gonzalez said of his mission work, describing people in downtown Los Angeles as “busy.” Still, he remains hopeful: “Some of them, they really are ready. They make time, even just like five minutes.”

The missionary experience is not for everyone. Some people feel isolated, find it difficult to adapt to a location, or struggle with the rules or the pressure to keep their commitment. Some people do leave early; the church does not comment on those who do.

Alex McAlpin, a 23-year-old who went on a mission to Denver, almost did not put in a missionary application. Before her mission, she attended Pepperdine University, where she wrestled with some aspects of church doctrine and history.

Then the church made its dress code change, allowing women to wear pants in 2018.

“That was the first day of my life that I thought maybe I would go” on a mission, Ms. McAlpin said. She saw the new dress code and the church’s other mission changes as a sign the church was evolving and listening to its younger members, many of whom hope their church will modernize in larger ways. “I wanted to be a part of the change.”

Lauren Jackson is an associate editor and writer for The Morning , The Times’s flagship daily newsletter. More about Lauren Jackson

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This 1,200-acre Ranch Overlooking an Iconic National Park Was Just Named the Best Campground in the U.S.

Zion Wright Family Ranch was just honored in the 2024 Hipcamp Awards.

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The title of “best all-around campground” is significant, and it’s not one the team at Hipcamp gives out lightly. As the most comprehensive resource for finding and reserving tent sites, RV spots, and glamping accommodations in the U.S., the folks at Hipcamp turned to their list of 500,000-plus properties to review bookings, guest reviews, and ratings to determine the best of the best.

“In highlighting the Best All-Around Campgrounds in the U.S., we took a bird’s-eye view to determine which Hipcamps are providing consistently stellar experiences. Competition was extremely fierce, and we are confident that these are among the very best campgrounds in the world,” stated the 2024 Hipcamp Awards webpage .

What they came up with is a list of three standout campgrounds, along with 17 runner-ups. At the top of the list is a ranch-turned-campground that overlooks Zion National Park . The property, Zion Wright Family Ranch , is adjacent to the national park and boasts views of the steep red cliffs of Zion with a fraction of the people. In fact, visitors are treated to 1,200 acres of open space and can set up camp on land that has been protected by the Wright family for over 150 years.

If that wasn’t cool enough, the ranch offers horseback rides with Bill Wright, the current owner-operator and the fifth-generation family member to own and run the ranch.

Campers with their own gear or an RV, can camp on the ranch and off-the-grid . The camping is dispersed, so guests can hike around to find a camp spot they love. There are fire rings at more established campsites and porta-potty access.

Visitors without their own gear can reserve one of the ranch’s two canvas glamping tents , which have real mattresses, bedding, seating, and an outdoor picnic table and fire pit. Water, firewood, and an ice chest are also provided. 

The entire ranch is pet friendly and is 40 minutes by car to the entrance of Zion National Park.

Following the Zion Wright Family Ranch, Hipcamp ranked Cedar Bloom in Oregon, No. 2. The property is located in southern Oregon on 100 acres set right off the Redwood Highway . There are RV sites and dispersed camping, along with a series of A-frame cabins, a vintage trailer, a “gnome dome,” and a river-view dome.

At. No. 3 was California’s Finnon Lake Recreation Area in California. The campground is nestled around the private Finnon Lake, providing tent and RV campers with water access and activities — from swimming to fishing and boating. There is also an 18-hole disc golf course.

Following the top three picks, Hipcamp called out 17 “runners-up,” including campgrounds in Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio.

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  1. 17 Best Travel Dresses for Women (With Pockets!)

    Zipper pocket alert: the REI Co-op Trailmade Dress has one, for three pockets in total. It's a dress that was actually designed for women who love to hike and be outdoors, with UPF 50+ sun protection. As for the fabric, the REI Trailmade Dress is made of a lightweight nylon/spandex blend with 2-way stretch.

  2. Top Travel Dresses for Every Trip

    The Smitten Merino Tilly Dress in Deep Sea Green (left) and French Navy Blue (right). If you are looking for something super comfortable that can take you straight from long travel days to sightseeing then this is the perfect dress for you! The Smitten Merino Tilly Dress is an A-line Merino wool dress with a square shape and oversized fit. Wear it loose and flowy or add a belt at the waist.

  3. The 16 Best Travel Dresses of 2024

    Best Size-inclusive: Skims Long Sleeve Dress at Nordstrom ($88) Jump to Review. Best Short-sleeve: Everlane Short-sleeve Dress at Everlane.com ($128) Jump to Review. Best Long-sleeve: Nordstrom ...

  4. 15 Best Travel Dresses for Women in 2024

    Talbot's Easy Travel Fit & Flare Dress. $229 at talbots.com. Credit: Talbots. Made from a wrinkle-resistant fabric, this flattering fit-and-flare travel dress is ideal for planes, trains, automobiles, and everything in between.

  5. The best lightweight, easy-care women's travel dresses

    Packability: wrinkle resistant, but at 14.3 oz, not particularly lightweight. Versatility: converts to multiple new looks - dress, halter top, batwing top, skirt. Ease of Care: Dress is made from 92% poly and 8% spandex, so not a natural fabric, but it dries quickly and resists wrinkles. Quality: well made in Canada.

  6. Best Travel Dresses for Women Adventurers

    Best Travel Dresses at a Glance. Best Overall. Toad&Co Cue Wrap Short-Sleeve Shirt Dress. $45.00 - $90.00. View on BackCountry. Best for Sports. MoFiz Tennis Golf Dress with Shorts. N/A. View on Amazon.

  7. The 11 Best Hiking Dresses & Skirts

    Best Post-Ride Skirt: Wild Rye Estelle Skirt. Best Lightweight Hiking Skirt: Houdini Stride Skirt. Best Fit: Girlfriend Collective Plum Sport Skort. Best High-Performance Skirt: Lululemon Pace Rival Skirt. Best Sun Protection: Carve Designs Cody Dress. Best for Travel: Patagonia Fleetwith Dress.

  8. 15 Best Travel Dresses in 2024

    The Best Travel Dresses in 2024. 1. Petal Tunic Dress (on sale $19 from $27) - Most Affordable →. Activities: Urban exploration. Sizing: XS in Yellow (runs large on me) It has low-quality fabric, but I've worn it for several years, and it holds up better than other fast fashion pieces I've owned.

  9. 7 Best Hiking Dresses For Outdoor Adventures (2024)

    For casual hikes, rest days, and daily activities, though, the Patagonia Fleetwith really shines. Whether you're pairing it with hiking boots or heels, it's a dress you'll soon find on repeat because it's that good. Patagonia Fleetwith Dress. View Deal.

  10. Ultimate Guide To the Best Travel Dresses for Summer

    The Loveappella Maxi Dress is a classic style that readers adore for summer travels. Also wearing Wallaroo Sun Hat and carrying Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody. Style Overall, more neutral colors and classic cuts for dresses work best for travel. For example, the best travel dresses for Italy, in cities like Rome, Milan, or even New York, or Paris, is a great opportunity to rock some stylish pieces ...

  11. 25+ Best Travel Dresses: Packable Dresses for Your Next Trip

    Summer Travel Dresses. Nothing suits a beach vacation better than a palm leaf printed dress. Other on-theme choices: bright blues and pinks, striped patterns, and maxi dresses. Just keep in mind that even if you're going somewhere tropical, it tends to cool off at night—be sure to pack some long sleeve dresses to wear to dinner or drinks.

  12. The 13 Best Travel Clothing Brands of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

    We used our extensive apparel and footwear testing process to come up with the best places to shop online for all types of travelers. Our Top Picks. Best Overall: Unbound Merino at Unboundmerino ...

  13. Women's Dresses

    RRP: £136.50. £47.78. 1 colour available. Dresses for casual days in the sunshine, shirt dresses for further afield travel adventures or skirts that offer stylish but practical options such as moisture control material. We have your choices covered at Cotswold Outdoor from trusted brands Ayacucho, Craghoppers, Weird Fish, Patagonia and many more.

  14. The Adventure Dress

    Empowers Women. Made for women by women, The Adventure Dress is made by local artisans on the Island of Bali. Supporting over 25 Artisans and their families, we are connecting the world one dress at a time. The Adventure Dress is perfect for any adventure and is the best travel dress! It's lightweight, easy to pack, and wrinkle-free.

  15. 11 Camping Outfits That Make an Outdoorsy Style Statement

    A Sweatshirt Dress, Socks, and Rain Boots A Workout Set and Sunglasses A Hoodie, Long Shorts, and Boots An Insulated Jacket, Warm Pants, and Shearling Slides A Rain Jacket, Waterproof Pants, and a Moisture-Repellent Hat. Stylish camping outfits might sound like an oxymoron, but even the most technical gear can look chic when pieced together ...

  16. Complete Guide: The Best Camping Clothes

    4. Flexible Slacks With Sun Protection - Tactical Or Cargo Pants. Your lower body camping wear should be waterproof, durable, and offer a full range of movement. Your pants should also protect your legs from the sun and bugs, so look for UPF protection and adjustable cord locks on the ankle to keep insects out.

  17. The 12 Best Wrinkle-free Summer Dresses Under $70

    12 Perfect Lightweight, Wrinkle-free Dresses to Pack for All Your Summer Travels — Under $70. Shop packable dresses from Abercrombie, Madewell, Amazon, and more, all under $70.

  18. A Summer Travel Capsule Wardrobe Will Simplify Your Packing Process

    One of the most fun items to pack for summer: midi dresses.Staple pieces like this rib tank dress from Buck Mason and Abercrombie's linen blend dress are always smart options, but for something ...

  19. Soon you'll have to pay to camp on the Lost Coast. Here's what to know

    Starting in November, backpackers camping there will be required to pay $12 per trip. The change is part of an effort to preserve this unique natural resource as tourism in the area has boomed.

  20. Lansing military surplus store to close as owners retire to travel, relax

    The store sells military uniforms, clothing, helmets, flags, hats, gloves, books, and camping and hunting gear. Many of the thousands of items sold are from past conflicts, including World War I ...

  21. THE 10 CLOSEST Hotels to Electrostal History and Art ...

    Hotels near Electrostal History and Art Museum, Elektrostal on Tripadvisor: Find 1,360 traveler reviews, 1,952 candid photos, and prices for 62 hotels near Electrostal History and Art Museum in Elektrostal, Russia.

  22. 11 Best Linen Travel Clothes at Amazon

    Shop our favorite linen pants, shirts, shorts, dresses, and two-piece sets for women and men, all under $50. Amazon is full of travel-ready linen clothing that keeps travelers comfy and stylish ...

  23. Elektrostal Map

    Elektrostal is a city in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located 58 kilometers east of Moscow. Elektrostal has about 158,000 residents. Mapcarta, the open map.

  24. Elektrostal

    Elektrostal is linked by Elektrichka suburban electric trains to Moscow's Kursky Rail Terminal with a travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Long distance buses link Elektrostal to Noginsk, Moscow and other nearby towns. Local public transport includes buses. Sports

  25. Stock Up on Vacation Dresses, Skirts, Tops, and More Up to 62% Off

    J. Jill's summer sale includes an extra 30 percent off travel-ready styles, including "wrinkle-free" dresses, lightweight jackets, and more. Save up to 62 percent on the shopper-loved pieces ...

  26. 40 Facts About Elektrostal

    40 Facts About Elektrostal. Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to ...

  27. Modern Mormon Missionaries: Facebook Evangelizing, Women in Pants

    Then the church made its dress code change, allowing women to wear pants in 2018. "That was the first day of my life that I thought maybe I would go" on a mission, Ms. McAlpin said.

  28. This Utah Ranch Overlooking Zion National Park Was Just Named ...

    There are RV sites and dispersed camping, along with a series of A-frame cabins, a vintage trailer, a "gnome dome," and a river-view dome. At. No. 3 was California's Finnon Lake Recreation ...