April 22, 2024

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The 17 Best Travel Clothes for Men of 2024

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Picking your travel uniform is one of the most important parts of trip planning. You need apparel that can handle a lot of walking, sitting, and sprinting (for those close layovers), and is equally comfortable. Long days in transit mean cozy clothes are a necessity.

We sifted through dozens of brands, styles, customer reviews, and tried and true styles to find the best gear for your suitcase. From shirts to socks, we’re confident these clothes will keep you looking and feeling your best wherever your travels take you.

The bestselling long-sleeve shirt from Cuts Clothing is made of a buttery-soft performance blend that has a four-way stretch and doesn’t pill. Designed in the brand’s signature fit, the AO Long Sleeve is meant to help you look good at all hours of the day — fitted around the chest with a slimming profile through the waist. Its curve-hem cut sits comfortably below the hip, so you don’t have to worry about it bunching up or your skin showing. A hint of stretch means the shirt will move with you as you reach into the overhead compartment or run through the airport terminal.

Its pre-shrunk fabric lets you easily throw it into the wash with your other laundry worry-free. The wrinkle resistance ensures a clean look, even after it’s been packed in your carry-on or backpack. We also love the color options – classic black and white, along with muted pastels – to ensure you’ll find a shade to pair with any outfit.

The Details: S to XXL | 62 percent polyester, 33 percent cotton, 5 percent spandex

Best Collared Shirt

Ministry of Supply Apollo Raglan Sport Shirt

Ministry of Supply Apollo Raglan Sport Shirt

Ministry of Supply


Ministry of Supply, the innovative apparel brand known for its materials derived from NASA technology, delivers a classy but comfortable option with the Apollo Raglan Sport Shirt. Made with a signature performance fabric, this shirt is 19 times more breathable than traditional woven fabric and offers next-level temperature control — great for long days on the road.

It’s naturally wrinkle-resistant, so caring for it is easy. Simply throw it in the washing machine – no dry cleaning or ironing needed. Its front pocket offers a professional touch and extra storage for AirPods or loose change. Be sure to reference their sizing guide as this shirt tends to run small.

The Details: XS to 3XL | 54 percent polyester, 46 percent propriety-treated polyester

Best T-shirt

Rhone Element Tee

Rhone Element Tee

Rhone


This basic tee from Rhone makes for reliable everyday wear. Its organic cotton blend is soft and stretchy, while also incorporating the brand’s signature anti-odor technology (especially handy if you’ll be in warmer climates during your travels). Pairing well with shorts or pants, the Element Tee is available in a crewneck or V-neck and a wide variety of colors. This staple shirt is perfect for no-fuss packing; stuff a few in your backpack and you’ll have style for days. Follow the care instructions when cleaning because the organic cotton can shrink — the brand recommends washing the shirt on a cold setting.

The Details: S to XXL (most colors) | 70 percent cotton, 23 percent polyester, 7 percent spandex

Best Sweater

NADAAM The Original Cashmere Men’s Sweater

NADAAM The Original Cashmere Sweater Men's

NADAAM


Most people love a good cashmere sweater, but no one loves taking care of a good cashmere sweater. Durable and cashmere don’t naturally go together, after all. However, the Original Cashmere Sweater from Nadaam combines 100 percent cashmere luxury with the low-maintenance ease of cotton. The ribbed collar and cuffs won’t stretch out with wear, making it a safe bet for cashmere fanatics who are always on the go. It comes in over 10 core colors (plus limited-edition colors every season) and best of all, it’s less than $100. It’s also machine washable (lay flat to dry) — making for one of the most durable cashmeres for travel we’ve seen.

The Details: XXS to XXL | 100 percent cashmere

Best Jacket

Nomatic The Outset Jacket

Nomatic The Outset Jacket

Nomatic


From popular travel brand Nomatic, The Outset Jacket offers as much functionality as their bags and luggage. This lightweight jacket has four-way stretch, breathability, and a water-, stain-, and wrinkle-resistant fabric. Perforated armpits provide extra airflow for when you’re rushing from place to place. The hood adjusts to your preference and the whole jacket can be folded into a small travel pillow for when you need to catch up on sleep during a flight. With pockets on the left chest, inside the zipper, and fleece-lined hand pockets, you’ll have plenty of space for your passport, wallet, and other essentials.

The Details: S to XXL | 100 percent polyester (primary body); 85 percent nylon, 15 percent spandex (secondary body)

Best Peacoat

Alo Wool Gameday Overcoat

Alo Wool Gameday Overcoat

Alo


Great styles from rapidly growing yoga brand Alo aren’t a surprise at this point, but the Wool Gameday Overcoat is nothing short of timeless. It has a relaxed fit, ideal for layering, and comes in black, heather gray, and a limited-edition camel colorway that looks straight out of a fashion magazine. It has all the classic peacoat features like a waist belt, notched lapels, and a front button to hold it all together. Its wool blend fabric sits right in the middle of the warmth spectrum — it’ll keep you warm, but won’t overheat you. But be sure you’re ready to make the investment, the Gameday Overcoat will set you back well over $300.

The Details: XS to XXL | 50 percent polyester, 25 percent wool, 20 percent viscose

Best Socks

Comrad Combed Cotton Crew Socks

Amazon Comrad Combed Cotton Crew Socks

Amazon


Why We Love It

  • They work for any activity, including workouts, so you won’t need to change for different settings.

Frequent travelers would be hard-pressed to find a better pair of socks for the road. The Combed Cotton Crew Socks feature cushioning in the spots that get the most impact when walking, like the heels, balls of your feet, and toes. A snug fit at the ankles and calf help them stay in place and the compression band ensures your arches will get the support they need when the days (or flights) get long. The classic crew length will pair well with sneakers or dress shoes, and the combed cotton is cozy and breathable.

The Details: S to XL | 65 percent cotton, 30 percent nylon, 5 percent spandex

Best Sneakers

New Balance Men’s 574 Core Sneaker

New Balance Men's 574 Core Sneaker

New Balance


The New Balance 574 is the epitome of a classic sneaker. While it looks good, the real magic is in the thick cushioning. This sneaker was built to be versatile. The mesh upper offers breathability and the rugged sole provides traction for brisk walking and even light jogs if you forget your usual running shoes and want to exercise away from home. Its padded collar and tongue is supportive, and it’s available in a wide range of colorways so you’re sure to find a pair that suits you.

The Details: 4 to 18 | Suede and mesh upper, polyester components, rubber outsole

Best Jeans

Everlane The Slim 4-Way Stretch Organic Jean

Everlane The Slim 4-Way Stretch Organic Jean

Everlane


If you love jeans but don’t like the time and effort that comes with breaking them in, Everlane’s stretch jeans feel great right out of the box while still boasting that classic look you’re after. The organic Turkish cotton is dyed sustainably using an innovative method that reduces water consumption by 55 percent.

The brand offers four different shades of blue and two shades of black and they look good cuffed or uncuffed, meaning you’re never short on versatility. Ringing up at an affordable price point, you may even want to buy a few pairs in different colors. Best of all, they’re backed by Everlane’s 365-day guarantee — if anything happens to them, they’ll replace your pair.

The Details: Various waists and lengths | 94 percent cotton, 2 percent elastane, 4 percent other fiber

Best Joggers

Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger

Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger

Vuori


The Sunday Performance Jogger is our top pick for travel joggers for its technical fabric, fit, and features. While the tech specs are impressive, what’s more impressive is just how soft they are from the very first wear. The material is a polyester-elastane blend that is breathable, warm, and suited for high-paced movement or just relaxing on the couch. They feature a tapered leg with elastic cuffs, making them flattering for most body types. For trips, we love the zipper pockets on the left thigh and back that make stowing our valuables easy. The elastic waistband and drawcord make the fit adjustable — perfect for when you’ve just finished wolfing down a local delicacy and need some extra waist space.

The Details: XS to XXL | 88 percent polyester, 12 percent elastane

Best Chinos

Bonobos Original Stretch Washed Chino 2.0

Bonobos Original Stretch Washed Chino 2.0

Bonobos


A good pair of chinos can replace almost all of the pants you would normally pack on a trip, whether it’s for work, pleasure, or both. Bonobos made a name for itself with its popular chinos and then leveled up, dropping this updated version that is perfect for when you want a comfortable pair of pants, but don’t want to commit to fully “performance” materials. They’re made of non-iron, four-way stretch cotton that also wicks moisture. With quality accents, different fit options, and a multitude of colors, you’ll look so stylish your fellow passengers won’t even realize how comfortable you are. An extra zip pocket is discreet — perfect for your most valuable possessions.

The Details: Various waists, fits, and lengths available | 92 percent cotton, 8 percent spandex

Best Shorts

Lululemon T.H.E. Linerless Short 7”

Lululemon T.H.E. Linerless Short 7”

Lululemon


Lululemon’s T.H.E. Linerless Short 7” is a do-it-all short for training, chilling, and walking. Designed with workouts in mind (T.H.E stands for “train hard every day”), these shorts are made of an extremely lightweight fabric that stretches with you and is immensely breathable. Pockets on both sides plus an additional zipper pocket provide ample storage. We love that these shorts don’t have a liner — busy days of travel often call for changing bottoms, so shorts that don’t require undergarments can become more of an annoyance than a convenience. They come in six neutral colors and if you prefer longer shorts, there’s also a 9-inch version.

The Details: S to XXL | 86 percent polyester, 14 percent elastane

Best Underwear

Jack Archer Jetsetter Boxer Briefs

Jack Archer Jetsetter Boxer Briefs

Jack Archer


We’ve seen few briefs that offer as many options as Jack Archer’s Jetsetter Boxer Briefs. Whatever your preference is, be it mid-length, long, or short, you’re sure to find an option that’s perfect for you. The flat waistband won’t curl up and the compression fabric stays in place, but isn’t too tight. Anti-odor material ensures you’ll be fresh all day, a must for when you’re going from place to place. Every detail was thought out, with soft threads that won’t irritate your skin. Plus, all of those performance features mean you don’t have to worry about overpacking — these briefs can go the distance if need be (but please do change into a new pair every day!).

The Details: S to XXL | 92 percent proprietary modal, 8 percent elastane

Best Swimsuit

Fair Harbor The Anchor

Fair Harbor The Anchor Swim Trunks

Fair Harbor


The Anchor Short from Fair Harbor offers an athletic fit with a signature non-mesh liner. Swimmers everywhere rejoice: no more chafing. The fabric is water-repellent and dries quickly. With plenty of design options, you could take these from a pool party to cocktail hour and still look fashionable.

Made with recycled polyester, Fair Harbor uses 12 recycled water bottles for each pair in the manufacturing process. Preppy nautical designs don’t need to be reserved for summer getaways to the Hamptons or Martha’s Vineyard – with the Fair Harbor Anchor trunks, you’ll also feel right at home in Cancun or floating in your local river.

The Details: S to 3XL | 88 percent recycled polyester, 12 percent spandex

Best Hoodie

Buck Mason Hooded Sweatshirt

Buck Mason Brushed Loopback Hooded Sweatshirt

Buck Mason


It’s hard to find a more timeless top than Buck Mason’s Brush Loopback Hooded Sweatshirt. Modeled after collegiate sportswear of years past, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better vintage rendition, even from the titans of sports apparel.

It has a classic, easy-wearing fit with thick drawcords and a large kangaroo pocket that’ll fit your hands, phone, and keys. Reinforced elbows ensure this hoodie will last through years of friction so you can feel confident packing it trip after trip without worrying about needing to repair it. Match it with a pair of sweatpants or jeans and you’ll be ready for a cozy takeoff.

The Details: XS to XXL | 100 percent cotton

Best Dress Shoes

Amberjack The Original

Amberjack The Original

DSW


Dubbed as “The World’s Most Advanced Dress Shoes,” Amberjack’s The Original packs in a whole lot of features without sacrificing the clean look you’d expect from a standard dress shoe. An A-grade leather upper combined with a dual-density outsole and heel support make these especially good for business travel, whether that means long days on your feet or long hours in an airplane middle seat.

Once you reach your destination, if you find yourself going from meeting to meeting, you’ll definitely appreciate the sneaker-like comfort that these provide. Made in one of Portugal’s top factories, finding shoes this nice at a lower price would be nearly impossible.

The Details: 7 to 15 | Leather, sheepskin, thermoplastic polyurethane

Best Sandals

Birkenstock Atacama Birko-Flor

Birkenstock Atacama Birko-Flor

Birkenstock


Birkenstock is synonymous with sandals for good reason. Because leather sandals may not be the most comfortable for covering the high walking mileage that comes with travel, the brand’s Atacama Birko-Flor is our pick for the best travel sandal (though you can’t go wrong with the brand’s Bostons or Arizonas, either).

Made with a proprietary synthetic upper, the hook-and-loop straps won’t be abrasive on your skin, even as the days grow long. Their polyurethane (PU) sole and footbed provide enough bounce for guys spending all day on their feet. Plus, as with all their models, the brand has incorporated its signature footbed shape for support in the areas your feet need it most, from heel to toe and everywhere in between.

The Details: 6 to 13.5 (batched sizing) | Synthetic leather, PU

Tips for Buying Men’s Travel Clothes

Prioritize versatility

When you’re on the road, your bag will only hold so much. So when you’re choosing what to wear on a trip, be it for work or vacation, pick apparel and accessories that you’ll be able to wear more than once.

In an ideal world, you could rock the same shoes every day and rotate a couple of pairs of pants, plus a tee or two. If you need more than that, think about how you can optimize your travel space, whether that means wearing your suit trousers on travel days or relying on your favorite hoodie for workouts and colder days at the office.

Consider care instructions

If you’ve ever traveled for more than a day or two, you’ll know that sometimes you need to do laundry while you’re out on a trip. Bring apparel that is either easy to wash or doesn’t need to be washed frequently.

Prioritize performance fabrics that are moisture-wicking and antimicrobial to keep sweat and stink at bay. Undershirts you can wear more than once and socks that don’t pick up a stench after a few hours will come in clutch.

Choose your materials carefully

Much like the specifics of caring for your clothes on the road, you will want to focus on the materials your clothes and accessories are made out of. Merino wool, for example, can go much longer without getting smelly than Dri-Fit and other similar performance materials. A cotton hoodie may be good for the first few days but lose some steam when the trip gets long.

Also, make sure you wear clothes that are comfortable during transit. Linen is an ideal material for wearing on an airplane or in a car because the nappy, wrinkly look comes naturally — nobody will question your linen suit for its wrinkles because they’re supposed to be there.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should men wear on a plane?

    You want to dress for comfort without looking like a slob. Think flexible, stretchy pants and a well-fitting crewneck sweatshirt or your favorite pair of jeans paired with a vintage blazer. Both outfits will look great but will keep you comfortable throughout the journey.

  • How can men look stylish while traveling?

    Like we mentioned, think about pairing some broken-in jeans with a comfy, roomy blazer or pick up a nice pair of joggers that don’t leave you looking like you just hopped out of bed. Make sure your clothes fit comfortably and correctly, then decide what materials will hold up to the rigors and constant movement that comes with travel.

  • How do I pack for a long trip?

    For long-term travel, or even a two-week jaunt to a warm climate, you’ll want to figure out which services you’ll have at your disposal when it comes to cleaning your clothes. Some places offer complimentary dry cleaning and washer/dryer service, but most places will have you searching for quarters and a laundromat. Just do a bit of research before you head out and pack accordingly. Heading on a week-long trip with no washer? Pack your bags full of socks and underwear. Headed to a five-star resort? You can be a bit more economical when packing.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

T+L writers are product and shopping experts who utilize expert recommendations to find the best items for consumers. For this story, Joe Niehaus (a world traveler and product fanatic) conducted extensive research, paired with verified customer reviews and his own personal experience with many of these brands to create this list.

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