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Pajamas are an easily forgotten item when it comes to packing. So, if you’re struggling to decide what to pack, these are the best travel pajamas for women as recommended by TFG readers.

 


What to Pack for Sleepwear for Travel


 

 

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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:

 

What do you all pack for sleepwear when traveling? On first thought, pajamas seem like a trivial item. But I fly for a living, and I’m exposed to dirty hotel sheets, midnight fire alarms, and more on a regular basis. My coworkers and I constantly worry about getting things like scabies, bed bugs, or mosquito bites at night. It’s always a struggle between wanting comfy PJs, needing protection from the dirtiness, and looking appropriate if I have to leave the room in the middle of the night. So far I’ve been wearing yoga pants, a sports bra, and a long sleeve tunic on trips. But I’m curious if there are any new and innovative ideas out there!

 

Many TFG readers wonder why I never include pajamas in the packing lists. The answer is that they are not part of the essential capsule wardrobe items. I count them as extra pieces of clothing. Ideally, the pieces you choose also can be worn for other activities — not just sleeping.

Pajamas are an easily forgotten item when packing for a trip. However, they’re the item you’ll be wearing most often, so it makes sense to make sure you pack something you feel comfortable wearing.

Here’s what our readers said they pack for sleepwear when traveling and are the best travel pajamas for women: a sleep shirt, loose leggings, cotton shorts and T-shirt, or a nightgown.

We take a closer look at their suggestions, and we also suggest pajamas based on the weather where you’re traveling and the kind of accommodation you’ll stay at. What you choose will help you pack light!

 

 

Readers’ Picks for Best Travel Pajamas for Women

 

TFG readers are always letting us know what their favorite products for travel are and travel pajamas (or pyjamas in the UK) for women are no exception.

Before we get into the individual pieces, we want to share with you the two top travel pajama pieces that TFG readers recommend:

 

 

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Gilligan O’Malley Pajama Shorts

 

Women’s Lightweight Pajamas: Cotton Shorts and Tee

 

What’s more a classic travel pajamas set than a pair of shorts and a t-shirt?

The combination of a pair of cotton shorts and a tee is perfect if you’re looking for cute pajamas ideas that are practical for travel. This women’s pajama pairing is perfect for any destination travel, but it is especially great when you’re visiting a warmer destination and don’t want to worry about sweating in the middle of the night.

One TFG reader says, “I wear a pair of black cotton sleep shorts (Gilligan O’Malley) and a cotton t-shirt. It’s comfy for lounging and and appropriate if I have to open the door.”

Interested in the Gilligan O’Malley shorts she’s talking about? These are some of the best pairs of pajama shorts due to their comfy, stretchy material, drawstring closure, and soft feel. Perfect for those nights falling asleep while listening to the ocean crash out of your window on your all-inclusive!

 

These are the readers top picks for the best white t-shirt for travel!

 

 

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Rene Rofe Simple Me Short Pajamas

 

Comfy Pajamas for Warm Weather

 

If you’re looking for cute pajamas ideas for travel, then look no further than the Rene Rofe Simple Me Short Pajamas. This adorable travel pajama set is perfect for sunny destinations, offering a short-sleeved pajama top with a roomy neckline and shorts with a comfy elastic waistband.

TFG readers absolutely love these travel pajamas for women. They are made with a rayon blend that’s machine washable and comfy to wear — perfect for warmer destinations!

 

Cute shorts for travel could double as pj bottoms!

 

 

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Ekouaer Silk Pajamas

 

Best Pajamas for Hotels

 

Staying in a hotel? Lucky you! You can celebrate the fact that you have privacy and can wear whatever you want (or don’t) as far as travel pajamas goes.

Personally, I recommend a multi-use set like the Ekouaer Silk Pajamas. These are some of the best travel pajamas for women due to their silky feel. Plus this short travel pajama set is perfect for warmer destinations!

You can also get away with packing and wearing a dedicated set of travel pajamas, because you’re more than likely traveling for a shorter period of time and have a tad bit extra room in your bag!

 

Choosing light fabrics is still a must for packing light! Learn more about the best travel fabrics!

 

 

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Viscose Sleeveless V Neck Nightgown

 

Travel Nightgowns for Women

 

Some TFG readers find shorts and pants to be too restrictive when it comes to sleep, making a nightgown a popular alternative. Nightgowns are some of the best travel pajamas for women due to their comfort and flow.

Nightgowns for women have the comfort of the dress, and a tad bit of style in case you have to duck out of your hotel room for a moment. One TFG reader says, “I always wear a knee-length t-shirt type nightgown, which is opaque and doesn’t need a dressing gown for decency. I go for a long-sleeved version in winter, and a short-sleeve option in summer. It has worked well for me over the last few decades.”

The GYS Bamboo Viscose Sleeveless V Neck Nightgown is one of the best travel pajamas for women if you’re looking for a nighty style. This piece is made from a combination of viscose from bamboo and spandex, making it great for warmer climates or people who experience hotter nights. Plus it comes in an array of color choices — and who doesn’t love that?

One TFG reader says, “I normally bring a nightgown (nothing sexy — more like an oversized t shirt) that is a super comfy material and a back up pair of yoga pants. I have been in situations where the hotel has no ac or has the ac set so low I freeze to death. So I bring both, and I am covered regardless of where I go!”

 

Here are some tips for the best black travel pants!

 

 

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Lucky Brand Notch Collar Shorty Pj Set

 

Cute Pajamas for Hot Weather

 

TFG readers have also taken a liking to Lucky Brand Shorty Set women’s pajamas. This travel pajama set has a notch collar tee with a pair of drawstring style shorts.

These cute travel pajamas are perfect for hot weather destinations. They are 95 percent rayon and have a unique pattern, perfect for those travel fashionista who are looking for an adorable pair of travel pjs.

 

Here’s how to pack light for hot and humid destinations!

 

 

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Duofold Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Shirt

 

Best Travel Pajamas for Private Accommodation

 

When you’re staying at an Airbnb or family’s house you can choose either of the hotel or hostel options, depending on if you’re sharing or have your own sleeping space.

For a nice casual travel pajama shirt, the Duofold Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Shirt is perfect. It’s a cotton polyester mix with wicking ability to help control moisture. Or for cold weather, thermals may also be an option or fleece lined leggings.

 

Read these tips on how to dress for cold weather travel

 

 

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Sleepy Time Bamboo Pajamas

 

Pajama Sleep Sets

 

An oversized night shirt is a go-to sleep option for TFG readers because they’re loose and cozy, while also being lightweight and easy to pack. An oversized nightshirt can be anything from any old t-shirt to a set of women’s pajamas.

One TFG reader says, “PJs are not even close to trivial to me! I usually bring a nightdress, same as home (like an oversized shirt). Tank for warm destinations, sleeves for cold.”

A great option for slightly chillier destinations is the Sleepy Time Bamboo Pajamas. This long-sleeved pajama set is made of premium bamboo material. It’s comfy, soft, and cooling during the night.

If you’re visiting a hot destination, one TFG reader says, “I bring a nightshirt from one of the wicking brands of PJs for women with hot flashes. They rinse out and dry overnight if you wash it in the sink every few nights. Lightweight, but they cover up a bit more than a T-shirt.”

The Sleepy Time Women’s pajama set is made of moisture wicking material that will keep you cool and comfortable all night — whether you’re experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, or simply sleeping in a hot tropical destination!

 

Looking for luggage for your next trip? Our experts reveal the best luggage!

 

 

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Hue Printed Knit Long Pajama Sleep Pant

 

Best Travel Pajama Bottoms

 

If you love the Soma Cool Nights pajama tee, then you’ll need a pant to pair it with! That’s where the Hue Printed Knit Long Pajama Sleep Pant comes in.

Hue is a great brand, and its printed pajama pants is no exception. These cute travel pajama bottoms feature a relaxed leg, comfortable waistband, and soft knit material.

Looking for plus size? Hue has an array of sizes from small to 3X, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit. Plus these cute pajama bottoms come in an array of adorable colors and designs — check out Iris Orchid/Hedgehog Heaven, Medieval/Sundot, and Capri/Penguin on Vacay (perfect for your next beach resort vacation)!

If you want full-length coverage for your travel pajama pants, then these comfy pjs are perfect for you.

 

We round up the comfiest airplane travel pants!

 

 

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Cool-jams Wicking Pleated T-Shirt Capri Set

 

Best Travel Pajamas for Mixed Weather

 

If you’re looking for a pair of wicking travel pajamas and aren’t sold on short sets or the long-sleeved shirt and full-length pants, then we recommend the Cool-jams Capri Set.

TFG readers think these are some of the best travel pajamas for women due to their wicking material that absorbs moisture and keeps you cool and comfortable all night long. They have a natural anti-bacterial treatment that keep them smelling good during your trip — which is a bonus if you’re on a longer journey and you won’t be able to do laundry as often.

If you’re looking for something in between shorts and a long-pant pajama, then this capri set is a great travel pajama choice.

 

Packing for mixed weather? Read these tips!

 

 

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Jersey Leggings

 

Travel Pajamas: Loose Leggings

 

While a standard pair of leggings that you might wear to the gym tend to be a tad bit too tight to work as travel sleepwear, going with a looser pair of leggings that have a straighter leg can make sleeping comfortable! Leggins are both soft and cozy, but they won’t actually look like women’s pajamas if there happens to be a late-night emergency.

One TFG reader says, “I typically wear Old Navy leggings, as the band is super soft, and they aren’t tight at all.”

These Old Navy Jersey Leggings are perfect for travel pajamas. These black leggings are versatile and comfortable, you can get away with wandering down the hallway in the hostel if there’s a shared bathroom at night or enjoying a cup of coffee on the hotel room balcony without feeling like you’re wearing pajamas. But when it comes to sleep, these cotton and spandex mixed leggings will keep you comfy and cozy!

 

Not sold on these leggings or looking for something different? These are the best leggings for women who travel!

 

 

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Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee

 

Best Pajamas for Hostels

 

If your next trip involves staying in a hostel, especially when that means co-ed dorms, you might want something that you’ll feel comfortable in walking around when other people might be out and about.

This is especially the case for backpackers who should consider packing pajamas that can double as regular clothes. Multi-use is absolutely essential when traveling for long periods and visiting various destinations.

A simple jersey tee like the Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee is perfect for both sleeping and wearing on a day of sightseeing. It gives you an unfussy, casual look with a soft feel. Plus it’s polyester and cotton mix means its machine washable.

A casual pair of travel pajamas that can double as a casual day wardrobe is the perfect set of PJs for your hostel stay!

 

Learn more backpacking tips here!

 

 

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Cool Nights Short Sleeve Pajama Tee

 

Best Travel Pajama Top – Reader’s Top Pick!

 

TFG readers love the Soma Cool Nights Short Sleeve Pajama Tee. It’s a nice lightweight pajama top option that provides cooling comfort with full coverage.

This travel pajama top is machine washable and made from rayon and spandex, making it lightweight and flowy. It has a wide banded scoopneck with short sleeves, and has a slight contour at the waist and rounded hem.

This soft pajama top will keep you comfortable and cool during those hot and muggy Mexican resort nights!

 

Watch how to pack and organize outfits for a trip in this video!

 

 

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Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas

 

Best Warm Sleepwear

 

The Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas take a classic menswear look and puts a fine feminine twist on it. If you’re searching for the best pajamas for your next trip, this quality set will have you sleeping in luxury!

TFG readers love these long-sleeved, full-pant travel pajamas. They provide full coverage, making for warm sleepwear in those cooler destinations. They’re designed from a combination of modal and spandex, giving you soft, cozy comfort.

Note that Nordstrom recommends ordering a smaller size if you’re in between sizes because these pajamas fit a tad bit large.

 

You can pack minimally even for cold weather!

 

 

Pajamas Ideas Based on Accommodation

 

If you’re looking for some guidance on the best travel pajamas for women depending on different sleep locations, then let’s talk about some considerations to find the best option for you.

Travel sleepwear for women may vary, depending on where you’ll be staying. A hotel, hostel, or a family member’s house can make a difference in the kind of pajamas you pack!

 

 

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Sleepy Time Bamboo Pajamas

 

A Sleep Shirt

 

An oversized night shirt is a go-to sleepwear option. It’s loose and cozy, while also being lightweight and easy to pack. As one reader shares, “PJs are not even close to trivial to me! I usually bring a nightdress, same as home (like an oversized shirt). Tank for warm destinations, sleeves for cold.”

If you’re visiting a hot destination, another reader had a great recommendation, sharing “I bring a nightshirt from one of the wicking brands of PJs for women with hot flashes. They rinse out and dry overnight if you wash it in the sink every few nights. Lightweight, but they cover up a bit more than a T-shirt.”

 

Find out how to choose and why we think these are the best travel pajamas for women!

 

Cute Pajamas Ideas Based on Weather

 

Just as you plan your clothing based on weather, you should think about the weather when it comes to your pajamas. Are you traveling someplace warm or cold? Will the weather and temperature affect you’re sleeping conditions?

 

 

Best Travel Pajamas Comparison Chart

 

This is a quick look at the best travel pajamas for women featured:

Gilligan O'Malley Pajama Shorts “I wear a pair of black cotton sleep shorts (Gilligan O'Malley) and a cotton t-shirt. It's comfy for lounging and and appropriate if I have to open the door.” NO REVIEW Check Price
Rene Rofe Simple Me Short Pajamas TFG readers absolutely love these travel pajamas for women. They are made with a rayon blend that’s machine washable and comfy to wear -- perfect for warmer destinations! Check Price
Ekouaer Silk Pajamas I recommend a multi-use set like the Ekouaer Silk Pajamas. These are some of the best travel pajamas for women due to their silky feel. Plus this short travel pajama set is perfect for warmer destinations! Check Price
Viscose Sleeveless V Neck Nightgown “I always wear a knee-length t-shirt type nightgown, which is opaque and doesn't need a dressing gown for decency. Check Price
Lucky Brand Muscle Tee Shorty Set TFG readers have also taken a liking to Lucky Brand Muscle Tee Shorty Set women’s pajamas. This travel pajama set has a muscle-style tee with a pair of drawstring style shorts. NO REVIEW Check Price
Duofold Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Shirt The Duofold Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Shirt is perfect. It’s a cotton polyester mix with wicking ability to help control moisture. Check Price
Sleepy Time Bamboo Pajamas “I bring a nightshirt from one of the wicking brands of PJs for women with hot flashes. They rinse out and dry overnight if you wash it in the sink every few nights. Lightweight, but they cover up a bit more than a T-shirt.” Check Price
Hue Printed Knit Long Pajama Sleep Pant Hue is a great brand, and its printed pajama pants is no exception. These cute travel pajama bottoms feature a relaxed leg, comfortable waistband, and soft knit material. Check Price
Cool-jams Wicking Pleated T-Shirt Capri Set TFG readers think these are some of the best travel pajamas for women due to their wicking material that absorbs moisture and keeps you cool and comfortable all night long. Check Price
Jersey Leggings “I typically wear Old Navy leggings, as the band is super soft, and they aren't tight at all.” Check Price
Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee A simple jersey tee like the Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee is perfect for both sleeping and wearing on a day of sightseeing. It gives you an unfussy, casual look with a soft feel. Plus it’s polyester and cotton mix means its machine washable. Check Price
Cool Nights Short Sleeve Pajama Tee Slated TFG readers love the Soma Cool Nights Short Sleeve Pajama Tee. It’s a nice lightweight pajama top option that provides cooling comfort with full coverage. Check Price
Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas TFG readers love these long-sleeved, full-pant travel pajamas. They provide full coverage, making for warm sleepwear in those cooler destinations. They’re designed from a combination of modal and spandex, giving you soft, cozy comfort. Check Price

 

 

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Cocoon Silk MummyLiner

 

Pair a Sleep Sheet with Your Pajamas for Extra Protection

 

Some TFG readers are concerned about avoiding bed bugs during their travels.

To be honest, throughout almost nine years of traveling full-time (staying in many, many, many hotels from dirt cheap to expensive options), I’ve only seen bed bugs a handful of times.

One was the first week of my round-the-world backpacking trip when I stayed in a CHEAP backpacker hostel in Fiji. I put all my clean laundry on the bed then brought the bugs with me on the flight to New Zealand. OUCH!

I washed my clothes as soon as I got there, and cleaned my bag, and no more issues. And I learned to never put my clothes or luggage on a bed.

But when it comes to avoiding bed bugs, a sleep sheet is more helpful than a pair of pajamas as they keep you from sleeping on the actual bed sheet. The next time I encountered bed bugs, I was in a small guest house in Phuket, Thailand, where I woke up to see them on the fabric headboard. Gross. They moved me to another room and, luckily, I didn’t see them.

Beyond that, I’ve never slept with specific clothing to avoid being bitten by bed bugs. But I have ALWAYS slept in a sleeping liner (either silk or synthetic) to keep mosquitoes from biting me, which has worked extremely well. Sometimes it was a bit hot, but well worth not being bitten!

The liner was also the ONLY thing that kept sand flies from biting me in Utila, Honduras, because they don’t even respond to bug spray. I looked like I had chicken pox from so many bites. The sleeping bag liner was a savior!

And, if you want extra precautions when it comes to bed bugs, learn how to avoid them while traveling with these helpful tips!

 

Not sure what kind of sleep sheet to get? We’ve broken down the best travel sleep sheets just for you!   

 

 

How to Choose the Best Travel Pajamas

 

The pajamas you choose for your travels is variable and can be influenced by the following factors:

  • What time of year are you traveling?
  • What type of accommodation will you be using?
  • Are you traveling alone, as a couple, with family, or friends?
  • What type of pajamas do you usually sleep in?

 

Some people don’t wear clothing to sleep, but you might want to reconsider that when traveling.

One TFG reader says, “I never take anything that doesn’t multitask and having been in two hotel smoke evacuations in wee hours. I sleep in something I can wear outside: t shirt dress that doubles as swim cover up or bike shorts/yoga pants with a tee.”

When it comes down to it, you have to decide what makes the most sense for you.

Another TFG reader says, “I say, wear whatever is comfortable to bed, and additionally pack a sleeping bag liner/sleep sack to feel better protected. If the fire alarm goes off, you can wrap it around you like a blanket for extra coverage.”

Usually, I recommend your choice of pajamas double as regular clothing, if needed. The main thing to consider when choosing sleepwear for travel is to choose lightweight items that can be worn for other activities as well.

 

A travel capsule wardrobe helps you pack light!

 

 

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Travel Packing Cubes

 

How to Pack Travel Sleepwear

 

Packing cubes will change the way you pack. I designed my own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where I’ve packed everything — even my pajamas!

 

You can learn my packing hacks with packing cubes in this video!

 

 


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