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The most popular material for clothing is also many travelers go to fabric when selecting clothes for trips. But is cotton the most breathable fabric for hot weather? Find out six pros and cons to help you pack for your summer trips!

 


Most Breathable Fabric for Hot Weather

Written by: Niki Landry


 

 

Pros

 

 

Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress

 

Breathability

 

The first thought that comes to mind when thinking of cotton clothing is its breathability. Living in a seriously humid climate is often the reason I choose cotton fabrics over all others.

The same goes for traveling, if you know your days will be spent sweating then cotton may be the right choice. Its soft and breathable features will keep you comfortable and cool during hot days.

 

The Leith ruched dress is a reader and TFG editor-in-chief favorite. Find out in this review!

 

 

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Athleta Farallon Jogger

 

Hypoallergenic and Biodegradable

 

Cotton is hypoallergenic and is one of the best options for people with sensitive skin. The natural fibers won’t aggravate dry skin or cause any reactions. People who have skin conditions, like eczema, may find it’s the perfect choice for comfort at home and when traveling.

For travelers who prefer to wear natural materials cotton is the way to go. It’s biodegradable and renewable, and the practice and availability of organic cotton is growing every year. It’s a great choice for anyone with an environmentally friendly approach to shopping and traveling.

 

 

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Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee

 

No static cling

 

Static cling is a huge nuisance for me, and it drives me nuts to wear clothes that are prone to clinging. You don’t have to bother with or worry about static cling with cotton. This may be more important during winter travel where the lack of moisture can increase the static in your clothing.

 

Discover our readers’ classic picks for the best t-shirts for travel!

 

 

Cons

 

 

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1901 Cotton Blend Cardigan

 

Doesn’t resist wrinkles

 

Cotton’s most disappointing flaw is that is doesn’t resist wrinkles. Overstuffed luggage is a breeding ground for wrinkles, and cotton can leave you looking disheveled. Even the most stylish outfit choices can’t compensate for rumpled clothes. Of course there are ways to combat wrinkles on the road, but no one wants to spend their holiday ironing or steaming if and when those tools are available. Sticking with anti-wrinkle fabrics are your best bet, and luckily cotton blends tend to be more resistant than 100% Cotton.

Unfortunately, pilling is more prevalent in some cotton blend fabrics making them look worn, so keep in mind for long term traveling. These are two major factors that make us re-think the answer to the question: is cotton the most breathable fabric?

 

Read our 10 step guide on how to pack for long trips!

 

 

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Mid-Rise Jersey Leggings for Women

 

May produce sweaty spots

 

Also because cotton is porous, it is great for absorbing sweat. The problem arises when the sweat doesn’t evaporate from the clothing. Since the fabric takes longer to dry, you will be left with sweaty spots on your clothing. This can be a big issue when participating in cold weather activities. Your clothes will stay wet, and can stop your body from retaining heat.

 

 

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Amazon Essentials Women’s Utility Jacket

 

Takes forever to dry

 

Due to its super absorbency, it normally takes cotton much longer to dry than synthetic fabrics, and the time will increase depending on the humidity of the surrounding air. So hanging clothes to dry in tropical climates can be very frustrating. If your holiday is only for a short time it may be fine, but if you plan on hand washing traveling with cotton may be a bad idea.

 

Read this post on how to do laundry while traveling!

 

 

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

 

How to Pack Your Clothing

 

Many of our readers use packing cubes to roll up and organize their pants. Compass Rose packing cubes allow you to do so by number and color so you know where you packed everything, even when you use the cubes to separate outfits. Learn more in the video below.

 

Learn about our hacks with packing cubes in this video!

 

We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!

 

 


Is cotton the right choice for your next trip? I really depends on where you are going and what you are doing. Weigh its features with what you need to be comfortable, and you can easily decide if it’s the correct choice.

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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs. nikilandry.com  nikilandrydesigns  niki-landry-designs-llc