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Whether to pack jeans when you travel, particularly on a Round-the-World trip, continues to be a hot topic. Travelers increasingly are packing denim and throwing the old packing rules out the door! In fact, it seems that most travelers agree: jeans are traveling must-haves for women.
Traveling with Jeans
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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
Should I pack my jeans for my trip?
Packing jeans has been an age-long debate among travelers. However, it’s not really a black and white question. It’s not yes, or no — it’s maybe.
Originally, jeans were a big travel no-no because of their weight, difficulty hand washing, and lengthy drying time.
However, one of the reasons jeans make excellent travel pants is because you hardly ever have to wash them! Jeans are now staple part of many women’s wardrobes around the globe as they’re practical and easy to wear. They are easy to wear and can be dressed up or down for maximum versatility. (To learn more about how to Pack Light Stylishly, read this guide!)
I’ve come to learn that I love denim and it’s what makes me feel the most like myself. I’ve even learned to wear it when I’m a speaker at conferences because I want to feel my best, and I want my wardrobe to empower me, not distract me from the task at hand.
In fact, many of our readers now say that when they travel they don’t leave home without at least one pair of jeans packed in their luggage.
Here’s a full list of our readers’ recommendations for the best jeans for travel!
Worried About Washing Your Jeans?
One benefit our readers love about packing their jeans for travel is that they DO NOT have to wash them.The reality is that many travelers don’t hand wash all their clothes when on the road unless they travel as Minimalistas.
As Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi’s, explains in this article, you should NEVER EVER wash your jeans, because it can ruin the fabric; instead, just spot wash when needed. Our readers love to travel in their stylish Levi jeans because of their comfort and excellent fit.
But if you do want to wash your jeans, laundry services are available in the majority of destinations. Many hostels or chain hotels even offer a laundry room with access to a washer and dryer.
Even though I traveled full time for almost a decade, I think I only hand washed my jeans one time. The wonderful thing about denim is that it doesn’t have to be washed frequently, so I only wash denim while traveling if I have access to a washing machine or inexpensive laundry service.
In fact, unless I was in a rural or remote destination, I rarely hand washed throughout my travels because washing machines and inexpensive laundry services seemed to be widely available.
My choice of accommodation may have been one of the reasons I didn’t need to hand wash. I stayed at hostels, Airbnbs, vacation rentals, and chain hotels. At least one of those options usually would have washing machines available during my trip.
The rest of the time, I stayed in budget guest houses or small hotels in busy tourist areas. In this case, it was possible to find locally offered laundry services. It usually cost around $1-$2 per kilo of clothing. However, even when I’ve stayed at larger hotels, so long as they’re in a central location, I’ve been able to find nearby laundry options, so I wouldn’t need to hand wash. This makes it easier to travel with a range of fabrics, including denim, if needed.
Here are some tips on how to do laundry when traveling!
Styling Your Jeans
Socializing also impacts the need for more formal attire. Jeans are a fantastic clothing item that can be easily dressed up or down. During the day, you could pair them with a jumper, boots, and a waterproof jacket. Then at night, dress them up with a smart blazer or blouse and some elegant accessories.
If you are looking to pack just one pair of jeans, then consider choosing a pair in a darker color, like medium to dark blue. Darkers colors are a more versatile option which you can then easily mix and match with the rest of your capsule wardrobe.
Slim or skinny fit jeans are often the preferred denim option, and a modern, contemporary style looks great teamed with ankle boots. If skinny fit jeans are not to your taste, there are so many different styles of jeans available, there should certainly be something to suit everyone.
Here are a few key points to help you choose the best jeans for your trip!
Alternative to Travel Jeans
If you are looking for an alternative to jeans, the Anatomie Skyler pants are perfect! They’re versatile, lightweight, highly functional, and look stylish.
I have traveled all over with them. I wore them to Southeast Asia when jeans were uncomfortable because of the humidity. They looked awesome in London and Madrid paired with my boots. Best of all, I paired them with heels for a night out with the girls in LA, and they loved them!
Read the full review on why these are the best travel pants for women!
Are Jeans Comfy Enough to Travel In?
Not sure whether your jeans are comfy enough to fly in for hours? Well, test them out. Wear them all day at work to see if you find them comfortable. You may just be surprised at the comfort and mobility your jeans offer.
Generally speaking, unless you’re on a hiking trip, jeans can actually be much more practical for travel than once thought. They are now designed to offer maximum stretch and movement, allowing you to wear them for hours on end in perfect comfort!
A few female explorers even wore their jeans when traveling to Morocco, Panama, and when traveling on safari across Africa as their jeans were a comfy practical option.
If you are still not sure how comfy your jeans are to travel in, then replace them with a pair of leggings. If you’re going on around the world trip or traveling long term, then leggings are a great alternative to denim because of their versatility and practicality.
Our readers particularly love their Zella Live in Leggings because they do not thin out like some leggings, and they are incredibly comfortable.
Find out the best leggings for travel chosen by TFG’s readers!
Are Jeans Too Heavy to Pack?
One reader says when she went backpacking around the world, she left her jeans at home because she was worried about them being to heavy and adding extra weight to her packing.
Since jeans are now really comfy to wear, one option would be to just wear your jeans to travel in, instead of packing them, so then there would be no need to worry about adding any extra weight to your luggage.
But with new advancements in technology, in addition to clothing trends, denim fabrics have become lighter and more comfortable than ever before. So there is no need to worry about too much weight. Just lay your jeans flat in one of your packing cubes.
For women, the options to travel with denim are more practical than ever before. Regular denim almost seems obsolete among the choices of light, stretchy denim fabrics and jeggings.
There are so many options out there, you can easily find jeans in light fabrics instead of the traditional heavier ones.
Our readers rave about their Old Navy’s Rockstar Jeggings and consider them one of their favorite brands for travel jeans. They are available in various sizes, rises, colors, and styles, at a very affordable price, so you will be spoiled for choice.
Will I Be Warm Enough in My Jeans?
If you are worried about your jeans not being warm enough, especially when traveling during those chillier months, why don’t you layer a pair of tights or even thermals underneath for added warmth?
When I travel, I usually only pack 1 pair for mixed weather and 2 pairs for cold weather. I don’t usually wear or pack jeans when traveling to a hot destination.
Here is our roundup of the best thermals to layer under your jeans!
To Jeans or Not to Jeans?
Jeans are a must-have for most women, but whether to pack jeans really depends on where and when you’re going.
When traveling to cosmopolitan cities, such as London, Paris, or New York, then jeans are a packing necessity. Classic, comfortable jeans are now an essential item in most women’s travel wardrobes and have become a staple fashion in Europe.
Your planned activities for your trip play a big factor in the decision making process of whether to pack jeans. You also should consider if you are traveling to a tropical destination where jeans would not really be appropriate.
Don’t pack your jeans if you know you will only use them once in a while, if at all. If you are planning a trekking vacation, such as Trekking to Machu Picchu, you might be better packing a sturdy pair of trekking travel pants instead of jeans.
If you prefer a traditional tech trouser, take a look at these convertible travel pants women might actually like!
Whether or not you should pack them is all based on YOUR personal style preferences, not someone else’s. Some women like wearing denim, others can’t imagine wearing anything other than dresses.
Ultimately, if denim is a wardrobe staple for YOU, then you should continue to use it when you travel if it makes sense based on the activities and the weather at your destination.
Still can’t make up your mind? Don’t worry! You can always buy a cheap pair of leggings or jeans almost anywhere since it’s just as big a fashion staple internationally as it is at home. And don’t forget the No. 1 travel rule of packing: Wear what makes you happy!
Do you travel with jeans, jeggings, or leggings? Why or why not? Please comment below!
For more tips, please read:
- Best Skinny Jeans for Travel
- Best White Jeans for Jetsetters
- Best Black Travel Pants
- The Best Travel Pants for Women
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