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Staying cozy on a trip is important, but who wants to haul around several coats when traveling during the warmer months? Lessen the bulk in your suitcase by adding a light, stylish travel wrap to moderate and hot destinations. It will do the trick in keeping you warm on the plane and in the evenings!
Best Travel Wrap
Written By: Michelle Nati
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If you’ve been on a trip to Europe you probably know that no matter where you are or what month it is, it can get cold, even in summer. If you’re moving from city to city, the last thing you’ll want to do is lug a heavy coat or jacket around or have it take up too much room in your baggage.
Well, we’ve found a solution! A light travel wrap will keep you cozy for any unpredictable chills you may experience on your flight and on the ground. Below you will find some of our favorites!
Want the ultimate guides for packing light? Read our Pack Light Stylishly book to get started and see our packing tips, and take our master class if you’re ready to Stop Overpacking!
Watch the Sunset in this Cute Mer Sea Travel Wrap
When you’re on a cruise, you’ll want to capture every moment watching the waves and not have to run back to your cabin to change, because you’ll already be wearing this cozy wrap by Mer Sea. It will serve you well in every chilly instance and comes in lots of different colors.
With its very own travel bag in a matching color—you can even use it as a pillow on your flight! Readers love it, and one says, “It’s so amazing and handy for travel!”
If you’re wondering what to pack for a cruise vacation, check out this awesome cruise packing list!
J. Crew Oversized Cashmere Wrap
Soft, Draping Travel Shawl That Goes With Just About Everything
The cozy J. Crew wrap enhances every look in your travel bag, from jeans and a tee to a sleeveless print jumper or elegant, cocktail dress. Its combo of acrylic and nylon fabric will keep you warm and fresh-looking all the way through your trip. One of our readers raves about it, saying, “It is washable and got great reviews. I am really pleased with this find.”
Here are the most packable and beautiful cardigan sweaters that you’ll want for your next trip!
Embellish an Already Strong Look With This Delicate Shawl
Wear this Quince wrap to work or on a weekend outing and enhance it with bold, chunky accessories for a look that’s above and beyond! One user gives praise to this trendy and timeless look saying, “Gorgeous and lightweight! The best way I can describe them? They feel like warm air! Such an elegant drape, but completely works with jeans and a t-shirt too. They’re perfect to travel with.”
Stand out in This Gorgeous Black and Leopard Piece by RainCaper
It’s not just fashionable! This reversible wrap by RainCaper is lightweight, water-repellent, and hooded for protection against the elements, and you can change up your look anytime! It hits all the marks for one reader who said, “I recently ordered this rain poncho wrap for my fall trip to Italy. It comes in tons of colors and even has magnets for the arms to make a sleeve!”
We put together the perfect guide to help you choose the best fall coats you can wear on the road and at home this season!
An Affordable Wrap in a Rainbow of Colors
This gorgeous pashmina by TZ Promise comes in so many different colors and is so cheap that you won’t break the bank if you decide on more than one. It’s well-made, cozy, and easy to pair with pretty much any outfit. It’s big too—you can wear it as a shawl or use it as a blanket while at an outdoor screening. One reader says, “I color coordinate it with my shoes when I go out in the evenings.”
Versatile Melifluos Travel Wrap Covers Many Different Looks
When you bring this Melifluos reversible wrap on a trip it’s like you’ve brought lots of different looks! Readers hail its versatility because it can be worn in a myriad of ways – as a scarf, poncho, shrug, stole, and many more! It even comes in a range of colors and patterns so whatever look your desire with your perfect outfit. Made from 100% bamboo viscose for the ultimate in comfort, we recommend having fashion fun with this playful wrap!
A Cashmere Wrap Shawl With Understated Elegance by Reemonde
Reemonde’s breathable cashmere blend feels soft draped over your shoulders or against your neck, and it won’t make you itch. It’s big enough to be worn as a wrap or pashmina, but small enough to pull from your backpack just as the sun goes down.
It’s extremely affordable and versatile, which is also music to readers’ ears! One says, “I am 5’3” and prefer a pashmina or a light poncho over the wraps that are popular now. They’re too cumbersome. This is my favorite—it’s warm and cheap.”
HappyLuxe Makes a Warm, Fashionable Travel Wrap Shawl
A welcome addition to virtually any outfit, the Wayfarer acts as a scarf, pashmina, or use it as a travel blanket for picnics or covering yourself during a chilly flight. Unlike most other wraps, this one comes with a little added extra—a built-in, air activated neck warmer! Readers have fallen in love with its soft, MicroModal fabric and its lightweight feel. Sign us up!
Here are eight different ways to wear a scarf when you travel!
Coolibar UPF 50+ Everyday Wrap
Look Sleek in Every Season in This Topper by Coolibar UPF 50+
A blend of cotton, bamboo and elastine will keep you cool, comfortable, and looking fashionable in any weather and outfit. This shawl comes in lots of different colors and has a draped fit which allows for roomy wear and easy movement. One reader says, “You can wear it as a wrap or a scarf. I love mine!”
PULI Cross Front Poncho Plus Size
A Must-Have Wrap in Basic Black
This is a classic piece that not only pairs easily with everything you can think of, it actually enhances each look. This cardigan wrap by PULI, with its asymmetrical cut and a tab that closes at the neck, is the stuff of simple elegance.
It’s great for travel or lounging with sleek pants or funky jeans. One reader gives it her thumbs up saying, “I have this one and love it. It’s a knit blend and its outer layer doesn’t pill.”
Treat Yourself to a Lux Travel Wrap Look
We won’t kid you: this open front wrap by Barefoot is pricey but will be worth it because It’s a piece you’ll wear over and over again in the years to come. The piece’s casual luxury comes in a rich microfiber yarns, with contrast edging, that doesn’t skimp on warmth.
As one reader says, “It is perfect and very fashionable.”
These are the warmest merino wool sweaters, according to our readers!
A Quality Travel Wrap From a Reputable Brand
What name is synonymous with stylish and functional outerwear? Eddie Bauer, of course! This wrap is multi-functional and—with armholes and a flowy design—it can be worn in several ways. And you can choose from five versatile colors.
One reader touts its versatility saying, “It is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for. I ordered both the black and the gray. It’s a great weight and rolls down fairly small, too.”
Pick a Wrap, Any Wrap — Diane Kroe Has Several to Choose From
From prints to solids and everything in between, you can wear whatever Diane Kroe design strikes your fancy as a dress, poncho, scarf, skirt, or halter top. You can even belt your look! These wraps are so versatile, you may be able to lighten the load and leave a few other pieces in your closet that you intended to bring. They are absolute fashion magic!
Get wrapped up in wanderlust with Diane Kroe’s convertible clothing for travel!
The Convertible Wrap Dress You Can Wear Everywhere
Imagine a wrap that also transforms into a dress with the push of a button? Well, in the case of Encircled’s Chrysalis Cardi, it transforms by the snap of a button!
How does this unique convertible clothing work? The tube-like fabric conceals clever buttons around the rim that allows you to use it as a scarf, a convertible wrap dress, and a cardigan, too.
We found even MORE ways to wear the Chrysalis Cardi! Read this post to uncover the bonus looks we discovered!
Travel Wraps Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Mer Sea Travel Wrap||“It’s so amazing and handy for travel!”||Check Price|
|J. Crew Oversized Cashmere Wrap||“It is washable and got great reviews. I am really pleased with this find.”||Check Price|
|RainRap Hood Wrap||“I recently ordered this rain poncho wrap for my fall trip to Italy. It comes in tons of colors and even has magnets for the arms to make a sleeve!”||Check Price|
|TZ Promise Pashmina||“I color coordinate it with my shoes when I go out in the evenings.”||Check Price|
|Melifluos Shawl Wrap||Readers hail it’s versatility because it can be worn in a myriad of ways – as a scarf, cardigan, poncho, shrug, stole, and many more, including a headscarf!||Check Price|
|Reemonde Cashmere Travel Wrap||“I am 5’3” and prefer a pashmina or a light poncho over the wraps that are popular now. They’re too cumbersome. This is my favorite—it’s warm and cheap.”||Check Price|
|HappyLuxe Wayfarer||Readers have fallen in love with its soft, MicroModal fabric and its lightweight feel. Sign us up!||Check Price|
|Quince Cashmere Silk Scarf||“I bought last year to use at Christmas, and it’s so warm! I can use it as a very thick scarf, too.”||Check Price|
|Coolibar UPF 50+ Everyday Wrap||“You can wear it as a wrap or a scarf. I love mine!”||Check Price|
|PULI Cross Front Poncho Plus Size||“I have this one and love it. It’s a knit blend and its outer layer doesn’t pill.”||Check Price|
|Barefoot CozyChic Wrap||“It is perfect and very fashionable.”||Check Price|
|Eddie Bauer Daisy Travel Wrap||“It is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for. I ordered both the black and the gray. It’s a great weight and rolls down fairly small, too.”||Check Price|
|Diane Kroe Carry-On-Cozy||These wraps are so versatile, you may be able to lighten the load and leave a few other pieces in your closet that you intended to bring. They are absolute fashion magic!||Check Price|
|Chrysalis Cardi||The tube-like fabric conceals clever buttons around the rim that allows you to use it as a scarf, a convertible wrap dress, and a cardigan, too.||Check Price|
TFG’s Editor’s Favorite Travel Wrap
The Wanderlust Wrap by Diane Kroe was a wonderful surprise! It’s convertible clothing for travel done right. Not only was it an item she could wear while traveling it’s also something she’d confidently wear at home, too. It is so versatile and offers travelers plenty of options for different looks from a single item. Find out more of this stylish wrap in her review.
Tempted to pack a “just in case” dress? Don’t. Pack the Chrysalis Cardi instead. While the scarf styles are classic and the poncho/cardi looks are great for changes in weather, what really sold her on this garment was the dress styles. So flattering and incredibly versatile! Read her review to learn more about this convertible wrap dress.
Keep Your Carry-On Organized with Packing Cubes
At TFG, we love packing cubes! Use slim packing cubes to organize your carry-on to help you maximize your luggage space, and allow you to fit more stuff in! We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything — even your travel wrap!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing you the different methods to use packing cubes. If you use this specific packing strategy, they can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carryon only!
And don’t forget to carry your essentials in a carrying pouch (or even a packing cube!), that way you have access to what you need right away!
Which is your favorite travel wrap—shawl or pashmina? Share and comment below!
For more fashion accessories, please read:
- Best Tunic Sweaters for Women: Versatile for the Chilly Season
- Chic Cashmere Sweaters
- How to Wear a Leather Jacket: Plus Styles to Shop Now
- Classic Wool Coats
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I love my Barefoot Dreams wrap! So soft and cozy and certainly large enough for great coverage. It’s ideal for a cold-climate trip, and is a perfect choice for long cross-country or overseas flights. Best of all, it’s machine washable AND dryable!
Ever since I bought my packing cubes and learned how to put together a capsule wardrobe I have been an avid follower. The ideas and products offered have proved highly successful in my travels. Also appreciate the ability to order through the links provided.
Love the wraps. They all look so warm and comfy.
I have been following you since the beginning when I found your site because I was doing research on how to go carry on only for a two week trip to China! Every time I book a trip I begin my packing research by pouring over the articles on your site. You’ve got some really great finds in this article. You always do! Thank you!
I have been using your travel capsule wardrobes for 6 years. They have taken me to Asia, south America, Europe and Alaska in different seasons. Thank you! They save me SO much prep time and always work great.
You are the best! For years, I’ve been tweaking my travel wardrobe and now you’ve done the work for me! Every time I shop with they lovingly tease me and mock my “this would be perfect for travel” comment. Thanks so much for all the effort you’ve put in to finding the “perfectly item for travel and connecting me to so many ideas and vendors! I have told all my friends about your Facebook and Instagram pages!
LOVE travel shawls! Far and away the best, most underrated travel accessory. Now I just need to decide which one (or three) to get…
Love these recommendations- thank you! I have the J. Crew wrap in my cart and can’t wait to receive it!
So many great options!!
Ever since I ordered the packing cubes, I have followed every blog post about travel and how to pack. I don’t get as stressed anymore preparing for a short or long trip because I formed a capsule wardrobe. Thanks for ALL the ideas
A cashmere travel wrap is such a luxury!
I’m in the process of looking for the right wrap for a trip this September. This helps a lot!
I always forget to bring wraps. Thank you for this post- packing one right now:)
I just ordered the coolibar and thinking about the mer sea and also the wanderlust wrap. I wish they had the one in your picture!
Love this! Blanket scarves and turkish towels can be used in similar ways – use them as scarves, blankets and even a pillow or lumbar support in a pinch. The turkish towel can obviously be used as a towel as well. Very versatile and help keep packing to a minimum!
My children gave me a black J Crew travel cashmere wrap for Mother’s Day. I am trying to decide if I should bring that or a black cashmere cardigan that I also have on a trip to Europe this December. Your thoughts?
Hi Kelly, to get the best advice about what to pack for the weather this winter, I would recommend that you check out this guide: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/europe-in-winter/
We’ve also put together all the best tips from the entire blog so you can easily access everything in one easy location. Follow these 10 steps which take you through every stageof your packing so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/10-step-packing-guide-europe/
Here are a couple of more resources for help with staying warm when traveling in winter:
1. Thermals are the secret to minimal packing with less bulk, they’re amazing!: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/best-thermal-underwear-for-women/
2. Here are some tips on how to layer them with your clothing to stay warm: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/how-to-stay-warm-in-cold-weather/
3. This is a sample packing list for the cold: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/how-to-pack-for-cold-weather/ You can use the principles to create your own capsule wardrobe according to your own clothing preferences, not necessarily to pack what is shown in the example.
Hope this helps. Have an awesome time on your trip!
I always travel with a wrap, if I am in the car or in the plane, I always have a wrap.
They are the most versatile accessory! So many options and ability to create different looks makes more room in your carry on for souvenirs!! I will definitely be checking out the Wonderlust Wraps!
I actually found one on sale at Sundance! Lightweight wool and rainbow colors. Perfect for my Black, cream, tan core colors. Oh, and jeans too! Had I been able to add a photo,
You’d have seen it.