The Best Men’s Travel Pants for Your Next Adventure

Our favourite comfortable, lightweight, and quick dry travel pants for men

best men's travel pants

Looking for the perfect men’s travel pants? You will find them here! In six years of full-time travel, I’ve learned exactly what men’s travel pants need to be comfortable and versatile for all day, every day wear. Read on to find your next pair of ideal travel trousers.

What’s in our guide to the best mens travel pants?

If you’ve done much travelling, you already know that most mens pants (aka trousers my British friends) are not ideal for travel.

They can squeeze you in all the wrong places if you sit for too long, they can leave you feeling hot and sticky, or constricted and itchy, and things are alway falling out of your pockets at the worst times.

man crouching to take a picture piazza castello torino
Good travel pants keep your stuff inside the pockets, no matter what you do.

When you travel a lot, you also start to realize that there are two types of pants that most travelling men wear.

First, there’s the cargo pant, with lots of pockets and absolutely no shape, always in some shade of tan or army green. Then there’s the elephant pant, that goes along with the top-knot, a scraggly goatee, and an ultra-spiritual persona.

But thankfully, in 2019 you don’t have to settle for one of those looks.

In the six years since I started travelling full-time, men’s travel fashion has come a long way. Now (as Jane constantly complains) men’s travel clothes are way better than the women’s equivalent.

There are plenty of great comfortable options out there with lots of speciality travel features on board. And there are styles for every guy and every type of traveller, too.

Read on to find…

The Best Men’s Travel Pants for Your Next Adventure

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What All Great Men’s Travel Pants Have in Common

After travelling non-stop for the past few years, I realized any pants that were good enough to be in my suitcase would need to include a few basic features.

Comfortable

Let’s start with the obvious. The best travel pants are comfortable. But not just a little bit comfortable — more like, “I want to live and die in these pants” comfortable. Heck, all pants should be that comfortable! But it can be really hard to find comfortable men’s travel pants. They might start out OK but when you’re 7 hours into a 9 hour flight, that’s when the true test arises.

All the pants I suggest below have been designed to be comfortable. Yes, even for long flights.

stephen in malta wearing bluffworks travel pants
Good travel pants are comfortable for long days walking and long flights.

Wrinkle-free

This is another feature that I think all men’s pants should have. But wrinkle-free fabric is especially crucial for travelling.

Not only is there nowhere to iron, but there’s no time for ironing when you have sights to see and new cultures to explore.

I’ve yet to find pants that are truly wrinkle free — no decent fabric can stand up to being smushed inside a backpack for days, especially in humid climates — but many of the ones on this list are truly wrinkle resistant!

Stylish

The best travel pants for men need to look good without sacrificing comfort.

I don’t need to look like a Milan runway model wherever I go, but I do like my travel trousers to be presentable enough to go from plane, to city street, to dinner with friends, and into a decent hotel.

Not looking like you just rolled out of bed goes a long way when you are trying to get seated in a crowded restaurant, want to negotiate a better discount, or are in line for a free upgrade at the hotel!

Nice-to-Have Features for Travel Pants

The three features above are non-negotiable when I’m choosing travel plants. There are a couple more which are very nice to have.

Hidden pockets or zipper pockets

Though it’s not an absolute deal-breaker, travel pants with hidden pockets or zipper pockets are an excellent way to add extra security while travelling.

I don’t use a money belt or a wallet — instead I like to just shove a bit of cash into my hidden pants pockets and go. Zipper pockets keep my cash safe from sneaky fingers and the (much greater) danger of everything falling out when I sit down.

Hidden zipper pockets are also great for things like your hotel key card, phone, or passport.

Lightweight

It might seem like quibbling to fuss over a few ounces of fabric but after dragging your suitcase or backpack across a dozen countries, you’ll want your travel pants (and all your clothes) to weigh less. Plus, lightweight fabrics tend to be more breathable, cooler, and dry faster too.

Of course, if you’re heading somewhere cold you’ll want to opt for slightly heavier travel pants or bring a base layer to go under them.

man in torino at palazzo di reale
The best travel pants are lightweight, quick dry, and secure.

Quick dry

Quick dry pants are great for light packers who want to have the option of washing laundry in the sink and having it dry for the next morning. They’re also handy when you get caught in the rain or are doing a spot of white water rafting.

If you’re going to be doing a lot of wet outdoor activities, you might want to go the extra mile and get some water-resistant pants for your travels.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Travel Pants

Size IS everything

Don’t believe what they say… size matters, at least when it comes to travel pants. If you get them a little too small, you’ll be itchy and uncomfortable before the plane leaves the runway. Too long and you’ll be dragging in the mud, too short and you’ll just feel foolish.

I know it’s tempting to just guess but, before you order, get out the measuring tape and figure out your correct sizes! Then check the sizing chart on the website before you order. Also, leave enough time before your trip to return and exchange the pants if they don’t fit.

Own your travel style

Though you might be tempted to think of yourself as a rock climbing, hiking, white water-rafting he-man type, be honest about the amount of activity you’re really going to do on your trip. Will you mostly be sitting at the bar sampling the local craft beers, or will you really be out and about in all weather?

For super-active guys, you’re going to want to go with the prAna or Columbia active travel pants we recommend below. You might be a little underdressed in the evenings, but it’ll be worth it for the added durability and comfort you’ll get.

On the other hand, if your trip is going to be more about sophisticated fun, go for a pair of Bluffworks jeans or chinos (you’ll find them below) which look great but also function well for the occasional outdoor activity. Grab a Bluffworks Gramercy Blazer (also wrinkle-resistant and quick dry) to really sharpen up your look.

What’s the weather going to be?

If you’re travelling to hot countries or to Europe in summer, leave the jeans at home and grab a pair of chinos or moisture-wicking technical trousers. But, if you will be in cold weather, travel jeans are much better — they’ll give you way more warmth than a pair of chinos.

For super-hot weather, I like the Bluffworks Chinos. For cool and cold weather, I usually wear jeans. If it gets super-cold, I layer a pair of yoga tights underneath!

stephen yoga pose in valletta malta
For hot destinations, my Bluffworks Chinos to keep me cool (while doing street yoga).

Colour matching

Thought it’s tempting to get a pair of camel-coloured chinos, it really is true that dark colours are just better for travelling. They don’t show the dirt as much and they look dressier when the situation calls for it. For hot weather, it is nice to get slightly lighter colours though, since they are a lot cooler.

What are the best pants to wear on long flights?

Ideally, on a long flight, you’d wear your old baggy sweats, right? What could be more comfortable than that? Alas, sweats are pretty much useless for all other parts of travel, so I don’t recommend that they even get to come on your trip.

Instead, I’d go for one of the pairs of prAna pants we recommend, or the Bluffworks or OHMME jeans if you tend to be cold on planes. If you get the right fit, any of the travel pants on this list will be comfortable for long flights, because they all have a little stretch, are breathable, and comfortable.

What are the best pants for travel in Europe?

Especially in cites, Europeans tend to dress a lot better than we do in North America. If you don’t want to feel like the stereotypical American tourist, you’re gonna want to leave your cargo pants at home. If you don’t want to feel like the stereotypical Canadian tourists, don’t wear your shorts all over the place — Europeans do not wear shorts except to the beach or the gym.

If you’re heading to Europe in summer, one of the chinos I recommend above is probably perfect. Of course, if your whole trip is going to be spent trekking the Alps, you’ll want to go for the Columbia or prAna active trousers.

My Favourite Casual Men’s Travel Pants

No matter what your travel style, there’s always a lot of walking involved in travel. The walking pants we’ve chosen here work great for lots of city walking plus the occasional hike or bike ride.

Bluffworks Chinos

Best men’s travel pants with hidden pockets

Details

  • $125
  • 5 colours, 5 inseam lengths
  • Choice of tailored fit or regular fit
  • Technical lightweight breathable polyester

Features

  • Quick dry
  • Wrinkle resistant, no iron
  • Lightweight
  • 2 x hidden zipper pockets
bluffworks chino best mens travel trousers

My Bluffworks Chinos are great. They are stylish enough that I don’t feel like a grub, even on the streets of Milan or Paris. They are also casual enough that they don’t scream “rich tourist, please steal from me” like a lot of speciality travel clothes do.

Most importantly, they are the most comfortable travel pants I’ve ever worn. They have a little bit of stretch and there is some extra room in the crotch, so I can even do full splits (Hanumanasana) in them without feeling any pinch.

“Great for street yoga” might not be a selling point for most male travellers, but it also means you can use them for active stuff like hiking and cycling — and even more importantly, you’ll be comfortable wearing them on a plane for hours on end.

They include 2 hidden zipper pockets and are made from wrinkle-resistant, quick-dry fabric.

We have been fans of Bluffworks for years and love their commitment to creating quick-dry, wrinkle-free travel clothes that really work, look good, aren’t made in sweatshops, and consider the environment at the same time.

See specs and prices for these travel chinos

Wear with Bluffworks Meridian Dress Shirt & the Gramercy Blazer

OHMME Apparel Discovery Men’s Chinos

Best eco-friendly men’s travel pants

Details

  • $95 / £75
  • 5 colours
  • 94% nylon, 6% elastane
  • Slim fit

Features

  • Eco-friendly bluesign® certified fabric
  • Vegan
  • Knee darts for a more refined look
  • Waist stretch zones
  • Secret phone pocket
ohmme chinos best men's travel pants

I only started wearing OHMME clothes a couple of months ago, but I have become a huge fan in a very short time. Though I don’t have these pants, it’s only because I already own the Bluffworks Chinos and couldn’t fit both in my suitcase!

We love that OHMME is committed to making environmentally friendly products, starting right the textile production stage. These pants are made with bluesign® certified fabric.

“The bluesign® system is the solution for sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.”

Aside from that, these OHMME chinos are abrasion– and stain–resistant, so you can use them for hiking, biking, or other active pursuits during the day and then wear them out to dinner that night. And that’s exactly the versatility you need from travel trousers!

Finally, they managed to pack six pockets, including a secret phone pocket, into a sleek design.

See specs & prices for these chinos

Wear with OHMME Bamboo Cobra T-shirt

prAna Tucson

Best men’s pants for long flights

Details

  • $79
  • 4 colours
  • 98% Organic Cotton / 2% Spandex
  • Slim fit (for relaxed fit try the prAna Brion)

Features

  • Fair Trade Factory Certified™
  • Slightly stretchy
  • Breathable
prana tucson mens travel pants grey

These pants probably don’t technically fit in the chino category, as they’re more of a cotton jean. I’m putting them here because they’re the kind of pants you can wear to the office and then to the climbing gym after work.

For travel, they tread that line between looking good enough for almost any restaurant or hotel lobby, while still being great for hiking or walking around all day.

prAna calls the Tucson their go-anywhere pant, so if you’re going anywhere, these might be perfect for your suitcase. They are breathable, not too heavy, and comfortable for long walks or hikes.

See specs & prices for these pants

Wear with prAna Montroyal Polo

My Picks for Hiking and Active Travel

prAna Brion

Best mens lightweight pants for outdoor activities

Details

  • $79
  • 6 colours, 4 inseam lengths
  • 97% Nylon / 3% Spandex
  • Regular fit

Features

  • Lightweight at 7.6oz
  • UPF 50+
  • Stretch ‘Zion’ performance woven fabric
  • Durable water repellent (DWR) finish
prana brion pants in dark green

If your travels are going to be bit more rugged than a few gentle hikes and some short bike rides, then the prAna Brion pants might work best for you. Designed to handle the stress of rock climbing, the Zion fabric stretches with you and resists water, dirt, and abrasion.

They make great active travel pants because, though they are tough and can stand up to a lot of activity, they still look good enough for stylish city cafes and bars.

They are water-resistant and quick-drying and, as a bonus, they are wrinkle-resistant too. They’ll look equally good straight out of your bag or after a 9-hour flight.

See specs & prices for these lightweight pants

Wear with prAna V-Neck T-Shirt

Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible

Best men’s travel pants for light packers

Details

  • $60
  • 10 colours, 5 inseam lengths
  • 100% nylon Silver Ridge ripstop
  • Regular fit

Features

  • Convertible pants & shorts (available in non-convertible too)
  • Technical moisture wicking fabric
  • UPF50
  • Partial elastic waist
  • Zippered leg pocket
columbia mens silver ridge convertible travel pant

If you’re looking for men’s hiking pants that will do well on the streets, too, Columbia’s perennially popular Silver Ridge Convertible pants are the answer.

These are THE classic convertible travel pants, with zippered legs you can off remove to convert them into shorts. The shorts actually look pretty decent too — they’re not too short, and not too long, and you’ll still look good on the beach. It’s a quick zip to get them ready to head to dinner once the sun sets and it cools down.

The moisture wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry during sweaty activities and the ripstop nylon should make them tough enough to withstand extreme activities.

While you won’t win any fashion awards wearing them (they are convertible travel pants after all), these are tailored enough to look decent on a casual night out.

Seespecs & prices for these pants

Wear with Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Lite™ Short Sleeve Shirt

My Picks of the Best Travel Jeans for Men

Bluffworks Departure Jeans

Best men’s travel pants for Europe in cool weather

Details

  • $125
  • 5 inseam lengths
  • Special cotton and polyester blend
  • Choice of regular fit or slim fit

Features

  • COOLMAX blend that breathes well
  • They have plenty of stretch
  • Two hidden, zippered pockets (plus 5 normal jeans pockets)
  • Lightweight at 11oz per yard
  • Soft and breathable
bluffworks departure travel jeans

One of the things I love about Bluffworks is that they only make men’s clothes for travel. That’s it. They’re not for the office or rock climbing or cycling or some other random activity. They optimize everything for travel — and yes, their clothes can do double duty as office wear and active wear.

I love wearing jeans and have missed not having them on the road — so huge thanks to Bluffworks for sending me a pair of theirs. Unlike a lot of jeans, the fabric on the Departure Jeans is slightly stretchy and soft, like a pair of jeans you’ve owned for 10 years.

For me, the slim fit is just the right combo of relaxed and tailored, so they look great but will also be comfortable for long flights and bus rides. I’m a skinny guy though so if you have a bit of butt and thighs, then you’ll probably like the regular fit better.

They are thicker than a pair of chinos or active travel pants, so I suspect they’ll be perfect for travelling in Europe, even during winter. The only problem so far is that Jane keeps trying to steal them away from me.

See specs & prices for these travel jeans

Wear with Bluffworks Threshold Performance T-Shirt

OHMME Ram Denims Trousers

Best men’s travel pants for fashionable guys

Details

  • $95
  • 2 colors
  • 60% polyester, 35% rayon, 5% elastane
  • Skinny jean fit, looser up top, narrow leg

Features

  • Super stretchy and comfortable
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Quick dry
  • Elasticated side waist
  • Vegan
  • Hidden phone/safety zip pocket inside front right pocket. Big enough to fit an iPhone 7+
ohmme jeans best men's travel pants for fashionable guys

I wasn’t sure about these jeans when OHMME first sent them to me. They’ve got an elasticated side waist and a trendy cut to them so I wasn’t sure they’d be “me”.

All I had to do was put them on… Now I love them!

They’re super comfortable, stretchy in all the right places, and the tapered cut makes them more than just everyday jeans. These are definitely NOT your Dad’s jeans. These are probably not the right jeans for your typical self-conscious “guy”. But, if you don’t mind people noticing that you have a little style, these are perfect.

They’re fitted, yet roomy enough to allow you to get active. You want proof? I recently wore them for a vinyasa (flow) yoga class and the didn’t get in the way at all. They weren’t too hot and stretched in all the right places.

Since they aren’t cotton denim, they haven’t lost any of their original dark color yet, and they are light-weight enough that they take up very little space in your bag.

See specs & prices for these jeans

Wear with OHMME’s 8 Limb Hoodie

Columbia Men’s Pilot Peak Denim

Best men’s travel jeans for hiking

Details

  • $65
  • 3 colours, 3 inseam lengths
  • 99% Cotton, 1% Elastane
  • Regular fit, straight let

Features

  • 2-way comfort stretch and comfort waistband
  • Omni-Shield™ water and stain repellent
  • Zippered security pocket
columbia mens pilot peak jeans travel pants

These jeans were made for outdoor activity and have the features you need if you’re an active traveller. I especially like the addition of Columbia’s Omni-Shield technology, which helps keep water and dirt away — perfect for hikes or getting caught in a downpour.

The relaxed fit means they’ll be comfortable on the plane and they’re a little stretchy too, giving you more freedom of movement. Jeans in dark colors look great for evening activities too, so you could get away with wearing these straight from the trail to the bar.

See specs & prices for these travel jeans

Wear with Columbia Men’s PFG Tamiami™ II Long Sleeve Shirt

Final Thoughts

It can be hard to find the perfect pair of travel pants, especially for those of us who want to pack light, be active, and look good too.

Luckily, there are now lots of options out there for guys who want to have it all when travelling. So ditch those cargo pants, say f*** no to elephant pants, and check out some of the trousers we recommend above.

♥  Happy transformational travels, Jane & Stephen

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  3. Comment by Julias Roy

    Julias Roy September 16, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Great post about travel pants. Bluffworks travel pants are really awesome and stylish. I love France. I had three times traveled France. I never forget that beauties and weather. I pleased to your great efforts on this post. Thanks for your great tips about Bluffworks travel pants for men.

  4. Comment by Cate

    Cate July 24, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    They look like great pants! Do they make them for women?! I’ll definitely let my husband know about them. He’d love to have travel pants that are comfortable, versatile, and look nice.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 24, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      No, sadly they don’t make them for women yet, but I keep asking! My husband’s pair fits me pretty well though so I’ve been tempted to grab a pair for myself too. Your husband should totally check them out!

      J

  5. Comment by Ron Keel

    Ron Keel August 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    The Adventure Traveler Pants are not cheap at $109.95 but for the quality and added security that they provide, I do feel it is a fair price to pay. Its like wearing 4 money belts and you get to choose how secure and where the security is on your pants.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane September 23, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Nope, not cheap, but they are great quality, and I can see Stephen keeping his for several years. Also, you can get 10% off by entering PROM5A when you check out online! J

  6. Comment by Nur

    Nur August 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    They look great! How exciting!

  7. Comment by Ben Zickel

    Ben Zickel August 8, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    These look great, I would love to take them with me to the diverse climate of Peru!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 8, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Maybe you will get to. Good luck Ben!

  8. Comment by Christine Tarango

    Christine Tarango August 6, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Love to visit and camp in many US National parks. These pants would be awesome

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 6, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Hey Christine… technically these are men’s pants, but I would steal them from Stephen in a heartbeat if he’d ever take them off! J

  9. Comment by Shaun

    Shaun August 5, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I’d travel to London, buy a cheap car, and drive it to cape town, south africa, via morocco.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Nice plan Shaun. We drove around Morocco back in the early 2000s. It was our first real independent adventurous travel and is what got us hooked on this life!

  10. Comment by Jeniffer

    Jeniffer August 5, 2016 at 9:53 am

    My youngest son is a youth educator for AZ Trails. He has to speak with school administrators and board members to promote the importance of educating youth about ecology… but all of his clothes are pretty rough from camping and hiking. I’m hoping to win these pants for him, so he has something a little dressy for work meetings, but can still hop on his bike after. :)

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Perfect. I think that’s what Stephen likes about these pants the best. He can look stylish but still feel comfortable in them.

  11. Comment by Christian

    Christian August 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I want to travel back to France, always back to France.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 6, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      What’s your favourite place in France? I love Paris, of course, but I also have a soft spot for Île de Ré, a small island off the west coast near Bordeaux. We only spent a weekend there but I’d love to go back and stay for an entire season – or more.
      J

  12. Comment by Sean

    Sean August 3, 2016 at 9:58 am

    These look great! I’m pretty average-sized for a dude and it’s still hard to find comfortable, move-around-in-able pants that aren’t obviously made of some kind of awful tech fabric. These would be great for hiking or camping and look nice enough that they wouldn’t have to stay in the closet for the other 95% of the time.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 6, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Yes. You could totally wear them to the office (if you go to an office in your everyday life) and still use them to camp.
      J

  13. Comment by Jane

    Jane August 3, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Did you get your two extra entries by leaving a comment here?

    We’d love to know where you plan to travel in your new Bluffworks pants if you win!

    J

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