20 Best Packable Travel Jackets

Lightweight, weather-proof and warm, these jackets are designed to pack down tight to take up minimal space in your backpack or carry-on. From breezy summer nights to frigid winter excursions, these are the jackets you'll want.

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May 02, 2019

The North Face Print Venture Jacket

The North Face Print Venture Jacket is made of lightweight DryVent fabric technology and has a stow-away hood, so it’s no slouch in a serious downpour. Its fun pattern and ability to pack into its own hand pocket makes this jacket perfect for urban travels as well as the trail.

Buy It: Zappos, $84.48

Columbia Switchback II Jacket

Sporty and stylish, Columbia’s Switchback II with a stow-away hood packs into its own hand pocket. The back venting system makes sure you don’t overheat or condensate on your adventures.

Buy It: Amazon, $34.95 - $125.00

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

Weighing in at less than six ounces, the Outdoor Research Helium II is a tough, waterproof shell ready for any wilderness or urban adventure. It stuffs into its one chest pocket all but disappearing until you need it.

Buy It: Backcountry, $69.97-$158.9

Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Jacket

The Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Jacket foils rain with its stow-away hood and StormRepel fabric, and it packs into its right-hand pocket when the sun’s out. It can also be used as a camping or travel pillow when stored.

Buy It: Zappos, $59.99

Cotopaxi Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker

Bright, bold and bomber in the rain, the Cotopaxi Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker comes in an assortment of colors, uses recycled technical fabrics and is completely waterproof. It packs into an internal phone pocket and has a large kangaroo pocket perfect for kayaking, holding maps and gear on the trail, or valuables when exploring cities.

Buy It: Cotopaxi, $80.00

Arc'teryx Incendo SL Jacket

The SL in the Arc’teryx Incendo SL Superlight jacket's name stands for superlight, and at less than three ounces, that title is spot-on. Waterproof yet breathable for trail running and other exertions, it packs small enough into its one side pocket to fit into your pocket in case of sudden summer downpours.

Buy It: Arc'teryx, $129.00

Icebreaker Merino Hyperia Lite Jacket

Icebreaker’s Merino Hyperia Lite Jacket uses Merino wool for insulation with a water-shedding shell fabric to make this a lightweight, temperature-regulating piece perfect for mountain pursuits or dinners downtown. Thoughtful details such as off-set shoulder seams to prevent chaffing with backpacks make this a truly technical jacket, and it all packs into an internal chest pocket.

Buy It: Amazon, $75.14 - $280.00

Marmot Air Lite Jacket

Marmot’s wind-resistant, water-repelling Air Lite Jacket packs tiny into its chest pocket and weighs only less than four ounces. The attached hood has a brim to keep the sun and rain out of your face, and the elastic cuffs and hem keep the breeze at bay.

Buy It: Moosejaw, $68.99-$100

Cotopaxi Fuego Down Jacket

Cotopaxi’s Fuego jacket comes in both hooded and hoodless versions and is packed with 800-fill down to keep you toasty no matter the conditions. The water-resistant shell keeps the elements out, and two hand pockets and two interior stash pockets keep your items organized. The Fuego packs into the included stuff sack to throw into your pack or suitcase to be at the ready.

Buy It: Cotopaxi, $230.00

The North Face Thermoball Full-Zip Jacket

The North Face’s ThermoBall Full-Zip Jacket is stylish and rugged enough for town and travel. Filled with proprietary PrimaLoft ThermoBall insulation with a water-resistant shell, the jacket has zippered hand pockets that it can pack into.

Buy It: Nordstrom, $199.00

Rab Vital Hooded Windshell

Rab’s Vital Hooded Windshell keeps out the rain and wind without weighing you down at only seven ounces. It packs into an internal zippered pocket, and it also has two zippered hand pockets. The attached hood rolls up out the way when you don’t need it.

Buy It: Backcountry, $49.48

Backcountry Silver Fork 750 Down Jacket

Backcountry’s Silver Fork Down Jacket is packed with toasty 750-fill goose down to keep you warm in a variety of conditions and packs into its internal chest pocket. Zippered hand pockets are glove-friendly, and the water-resistant shell sluffs rain and snow in the backcountry or on city streets.

Buy It: Backcountry, $269.95

Big Agnes Chilton Sweater Jacket

Big Agnes is known for its lightweight and sturdy outdoor gear, and its Chilton Sweater is no exception. Stuffed with 700-fill water-resistant down, the Chilton has zippered hand-warmer pockets that it can stuff into and internal mesh pockets for goggles and other gear. Thumbholes make it easy to layer this jacket under a shell for additional protection from the elements.

Buy It: Mountain Steals, $118.99

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

Warm and water-repellent, Patagonia’s Nano Puff packs into its hand pocket. Made of recycled material, the Nano Puff is easy on the environment while being tough in the elements.

Buy It: Nordstrom, $199.00

Mammut Masao Light Hardshell Hooded Jacket

Mammut’s Masao Light Hard Shell Hooded Jacket is water- and wind-proof yet breathes when you’re playing hard in the outdoors. It packs into its hand pockets, which are placed higher to accommodate climbing harnesses and backpack waist belts.

Buy It: Amazon, $279.00

Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

Patagonia’s classic Torrentshell Jacket is waterproof and vented for comfort with underarm zips. It packs into its hand pocket and has an adjustable hood, hem and cuffs to seal out the weather.

Buy It: Backcountry, $94.99 - $129.00

32 Degrees Down Puffer Jacket

Priced right and ready for travel or the outdoors, 32 Degrees' Down Puffer packs into a detachable stuff sack that can be used as a pillow. Filled with duck down in a Nylon shell, this stow-and-go puffer is perfect for travel, chilly summer nights or cold-weather pursuits.

Buy It: Amazon, $78.92

Columbia Arcadia Print Jacket

Be ready for anything in Columbia’s Arcadia II Print Jacket that packs into its hand pocket. The attached storm hood and zipper cover protect from the elements, and the fun design ensures you look good in any condition.

Buy It: Zappos, $69.99

Backcountry Canyonlands Lightweight Wind Jacket

Simple and lightweight, Backcountry’s Canyonlands Wind Jacket packs into its pocket and fits in the palm of your hand. Ventilation panels help regulate temperature, and the jacket is water-resistant.

Buy It: Backcountry, $99.95

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket

Mountain Hardwear’s Ghost Whisperer jacket weighs less than eight ounces, and its 800-fill hydrophobic down stands up to frigid temperatures and moisture. It folds into one of its zippered hand pockets for easy storage, and its adjustable hood is ready when you need it.

Buy It: Mountain Hardware, $350.00