The Best Women's Apparel for Spring Travel

Packing for spring break or summer travel? These durable clothes, shoes and jackets will keep you adventuring for miles and years to come.

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March 12, 2019

Stretchy Rain Jacket

This super-soft, super-stretchy rain jacket is perfect for all of your spring adventures. It's comfortable and stylish enough to double as a light outer layer regardless of whether it's raining. Deep hand pockets fit your phone, wallet, room key, and maybe even a snack or two.

Buy It: Eddie Bauer, $209.30 (Originally $299)

Lightweight Boots for All-Day Walking

If you're looking for a summer shoe that goes everywhere, in all kinds of weather, this pair just might be it. Blundstone's warmer weather line is lightweight, breathable thanks to two grommets in the instep and easy to slip on and off in airport security. If you need arch support, pair these Blundstones with SOLE's recycled cork insoles, like their adventure-ready performance inserts. You can walk miles upon miles in these shoes without regretting your choice of footwear, and the durable outsoles will keep you exploring for years to come.

Buy It: Backcountry.com, $170

Wrap Dress with Pockets

United By Blue's Anywhere Wrap Dress, made partially from recycled nylon, gives you an essentially custom fit thanks to the wrap style. Deep pockets allow you to go purseless when you want to head out on a stroll for morning coffee or spend the day in a museum.

Buy It: United By Blue, $88

All-Weather Sweater

On cooler days, you'll be glad you have Fjällräven's lightweight High Coast Knit Sweater. Made from organic cotton with an open weave, it's breathable and packs down nicely in your suitcase. It's a great all-season piece, too; in fall and winter, layer a long-sleeved tee underneath or a lightweight vest over it.

Buy It: Moosejaw, $90

Sport Flip Flops

Chaco's Playa Pro flip flops might just be the last pair you ever buy. With arch support and major traction on the soles, these flips will go the distance with you. Chaco uses a special locking mechanism to keep the straps from ever breaking loose. And when you do eventually wear down the soles after years of use, you can send them in to the ReChaco program to have them resoled, reducing waste over buying a new pair.

Buy It: Chaco, $90.00

Sundress With Pockets

Toad&Co's Samba Corfu dress is made from a blend of Tencel, organic cotton and spandex, making it an ideal choice for all-day wear while traveling. This cute dress with deep hand pockets at the hips easily transitions from a daytime sundress for the beach to a svelte outfit for a nice dinner out. Bonus? Starting this season, Toad&Co's whole line has gone eco-friendly; all of their apparel is made from at least 80 percent sustainable fibers and/or are third-party certified for sustainable practices.

Buy It: Backcountry.com, $90

Durable Skinny Jeans

Duer's Performance Denim Skinny jeans are as comfortable and stretchy as leggings without giving up their tight, slimming fit. These jeans will wick moisture on trails, keep you warm on chilly days and flex with you no matter where you adventure. A crotch gusset all but eliminates the chance for splitting a seam.

Buy It: Duer, $129

Natural Rubber Rainboots

Alice and Whittles' Classic Black Ankle Boots, made from natural rubber, will keep you dry through downpours and puddle-jumping. They tend to run on the narrow side, so consider sizing up if you have wider feet.

Buy It: Alice & Whittles, $96

Ultralight Windbreaker

Cotopaxi's ultra-light Teca windbreaker packs down roughly to the size of a deck of cards, small enough to fit in the water bottle pouch of a daypack or even a large jacket pocket. It's a no-brainer to bring with you wherever you go. The Teca is made entirely from remnant fabric scraps from other products Cotopaxi makes. It's available in both full-zip and half-zip versions.

Buy It: Cotopaxi, $80.00

Convertible Tote Backpack

Fjällräven's Totepack easily transitions from a roomy over-the-shoulder tote to a backpack, thanks to a clever strap system. Zippered pockets on the interior and exterior and an internal sleeve for a tablet or small laptop will keep you organized. Leather handles further transition this tote into one you can comfortably carry in front of you at museums where shoulder bags and backpacks aren't allowed. Need something waterproof? Coat the bag with Fjällräven's Greenland Wax, which you can easily apply at home with an iron.

Buy It: Backcountry.com, $110

One-Piece Swimsuit

This full-coverage one-piece from prAna is cute and flattering to many body types, thanks to its slimming silhouette and a halter top that stays in place. Fabric partially made from recycled nylon and polyester make it a more sustainable choice than swimsuits made from all-new materials.

Buy It: prAna, $85

Lightweight Pants for Hiking and Watersports

Toad&Co's stylish Sunkissed Rollup Pants are hiding a techy secret: The super-thin fabric wicks water like a dream and dries incredibly fast, making it an ideal pant for covering up at the beach, hiking on hot days or keeping the sun off while paddleboarding or kayaking. Zippered pockets at the hips hold in your stuff while you adventure.

Buy It: REI, $54.73 (Originally $79)