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I live in California but I love heading home to Toronto for Christmas, always hoping it’ll be a white one (still haven’t gotten used to palm trees at Christmastime). I love the chance to wear cozy sweaters and trade in my flip flops for a nice pair of boots. But heavy, bulky coats are one of the worst parts of winter and even more so if you’re traveling. RELATED: Why It’s Time to Start Traveling With a Good Piece of Underseater Luggage
Obviously you need a heavy, warm coat for cold-weather holiday destinations but you don’t need one inside the airport and then you’re left lugging it around, it’s dragging on the ground and just annoying you at every turn. And if you’ve got little ones, their winter coats are even more of a pain – and that’s if they don’t lose them along the way.
That’s where packable coats and vests come in. If you’re traveling somewhere cold this winter but don’t want to always be stuck wearing your winter coat in the airport or on the plane (or if you’re heading to multiple destinations and climates), consider a packable coat or vest. It will be lightweight and will keep you warm but best of all, it’s easy to roll and fold and throw in your carry-on bag until you’re ready for it.
Here’s a look at some packable coats and vests (including one that folds into a neck pillow for travel!) that’ll make your cold-weather travels so much more pleasant. Outfit the whole family in packable jackets and make your life a whole lot easier when you travel.
WOMEN’S PACKABLE COATS AND VESTS
Martha Stewart Everyday Packable Jacket
This smart looking coat is lightweight and stylish. It has hidden zippered pockets and is perfect for daily wear, whether at home or on the road.
Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Long-Sleeve Full-Zip Water-Resistant Packable Hooded Puffer Jacket
At under $60, this jacket is affordable and is available in 17 different colors. It also has an elasticized waistband for a more tailored fit.
Lands’ End Women’s Ultralight Packable Long Down Coat
If you’re looking for something longer, with more coverage, then consider a maxi coat like this one.
SLOW DOWN Women’s Hooded Mid-Length Packable Winter Jacket
Just above the knee and with a fitted silhouette, this jacket also has invisible zip pockets for holding your stuff and keeping your hands warm.
Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Vest
If you don’t need a full-on winter coat but need a little added warmth, consider a packable vest. This one has contoured seams for a flattering fit, zip pockets, a stand-up collar and is water-resistant.
Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Water-Resistant Hooded Puffer Coat
Available in plus size and in a variety of fun colors, this packable jacket will help make winter feel more cheerful.
Lands’ End Women’s Ultralight Packable Down Vest
This machine-washable vest comes in a variety of colors and is made with anti-static thread to prevent feathers from escaping so it stays in great shape for longer.
Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Long-Sleeve Water-Resistant Puffer Jacket
This is the perfect lightweight jacket for all seasons. The contoured seams lend a fitted shape to this stylish quilted coat.
MEN’S PACKABLE JACKETS
Amazon Essentials Men’s Packable Lightweight Water-Resistant Puffer Jacket
This packable puffer jacket has a stand-up collar, elasticized cuffs and zip pockets. It folds neatly into the carrying pouch that comes with it.
Men’s Puffer Jackets – Packable Travel Neck Pillow
OK, well, this is a winner! A packable jacket that can be folded into a neck pillow for travel is absolutely brilliant.
Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Ultra Loft Lightweight Packable Puffer Jacket
This jacket comes in both standard and big and tall sizes. There are lots of color options and it’s easy to pack and travel with.
KIDS PACKABLE COATS
Amazon Essentials Girls and Toddlers’ Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Hooded Puffer Jacket
This packable kids jacket comes in a variety of colors and patterns and has a lined hood, elasticized cuffs and a zip-up front.
Amazon Essentials Boys and Toddlers’ Light-Weight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Jacket
This jacket is warm, water-resistant and machine washable. And once folded into its pouch, kids can use it as a little pillow on the plane.