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Every woman needs at least one great pair of joggers for traveling.
Joggers are easily one of my favorite travel clothing staples. If you have to wear pants, they are the best travel pants you can own. (And I’m not embarrassed to admit that the number of joggers I own might take me from jogger enthusiast to expert).
The best travel joggers are versatile and convenient. They can be comfortably worn on a long-haul flight or road trip and are stylish enough to be dressed up for a night out. Being comfortable doesn’t mean you look underdressed or sloppy. (No one has to know how comfortable you are when you look chic in your going-out outfit.) This can really help take the stress out of packing and save space in your suitcase.
One thing that I love about wearing joggers when I travel is that they are flattering and look put together even if I’m bloated after a flight or a huge meal out (no need to suffer or secretly unbutton your pants).
If you aren’t a travel jogger convert yet, I’ll get you there. I’ve curated a list of the best women’s joggers for travel that includes a variety of styles, fabrics, and price points. No need to sacrifice fashion or function.
Joggers vs. Sweatpants For Travel
Just in case you’re wondering, “What’s the difference between joggers and sweatpants?”
Yes, they are different. To keep this simple:
Joggers tend to be more lightweight, with a more fitted, flattering, and fashionable look that taper at the ankle. They were originally intended to be used for jogging so they are often made with materials that are sweat wicking, breathable, and allow for you to move easily.
Sweatpants are usually made with heavier weight and thicker, less breathable materials intended to keep you warm when it’s cold. They are often a relaxed fit all the way through (not fitted through the legs or ankles).
While I do wear and have ways to dress up my sweatpants, I find joggers to be much more travel friendly. Joggers take up much less room when packing, are easier to change up the style based on your activities (ie. you don’t look like you’re wearing “athletic wear” to dinner), and they work for a variety of locations and weather conditions. (Joggers can be comfortably worn in humid climates, sweatpants… not so much…)
Now, let’s dive into the joggers…
The Best Women’s Joggers for Travel 2022
These Zella joggers are a must-have if you’re traveling. They won’t shrink or wrinkle which will make them a perfect travel staple.
These lightweight knit joggers are super soft and stretchy with a stylish slim fit. They’re made from a moisture-wicking fabric that dries quickly and is bluesign®-approved, which means it was sustainably created with the highest environmental standards available for textiles.
The Zella Live In Pocket Joggers have two front slant pockets and a left front zip pocket so you can make sure not to lose your ID, keys, credit cards, money or whatever you want to keep on you when you’re traveling. (And they also come in plus size and a jumpsuit version!)
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Vuori has become a hot brand in the activewear and athleisure space. Their focus is on quality, durable pieces offering next-level comfort, while also being sustainably and ethically manufactured.
The Performance Joggers are Vuori’s number one bestseller and they come in a range of travel-friendly colors. These joggers have a cult-like following in part because they are incredibly soft and made with DreamKnit™, which is Vuori’s softest premium stretch fabric that is moisture wicking and made from recycled materials.
These mid rise joggers have a slim but relaxed fit and are slightly cropped so that it sits above the ankle. (If you like a longer inseam, you’ll want the Performance Jogger – Long.)
If you like a more fitted look (think leggings but more comfortable), the Vuori Daily Jogger will be your go-to. These high-rise joggers are made from Vuori’s Breathe Interlock™ fabric which is incredibly soft, but also gives you the smoothing and airbrush-like coverage that a legging would offer through your waist and hips. Perfect for the plane and to wear out at your destination.
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As far as UGG products go, I’ve gotten great longevity out of every piece I’ve purchased (boots, robes, pants, blankets) and they always become some of my most comfortable and reliable travel staples.
I own these UGG Kantner joggers in two colors (black and grey), and they are heavy in my rotation. The UGG® Kantner is made from a lightweight double knit fleece with a ribbed-waistband, pockets, and a drawstring closure. They keep me warm and I wear them out all the time. They are so comfortable I never want to take them off, so they will definitely be coming with me on my next trip.
Another great option for travel from UGG is the Ericka Relaxed Jogger. These are a recycled cotton blend with two-sided brushed fleece that makes the Ericka feel fluffy and super soft on the inside and sweatshirt-like on the outside. These are great as lounge pants or for your next long-haul flight.
One thing I love about Mango is that they actually restock their products. If a size or style is out of stock, and you click the “not available I want it” option, they actually pay attention to that and usually restock the item.
I like this pair of joggers because the crease and rolled cuffs already make them look dressier, which means it’s even easier to create an elevated look. On top of that, these lightweight Mango 100% cotton joggers are part of their Committed Collection, which means it was produced using sustainable fibers or processes.
Lululemon is one of my favorite brands to travel with. They’ve been all around the world with me from across the US to Europe to Asia and more. I know some people say that the price isn’t justified for activewear, but the Lululemon pieces I own have lasted me years (I literally have tank tops and leggings that I still own and wear that have lasted me 10+ years!). They have been more than worth the investment.
You really can’t have a list of best joggers without including the iconic Lululemon Align. Lululemon’s Align line of activewear from joggers and leggings to tops have to be the most “duped” pieces by other companies in the athleisure wear space.
Are they that great? Yes. The Aligns are known for their buttery softness and almost weightless feel from Lululemon’s Nulu™ Fabric. The Align Jogger has a flattering high rise, slim fit, with front pockets that include an interior card sleeve and a drop-in back pocket. You cannot go wrong on the road with these and you might not take them off.
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These mid-rise, full-length joggers are incredibly lightweight, easy to pack, and travel very well.
Reviewers are saying…
“Best joggers ever! These are my favorite of all my joggers, across many brands. The fit is perfect! They are great for everything from a workout to travel.”
“Newfound love of joggers. I’m literally in love. I never thought I would look good in joggers but my confidence in these is unmatched.”
These Lululemon Scuba High-Rise Joggers are made to be traveled in. I love these joggers, especially for airplane travel where I’m always cold. They are made from a naturally breathable, cotton-blend fleece fabric and offer cozy, lightweight warmth. These joggers are full length, high rise and have front pockets with an interior card sleeve.
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I own and love these H&M joggers and will be wearing these on an upcoming trip. These budget-friendly joggers are a slim fit and made with a lightweight, cotton-blend jersey fabric. I also bought the matching zip-up hooded jacket to go with it.
Athleta makes incredible travel joggers. Athleta is a brand I’ve started shopping more recently after experiencing their quality firsthand. Similar to Lululemon in that some aren’t fans of the price tag, you really do get what you pay for. You’re paying for longevity with their quality materials and construction. Any of these joggers would be worth the investment, especially because you don’t want to have to deal with clothes that don’t hold up as you travel. Plus, they are also size-inclusive, with many of their styles now being carried up to a 3X.
Athleta’s Triumph Jogger is one of those essential staple basics you should have in your wardrobe. You will wear them.
These joggers sit at your natural waist and are semi-fitted with a tapered bottom to give you shape without feeling constricted. It’s made from stretchy and breathable lightweight organic cotton blended with recycled polyester sourced from post-consumer plastic bottles and spandex.
They have two front pockets with a hidden secure zip pocket on the right side, which definitely comes in handy when you travel.
I’m a huge fan of the U-shape detailing on the back that makes your butt look good.
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Athleta’s Trekkie North Jogger will be another travel staple. Why? They’re sweat-wicking, breathable, and most importantly, abrasion-resistant, which means they resist snags and tears. If you know you’ll be very active on a trip or you’re just not always the most gentle with your clothing and don’t want to worry about it, the Trekkie North Jogger is for you.
These lightweight joggers have 3 secure zippered pockets to keep your essentials secure. They are also sun safe with an excellent UPF 50+ rating, which means the block 98 percent of the sun’s rays, significantly reducing harmful exposure to the sun. And if you’re worried these are just for the outdoors, several reviewers dress these up for work.
The Salutation Jogger is Athleta’s answer to Lululemon’s Align Jogger. These are similar but not the same, and there is heated debate on both sides about which one is “better.”
The Salutation Jogger is made from Athleta’s Powervita™ fabric which means that these joggers are not only buttery soft, but also sweat-wicking, breathable, and quick-drying. These joggers are also UPF50+ so you’ll get great sun protection. On top of that, these joggers are very figure flattering with a high-rise waistband and a curved seam on the back to enhance any figure.
These are great multi-purpose travel pants because you can comfortably wear them on the plane or a long car ride and then throw on some boots or heels to dress them up to go out to dinner.
One reviewer said, “LIVING IN THESE PANTS! Hands down my favorite pants I own. So versatile, butter soft, they look and feel amazing. I am already eyeing different colors to stock up!”
Speaking of going out, these Venice Moto Joggers are meant to be worn for commuting, work, and travel. They are made from Athleta’s Sculptek Light™, which is a full-coverage fabric that provides all-around stretch. Like the Salutation jogger, the Venice Moto Joggers are also sweat-wicking, breathable, quick drying, and have UPF50+ sun protection.
These joggers have a wide, ribbed waistband for comfortable support, four secure and stylish zippered pockets, and moto detailing that truly elevates their look, making them work for multiple occasions.
Beyond Yoga is a brand that is committed to creating luxury-level activewear that delivers the ultimate comfort for all body types and shapes, and they never retouch images. Beyond Yoga also prioritizes sustainability and giving back to the community through philanthropy, and their products are made in the USA.
The Spacedye Midi Jogger is a quality jogger that you’ll wear for years. It’s made from their buttery performance fabric that has a unique texture and ultra soft and cozy feeling to the touch. These high-rise joggers are perfect for traveling with a flattering tapered silhouette, 4-way stretch, moisture-wicking properties, UV protection, and are easy to care for. They also come in a variety of colors!
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS
The tagline for American Eagle Outfitter’s OFFLINE by Aerie line is, “Activewear for your real life!” Their OFFLINE pieces are designed for movement and comfort, made with the softest, luxe fabrics that are sustainable, while also being affordable.
These very flattering, high rise joggers are a 5-star favorite. Aerie’s Real Me fabric is their number one fabric with 360° stretch and a second skin feel. They are ultra-lightweight, offer light support, and will become a staple in your travel wardrobe.
One reviewer says, “I can honestly say these are the most comfortable leggings I have ever worn. They’re so soft and they feel so good on. I never leave reviews but these deserve 10 stars!”
These relaxed fit joggers are made with Aerie’s OTT Fleece fabric that reviews have compared to cloud-like softness—one reviewer said, “What I imagine it feels like to touch heaven. BUY IT. Hands down literally the SOFTEST pair of bottoms I own.”
These have a rollover waistband with a drawstring so you can play around with the styling. They do run large so make sure to size down. I’d pair these with a white tee or a cropped-style top, white sneakers, and a denim jacket for a casual but comfortable travel look.
I’m not the biggest fan of wearing jeans on a plane or long car ride, but these would be an exception. I own several pairs of American Eagle jeans and their Ne(x)t Level line is one of my favorites. These sustainably-made, medium-wash jean joggers are high rise, high stretch, and offer medium support so you’re comfortable the entire time you wear them. They have an ultra-soft, brushed interior to keep you warm and won’t bag out on you either. They are offered in Short and Long lengths as well.
From one reviewer: “UMMM… BEST PANTS EVER! These are so comfortable and fit great. Typically I change into shorts right after work when I get home but my first day wearing these joggers I kept them on for a whole three hours at home after work. That’s a big deal and speaks to the quality and comfort.”
Eddie Bauer took their favorite sweats and made them even better, adding spandex for stretch and making the interior even softer. These are a universal-staple basic jogger: a classic with a flattering fit (not too slim or too relaxed), two pockets, and a rib-knit waistband and cuffs. You can wear these with everything from a hoodie to a leather jacket to a blazer or long wool coat. These versatile joggers make for an easy, clean look.
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH
Abercrombie as a brand has been making a comeback in a big way. The most buzz has been around their jeans, but they also make comfortable and stylish joggers.
These ultra-high-rise Contour Joggers live up to their name. They are not only very flattering with the v-band waistline, but they are also functional and comfortable. These joggers are made from Abercrombie’s softest and stretchiest contour fabric that offers 4-way stretch and moisture-wicking properties. They are form-fitting without being tight and have functional front pockets. These joggers can easily go from day to night.
Cargo pants have been trending again and these are much more chic than the traditional ones. When you’re traveling, the more functional pockets that are difficult for pickpockets to get into, the better. These high-rise cargo joggers are made from a lightweight luxe terry fabric with side pockets, utility cargo pockets, cinched cuffs and an elastic waistband. These joggers are comfortable enough that you won’t want to take them off and fashionable enough that you don’t have to.
I’m a big fan of Everlane’s transparency when it comes to everything from their pricing to the quality of their materials to ethical practices and sustainability.
Everlane’s The Track Jogger is a classic, signature staple made from 100% organic cotton fabric. This is a high-rise, relaxed-fit jogger that you can dress up or down. These joggers are warm, durable, and made of custom-developed, organic french terry, which gives it a premium feel without the luxury markup. The Track Jogger will never go out of style.
One fan says, “This is my 5th pair. I literally live in these pants! I have 2 in black, the grey, the light green, and these blue ones are my new faves. They are just everything: the fit, the fabric, the color — just *chefs kiss* perfection!”
I had to include Everlane’s The Washable Silk Jogger on this list. These 100% silk joggers are a classy and timeless addition to your travel basics. These joggers are high-rise, with a relaxed fit through the thigh, tapered leg, an elastic waist, drawstring, and side pockets. The double elastic detailing on the ankle cuffs gives these joggers an extra high-end touch.
Madewell’s Make Weekends Longer loungewear is known for extremely soft, comfortable, and sustainable fabrics you’ll want to live in 24/7. The Breeze Slim Skinny Jogger is a super soft, lightweight cross between a legging and a jogger. I like that the drawstring is the same color as the rest of the pants, no matter which color you buy, because it elevates the look by making the pants just a little more chic and little less like loungewear.
These ultracor joggers scream both fashion and function. I just love these joggers. They are very “me” and my personal style.
That being said, I would highly recommend these to anyone else these chic joggers speak to. They have a slim fit with a high rise, compressive waistband, a hidden side zipper pocket, a center pleat, and contrasting side trim. These are definitely joggers you can wear out and are already dressed up on their own.
Gap is known for its reliable, classic, quality basics. Gap’s Vintage Soft Joggers are washed with a special technique to make sure they feel even softer than soft before the first wear. These mid-rise joggers are made from a soft french terry knit with elastic cuffs and a drawcord elasticized waistband. Did I mention they are soft?
And if you’re looking for a classic look in a higher rise, the Gap Vintage Soft High Rise Fleece Joggers will be your staple style. They are made of a soft knit with a slim fit through the leg and come in several colors. You can’t go wrong with these.
If you’re looking for a casual, everyday, relaxed-fit jogger, ADIDAS Adicolor Essentials Fleece Joggers will be your go-to. These OG-style joggers will keep you warm, cozy, and comfortable.
The Icebreaker Crush Merino pants are made from a lightweight, durable, merino wool blend that regulates body temperature in all weather conditions. These joggers are excellent for travel because they are warm in the cold and cool in the heat. This merino wool is soft, non-itchy, and naturally odor-resistant. It’s also ethically sourced, sustainable, naturally renewable, recyclable and biodegradable.
These Icebreaker joggers have a regular fit—not too loose or too snug—and can be worn by themselves or as a base layer. They have a flattering and feminine back yoke and practical side seam pockets.
When it comes to travel, I’ll let these great reviews speak for themselves:
“Best pants ever. These are amazing travel pants, lounge pants, exercise pants and camping pants. I traveled for a year ( se Asia and South America) and I wore these so much and they held up so well despite all that wear and washing and drying ! They became my go to pants for all airplane travel. They don’t smell even after wearing for multiple days, and are comfortable in all temperatures. I also really like that they are tapered , as they don’t drag on the ground when you’re in the outdoors camping.
Recently I wore them on a trip , and ended up losing them in a hotel. I was devastated. Despite the high cost , it was worth it to me to buy them again. If they made these in other colors I would buy those too. Donate all of your other sweat pants to a thrift store and invest in the only pair you will ever need!”
“Best joggers ever. Wool fabrication is awesome! I wore these on a 10-day trip to Iceland in late June. I wore them for both travel days and for 2+ other days in-country. I didn’t wash them. I wore them hiking, I wore them driving, I wore them in the city at restaurants. They never got smelly. They never bagged out in the knees or butt, like some cheaper wool joggers I tried first because these were too expensive. They always looked great. I wore them in temperatures from about 45-75 and didn’t get too cold or too hot.”
“Fewer, better” is the philosophy behind Cuyana’s brand, which means you can invest in the high-quality, long-lasting, timeless staples you need without needing to constantly add more to your wardrobe.
Cashmere is a favorite fabric among travelers because it’s lightweight, luxuriously soft, and versatile. Cuyana’s Single-Origin Cashmere Tapered Pant is a luxury, easy-fit jogger crafted from medium-weight sustainable single-origin cashmere. There is a wide rib panel at the waist and tapered legs for ultimate comfort, as well as an elastic tie and functional side slit pockets.
Alala is a luxury women’s activewear brand that is both sophisticated and functional. This is another brand that is very much “me” and my style. These bright and beautiful fuchsia-color (they match my signature Beyond Influential pink!) joggers are made with a mid-weight jersey fabric and have a high rise, flattering fit, and two functional zippered pockets. These pants also come in burgundy and army green.
You can also grab the matching sweatshirt here.
Commando is one of my favorite brands for comfortable luxe basics, particularly tights and leggings. These high waisted Luxury Rib Joggers are made with an incredibly soft cotton ribbed modal blend. They have a relaxed silhouette, pockets, and are not restricting at all. Various retailers stock different colors, so check out the ones above to find your favorites!
ALLSAINTS is another one of my favorite brands for investable pieces (particularly leather jackets!). If you’re looking for an alternative to the more sweatpant-like joggers, these high-rise cargo pants are crafted from a stretch cotton-blend fabric, making them extra comfortable. These have plenty of functional pockets and zippered ankles so you can change up the style.
These pants will go great with one of my other travel staples, a leather jacket. The ALLSAINTS Dalby and Balfern jackets are my favorites.
These Express High Waisted Soft Slim Joggers are chic and exactly as the name states. You can just as easily dress these up with heels and a blazer, or for a more casual look, pair them with sandals and a tee.
These Super High Waisted Cashmere Joggers from Express elevate the basic jogger to next-level luxe softness. You’ll also want to grab the matching hoodie to complete the set.
C BY BLOOMINDALE’S CASHMERE
For over 20 years, C by Bloomingdale’s exclusive cashmere has been crafted of the finest, softest yarns from inner Mongolia. Their cashmere is sourced from local vendors who hand-brush their goats and collect only the most premium-quality fibers, so you receive only the most ultrasoft, premium fabric possible.
These high rise, slim fit joggers are 100% cashmere with one reviewer saying, “I’m about to order another pair for myself despite wanting a more expensive option before I got these. Don’t hesitate to buy them, you will love them!”
Summersalt is all about creating “travel essentials that are comfortable enough for the journey, and stylish enough for the destination.” Summersalt’s The Coziest Cashmere Blend Jogger is made from a blend of extra-fine merino wool and cashmere to make sure you’re not only incredibly fashionable and comfortable, but also travel-ready. These elevated, lightweight, full-length joggers are super soft and breathable, retain warmth, and have a high level of wrinkle-resistance. Pair these with The Coziest Cashmere Blend Hoodie or The Coziest Cashmere Blend Crew.
These midweight joggers are part of Nike’s Luxe line of products. The high-rise style is slim with a slightly relaxed fit with a soft knit look and feel. These joggers are made with a blend of textured thermal fabrics that are not only created to hold up no matter what activity you’re doing, but also includes Nike Dri-FIT technology that helps you stay dry and comfortable. No matter where you’re traveling, these joggers are a great essential that will hold up (and they can easily be dressed up too).
One reviewer says, “I can honestly say these are the most comfortable leggings I have ever worn. They’re so soft and they feel so good on. I never leave reviews but these deserve 10 stars!”
ONLY ON AMAZON
You really can’t go wrong with these highly-rated, budget-friendly joggers. They have a classic fit and are made with a quick-dry, ripstop fabric that is resistant to tearing, which makes them perfect for travel. On top of that, these pants are soft, have 2-way stretch, are available in several colors, and won’t take up much room in your bag or suitcase.
These Amazon favorites are perfect if you want to stay warm, whether you are traveling somewhere cooler or you just get cold when the AC is blasting. These soft, high-waisted joggers are fleece-lined, water resistant, and won’t shrink in the wash. These joggers also have great deep side pockets that fit a 6.7″ mobile phone, cards, and other essentials.
These stylish, lightweight joggers are a highly-rated Amazon staple with many of the reviewers owning several pairs. You get a laundry list of amazing travel-friendly features with these joggers for an affordable price. They are breathable with 4-way stretch, water resistant, have UPF50+ sun protection, and FIVE pockets, including two deep hand pockets, two front-zip cargo pockets, and one roomy rear pocket, giving you plenty of space to keep your phone, keys and cards safe. There’s really no reason not to buy at least one pair of these.
One reviewer says, “Will not give you swamp ass! The pants are super stretchy, breathable, and very comfortable. I used them in 90 degree (F), walked through brush, and sat in a truck for 2 hours. They didn’t make me sweat, they held up against walking through thick brush, and didn’t dig into my stomach when I sat down. They’re great.”
These joggers have thousands of 5-star Amazon reviews for a reason. They are not only functional, but very flattering at an affordable price point. Many people consider them a “dupe” for the Lululemon Align Jogger. These Dragon Fit joggers are ultra-soft, lightweight, have 4-way stretch, and two deep side pockets. The material is also thick enough that it’s very forgiving and doesn’t show any “imperfections.” They also offer High Waist Tummy Control that helps enhance your shape, but isn’t uncomfortable. I wear these comfortably at home or on the road, and I always get compliments on them! These are even nice enough that many reviewers wear these joggers with heels to work.
I also have the matching top.
These joggers are a favorite on Amazon for many reasons, not least of all because they come in a variety of inseam lengths to fit petite to tall. If you’re someone who has trouble finding joggers in a length you like, these are heaven-sent (tall ladies are raving in the reviews section).
These comfortable high-rise joggers are made from a lightweight, breathable, soft cotton fabric with soft French Terry on the inside. I love a zippered pocket for travel, and these joggers have two front zippered pockets and one open back pocket.
Best of all, these just look nice whether you’re wearing them inside or outside.
These highly-rated joggers from The Gym People are flattering and easy to just throw on and go. This is another go-to staple I take with me and wear on trips. They are high-waisted, lightweight, have great stretch, and have pockets that are deep enough to hold what you need, including a phone. These are also budget-friendly enough to buy more than one color. The elastic waistband is not at all uncomfortable (these are very comfortable to wear), but it’s structured enough that it slims your waist. And big plus, they don’t give you the dreaded camel toe.
I also highly recommend the matching top—I own it in several colors!
If Oprah includes it in “Oprah’s Favorite Things” five years in a row, I have to include it. You might just live in this super soft jogger set 24/7. It’s buttery soft and feels like cashmere. This stylish jogger set is easy to care for, which is great for travel, and can be worn anywhere and everywhere (dress it up with a long cardigan or blazer).
“There’s a reason the goodness from Softies continues to make my Favorite Things list. You won’t want to take it off—and there’s no need to.” -MF-ing OPRAH