Three Best Hats for Travel

I love hats and wear them all year round, so when I travel, I always bring one with me. The hat I choose to take with me depends on the destination.

Medium Brim Hat

For fall or winter destinations, I always pack a hat. One of my favorites to travel with is the medium brim wool hat. It adds style to a plain outfit and looks great in photos. Sometimes I end up just wearing it on the flight instead of packing it in my suitcase.

Derived from a traditional Tyrolean brimmed hat, the fedora first became popular in Europe in the early 20th century, with its fame extending to the US in 1924 when a style worn by Prince Edward on a royal visit was copied and mass-produced by Sears Roebuck.

Although classic felt and wool designs can be worn year-round (even in summer), making them an excellent addition to any modern hat collection, it’s true that the fedora is perhaps not the most practical summer hat. Despite the wide brim, it’s large and hard to pack, and due to its formality very hard to style. It can work with a high-low street style look, though, and if you have to wear a suit to the office it can make you look like a boss.

Wide Brim Hat

I love hats with wide brims, but they can be a bit tricky to pack. High quality paper straw,lightweight and breathable, thick but soft for a luxurious customized feeling;Floppy and foldable large brim is good for keep you in shade and easy to pack up. If you fold it for too long time and make a little fold mark,you can spray a little water and use iron or hair dryer to stiffen it.  A nice classic sun hat, can use for laying out in the sun, beach party, pool party, sailing, picnics, yard work, gardening, sun protection against harmful sun rays including premature wrinkles and sunburn;Also perfect for vacation, cruise attire and some fancy events as Kentucky Derby, Grand National, Melbourne Cup, weddings, church or religious gatherings. If I am traveling with a small carry-on suitcase, I usually take my medium brim hat. But when I am traveling with my larger suitcase I pack my wide brim hat. 

 Straw Hat

The perfect accompaniment to a cotton or linen summer suit due to its breathable open weave, the Panama hat has long been associated with tropical leisure time. “Lightweight hats are always great for days at the beach, music festivals or holidays. The Panama hat works well on warm summer nights as it won’t look ridiculous once the sun goes down,” explains Walker. In summer,you just enjoy the sunshine on the beach, it is doesn’t matter you have enough time to play on the beach, you just wear a hat,the city you lived will full of the atmosphere of holiday. As supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner, they are wearing a straw in this hot summer. What are you waiting for? Protect your skin from harmful UV rays and keep your hair out of your face and eyes by wearing this comfortable cap during all your outdoor activities. Made of breathable, Available in many different styles & looks, these perfect hats make an excellent gifting idea for your friends and loved ones! 

We suggest teaming a straw or cotton Panama with neutral- or pastel-colored lightweight suiting, a breathable linen shirt and pair of suede loafers for an outfit. 

Methods of Packing Your Hats

Now that we’ve covered the basic guidelines and materials best used for packing your hat, we will cover the methods.

Recently, I went on a trip to Oahu and Kaua’i and brought along my Kooringal-Havana Drover for sun protection. Because it’s a larger brimmed hat I thought I’d summery two common methods we advise for packing your favorite sun protection hat. Please note that different methods work better with different types of shapes and materials.

The first way I packed my raffia hat was in half with the brim up as illustrated in (picture A). In this way it was folded in the classic taco shape. I found that In folding it this way it came out pretty well when I arrived at our first hotel in Oahu. There were two creases where it had been folded (pictures B & C) and I had to work the shape back into it with my fingers for a few minutes, but pretty soon my hat looked good as new.


( Hawaii has a very humid climate. In the same way that steam reforms hats, humidity will also help in this process. If I had gone to a more dry climate like arizona, it might have taken a little more work to get it back to shape. Hanging the hat in the bathroom while taking a hot shower and then immediately working on it is a trick I’ve used before)


When we packed up and went to Kauai, I tried to pack my hat in the other way we commonly recommend: by stuffing the crown with socks, underwear, or rolled up shirts (clean hopefully!) and placing it either brim down, or crown down, then packing around it (Picture D & E). When making the decision to pack your hat brim down or crown down, the original shape of the hat should be taken into careful consideration. My hat is what is called a “Safari Style” that means it has a parabolic shape so as to retain well should be placed crown down as shown in the initial picture.


Thanks to their soft material and naturally distressed look, these styles of hat ,with wide brim,can protect your head,face,neck and shoulder from sunshine, help protecting from the sun harmful rays. Even with this hat we still recommend you to put sunshine cream if you are in extreme environment in case of skin burnt, are often very easy to pack Wrinkles usually are not a big problem and when you unpack them they often look exactly as they did before you packed it. This method can be applied to women hats with the same shape and material.

Remember to pack the heavier items at the bottom end of your suitcase so that when you are rolling it in an upright position they don’t push down and squish your hat. Packing heavier items at the top can possibly destroy your hat.

Looking for Women’s Hats? BERET HAT(a online shop) has a large collection of popular hats for you in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors to choose from.


The Pack-able Bucket Hat

Sun hats, an stylish accessory in summer, can shade your forehead, eyes and cheeks from sun UV ray. The hat is made of thick,soft and comfortable paper straw,keep you cool and comfy.It is very important for girls/ladies/women to protect themselves from directly strong sunshine, so it is necessary to use a sun protective hat when you are outside in the summer.However, it is difficult to find a hat to suits me but harder to find one that doesn’t crush, crease or isn’t a nightmare to pack. Any ideas?

May be you can try the pack-able Bucket Hat from Columbia Sportswear. It’s light, looks good, protects against the sun, doesn’t crease and takes up less space than a pair of socks.It is easy to pack up to put in your bag when you don’t need it in shade.

Raffia, one of the best hat materials that pack well, is a very durable straw that comes from a Raffia palm, which can be found in Africa, Madagascar, Central & South America. Raffia hats tend to pack well because the fibers have very good memory once they’ve been formed into the hat style. Even if the hat in question has been crushed and pressed in a suitcase for a long trip, working around the edges with your fingers or applying a little steam with this process will make the hat look brand new. So, it is advisable for you to equip a raffia hat in your travels.

The following are some spacial materials easy to retain shape. Many other materials can pack well. However, this is not a comprehensive list, but does include many materials we have found.

  • Raffia
  • Cotton
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Paper
  • Soft Straw
  • Soft Felt or Wool

A Panama hat is a brimmed straw hat that was originally produced (confusingly) in Ecuador in the 17th century. Traditionally woven by hand from toquilla straw, which only grows in the coastal mountains of Ecuador, the best versions are still made in Cuenca, the most accessible city in the mountain region, where the majority of the weaving is carried out.

We all know that the softer the hat, the easier it is to pack and ensure you won’t damage it. Cotton hats like the Scala-Canvas Upbrim and bucket or booney hats Kooringal-Walkabout Booney are typically styles you can pack and not have to worry about. If done correctly, you should have very few wrinkles in your hat, but you can always steam these out as well!

Stay elegant with an occasion hat, be sporty with a knit cap, look smart with a trilby hat and stay stylish with a modern knit hat! There are chic and sophisticated hats, caps and lovely accessories that make a woman’s heart leap for joy. Explore our great collection of headwear and our wonderful accessories here at