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Hate Dresses? Pack These Comfy Pants for Your Next Trip

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Going on vacation and need some new summer clothes? While a maxi dress is a go-to for many, not everyone likes wearing dresses and skirts. Luckily, there are plenty of comfortable, stylish pants out there that are perfect for traveling.

There’s an age-old dilemma everyone faces when preparing for vacation: looking nice without being uncomfortable. Dressing up can be fine for short periods, like going out for a nice dinner or taking a quick walk. However, if you plan on sightseeing from sunrise to sunset, what to wear becomes more of a challenge.

If you want both fashion and function, but hate wearing dresses, this list is for you! All of these pants look nice but are comfy enough for any adventure.

All in Motion Women’s Stretch Woven Cargo Pants

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All in Motion

These affordable cargo pants from Target are perfect for any type of travel. They’re made from a lightweight material with four-way stretch for ultimate comfort and mobility.

The relaxed cut, high waist, and cuffed ankles mean these pants are perfect for a casual-cool look. They’re made with UPF 50+ for extra sun protection and are ideal for days you’ll be out in the sun for hours.

They also feature multiple cargo and slip pockets, including a hidden zipper pocket where you can stash your passport or other valuables. Wear them on a plane, while hiking, sightseeing around a city, or anywhere else you want to rock a comfortable outfit.

Old Navy Mid-Rise Breathe ON Jogger Pants for Women

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Old Navy

Who hasn’t dreamt of wearing pajama pants out on the town? With these joggers, it’s possible. These pants are made with a feather-soft material and feature a four-way stretch, elastic waistband, and banded leg cuffs.

Unique moisture-wicking technology will keep you dry and comfortable all day while the sturdy material will keep you covered. These pants come in seven different colors and multiple lengths so you’re sure to find something you love.

Banana Republic Tencel Soft Cargo Pants

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Banana Republic

These soft cargo pants are as comfortable as sweats but stylish enough to wear anywhere. Keep things casual with sneakers and a tee shirt or dress up with heels and a bodysuit.

Made with Tencel fabric, these pants are super soft and feel great on your skin. They have four pockets available for you to stash all your things and come in four neutral colors. Reviewers love the flattering fit and high-quality material.

Albion Fit Jetsetters

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These top-rated pants belong in every traveler’s wardrobe. Made from nylon and spandex, these are lightweight and comfortable enough to wear on a plane, while sightseeing, or on a hike.

These pants come in 13 different colors and a wide range of sizes and lengths. They feature an adjustable drawstring cord, chic ankle zippers, and front and back pockets. With thousands of positive reviews, you won’t regret adding one pair (or five) to your closet.

Amazon Basics Women’s Pull-on Denim Jeggings

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Amazon Essentials

Jeggings may have been an early 2000’s fashion trend, but this style of pants is perfect for traveling. These basic jeggings look convincingly similar to traditional denim but are as comfortable as leggings.

These pull-on jeggings have an elastic waistband that eliminates uncomfortable zippers and buttons, which is another reason these pants are great for travel. They come in 15 different colors and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pants

Two women wear dark colored casual pants

If you want to look more dressed up while traveling but still don’t want to wear a dress, these pants are for you. A mix between joggers and slacks, these are a comfy way to look chic and stylish while staying comfortable.

The fabric is silky sleek and pairs well with sneakers, sandals, and anything in between. They’re also wrinkle-resistant, making them perfect for times where they’ll be in and out of suitcases during a vacation.

A New Day Women’s High-Rise Paperbag Ankle Pants

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A New Day

Another way to stay cute and comfortable while traveling is by slipping on these paperbag ankle pants. They have a high-rise waistline with a large self-tie belt that can be tied into a cute bow.

These wide-leg pants are ankle-length and pair beautifully with a pair of sandals or flats. The material is lightweight and breezy, which makes these perfect for sightseeing in a hot city during the summer.

IXIMO Women’s Tapered Pants

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Linen is a great fabric to wear in hot climates because it’s cool, breezy, and dries quickly. These tapered linen pants are an affordable way to add a few pairs to your closet.

With an elastic waist, a drawstring closure, and a slim tapered fit, these pants are comfortable without being frumpy. They come in 14 different colors and can be worn casually or dressed up.

Coolibar Women’s Maho Weekend Pants

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If you really want to wear sweatpants while traveling, we’ve got you. These lightweight sweatpants are made with a bamboo and spandex fabric blend that is breathable and smooth.

These pants are also made with UPF 50+ and block 98% of UV sun exposure. The rib-knit waistband and adjustable drawstring give a custom fit while the front pockets allow you to store things like your wallet or phone.

You’ll be both comfortable and fashionable on your travels in any of these pants. And don’t forget to pick up a couple pairs of jeans, while you’re at it.

Anne Taylor Anne Taylor
Anne Taylor is a writer with a BA in Journalism and a passion for storytelling. Her work has been published on a variety of websites including Mental Floss and Well + Good, and she recently published her first novel, What it Takes to Lose. When she's not writing, Anne loves to travel (19 countries and counting), spend time outside, and play with her dog, Pepper. Read Full Bio »
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