Boarding a jet plane to Mexico or the Caribbean with a winter coat? Pack these collapsible options and you won’t take up precious baggage space.
You know the drill. You wear your bulky winter jacket down the jetway and strip it off the minute your plane lands in a warmer climate. Or maybe the plane’s heat is cranked up so high you use your jacket as a pillow or stuff it in the overhead compartment. Either way, bulky jackets are nothing to mess around with as they take up room in your luggage (important when baggage fees are the norm). If you splurge on one of these packable puffers, you’ll soon save enough cash on baggage fees to justify the jacket’s price and—pardon the pun—bundled your fees.
Here are 10 jackets for men and women that are not only packable but stylish, too, from a shimmery lilac coat for the ladies to a reliable Lands’ End jacket for men. Note that these all come with a handy pouch to stuff said jacket in so that it’s the size of a cosmetic case, no more.
Top Picks for You
Marc New York by Andrew Marc Kylie Packable Puffer
Choose from bright red, a platinum shade of grey, black, or lilac haze for this women’s jacket that falls just below the waist. The shimmery hue can even transition to evening wear in a pinch. A hood helps brave light rain, too. Andrew Marc’s MNY label is designed to be an affordable sibling, as this jacket’s $69 price indicates.
ZSHOW Women’s Lightweight Packable Down Jacket
In a dazzling array of seven colors, there’s no excuse to not find one of these jackets that you wouldn’t mind donning from fancy Acid Blue to Coffee. Plus, the price is just $43.98 and you can snap it up on Amazon. A stand collar keeps your neck from getting cold.
Bernardo Fashions PrimaLoft® Thermoplume Asymmetrical Packable
The asymmetrical zipper on this women’s waist-length jacket ($160) is the first clue this coat flaunts style. It also has horizontal zipper pockets for a touch of class. The extraordinarily high collar keeps the neck warm without the bulkiness of a hood. Black is the only color option in a softer version of the hue.
Calvin Klein Down Packable Puffer Jacket
The slim design of this waist-length jacket for men ($225) extends to the color palette, which spans classic black to Moss. Horizontal quilting makes the coat not bulky at all and the stand collar protects against wind.
32 Degrees Hooded Packable Down Puffer Coat
Gracing the thighs, this is the kind of coat ($150) you wear when you have to hike through six inches of snow to the car or bus stop in order to get to the airport. Designed for women, the coat comes in six shades that are likely to match anything in your closet—including Loden Beat (that’s army-green) and Stormy Night (midnight-blue). The hood is removable, too.
Lands’ End Men’s 800 Down Packable Jacket
This Wisconsin-based clothier with a huge mail-order presence is more known for Squall jackets and monogrammed canvas bags than its down jackets, but that’s exactly why this waist-length one ($149) is quality. There’s the Classic Cherry for the guy who wants to be seen and many other neutral hues (like Arctic Gray) for those who just want to blend in.
Via Spiga Chevron Puffer Jacket
With its chevron-quilted pattern, this jacket ($198) for women hits the thighs just right. Opt for denim blue (the kind of blue that shimmers slightly) or pearly white. The two side pockets are deep enough to hold your passport and cell phone without slipping out. Snap buttons, not a zipper, make it easy to get on and off.
Nautica Hooded Contrast-Trim Packable Puffer Coat
What this women’s jacket ($150) has that the others on this list don’t is “contrast” in the design. Check out the pretty piping! Whether you choose Nautica Red or Navy Seas—remember, Nautica is all about promoting the marine lifestyle via its casual clothing—know that there is a hood to help with the windchill for those early morning flights.
Patagonia Women’s Down Sweater Hoody
This outdoors-apparel company is celebrated for its bright color palette and this women’s waist-length hooded jacket ($279) is no exception. Beryl Green is like a seafoam green and Classic Navy flaunts a little bit of purple. Per Patagonia’s mantra, recycled polyester was used to craft the coat as well as “traceable down” (birds not subjected to force-feeding or live plucking).
Eddie Bauer Women’s Cirruslite Down Jacket
This women’s waist-length jacket ($99) is sized in regular, petite, tall, and plus, as well as a rainbow of calming colors from Peacock to Antique Blue. Due to the design, it flaunts a slimming effect and the collar is a welcome reprieve from winter’s chill. An inside pocket offers extra storage.