The Shirts You Need for Fall Travel

Caroline Morse, October 21, 2015
Fares from Washington DC:

    A good shirt is an essential part of every traveler's wardrobe. Whether you're looking for one that's got security pockets, refuses to wrinkle, or is odor resistant, we've got the perfect mid-weight shirt that will take you through all of your fall journeys (even if it's just to your local apple orchard).

    Craghoppers Bedale Check Shirt

    Classic flannel gets a travel-friendly update in Craghoppers' Bedale Check Shirt, which has two pockets (including one hidden with zippered security protection). The sleeves roll-up for warmer days, and the brushed polyester cotton fabric will keep you toasty on cooler ones.

    (Photo: Cradhopper's)

    tasc Performance Tee

    The tasc Performance Tee takes all of the sporty elements of workout gear and spins it into a cute shirt that you can wear outside the gym. The four-way stretch fabric keeps you comfortable on long flights, and the moisture-wicking material keeps you dry if you have to run to make a connection. Even though it's fall, it doesn't mean you can forget about sun protection—and this shirt has UPF 50 built in.

    (Photo: tasc)

    Columbia Silver Ridge Long-Sleeve Shirt

    This ultimate travel shirt from Columbia comes in a women's and men's version. Both are serious about protecting you from sunny fall days, with a sun protective fabric and a special flip-up collar to shield your neck. If it gets really warm, roll up your sleeves using the tab holders that convert the shirt into a shorter sleeve model and rely on the built-in vents to stay cooler.

    (Photo: Columbia)

    Royal Robbins Convoy Shirt Jacket

    Part jacket, part shirt—the Royal Robbins Convoy can be worn as either. The polyester, cotton, and nylon blend fabric dries in a flash, and also provides UPF 50+ sun protection. The chest pockets snap close and the back pocket has a zipper to foil sticky fingers. Wear it over a base layer for extra warmth, or on its own as a polished shirt.

    (Photo: Royal Robbins)

    Mountain Warehouse Travel II Convertible Shirt

    We love pieces that pull double duty, like this convertible shirt from Mountain Warehouse, which goes from short to long sleeve easily. Plus, it's treated with a special insect repellent that will keep bugs away—perfect for fall nights sitting out by a fire.

    (Photo: Mountain Warehouse)

    L.L. Bean Wrinkle-Free Twill Sport Shirt

    No iron? No problem. This Twill Sport Shirt from L.L. Bean is designed not only to be machine washed and dried, but to emerge from the dryer wrinkle-free. The cotton twill fabric is perfect for fall, and the fit is relaxed through the chest, sleeves, and waist so you can move comfortably.

    (Photo: L.L Bean)

    Royal Robbins Expedition Shirt

    This Light Expedition Shirt from Royal Robbins lives up to its name, and its tagline: "Adventure worthy but with metropolitan good looks". Whether you're hiking in the woods or exploring a new city, you'll appreciate the zippered security pocket, sun protective and moisture-wicking fabric, and roll-up sleeves. Plus, it's wrinkle-resistant, so you can pack this without worry.

    (Photo: Royal Robbins)

    SmartWool Crew Shirt

    Don't let the word "wool" conjure up images of itchy, hot fabric—SmartWool's merino blend is non-itchy and works in any climate. You can even toss this wool in the washer and dryer and it won't shrink. We like the SmartWool Crew Shirt, available for women and men, because of its travel-friendly details such as shoulder panels designed to be comfortable under backpack straps, sun protective fabric, and flatlock stitching to reduce chafing.

    (Photo: SmartWool)

    Jerzees Long-Sleeve Polo

    When your next chance to do laundry is a week away, eating out can be a precarious proposition. No need to worry if you're rocking a long sleeve polo from Jerzees, which is made from a cool SpotShield fabric that repels water and oil-based stains.

    (Photo: Jerzees)

    SummerSkin Cardigan

    Nothing beats a good cardigan for fall layering, and this one from SummerSkin has all the travel-friendly features you could ask for. Like: UPF 50+ sun protection, extended-length sleeves for extra coziness (or sun shielding), and a four-way stretch fabric. It folds down small so you can toss it in your carry-on or purse and be prepared for whatever weather comes your way.

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    (Photo: SummerSkin)