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Best Womens Jackets for Travel in Europe

In my quest to find the best women’s jacket for travel, I’ve searched high and low to find the ideal coat to stay warm and dry while traveling around Europe.

For those living on the Pacific west coast, you may feel right at home here. However if you live in a state that doesn’t get a lot of rain (and chill) your wardrobe may not be ready for what England and Europe throws at it! It can be tricky to stay warm enough AND keep out wind and rain.

Since I’ve moved here I’ve constantly been on the lookout for another killer coat. The one coat to keep me warm, dry and of course look good with everything else in my closet. Tall order!

Obviously when traveling it’s nice to only have to pack ONE coat that will do exactly that. Keep you warm, dry and feeling stylish!

The Secret to Comfort is Layers.

Although it’s not super cold here, it can feel downright frigid when the wind and rain blow in from the Atlantic or North Sea.

Actually I think the temperatures in England and other coastal areas of France, Italy and Spain are relatively mild. Mid to upper 40sF maybe even tipping low 50s during the day and dropping into high 30sF to low 40s at night. That’s typical winter, spring and late fall weather. Of course it can dip into freezing temperatures, especially the further north you go.

I will layer depending on the forecast. If it’s extra chilly or windy, I’ll add a thermal layer under my sweater and even a down vest/gilet under my jacket. Scarves are essential for keeping the cold from funneling down your neck and chest. A wool or waterproof¬† hat is essential to keep rain off and wind off your head and face. If you wear glasses you know what I mean!

Water Resistant or Water Proof?

To keep dry, you’ll want a jacket to be water resistant and ideally water proof. My current Eddie Bauer coat is water resistant and does the job unless I get caught in a heavy downpour.

Unless a jacket is rubberized or coated it isn’t considered water-proof. Water resistant will work well for most of your travels. If you feel like you’ll be out in the elements a lot, in that case look for water repellent or water proof.

The downside to true water proof jackets like rain slickers, is they don’t breathe very well. It’s not much fun to feel as if you’re having a full on hot flash while hiking so keep that in mind. The ideal coat should be in a fabric that breathes when it gets wet and dries out easily.

Women's Jacket for Travel

My Eddie Bauer jacket helping me brave the March chill at Stonehenge!

My Favorite Women’s Jacket

My most used jacket is this Eddie Bauer thigh length quilted coat in deep olive green. Unfortunately it’s been discontinued!

A quilted jacket can be just as stylish on walks as the streets of London so a super versatile choice. Make sure yours is practical too; by being water and wind resistant.

Neutral colors are ideal. I happen to love olive green because I pack blue and green a lot and as I’m blonde it seems to work.

Pick your favorite palette (see below) and use it to choose a coat that will pair well with your jeans, pants, skirts and footwear.

Best Women’s Jacket for Travel in Europe

1. Traveling to the north of Scotland or hiking?

  • The further north you go in the UK, the more warmth and water resistance you’ll need.
  • Choose a jacket with a lining or room to layer a sweater for added warmth.
  • I prefer a jacket that covers my hips for warmth but still allows me to walk easily.
  • Any of these jackets should keep you dry and toasty even into the winter!

 

2. Spending most of your time near London, in a car or train?

  • If you’re not climbing hills, one of these stylish jackets will take you everywhere from city to country.
  • Add warmth with scarves, down vests (or gilets as they’re called here) and added protection against chilly winds.
  • The classic quilted jacket is perfect for those chilly spring or fall days

 

3. Visiting France, Italy or Spain?

  • Temperatures will be several degrees warmer at this latitude. Be prepared for showers and the occasional chilly spell,¬† but one of these lighter jackets should work well.
  • Trench coat styles are smart enough to wear in Paris or any major city while keeping you warm and dry
  • Choose a size that still allows layers underneath for cooler evenings

 

Packing Tip: Pack two or three main colors.

What’s your favorite color palette? Pink, cream and gray? Blue, gray and white? Pick your palette and then choose a coat in one of the colors.

  • A packing color palette of two or three main colors – in my case it was blue and green – makes outfit coordination on the go a snap.
  • Packing one coat? A quilted coat is dressy enough for the city but functional for warmth and comfort in the country.
  • Accessorize your coat with different scarfs,¬† a down vest for warmth and a stylish woolen hat to keep the rain and wind off.
Travel guides for your upcoming trip to England or Europe

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