Best travel pants for men

6 Best Mens Travel Trousers Review [2018]

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Dilemma: you are travelling with a purpose. There is that business meeting in London, a wedding in Santorini or a date trip with the other half and you need to trade your boardies for the best travel pants. I (Craig) don’t believe we are one type of traveller. At different times in our lives (or even a year), our reasons for travelling differ and sometimes we need to look business even if we feel backpacker, so here is a guide to the best mens travel trousers online has to offer with tips on what to look for before purchasing too.

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Trouser overview

ConvertibleColumbia Silver RidgeColumbia Men's Silver Ridge Convertible Pants £££Be the first to rate
White Sierra TrailWhite Sierra Sierra Pt. Convertible Pant£4.5
ChinosIZODIZOD Travel Chinos£4
Bluffworks Bluffworks Chinos£££4.5 --> we recommend
Action man adventure CQR BDUCQR BDU Action Pants£4
Free Soldier Travel pants - Free Soldier£4.5

Best mens travel trousers

Choosing your travel pants

When deciding which pants are the best fit (boom boom) you may want to consider the following specifications.


Can the mens travel trousers fold or roll away neatly into small cabin bags or busy backpacks for days on end without resembling the skin of a Shar Pei? Materials such as wools, nylon and polyester tend to come out on top for crushability ratings.


Gemma’s uncle has to change his suit twice a day on business trips to Saudi Arabia. He needs this travel trousers review. We need our ‘trews to let our hairy bods breathe in warmer climates yet keep off the chill in colder.


The storage category is two-fold. Can the backpacking pants be packed (see crushability) and does it have pockets? There is an increasing trend for designers to add internal and hidden pockets for essentials such as passports and currency to help ward off opportunities. Now that our phones resemble iPads we need these pockets to be big, Mary Poppins style.


This category covers the feel of the travel trousers on your body as well as the ability to carry them and keep to luggage restrictions; it’s not only the budget airlines that are cracking down now. If they are lightweight, it’s an excuse to pack two different colours.

Waterproof yet quick dry

Ever tried to dry your everyday threads on a bed and breakfast radiator after a Scottish downpour? Since many of our trips involve one-night stops the pants needs to keep the rain off but dry quickly with minimum support. No one wants to bag wet clothes (hello damp smell) or put on clammy outdoor trousers so quick dry pants are worth the investment.

Hey good lookin’

Finally, and most important, our new travel pants need to make us look and feel good. Especially when your other half is Instagram obsessed. Versatile colours that can match nicely with the limited clothes you can pack in a bag are a big win.

So now we know how hard it is to find the best travel pants let’s put the top 10 through the ringer.

Shop for pants

Convertible travel pants

The following travel pants have a split personality – turning from full length to shorts in less than two minutes flat. Avid travellers and adventure lovers will appreciate how versatile these converter travel pants are.

Columbia Silver Ridge

These stylish straight-legged Columbia Silver Ridges are 100% nylon travel trousers have a lot to offer.


  • Side cargo pocket
  • Quick dry (Omni-wick material)
  • UPF factor 50 material (Omni-shade)
  • Zip-off above the knee (stylish, not frumpy)
  • Right/left identified for ease while attaching


  • Advised to order one size bigger
  • Only ships to U.S

White Sierra Trail

Not the coolest of colours but the White Sierra Trail zip-off action will keep you chilled in warmer climates. These 100% nylon material come in small, medium, and large for these mens travel trousers.


  • Quick dry woven nylon
  • Teflon fabric protection
  • 10″ inseam shorts measurement
  • UPF factor 30 sun protection
  • Pockets galore – 2 front, 2 cargo, 1 ‘rip + stick’ back pocket


  • Beige colour not for every man’s tastes
  • Dress travel pants

Travel chinos

A step up from the safari look, these pants are suave and more suitable for dinner dates to business meetings.


Definitely, a cocktail party looking travel trouser, IZOD straight leg 100% polyester pants come in four colours (black, brown, charcoal, and cedar wood cream).


  • Machine and hand wash suitable
  • 24 hour dry in the hotel room
  • Almost wrinkle free
  • 100% Cotton
  • Buttoned back pocket
  • Comfortable (skin to sweatpants)


  • U.S shipping only
  • Not recommended for adventure travel trips


These are my favourites because they are stylish yet practical combining the best of above-mentioned pants. Bluffworks comes is a variety of six colours (charcoal, harvest gold, steel blue, navy blue, khaki and stone) which you can mix and match with the suit jacket. There’s also a choice of two fits ‘regular $98’ and ‘chino $125’ (I’m sporting steel blue chinos below). These Bluffworks really are comfortable pants for travel. 


  • Quick dry nylon
  • Water-resistant
  • Machine washable
  • Lightweight 5.31 oz.
  • Extremely good looking
  • Cleverly hidden pockets
  • Pockets big enough for a phone
  • Delivers worldwide


  • I like my suits super skinny so tailored to create an even slimmer fit look (I am very slim, not by choice!)
  • Not on Amazon – buy direct but I can vouch for them

Bluffworks travel suit | Travel chinos

Comfortable travel trousers Bluffworks

Action man adventure pants

From Tarzan to trekking, the following robust action pants are tough for many terrains. Check out these outdoor trousers. 


CQR boast of ‘military standard, law performance design’ and these 65% polyester 35% cotton trousers play the part.


  • ‘Duratex’ coated fabric
  • 4 colours (green, black, charcoal, khaki)
  • 6 pockets


  • Very G.I Jones so not for everyone’s tastes
  • Not waterproof hiking pants
  • Sizes confusing

Free Soldier

These Free Soldier trousers are sturdy but also stylish. Made with 100% breathable nylon and comes in 4 colours (green, black, grey, mud)


  • Rip-stock fabric
  • Stretch waist adds 2 inches
  • 6 pockets (hand, zipper, and back)
  • Waterproof Teflon coated material


  • Colour can vary from that advertised
  • Limited reviews


At present, there is a huge variety of trousers to suit every budget which this review has detailed from mens walking trousers to the best backpacking pants. Whether you are bird watching on safari or at Dublin’s Temple Bar there is a type of travel pants for every male traveller.

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Over to you.
Which are your favourites?

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Gemma and Craig full-time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 30 and let loose on the world! Gemma writes, Craig looks good in the photos.

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