Best Sun Hats for Women: Stylish Packable Hats for Travel 

Searching for the best packable sun hats for travel? As much as we love sunny beach days and traveling to warm destinations, too much sun exposure to harmful UV rays can lead to skin damage and other health problems. Wearing a sun hat is essential for protection against the sun’s harsh rays. Whether you’re heading to the beach, packing for your next trip, or going on an outdoor adventure, you need a cute sun hat that you can fold, pack and bring with you wherever you go.

We’ve rounded up some of the best packable sun hats for travel that you’ll actually want to wear. They’re perfect for vacation and beach days and won’t take up too much space in your luggage or backpack.

Best packable Sun Hats for Travel

Packable Straw Hats

A straw hat or wide-brimmed beach hat is an essential piece for your vacation wardrobe. This style is a bestseller on Madewell. It’s perfectly unstructured so you don’t have to be too careful when packing it up.

A floppy sun hat is easy to fold and pack. It’s the perfect accessory for sun-soaked beach or resort pool days. This Free People hat is top-rated and it’s lightweight and packable.

This Columbia hat has an adjustable chin strap for a secure fit when you’re out and about. It has a UPF 50 sun protection rating to prevent sun exposure.

Vacation-ready with a touch of edge, this straw hat features a wide brim in a packable design so you can go anywhere and keep it shady!

Bucket Hats

This cotton wide-brimmed holiday bucket hat has the highest achievable sun protective rating for fabrics – UPF 50 for unbeatable sun protection.

Bucket hats are cute, stylish, and easy to pack. Wear it to the beach or pool and toss it in your travel bag for easy transport.  

Cowboy Hats

The packable design makes this hat easy to travel with and ready for anything. It’s lightweight and features bold braided detailing.

Packable Visors

This breezy Madewell straw visor rolls up and secures with an elastic band for easy storage in your tote, or suitcase.

This packable straw visor from LSPACE is perfect for vacation. It features a super wide brim. Wear it to the beach with your favorite cover up.

Don’t worry about crushing this hat into your luggage or beach tote because it pops right back into shape the minute you take it out. It has a packable fabric and can be crumpled and crushed into luggage, or a UPF 50+ blocks 95% of UVA/UVB rays and it’s machine washable.

Customer Review: “I do not leave home without it. It covers well, yet doesn’t mash down your hair like hats do.” 

How to Choose The Perfect Sun Hat

  • When choosing a stylish hat for sun protection, check the sun protection factor (SPF).
  • Look for durable styles with breathable materials so they can keep up with you on your travels.
  • Make sure the hat fits properly. If it’s too big, you don’t want to keep readjusting it, and you can risk losing it if it gets too windy.
Packable sun hats for women

Row 1: Madewell Packable Straw Fedora Hat | Cotton-Linen Packable Sun hat

Row 2: Coal Headwear | Sunday Afternoons Vivian Hat 

Row 3: Packable Panama Hat | Target Hat

How to Pack a Sun Hat for Travel

The best way to pack a sun hat without crushing it is to turn your hat upside down in your suitcase and fill the inside with your clothing to avoid getting any creases. You’ll want to pack other items around it to help maintain its shape.

Get a hat holder. If your hat doesn’t fit in your bag, you can get a hat clip and secure it to your bag.

Roll it. A packable sun hat is easy to roll and store in your luggage or case. Most will pop back into shape once you take them out.

Wear your hat on the plane. I rarely go anywhere without a hat and usually wear it to the airport and store it in the overhead compartment so it doesn’t get crushed.

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