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The Best Travel Vests With Pockets for Women & Men + $150 Gift Card Giveaway!

My husband and I are sharing our favorite travel vests with pockets in today’s post! Plus, there’s a $150 gift card giveaway at the end, so you can get your very own travel vest with tons of pockets.

Kenya safari outfit at Ol Pejeta
Our favorite vests for travel via SCOTTeVEST.

Personally, it took me a while before I got on board with wearing a vest while traveling. I was always a big fan of sleeves. That all changed after our trip to Kenya. A travel vest was a must for this trip… and I realized what I had been missing out on by not using one all these years!

My husband, however, has always been a big fan of wearing a vest. He has quite the collection now! He has used them on all kinds of trips and is more than happy to show off the incredible amount of pockets his favorite SCOTTeVEST vests have.

Below, we’ll each be sharing 2 of our top travel vests and why we love them. We’re trying something a little different for this post too… I’m writing about my vests, and my husband is authoring his own section about his vests. I’m excited he’s finally blogging with me! Then, at the end of the post, you’ll find a $150 gift card giveaway to SCOTTeVEST!

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Best Travel Vests for Women


1.) SCOTTeVEST FEATHERWEIGHT VEST FOR WOMEN – Great for warmer weather adventures!

Why I love this vest:


  • LOTS OF POCKETS – This travel vest has 16 pockets and compartments, so there is absolutely no need for me to carry a bag when I am using it. The photos and videos below will show all the goodies I can stuff in my pockets with this vest!
  • LIGHTWEIGHT – This is a very lightweight and breathable vest. I wore this vest in 90+ degree Fahrenheit temps and was perfectly fine. It also dries quickly and is water-repellant.
  • MACHINE WASHABLE – I love that I can just throw this vest in the washing machine and it doesn’t require extra special care. I can also easily wash it in the sink while I’m traveling and it dries quickly.
  • IT LOOKS NICE! – It is nice to have a vest that is flattering to wear and doesn’t look like a sack of potatoes. This can easily be worn in the mountains or in a city.
  • IT’S COMFORTABLE– Comfort is the most important thing to me when I am traveling. This vest is super comfortable. I also appreciate that it has slits on the sides, for more comfort when you are sitting and hiking.

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All of the goodies I can fit in my SCOTTeVEST Featherweight vest!
All of the goodies I can fit in my SCOTTeVEST Featherweight vest! (My red SCOTTeVEST Pullover also has pockets!)

Check out everything I can put in my pockets!

This vest seriously has a pocket for everything! Check out my Reel below to see it all in action.

I didn’t even have all of the pockets in use in that video! I also like that it has a removable RFID-blocking pocket inside. It resembles a wallet, too, it’s a good place to stash all of your cards and cash. I also appreciate the dedicated key holder in 1 pocket, as I am notorious for misplacing my keys, especially in my travel bag!

the SCOTTeVEST vest fully loaded
My SCOTTeVEST travel vest with fully loaded pockets + a full water bottle.

I will note, though, that I don’t typically carry a water bottle in it when I wear it. It’s just a bit too bulky looking/feeling. I did use it to carry my water while on safari in Kenya, but it wasn’t the most comfortable for me. I do appreciate that this is an option, though!

Safair outfit for women with vest and scarf
This travel vest works great in chillier weather too!

Sizing

I am a typical size medium and that is what I ordered in this vest. I am happy with the size. However, I will say if I wanted to wear a bulky layer under it, it would be a tight fit, as this is a fitted vest. If you prefer looser-fitting clothing or plan to wear bulky layers under it, be sure to size up, as this vest will not stretch.

A practical safari outfit for women worn by Have Clothes, Will Travel in Samburu Kenya

Needless to say, I am obsessed with this vest and love how I don’t need to carry a bag when traveling (or just walking the dogs!). It’s also nice to have everything in your vest pockets when going through airport security, so you can just take the vest off, put it in the bin, and walk through the metal detector. Easy peasy!

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2.) ESSENTIAL JACKET/VEST 2.0 – Great for cooler weather adventures!

Essential Jacket 2.0 - Women's worn by have Clothes, Will Travel
SCOTTeVEST Vest + Button Down

Why I love this vest:


  • IT’S NOT JUST A VEST. IT’S ALSO A JACKET! – This is a 2-for-1 travel clothing item. This is technically a jacket that has removable sleeves, and can easily be transformed into a travel vest.
  • 24 POCKETS – This vest/jacket has even more pockets than my other vest.
  • KEEPS ME WARM – I live in Wisconsin and am able to comfortably walk my dogs in freezing temps in this jacket. Someone not as used to the cold would likely need some bulkier layers under it, though.
  • MACHINE WASHABLE – Again, this one doesn’t require any special care and I can easily throw it in the wash.

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Essential Jacket 2.0 - Women's worn by have Clothes, Will Travel
You can easily add the sleeves back on!

Sizing

Again, I have my normal size medium and feel this perfect. I can easily fit some extra layers under it, but the vest/jacket doesn’t look too bulky. I also like how long the sleeves are on the jacket portion!

Note: I want to point out, though, that if you have pets, I would opt for the tan color. The black is a pet hair/drool magnet...which is true for just about everything black that I own now!

This jacket/vest has all the benefits of the vest above, but is slightly thicker and warmer, making it great for cooler-weather adventures. Having the Featherweight Vest and the Essentials Jacket/Vest are the perfect travel wardrobe combo.

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Best Travel Vests for Men


Zac’s Travel Vests With Pockets Picks

  • SCOTTeVEST Essentials Jacket 2.0 (Vest) – Zac’s top pick for cooler weather travels. This is a jacket that converts to a travel vest!
  • Tropiformer 3D Jackets/Vests – Zac’s top pick for warmer weather travels. This is also a jacket that converts to a travel vest! He has 2 of these, 1 in blue and 1 in black (pictured here).
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  • Read in more detail about his travel vests, and why he picked them, in his own words, below!

My favorite point in each trip is blazing through the airport security line while everyone else is striping down, frustrated, and fighting with someone or thing. It’s a great feeling to look around and just feel smarter and less frustrated.

And it’s rather simple too. I load my jacket with everything. Show my ID. Take off my jacket to run through. Go through. Pick up my jacket. And walk away.

Jacket? Don’t worry, this is about travel vests, I own multiple jackets that quickly transform into vests. I like these best.

As a business tech guy who travels, that’s how I prioritize my clothing purchases. I optimize for comfort, versatility, convenience, and security.

That can be a lot to look for in each piece of clothing. And with a lot of brands, you will need to sacrifice some of these considerations, especially if you opt for style.

Zac wearing a SCOTTeVEST vest petting a rhino
Zac wearing the ESSENTIAL JACKET 2.0 converted to a vest, along with the lovely Loujipu from the Sera Conservancy.

SCOTTeVEST has focused exactly on my persona, setting itself apart from other travel gear companies, primarily with innovative designs, pockets, and compartments. For example, a jacket or vest can have anywhere from 10 to 20 pockets or more. 

That said, I own and recommend 1 Essentials Jacket 2.0 (vest) and 2 Tropiformer 3D Jackets (vests). Let’s break down why these are the ultimate travel companions using the optimations provided. And to save time, I’ll cover what is the same, and then spotlight what I find is specifically different about each travel vest.

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Zac on Rainbow Mountain in Peru wearing a TROPIFORMER 3D JACKET / VEST
Zac on Rainbow Mountain in Peru wearing a TROPIFORMER 3D JACKET that converts to a vest.

The Essentials Jacket 2.0 (vest) and 2 Tropiformer 3D Jackets (vests)


Comfort: Comfort is always king. I might need to sit in a piece of clothing for days, and maybe sleep with it on depending on the travel situation. Both are lightweight and the pockets are strategically placed to distribute weight evenly.

Versatility: As the day, activity, and situations change, it’s important to me that both can remove the sleeves to become vests or go back to becoming jackets quickly. Additionally, each has 10’s pockets strategically placed to minimize bulk and ensure a comfortable fit, and adjustable straps. In brief, you look and feel lightweight even when fully loaded, and feel versatile when sitting or moving under load.

Sizing: I am typical size medium in most men’s jackets. Using the SCOTTeVEST size chart and my measurements, I also ordered a medium in all of these travel vests/jackets from SCOTTeVEST. They fit well, and I can wear additional layers under them if needed.

Revolution 2.0 Jacket
Zac wearing the TROPIFORMER 3D JACKET which converts to a vest.

Convenience: Both are machine washable, water repellent, stain repellent, easy to care for, durable, and not wrinkly. Also, both have ample storage space for all of your travel items. If you are organized, everything will be easily accessible without having to dig through a backpack or purse. If you are not organized, digging for the right pocket can be a bit maddening at times, as you have a lot of options 😂 

Security: I now use my phone and credit card to tap and pay for more things, so it has become increasingly important both have RFID-blocking technology, which can help keep my information. Additionally while traveling they both have hidden pockets and wallets that I actively used.

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Zac's Giraffe Manor breakfast outfit
Zac wearing the Essential Jacket 2.0 as vest at Giraffe Manor.

The Essential Jacket 2.0 (Vest) Key Differences


Comfort: The jacket (vest) has a comfortable collar, with a bit more of a thicker, quality feel to it, for moderate weather (spring-fall).

Versatility: The jacket (vest) zips off at the shoulders and it has 9 exterior pockets with 15 interior pockets, for a total of 24 pockets!

Style: The essentials jacket, to me, has a formal vibe, and as a vest, an explorer vibe.

Zac wearing the TROPIFORMER 3D JACKET as a vest.
Zac wearing the TROPIFORMER 3D JACKET as a vest.

The Tropiformer 3D Vest (Jacket) Key Differences


Comfort: This jacket / vest is designed with breathable materials, making them comfortable in various temperatures and as temperatures are changing. It’s feather-light and best for spring-summer. 

Versatility: The jacket (vest) magnetic buttons easily and firmly snap on and off at the shoulders. Don’t be concerned that the buttons are magnetic, this is extremely well-designed. And it has 8 exterior pockets with 14 interior pockets, for a total of 22 pockets!

Revolution 2.0 Jacket

Convenience: Some additional factors here are that (1) it packs into itself and (2) it is quick to dry too. 

Style: It fits so well, and with the hidden neck hood, to me, it kind of feels and looks like a cool techy moto jacket.

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TROPIFORMER 3D JACKET that converts to a vest.

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If anyone has any questions about our favorite travel vests, please feel free to reach out in the comments!

*Thank you to SCOTTeVEST for partnering with me for this giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own, and I am never compensated for a positive review.

37 Comments

  1. I would get the Quest vest. I use an IWB holster and the added length of this vest would conceal that, allowing me to have my shirt tucked.

  2. I’ve decided I would order a coordinated outfit…the Kayla Cowl Neck would pair nicely (and could be dressed up or down) with the Lucille Cardigan, the Margaux Yogaux pants, and the Sandra skity.. If I’m traveling somewhere where modesty is strongly suggested, these would fit the bill. I’d look stylish and my personal items would be well protected. Vest=wise, I’d rather go with the Men’s RFID or Featherweight vests rather than buy the women’s vests. Why? I prefer a longer vest…something that would give more coverage over the top of any slacks with pockets…and the women’s vests, IMHO…are too short.

  3. I love to travel and my husband loves it more. We are looking forward to seeing more of the world. I’m always looking for tips on what to wear and how to pack.

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