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The 21 Best Travel Pants That Aren’t Leggings

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Heading off on a trip and don’t know what to wear? Before you rummage for bottoms in the back of your closet, take a gander at these elevated travel pants you’ll soon grow to love. We understand whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, comfort is key. And while we love our trusty leggings and cozy sweats, some folks prefer looking a little more pulled together with stylish bottoms during their trips. 

When it came to curating our list of best travel pants, we put in place a set of criteria to meet: They should look versatile enough to wear straight off the plane and for the next stop on a jam-packed schedule, be comfortable enough to withstand whatever weird contortions you end up in when trying to catch sleep on a long-haul flight, and coordinate with the rest of your wardrobe for mixing and matching. Along with those requirements are a handful of secondary concerns like wrinkle resistance, technical fabric, and, of course, pockets.

Say hello to our 21 top travel pant picks below. Once you learn the beauty of these sweat-wicking, breezy, and relaxed-fit bottoms, we promise you’ll never go back.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Linen-Blend Pull-On Wide Leg Pant

Maybe you’re on your way to the beach, maybe you just want to look like you are. Either way, you’ll feel like you’re headed to a sandy paradise in these breezy linen pull-on pants.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Linen-Blend Pull-On Wide Leg Pant, $, available at Abercrombie & Fitch

Roark Layover Pants

Whether you’re traveling on an outdoor adventure or to Erewhon, these pants have your behind with plenty of pocket space, a drawstring waist, and zip closures.

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Roark Layover Pants, $, available at Roark

Open Edit Linen Blend Trouser

We love a trouser that is not only breathable and polished but also available in five fun colors, like this oceany teal.

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Open Edit Linen Blend Trousers, $, available at Nordstrom

FP Movement Mesmerize Me Solid Pants

These pants can take you from the airport to the hotel to the mountain. Talk about multitasking. Plus, look at all that pocket space!

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FP Movement Mesmerize Me Solid Pants, $, available at Free People

Free People One Billie Pants

Opt for an edgy travel look with these jogger-style Billie Pants, which are available in eight colorways. They have the thoughtful touches of a delicate lace-up bottom hem, pleated front, and dramatic smocked waistband. If you’re a lover of the little things, this pant has all the extra oomph you could ask for.

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FP One | Free People Billie Pants, $, available at Free People

Lululemon City Sleek 5 Pocket Wide Leg Pant

In case you haven’t picked up on it, we’re big fans of the cropped trouser look. Aptly named City Pants, these bottoms were specifically created for all-day comfort.

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Lululemon City Sleek 5 Pocket Wide Leg Pant, $, available at Lululemon

Eloquii Cropped Side Stripe Pant

Want to look cute while feeling just as comfortable as you would in your pajamas? We recommend a ribbed matching set, like this getup from Eloquii. The knit pants and elastic pull-on waist are just the cherry on top of looking extra chic as you turn the airplane’s aisle into your own personal runway.

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Eloquii Cropped Side Stripe Pant, $, available at Eloquii

Everlane The Dream Pant

Wrinkle-resistant and business-appropriate (there’s pin-tuck detailing!), you’d never guess these cotton-blend pants are almost as comfortable as your favorite sweatpants. You’ll look sleek and chic when you get to your destination in Everlane’s tailored Dream Pant.

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Everlane The Dream Pant, $, available at Everlane

Anthropologie Utility Wide-Leg Pants

Traveling is a production: You have to get to the airport, check-in, and your gate on time — all without misplacing your phone or ticket. Enter these utility wide-leg pants equipped with pockets to store all your essentials. They’re made from a cozy cotton blend so you can just enjoy the journey.

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Daily Practice by Anthropologie Utility Wide-Leg Pants, $, available at Anthropologie

Quince Ultra-Stretch Ponte Bootcut Pant

Quince has once again done the (seemingly) impossible. First washable silk, now an ultra-fashionable travel pant. It has the silky silhouette of dress pants with the comfort of your favorite yoga pants. Plus, it’s pull-on style and four-way stretch add to the beauty of this timeless bottom. You can run, squat, curl up for a mid-flight nap, and otherwise move with ease. We don’t blame you if you decide to wear it to work, too.

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Quince Ultra-Stretch Ponte Bootcut Pant, $, available at Quince

Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant

Who ever thought there could be comfortable yet professional pants with side panels? They not only offer some much-needed circulation for travel days but also add a bit of flair to your ‘fit.

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Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant, $, available at Athleta

Alo Yoga Legend Snap Pant

It’s your high school track pants with an elevated twist. The eye-catching snaps down the sides look stylish, not like you might start break-dancing mid-gym class.

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Alo Yoga Legend Snap Pant, $, available at Alo Yoga

Adidas Pull-On Ankle Pants

You could plane, train, or automobile in these slim-fit pants that do indeed include pockets. These durable bottoms have the comfort of sweats and the polished look of slacks — the best of both worlds. Plus, they are made with at least 60% recycled materials.

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Adidas Pull-On Ankle Pants, $, available at Adidas

Bailey44 Fabina Wide Leg Pant

Wide-leg cuts are an underrated hero when it comes to good travel pants. These will keep you looking fab and feeling comfy as you go from the boarding line to the boardroom.

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Bailey 44 Fabina Wide Leg Pant, $, available at Bailey 44

Cotidié Larissa Perfect Length Trousers

The Cotidié thought of everything with the Larissa trouser. Not only are these comfortable, moisture-wicking, and stretchy yet form-fitting, but they’re also machine washable. These are the perfect travel pants whether you’re headed out to walk Fido or happy hour. Cotidié has your back (or more like your bottoms).

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Cotidie Larissa Perfect Length Trousers, $, available at Cotidie

Pact Denim Chambray Sailor Pant

Comfort is key when it comes to the best travel pants, and as far as we’re concerned, this pair has it. The durable chambray denim and elastic waistband allow for the comfortable stretch you want when jet-setting but still looks polished enough to wear once you arrive at your destination. Plus, the pants are available in five different colors.

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PACT Denim Chambray Sailor Pant, $, available at PACT

J.Crew Factory Kelsey Flare Pant

There’s always that one person who prefers dressing up for travel. If you’ve evolved to this higher plane of being, try out these flare pants — they’re sleek yet still designed for comfort.

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J.Crew Factory Kelsey Flare Pant, $, available at J.Crew Factory

Outdoor Voices RecTrek Pant

If the people behind the athleisure powerhouse brand are brave enough to call these their most versatile pants, then we’re game to believe them. The cropped, relaxed-fit bottoms are made with OV’s special TerraStretch fabric (a fancy term for four-way stretch) and are weather-resistant (so spill however many in-flight cocktails you want on them).

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Outdoor Voices RecTrek Pant, $, available at Outdoor Voices

Summersalt The Palazzo Pant With Ties

Once you reach your destination, you could straight to the pool to lounge in these breezy pants. The fabric is made from recycled charmeuse, so it’s wrinkle-resistant, anti-microbial, and anti-static. (No one will know that you’ve been traveling for hours.) You can work in them, lounge in them, and they’re perfect for throwing over your swimsuits.

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Summersalt The Palazzo Pant With Ties, $, available at Summersalt

Juicy Couture OG Big Bling Velour Track Pants

This one is for all the Y2K girlies out there. Enjoy!

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Juicy Couture OG Big Bling Velour Track Pants, $, available at Juicy Couture

Dayoung Bootcut Yoga Pants

When wearing these fitted pants, you’ll feel like you can confidently hand over your business card the next time you’re hanging out in the airport lounge. They’ll never have to know that your comfort level is on the same wavelength as your favorite worn-in yoga leggings.

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Dayoung Bootcut Yoga Pants, $, available at Amazon

Ugg Ericka Relaxed Jogger

Sometimes you want a pair of effortless joggers to get you through the long commute. That’s where Ugg’s joggers come in. They have a relaxed fit with a drawstring waistband that gives off the homey, snug vibe of your beloved sweatpants. The no-fuss look is easy to style and pairs effortlessly with your go-to crewneck or hoodie.

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Ugg Ericka Relaxed Jogger, $, available at Ugg

Pact Chambray Sunday Pant

As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Just because we live in our cotton sweats at home doesn’t mean we can’t find a more suitable alternative for our travel excursions. Consider a pair of chambray joggers: The breathable fabric leaves you comfortable everywhere, and it’s chic enough to wear throughout your vacation (especially if it’s a trip near the beach).

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PACT Chambray Sunday Pant, $, available at PACT

Athleta Nolita Wide Leg

Wide-legged cuts are an underrated hero when it comes to good travel pants. They offer some additional circulation for when you and your partner are fighting over the A/C knobs during a long-distance car drive, and they allow your legs to feel a little less restricted.

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Athleta Nolita Wide Leg, $, available at Athleta

Adidas Sportswear Wide-Leg Fleece Pants

Remember what we said about wide legs being a smart choice? These side-split pants take it to the next level with slits on the inside that allow for better movement. And don’t forget the naturally breathable cotton fleece fabric, which your legs will thank you for once that stuffy airplane air starts to feel overwhelmingly warm.

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Adidas Sportswear Wide-Leg Fleece Pants, $, available at Adidas

Alo Yoga Courtside Tearaway Snap Pant

It’s your high school track pants with an elevated twist. The eye-catching snaps down the sides look stylish, not like you might start break-dancing mid-gym class. It’s also made of soft French terry instead of nylon, which is perfect for the cooler seasons — and they won’t make any noise as you rush for your gate.

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Alo Yoga Courtside Tearaway Snap Pant, $, available at Alo Yoga

Athleta Keys Intention Pant

Wide-legged cuts are an underrated hero when it comes to good travel pants. They offer some additional circulation for when you and your partner are fighting over the A/C knobs during a long-distance car drive, and they allow your legs to feel a little less restricted.

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Athleta X Alicia Keys Keys Intention Pant, $, available at Athleta

Theory Slim Kick Crop Pants

There’s always that one person who prefers dressing up for travel. If you’ve evolved to this higher plane of being, try out Theory’s Kick Crop Pants — they’re sleek yet still designed for comfort.

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Theory Slim Kick Crop Pants, $, available at Nordstrom

Skims Outdoor Woven Pant

Not only does Skims make uber-comfortable loungewear, but it also makes these outdoor woven pants that will make you feel pretty in pink anywhere you go.

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Skims Outdoor Woven Pant, $, available at Skims

Adidas Spacer Pants with Binding Details

These side-split pants take wide-leg comfort to the next level with snappable buttons on the side to allow you to show as much (or as little) leg as you want.

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Adidas Spacer Pants with Binding Details, $, available at Adidas

Adidas Future Icons Badge Of Sport Flare Pants

You could plane, train, or automobile in these slim-fit pants that do indeed include pockets. These flared bottoms have the comfort of sweats and the polished look of slacks — the best of both worlds.

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Adidas Future Icons Badge Of Sport Flare Pants, $, available at Adidas

Pact Woven Twill Roll Up Pant

Comfort is key in searching for the best travel pants, and as far as we’re concerned these pants got it. The durable organic cotton twill and elastic waistband allow for some stretch that’s bound to happen with jet setting and rolled cuff adds some flair to your fit. Plus, the pants are available in nine different colors.

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PACT Woven Twill Roll Up Pant, $, available at PACT

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