The 15 Best Travel Jeans of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: DL1961 Women’s Florence Instasculpt Skinny Jeans at Bloomingdales

"Has a contoured waistband that won’t dig in on long flights or train journeys."

Best Budget: Old Navy Women's Mid-Rise Power Slim Straight Jeans at Old Navy

"Retains their shape so they don't stretch out after you wear them awhile."

Best Straight Leg: Scotch and Soda Women's The Keeper at Scotch and Soda

"Won't notice any bagging out when they inevitably stretch over a longer trip."

Best Legging: Madewell Women's Roadtripper Jeggings at Madewell

"Includes everything we love about regular jeans, only it's softer and feels more comfortable."

Best Bootcut: Levi’s Women's 315 Bootcut Shaping Jeans at Levi's

"These bootcut jeans are designed with a tummy panel and a comfortable waistband."

Best Cropped: RE/DONE x Levi's Women's High Rise Ankle Crop Jeans at Shopbop

"Made from a pair of reworked Levi’s, no two pairs are the same."

Best High-Rise: Madewell Women's Roadtripper Jeans at Nordstrom

"The high rise waist makes sure everything stays in the right place."

Best Plus-Size: LEE Women's Plus-Size Relaxed Fit Straight Leg Jean at Amazon

"Available in sizes 16-30 and in a variety of colors, these jeans are great for stylish travelers."

Best for Men: Banana Republic Men's Slim Indigo Traveler Jean at Banana Republic

"These eco-friendly jeans will have your back on a long travel day."

Best Mid-Rise: Mott & Bow Women's Mid Rise Jean at Mott & Bow

"They don't stretch out at the end of a long travel day and offer plenty of coverage."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: DL1961 Women’s Florence Instasculpt Skinny Jeans

DL1961 Women’s Florence Instasculpt Skinny Jeans,

Courtesy of Bloomingdales

With a contoured waistband that won’t dig in on long flights or train journeys, DL1961’s sculpting skinny jeans are your go-to pair of denim pants to travel with. This pair features a little stretch and some shaping on the legs and backside. There’s also a generous 10.5-inch leg opening that allows your puffy post-flight ankles some room to breathe.

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Best Budget: Old Navy Women's Mid-Rise Power Slim Straight Jeans

Old Navy Mid-Rise Light-Wash Power Slim Straight Jeans,

Courtesy of Old Navy

Old Navy is known for affordable, on-trend denim, and the brand’s Power Slim Straight jeans are a great wallet-friendly choice for travel. They have a comfortable mid-rise that won’t dig in or get uncomfortable if you’re sitting for hours at a time. Plus, they’re designed to retain their shape so they don’t stretch out after you wear them awhile. The jeans are also label-free, so you won’t have any awkward itching from the tag in the middle of that transatlantic flight.

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Best Straight Leg: Scotch and Soda Women's The Keeper

Scotch and Soda "The Keeper" in turquoise

Courtesy of Scotch and Soda

"I love these jeans so much that on my last trip to Paris, I spent an afternoon tracking down a pair in a darker wash that is so far only sold in Europe. They're my go-to most days, but especially when traveling,” says TripSavvy’s vice-president and general manager, Molly Fergus. “They're perfect for vacation: the denim is soft and the shape is straight, not skinny, so you don't notice any bagging out when they inevitably stretch over a longer trip. I'm on a plane about once a month, and I've worn these for at least 75 percent of my travel days."

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Best Legging: Madewell Women's Roadtripper Jeggings

Madewell Roadtripper Jeggings in Pember Wash

Courtesy of Madewell

The name says it all with Madewell’s Roadtripper Jeggings, which come in an accessible dark blue wash that goes with everything. It has all the features we love about regular jeans, only it's softer, has more stretch, and feels more comfortable. Shoppers should note that the rise is almost 11-inches high, so these jeans definitely fall into the high waist category.

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Best Bootcut: Levi’s Women's 315 Bootcut Shaping Jeans

Levi’s 315 Bootcut Shaping Jeans

 Courtesy of Amazon

Levi’s are a much-loved pick by travelers because of their fantastic stretch and the hold-it-in feeling they give you. These bootcut jeans are designed with a tummy panel and a comfortable waistband that are great for journeys that involve lots of sitting. They’re made from a blend of cotton with polyester and elastane, which means you get all the softness and denim-feel of cotton plus stretching agents to smooth and sculpt.

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Best Cropped: RE/DONE x Levi's Women's High Rise Ankle Crop Jeans

RE/DONE x Levi's High Rise Ankle Crop Jeans

Courtesy of Shopbop

Although these jeans cost more than other options featured on this list, they are going to last you trip after trip. Made from a pair of reworked Levi’s, no two pairs are the same. They're composed of 100 percent cotton and are a great option for people who don't love Spandex. We also love that the leg has a tighter fit so you get all the streamlining of a skinny jean leg without the post-flight squeeze. 

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Best High-Rise: Madewell Women's Roadtripper Jeans

Madewell Roadtripper Jeans

Courtesy of Madewell

“I used to travel at least twice a month and I'm always looking for something comfortable to wear on overnight flights that aren't sweatpants,” says Astrid Taran, TripSavvy’s senior social media editor. She’s worn them three times out of her last four airplane trips. “These are perfect because the denim is super stretchy and soft, but the high rise waist still makes sure everything stays in the right place. Despite being so stretchy, they also haven't lost their shape after many washes, which is really rare.”

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Best Plus-Size: LEE Women's Plus-Size Relaxed Fit Straight Leg Jean

Lee’s relaxed fit straight leg jeans are a great choice for both comfort-minded and stylish travelers. Available in sizes 16-30 and in a variety of washes and colors, including blush pink and red, the jeans are made with just a hit of Spandex—2%—to keep things comfortable during long trips. The waistbands are also designed specifically not to slide down when you’re on the go. 

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Best for Men: Banana Republic Men's Slim Indigo Traveler Jean

Banana Republic Slim Indigo Traveler Jean

Courtesy of Banana Republic

These jeans will have your back on a long travel day: they’re soft and engineered with a little more stretch to keep you comfortable—whether you’re going by plane, train, or automobile. Plus, they’re eco-friendly: the production process of the jeans, which was developed over 10 years by a Spanish denim mill, reduces water usage by up to 99 percent, while also using 89 percent fewer chemicals, reducing energy usage by 65 percent and eliminating water discharge when compared to traditional dyeing methods. 

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Best Mid-Rise: Mott & Bow Women's Mid Rise Jean

Mott & Bow "Mid Rise

Courtesy of Mott & Bow

“I pretty solidly reject the idea of yoga pants or athleisure on a plane, so I'm often flying in jeans—but for years, I struggled,” says Laura Ratliff, who flies around 200,000 miles a year as TripSavvy’s editorial director. “So many jeans are low-rise these days, and often, pairs are either stretchy denim that bags out at the end of a long-haul flight or too stiff and uncomfortable to curl up and take a quick nap. Mott & Bow's mid-rise pair solves all those issues. They don't stretch out at the end of a long travel day, and the mid-rise means plenty of comfortable coverage.” 

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Best Sculpting: Athleta Women's Sculptek Straight Leg Jean

Athleta Sculptek Straight Leg Ankle Jean Light Wash

Courtesy of Athleta

While these jeans are meant to be worn during active activities, they're also great to wear during traveling. You can sprint through a train station or hike out in the woods with them and the fabric won't stretch out. The stretch technology also keeps your body tucked in all the right places. They’re available in a range of washes, from white to dark blue, but we like the light wash and cropped straight-leg fit that pairs well with everything.

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Best Wide Leg: Uniqlo Women's High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans

Uniqlo High-Rise Wide-Leg Cropped Jeans

Courtesy of Uniqlo

Uniqlo is a go-to for well-made but affordable basics, and their denim is a fantastic example of that. This pair of wide-legged cropped jeans come in sizes 23 to 36 and in a range of washes from light to dark. Plus the wide-leg style will give your legs room to breathe and the material, made of 2% spandex, will keep you comfortable during your flight. Happy customers say that even on shorter frames, they still fit great. Pair them with jumpers and boots in the spring or a breezy top for the summer; these work great the year-round.

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Best Flare: ASOS Stretch Kick Flare Jeans

ASOS DESIGN High rise 'effortless' stretch kick flare jeans in black

Courtesy of Asos

It’s hard to go wrong with a pair of black flare cropped jeans—they go with everything, can be dressed up or down, always have you looking put together, and will never go out of style. Therefore, these jeans by ASOS can easily serve as the only pair you need to bring, which will save you space in your suitcase. This pair also has a socially conscious side: they're made in partnership with an initiative that works to improve the cotton industry, including its workers’ lives and its environmental impact.

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Best Stainproof: Ably Women's Elysia Denim Jeans

Ably Elysia Straight-Fit Denim Jeans,

Courtesy of Alby Apparel

Ably started out as a Kickstarter selling “whateverproof” clothing for travel and anything else life throws your way. Their women’s denim is purposefully designed for the ins and outs of travel, and it comes in two washes—black and indigo—that go with anything. The Filium fabric the jeans are made of repels liquids, stains, and odors, so you can stretch this denim’s wear a few days longer than normal and won't need to worry about finding a laundromat while on vacation.

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Best Black Jeans: Everlane Women's High-Rise Skinny Jean

Everlane High-Rise Skinny Jean

 Courtesy of Everlane

In a perfect world, we’d be able to trade in our air miles for a pair of these high-rise skinny jeans from Everlane. Available in both a solid black and a cool-girl washed black, these jeans are available in sizes 23 to 35. They’re figure-hugging but built to stretch—and then snap right back into shape. Plus, we love Everlane’s dedication to transparency with their manufacturing process.

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