The 10 Best Women's Travel Leggings of 2021

Stay comfortable and cozy on travel days with these top legging picks

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise Tight at Amazon

"These leggings are so durable and comfortable, you'll want to wear them everywhere."

Best Budget: Columbia Women's Tidal Legging at usoutdoor.com

"These affordable leggings are comfortable, and their stretch is built to move with you."

Best Compression: Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket 7/8 Tight at athleta.gap.com

"These are fantastic for a little extra compression, whether you have a day of travel ahead or just an extra-long run."

Best for Long Flights: Beyond Yoga Spacedye High Waisted Midi Legging at beyondyoga.com

"These leggings are super soft and ready to go for the day ahead."

Best Plus-Size: Girlfriend Collective FLOAT High-Rise Legging at girlfriend.com

"In sizes that run XXS to 6XL, Girlfriend Collective really walks the walk (and runs the run) when it comes to inclusive styles."

Best High Waisted: Sweaty Betty Power High-Waisted Workout Leggings at Amazon

"These leggings have a high waistband that stays up all day."

Most Breathable: Lululemon Wunder Train at Amazon

"These leggings are made for humid, low-airflow studio environments, like hot yoga or spin class."

Best Fleece-Lined: 90 Degree Reflex Fleece Leggings at Amazon

" These leggings keep you warm so you can stay comfy even when it’s chilly out."

Best for Outdoors: Eddie Bauer Trail Tight Leggings at Amazon

"These trail leggings wick moisture, prevent odors, and have UPF protection, making them great for your next trip outdoors."

Best Winter: Columbia Women's Midweight Stretch Baselayer Tights at zappos.com

"Compact and simple, these leggings keeps you snug while hiking in the mountains and exploring cities in the winter."

Long travel days call for comfort—and a great pair of travel leggings are one of our go-to's for getting from point A to point B. With soft waistbands, they’re way better for hours of sitting than high-waisted jeans; they can move with you if you have to sprint to your gate, and they’ll be breathable, so you feel a little fresher after hours of travel.

We’ve rounded up some of the best travel leggings out there—and asked travel experts to chime in on their favorite pairs, too.

Read on for the best women's travel leggings to keep you cozy on your next trip.

Best Overall: Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise Tight

Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise Tight 28" *Full-On Luon

 Courtesy of Lulu Fanatics

https://www.lulufanatics.com/item/46918/lululemon-wunder-under-high-rise-tight-28-full-on-luon-true-navy

What We Like
  • Shape retention

  • Wicks moisture

  • Comes in various lengths

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

With plenty of stretch, just the right amount of compression, and a length that hits at the ankle, these high-rise tights are comfortable and durable for a workout after a workout—or travel day after travel day. They’re too comfy not to wear around the clock, although they might be designed for yoga and other tailings—we chalk it up to the added Lycra fiber for stretch and shape retention (it also happens to wick sweat and keep things breathable). All in all, these are solid all-rounders.

Best Budget: Columbia Women's Tidal Legging

Columbia Women's Tidal Legging

Courtesy of U.S. Outdoor

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Wicks moisture

What We Don't Like
  • No pockets

With more durability than your standard budget pair from mass-market stories, Columbia’s Tidal leggings are super-comfortable and made with Omni-Wick fabric for moisture-wicking power when things get a little intense on a travel day. The stretch is built to move with you, whether you’re doing some yoga asanas or striking out for a day hike.

Best Compression: Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket 7/8 Tight

Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket Tight

Courtesy of Athleta

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Great compression

  • Has pockets

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

These have made our list for a few years now, and they’re still holding up. Athleta’s tights are fantastic for a little extra compression, whether you have a day of travel ahead or just an extra-long run. The SuperSonic fabric, made from recycled nylon, is woven to have a strong dose of compression thrown in, and they have pockets, too: two stash pockets on either leg and one at the waistband as well.

Best for Long Flights: Beyond Yoga Spacedye At Your Leisure High Waisted Midi Legging

Spacedye At Your Leisure High Waisted Midi Legging

Courtesy of Beyond Yoga 

What We Like
  • Wicks moisture

  • Has UV protection

What We Don't Like
  • No pockets

With a super-comfy, curve-flattering V-shaped waistband that sits high at 5 inches but stays comfortable during a long flight or travel day, these leggings are super soft and ready to face anything. The length on them hits at the midpoint between calf and ankle, making them ideal for the warmer times of the year, or for layering under tall socks when the weather calls for boots. It’s made from Beyond Yoga’s super-soft performance fabric (a blend of 87 percent polyester and 13 percent Lycra) that has moisture-wicking, UV-protecting capabilities as well as fantastic stretch.

Best Plus-Size: Girlfriend Collective FLOAT High-Rise Legging

Girlfriend FLOAT High-Rise Legging

Courtesy of Girlfriend Collective

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Inclusive sizing

  • Has UPF protection

What We Don't Like
  • No pockets

In sizes that run XXS to 6XL, Girlfriend Collective really walks the walk (and runs the run) when it comes to inclusive styles. The company’s best-selling FLOAT high-rise leggings come in colors ranging from a pinkish-terracotta-ish “fig” to all-purpose black. They also come in two inseams to accommodate different statures and crop preferences. Bonus: They’re also super eco-friendly, thanks to a material made from 90% recycled plastic bottles and some Spandex to keep it stretchy. They also come with UPF 50+ protection, so they’ll protect your legs when you’re out in the sun, too.

Best High Waisted: Sweaty Betty Power High-Waisted Workout Leggings

Sweaty Betty Power High-Waisted Workout Leggings

Courtesy of Sweaty Betty

What We Like
  • Has pockets

  • Quick-drying fabric

What We Don't Like
  • Limited color options

Sweat-wicking, bum-sculpting, and opaque enough to keep your bum covered when you’re squatting during a set, these Sweaty Betty leggings are great-all rounders—and they have a waistband that stays up all day, mile after mile, too. The new high-waisted take on the original Power leggings was born after more than 150,000 requests came in for a higher-rise fit, and they deliver with even more details that matter, like dual side pockets that fit up to an iPhone 11 and quick-drying fabric.

Most Breathable: Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight

What We Like
  • Comes in various lengths and colors

  • Wicks moisture

  • Quick-drying fabric

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Lululemon’s popular Wunder Under leggings get an intense upgrade with the training version of them, which is geared for hot and sweaty workouts. It’s made from the company’s proprietary Everlux fabric that’s made specifically for humid, low-airflow studio environments, like hot yoga or spin class. They even feel cool on the inside when you slip them on. They come in various lengths, so you can choose the inseam that’s right for you for a cropped or full-length fit.

Best Fleece-Lined: 90 Degree Reflex Fleece Leggings

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Soft

  • Has pockets

What We Don't Like
  • Not as stretchy as other leggings

“When I discovered fleece-lined leggings, it was a game-changer, and these are my favorite,” says travel writer Cindy Brzostowski. “With their super-soft lining, these leggings keep you warm so you can stay comfy even when it’s chilly out. They’re extra comfortable and flattering, so it’s a win-win.”

Best for Outdoors: Eddie Bauer Trail Tight Leggings (High Rise)

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Has pockets

  • Has UPF protection

  • Wicks moisture

What We Don't Like
  • Pockets could be deeper

“These are my favorite leggings!” says Nailah Blades Wylie, founder of Color Outside—and as an outdoors pro, she’s pretty much an expert on great leggings. “They're high rise and fit high on my waist without showing any gaps when I bend or sit. The style is really flattering, and the material is incredibly comfy. They also have pockets, which is always a plus.”

Best Winter: Columbia Women's Midweight Stretch Baselayer Tights

Women's Midweight Stretch Baselayer Tights

Courtesy of Columbia

What We Like
  • Inclusive sizing

  • Has an antimicrobial treatment

What We Don't Like
  • Limited color options

“Compact and simple, these leggings have kept me snug hiking in the mountains and exploring cities in the winter,” says travel writer Elizabeth Whitehead. “The shiny heat-reflecting layer on the inside is unique and effective—and comfortable against my skin.” As far as hidden superpowers go, they have four-way stretch and antimicrobial treatment in case you have to wear these a few times between washings. They’re available in sizes XS to XXL with a regular inseam for all sizes.

Final Verdict

Lululemon’s Wunder Under High-Rise Tight (view at Amazon) are some of the comfiest out there—and thanks to their great stretch and durability, they’ll last trip after trip (and workout after workout).

What to Look for When Shopping for Travel Leggings

Price

You can use these leggings for more than just traveling, of course, so find a pair that will last you a long time, stretch with your movements, and be versatile enough to double as some workout or at-home leggings in addition to travel leggings. That being said, if you’re the kind of person who dons a dress or a full-on outfit for heading out of the house and leggings aren’t really your jam, spending a little less on a pair you just wear on flights might be the way to go.

Fit

Leggings should fit snug and smooth across the body—there shouldn’t be any gaps at the waist or bunches of looser fabric to contend with. At the same time, they shouldn’t be so tight that the seams are digging into your skin uncomfortably. Leggings with a compression fit might feel a little snugger—a sign they’re doing their job—but not so tight that the pressure feels uncomfortable or overly constricting. If you feel good moving around in them—and the fabric is staying close to your body—it’s a sign it’s a good fit.

Material 

Leggings come in synthetic fabrics for a reason: Not only are they able to stretch and move with your body as you travel, but they’re performance fabrics made for a reason. Designed to wick moisture and to keep things breathable, nylon and polyester will also stay opaque when you’re squatting, lunging, running, or flowing through poses during yoga. Nylon and polyester are also made to be super-durable—the better quality the fabrics, the more they’ll bend and move with you. Cheaper materials are more prone to splitting at the seams, wearing out, pilling, and otherwise wearing out a whole lot more quickly.

FAQs

What inseam should I get?

Many mid-range and higher-end leggings come in a couple of different inseams, which gives shoppers some flexibility when it comes to fit. If you’re fairly average-sized in height, the shorter inseam might work as a cropped legging or 7/8 length, while the longer inseam might be designed to be just about full length on you. If you’re a bit more petite, try the smaller inseam; if you’re taller, opt for the longer one.

Should I get ones with pockets?

Pockets are always a plus when it comes to leggings, and if you’re traveling or at the airport, consider making sure that the pair you pick has a deep, snug stash pocket on either leg to hold your phone or other essentials while you’re at the airport. Some leggings also have a zip pocket at the waistband, which is great if you’ve just landed and need a place to stash a hotel key while you’re on a jet-lag-combatting jog.

Should I get a compression fit? 

Some people love it, others don’t! Try on a few pairs to figure out what works best for you and your body type—and for the activities you plan on using the leggings for. Some people like the feeling of a bit more compression in the stomach and waist for a day of traveling; others find it super-uncomfortable and want a more normal fit with a lower waist.

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Krystin Arneson spent hours researching for this guide, reading expert blogs, and synthesizing user reviews to find the best leggings available.

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