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June 14, 2019 4 min read

Travel Hat Choices: A Comprehensive Guide

As temperatures rise and the lure of the open road grows stronger, so too does our desire to explore. Whether you're planning an epic road trip across the country or heading somewhere exotic and remote, the right travel hat can make all the difference. Your traveling style should be a blend of comfort and fashion. At Gigi Pip, we take pride in our star-worthy array ofstunning travel hats that not only protect you from the elements, but also make a stylish statement.


The Best Hat for Your Next Road Trip

Wes | @tomxtravels


Go Compact with Crushable Hats for the Savvy Traveller

If you're someone who values simplicity and loves to travel light, then we've got just the solution for you. Our collection of crushable hats has been explicitly designed with the trendy, space-conscious traveler in mind. These hats retain their form and shape, even after being crammed into overpacked luggage. Their durability and stylish look make them an ideal companion for any travel expedition.

One of our hot sellers is the chicJames Cap. Its slim, space-saving design allows it to be flattened almost entirely without losing its overall shape. It carries the twin attributes of style and convenience, thus making it an indispensable addition to your travel essentials list.

James | @_sandy_feet_

James | @_sandy_feet_


Counteracting Windy Weather with Chin-Strap Hats

Have you ever found yourself chasing your hat on a windy beach or atop a hill? Then say hello to our chin-strap hats. Hats like ourRiver Guatemalan Palm are not only perfect for providing excellent sun protection, they also are designed to remain securely fastened in place, banishing the woes of losing a hat to a sudden gust of wind.

 A woman showing her wide brim sun hat featuring a chin strap three different ways


For Thrill-Seekers and Adventurers: The Mighty Fedora

Some hats are inherently designed to stand out and embrace the adventurous spirit. Felt fedoras are one such kind which holds a special place among travel enthusiasts. Take for example our acclaimedLeo Fedora, which is just as suitable for a rugged outdoor trek as it is for daily strolls in the city.

If you love capturing aesthetic travel shots, ourEmma Fedora is a must-have. It adds a fashionable edge to your travel photos, making them instantly Instagram-worthy.


Emma | @samanthacaldphoto

Emma | @samanthacaldphoto


Essential Gear for Every Adventure: The Classic Ball Cap

Just as every trip demands certain indispensable items, a good quality ball cap is a must-have for any excursions. Our top picks areJojo andAmy. Besides being the perfect way to save a bad hair day, these caps instantly add a touch of freshness and coolness to your overall look.


Jojo | @honey_caleb

Jojo | @honey_caleb


Frequently Asked Questions About Travel Hats

Why is it important to choose a packable hat for travel?

A packable hat is an essential travel item due to its convenience. These hats can be folded or rolled up without losing their shape, making them easy to pack and carry. They also save space in your luggage. Beyond the convenience, many packable hats also come with benefits, like UV protection and water resistance, making them particularly practical for travels.

How can hats offer skin protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation?

Many hats are designed with materials that have a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating. This indicates the fraction of the sun's UV rays that can penetrate the fabric. A hat with a UPF of 50, for example, only allows 1/50th of the sun's UV radiation to reach the skin. This, combined with a wide brim to cover the face, neck, and sometimes shoulders, plays a vital role in preventing skin damage and reducing the risk of skin cancers.

How should I care for my travel hat to ensure it lasts longer?

Hat care depends on the material. Generally, avoid getting hats wet, especially if they are made from natural materials like straw or wool. For cleaning, many hats benefit from a gentle hand-wash with mild soap. It's always best to check the label for specific cleaning guidelines. When not in use, store your hat in a cool, dry place, and when traveling, be sure it's sufficiently protected.

How do I select a suitable hat for different climates?

When choosing a hat for travel, consider the climate of your destination. For hot, sunny places, UV-protection hats with wide brims are ideal. They provide shade and protect against UV rays. Vented or mesh hats are also suitable as they allow airflow, keeping your head cool. For cold climates, opt for a hat made from warm materials like wool or fleece. Again, a UV-protection hat is useful if you'll be in snowy conditions or high altitudes, where UV exposure can be strong.


Why is it important to wear a hat while traveling, beyond fashion reasons?

Hats are indeed fashionable, but they also serve practical purposes. They protect your face, eyes, and head from harmful UV rays, reducing your risk of sunburn, vision problems, and skin cancer. Hats shield your eyes, enhancing visibility on sunny days. They can keep you warm in cold weather and cool in hot climates. Also, hats protect your scalp and hair from wind, dust, and moisture, and help conceal bad hair days. Incrementally, the comfort, convenience, and protection a hat provides make it a worthy travel companion.

Looking after Your Travel Hat

Travel scruffs and crumples are part and parcel of any journey. If your hat gets overly creased or loses its shape, just expose it to some steam from your hotel room shower or heat from your vehicle and watch it regain its original form. (Pssst, we made an inclusive hat care guide so you don’t have to fumble with care instructions pamphlets and endless Google searches). 

Remember, a hat is not just an accessory; it’s a style statement. When you sport a hat that reflects your personality and compliments your style, you exude confidence and panache, ready to take on the world, one journey at a time.

Looking for more options to spruce up your travel gear or need more tips about hat care? Meet our new arrivals or delve into our expert blogs. Extraordinary travels begin with Gigi Pip, your ultimate destination for unparalleled travel hats!