10 Best Packable Sun Hats for Women for 2023 (That Look Cute!)

I was sitting in the Miami airport on my way back from my Royal Caribbean cruise when I saw a woman walk by with four wide-brimmed sun hats stacked on her head. FOUR! Now there was someone in desperate need of a packable sun hat for women (or four.)

I understand wanting to look cute on vacation, but nothing will find me striding through the airport with four hats on my head. When I travel, I already usually bring a carry-on and a personal item, so I’m pretty sure flight attendants would balk at my trying to fit a stack of four uncrushable hats in the overhead compartment. What is needed are some good foldable sun hats for women.

Since my trusty (but very sturdy and not at all foldable) fedora had gotten permanently bent after being stuffed with clothes and shoved into my suitcase one too many times, I was in need of some packable hats that were more foldable, bendable, and crushable.

This sent me out on a quest to find the best packable sun hats for women. After all, I want to look cute on my travels, but I’m also at the point in my life where I need some sun protection for my face and neck to ward off those wrinkles and sun damage that are waiting around the corner.

Floppy sun hat on the beach

Packable Sun Hats for Women

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I started asking friends for recommendations for packable sun hats and digging around for the best options depending on the style you prefer. One thing I discovered is that you can either look just for stylish sun hats, or you could try to find cute sun protection hats that also offer UPF protection from the sun.

Through my research I have learned a few things to consider when looking for packable sun hats:

  • Sun protection – if you are worried about harmful rays of sun coming through the material and causing skin damage or a sunburn, look for hats that offer UPF protection (ideally 50+)
  • Brim size – the larger the brim, the more coverage it is going to provide
  • Adjustable size – hats are not one size fits all. You can either measure your head and take a look at the manufacturer’s sizing chart or look for a hat that adjusts with an internal drawstring
  • Chin strap – if you are going to be boating or just want to make sure your hat stays put on a windy day, you will want to look for a women’s sun hat with a chin strap
  • Color – there are some very colorful, and even rainbow-style, packable sun hats out there. The question is, how will that look with your wardrobe? Personally, I always drift toward neutrals so I am drawn to the straw or raffia hats, or those with shades of basic black or brown because they offer the most versatility. But hey, to each their own and a hat can be a great accent piece with a terrific color pop, just have an outfit in mind when you are purchasing so it doesn’t end up just sitting in the closet waiting for the perfect opportunity

These are my top picks and recommendations for packable sun hats for ladies. And, of course, after all this research I now have four new hats in my closet and I’m considering a couple more.

Packable Sun Hats for Women

From camping hats to boating hats, foldable hats that are perfect for the beach or pool, or packable sun hats for women that are ideal for travel, here are our top picks.

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Best packable sun hats for women that offer sun protection and still look cute! Be prepared at the beach or your summer vacation with these hats that can be rolled, folded, or crushed to fit in your suitcase. #packingtips #sunhats #hats

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Publish Date: January 11, 2023

1 thought on “10 Best Packable Sun Hats for Women for 2023 (That Look Cute!)”

  1. I want this blue hat that you have pictured at the bottom of your article. Where can I find it?

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