Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home, goes the Paul Young song, written by Marvin Gaye. So when you’re going on holiday, you could consider your temporary accommodation as your home. So which hat do you need to lay on arrival to your holiday home?
I suppose that depends on what type of holiday you are doing. Are you skiing, camping, or going on the beach. Is it a summer or winter holidays. All these things need to be considered when deciding how to cover your head.
Great choice for beach which you can store in your bag
A wide-brimmed straw hat is packable and a great choice for the beach. I always wear one. It will shade your face and neck from the sun, and it can be easily folded up and stored in your bag when you’re not using it.
If you are heading out to the city, a straw hat can add a touch of style to your outfit. Just choose a classic style that won’t look too out of place.
When I have been out on hikes and walks, a straw hat has proved just as useful in protecting me from the sun. But be aware, it won’t protect you if the weather turns cold.
Make it a convertible – and we’re not talking motor cars
A convertible bucket hat is another great option. You can wear it with the brim down for sun protection on the beach.
Some hats have removable brims, zip-off panels, or interchangeable headbands. This way, you can go from a wide-brimmed beach hat to a sleek city cap with a simple adjustment.
Some convertible bucket hats also have a chin strap that can be used to keep the hat on in windy conditions. Make sure you choose a water-resistant one in case it rains.
In the mountains, a bucket hat can provide some warmth on chilly days. Just choose one made from a material like fleece or wool.
A classic baseball cap is always a good choice for travel. It’s comfortable, stylish, and practical. Look for hats with moisture-wicking fabrics, UPF sun protection, and adjustable closures for a comfortable fit.
On the beach, a baseball cap can help to keep the sun out of your eyes. In the city, a baseball cap can add a sporty touch to your outfit.
In the mountains, a baseball cap can provide some warmth on chilly days. Just choose one made from a thicker material like wool.
A classic baseball cap is always a good choice for travel, especially if you’re looking for something low-maintenance.
A Wool Fedora, which is crushable, is a stylish hat that can be dressed up for the city or down for the beach, and it’s also a good option for cooler weather in the mountains.
Choose a natural wool felt for breathability and warmth, and look for a classic colour like brown or grey.
If you’re expecting cold weather in the mountains, a warm beanie is essential. Choose one made from a soft, warm material like merino wool or cashmere, and look for one with earflaps for extra protection from the wind and cold.
Convertible Hat: Some hats have clever features that make them adaptable to different situations.
Crushable Wool Fedora: A wool fedora is a timeless option that can be dressed up or down. It’s sturdy enough for the mountains, but not too warm for the city or beach. Choose a crushable wool version for easy packing.
Baseball Cap: A technical baseball cap is a great choice for active pursuits in any environment.
Wide-Brimmed Straw Hat: A wide-brimmed straw hat is the epitome of beach chic. It provides excellent sun protection and adds a touch of elegance to your look. Choose a natural straw hat for a classic look, or opt for a more colorful option if you want to make a statement.
BONUS TIP: Consider bringing a scarf or bandana. It can be used as a neck scarf, headband, or even a makeshift face mask in windy or dusty conditions.
Ultimately, the best hat for your trip is the one that you feel comfortable and confident in. No matter what you choose, make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy wearing throughout your entire holiday. I hope this gives you some ideas for finding the perfect hat for your trip!