Travel Sleepwear To Pack for a Trip
Packing Pajamas Nightgowns Robes
Here are some things to consider when you are trying to decide what and how many items you need to pack to sleep in, and what you can do without when putting together your travel wardrobe.
How many nightgowns, pajamas, robes you need to pack for travel depends on the type of trip. As when choosing your travel pants, travel shirts, skirts, etc., what you pack to sleep in depends on what type of trip you are taking.
This applies for a weekend trip, or for a week or much longer trip.
Remember each item you pack for your trip has to earn its place in your suitcase so check what you've already chosen to pack for clothing that's also good to sleep in.
What you pack for travel sleepwear depends on the trip:
- Staying at a resort for a week alone or on a guided tour single room: Your call: One nightie, or one T-shirt already packed to wear as a travel shirt and boxer shorts, a sarong (more on sarongs that really earn their travel-wardrobe keep!)
- Staying at a resort on your honeymoon: Totally up to you! Have fun!
- Staying at a resort sharing room with a friend(s): One nightgown should be enough, or a long T-Shirt, with boxer shorts if needed, and a sarong.
- Staying with friends / at a cottage / summer home / ski chalet: One pair of pajamas, or a nightgown, and perhaps a robe, if you are likely to be having coffee, breakfast with a group, or for before and after showers. I usually don't take a robe when I travel as robes take up way too much suitcase room for the amount of time they are worn. A sarong is a lighter, more versatile option.
- Road Trip alone: Your choice: sleep in a T-shirt, or pajamas. You have the luxury of more room traveling by car, alone (unless you are moving household to a new city and are packed to the roof already!)
- Road Trip with a friend(s): One nightgown or pair of pajamas should be enough, or a long T-Shirt worn with boxer shorts if needed, and a sarong.
There will be Laundry:
You can rinse out your jammies, nighties every few days, or send out to your resort / hotel laundry.
This style (picture, etc. on Amazon) would work well with several travel companion options, as well as double for long underwear or a cami : See Tank + Capri Pajamas. Another pajama pant you could sleep in, as well as lounge around the hotel room, your friend's house, or put on after a swim as a cover up is shown here - Organic Cotton Drawstring Pants.
You can also buy a new T-shirt or sarong at your destination : Wear on the trip and bring home as a souvenir.
Travel Sleepwear for Cold or Hot Climate
Think about the place you are traveling to as well as what types of climates you will encounter on your trip. Imagine getting up a night: Will it be chilly? Long sleeve top(s) and pajama botttoms or leggings might be a good choice. Can you use your jacket or fleece as a robe if you need to? In a hot climate, lighter is better, even with air conditioning (if it's too cold, turn the AC down!)
My own travel sleepwear depends on the type of trip, the destination, and who I am traveling with. For a trip to Ethiopia, I knew that the nights in the mountains could be quite chilly, so I took a long-sleeved black cotton / lycra knit top and leggings. At night, I slept in this outfit plus several other layers AND my fleece hat. too! During the much warmer daytime, I wore this 'pajama' top as a T-shirt. As well, leggings can be worn under travel pants in cold weather.
Don't want to pack travel sleepwear? Pack some PJs anyhow:
Even if you prefer no sleepwear at all, I recommend taking something to sleep in when you travel. At least, keep something near your bed to throw on in a hurry if you have to. Like if the hotel smoke alarm goes off and you have to get out of the room fast! (LIke I did in Sydney: Some hotels in Sydney and the south of Australia have smoke alarms so sensitive that the steam from the shower will set them off.
Sleepwear Fabrics: The fabric and weight is your choice, depending on if you are taking a winter trip or hot climate trip. Just consider the overall weight and bulk, for how much room it will take up in your suitcase. Large fluffy robes would need their own suitcase :-)
I LOVE Egyptian cotton (also known as Supima cotton) for bedding, so I thought that this long-fibre cotton might make wonderful travel tops and jammies. And as wonderful as Supima cotton feels against your skin, I find it wrinkles too much to be made into travel shirts, but is just fine for pajamas and nighties.
So give some thought to what you will sleep on and where you will be sleeping, and with whom, then decide on what travel sleepwear you really need to pack. Maybe you won't need to pack anything special to sleep in at all!