As any sensible traveler knows, when the sun beats down in equatorial climes, you will really kick yourself if you didn’t pack a hat. And if you’re fair and prone to skin cancer like certain writers, you’ll be kicking yourself pretty darn hard.
The best kind of travel hat stands up to abuse. Some of the hats from the Jeanne Simmons line are packable and crushable, making them perfect for travel. The Tweed Swinger hat allows you to adjust one side up and the other down, or however you want to arrange it. Made of braided toyo straw, cotton and polyester, it has a tweed look. The straw is woven extremely tightly and rates 50+ for sun protection. The tag claims it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Take that, sun! While it’s a neutral tweedy color, it is thoroughly shot through with glitter. Skin cancer avoidance has never looked so glamorous!
The Tweed Swinger hat fares well in a suitcase, popping back open to its former glory after a bit of crushing. The only drawback is the lack of a strap. Chin straps can look stupid, but on a windy day you’ll have to keep one hand on your head lest your Swinger hat will blow away. You can find this hat online for $15 to $25, depending on the website.