Ideal travel pants

Travel Pants

Travel Pants

When you come to India, I suggest you wear combat pants. They are the best travel pants you can get. Combat pants also known as Combo or Cargo pants have numerous pockets and will keep your hands free. They are practical, lightweight, and decent looking, styled to look good and you can go almost anywhere in them. Just make sure they are made of cotton and light in colour usually khaki that goes well in the hot Indian climate. They are basically designed as loose pants with numerous pockets for outdoor activities. Typically they have 6 deep pockets on each leg each with a secret pocket inside of cargo pocket giving it increased carrying capacity. Some of these pants have pockets near the feet making it almost impossible for pickpockets to steal your money.

These pants are ideal for women as well for travelling in India as it looks good, it’s modest and flexible. Most jeans for women do not have enough pockets, making it un-ideal for travelling. Great thing about them is that even if they are wrinkled, it doesn’t matter. Another great plus point with these ultimate travel pants are that you can always wear any top over it be it T-shirts, shirts or even Indian “kurtas”. In addition, most shoes go well with these pants.

One of the best things about these pants is that it has lot of pockets and you can carry a lot of things in it. When you travel in India, you can easily end up buying lots of things. In addition, you will have passports, tickets, itineraries, maps, cameras and a range of travel items which you want easy access to. Where would you keep them? You can always keep them in your bag. But what if you lose your bag and you risk losing everything. Why not wear combat pants or trousers with pockets on all sides. The basic idea is to carry most of your things around in these pant pockets. They do give you that rugged look but it’s more comfortable. They don’t have to be like United States Army Cargos camouflaged for battle but something that resembles a proper trouser will also do.

Travel Pants

They don't have to be camouflaged battledress

In some countries it’s outlawed to wear camouflaged clothing but as far as I am aware no such rules exist in India. So feel free to wear the combat trousers in any colour you like, green, khaki, pink, blue or black.

They make the ideal travel pants as they don’t need a lot of ironing (if you don’t mind a little crumpling), they are inexpensive, relatively thin and lightweight, fast drying, versatile, don’t take too much space in your luggage and you can wake freely without carrying any handbag. If you are planning to do hiking, trekking, walking then these make the idea travel pants.

Get 2 pairs of these and leave the jeans at home.

What do you like to wear on holidays? Do you leave your jeans at home? Do you agree that combat pants make the ideal travel pants? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas.

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43 Responses to “Ideal travel pants”

  1. Good suggestion. Keep a dummy wallet in back pocket to cheat pickpocketer

  2. Gaurav Kumar says:

    I wear jeans but for long distances I think these type of pants are good idea. In India its a good idea to keep hands free by wearing the right travel pants. Thanks…

  3. Michael Belk says:

    I love cargo pants because of the never ending pockets and you are right about no ironing, unless you took them to the cleaner they would look the same.

    These are a great way to travel.

  4. vinisha says:

    great suggestions …….an useful post i always prefer pants with lots of pockets 😀 😀 :)

  5. Medha says:

    Cargo pants are my all time favorite. Ideal for Indian women who are usually triangle shaped with heavy bottoms. These pants cover the bulge… they are elegant, trendy, comfy, and as you said ideal for traveling in India. +1 for the tips.

  6. Kathryn says:

    This did make me laugh when I saw the title of your post but I guessed you didn’t mean the UK definition of ‘pants’.
    These trousers (or pants to use American English) sound a really great idea! I;m trying to find a small ruck sack with decent inside/hidden pockets having recently been a victim to a pick pocket – I was amazed at their skill as we saw no one else on the street but they managed to open all three pockets of my bag and steel my phone!

    • Shalu says:

      Thanks Kathyrn, I guess the word Pants are more American then British. The word is used widely in India despite India using British English… Thanks for tweeting..

      • Kathryn says:

        My pleasure. I’m sure you know already, but in case someone else reading this doesn’t, in England we only ever use the word ‘pants’ to mean ‘underpants’ or ‘panties’ so you can see why it made me smile! Trousers are NEVER called pants. :-)

  7. bhushan says:

    If someone is on travel specially in train then their is big problem so your advice make me feel good and really look good.It seems that someone is really on travel.

  8. Awesome your post Ideal travel pants

    Thanks, it’s good

    Nice article share ….

  9. Michael says:

    Awesome suggestions! Though I love wearing jeans, you’re suggestions make sense especially while travelling. :)

  10. Cargo is really a great choice…..i like it because it has lots of pocket….which help us to keep our hand free….although sometime we have to check our each pocket to search a single item :-)

  11. Ehab Attia says:

    Thanks Shalu for sharing this ideas, I like wearing jeans this very helpful tips for travelling.

  12. Something simple but what we miss to notice. Good topic you picked there

  13. jaishvats says:


    What you said makes a lot of sense…Comfortable clothing is a must to make any tourist trip enjoyable.

  14. Ekta says:

    I always loved these pants…they r so comfortable to wear and carry. only problem is frequent ironing.

    Still any day better than skin tight trousers.

  15. farouk says:

    thank you for the recommendation
    when is the best time to visit india??

  16. Enstine Muki says:

    Hello, I came to your blog through my site

    I know very little of India but as my nephew will be coming over there for computer studies, I’m just going to send your blog to him to read more. I can see very important and informative articles here about India. Thanks for putting them together

  17. Shalu Sharma says:

    @Enstine, thank you for visiting this site. Please do recommend your nephew to this site. India is big on computer studies and hope he finds his stay enjoyable. Thank you.

  18. Hey shalu, I want to tell my story during the visit to Agra. I came across a guide who helped me during visit but actually he was a thieve who theft my wallet and make me like a beggar having no money. Actually he made a lol of me……

  19. Rana Adeel says:

    Very nice Shalu.. I think for traveling this is very comfortable. I like it. Thanks for sharing
    How’s the weather in india now a days.?

  20. Felicia says:

    Hi Shalu,
    Glad to know the ideal travel pants when traveling to India. I did not know that there are no restrictions in wearing camouflaged clothing in India, glad to know that as well.

  21. Marisol says:

    Hi Shalu, I’m glad to know that the pants (trousers, to some:) I wore during my trip to in India is something you would approve of:) I agree, they provide a lot of protection and comfort. My husband and I leave our jeans home when we travel. For adventure, rugged trips we always take the cargo/hiking pants made of tech-wick materials. Nice posts!

  22. rajkumar says:

    These pants is one of the best ways to travel in India. Its easy and so comfortable.

  23. Aayna says:

    Hi Shalu,
    Comfort is very significant when travelling. If clothes are not comfortable, travel can’t be comfortable. I have a pair of cargo pants and they are so comfortable and soft that I often wear them even in the daily course of life. These pants even look cool and provides a much needed change from the regular jeans or trousers. Thanks for sharing this post.

  24. Osho Garg says:

    A Light Pants With 6+ Pockets Is Really Good While Travel In India :)

  25. Bhavin says:

    Its really nice planning, But what if I want to prepare plan online from some travel agent..

  26. Jimson Paul says:

    Even i wear what i feel comfortable in and at the time of traveling i prefer to have 6 pocket cargo, sport shoe and t-shirt. Thanks for sharing this article at least i got chance to share my view.

  27. Abhijeet says:

    Nice post. Infact i like the points presented. For all those who need to buy formal pants and other stuff.

  28. Albin says:

    I’ve been toying with the idea of travel pants. Specifically combat pants, thanks to you I’ve decided to give it a go.
    Regular jeans or pants like what we call in our country as “maong” are uncomfortable with only a few pockets which are strategically efficient for pick pockets to well pick up items inside them as you mentioned.

  29. rahul says:

    yes i totaly agree these pants are really comfortable!!
    everyone should wear this when he/sheon some trip!!

  30. I am not someone who comment so often, but I must admit that whenever I read your articles I am ought to :)

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