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7 Travel Sweaters with Super Powers

Sweaters take up a lot of space in a suitcase, so they must earn their place on your travels. Enter sweaters with super powers—these aren’t just travel sweaters; they were created to help you travel better, smarter, and lighter.

Travel Sweaters That Do More

These travel sweaters do it all—replace bulky jackets, wick away sweat while staying odor-free, repel bugs, and more. Read on to figure out how to pack less, stay warm, and rock your travel wardrobe with sweaters that earn a starring role in your suitcase.

Toad & Co. Glenfyne Shawl Cardi

Super Power: Jacket substitute in milder climates.

If you’re heading somewhere chilly, rather than outright cold, you may be able to save suitcase space by packing a double-duty warm layer. The Glenfyne Shawl Cardi is up to the task: It looks like a sweater but warms like a jacket. The shawl collar and full zipper on the soft lambswool offer jacket-like protection with a cardigan fit. And unlike jackets, this cardigan can go from outdoor to indoor without the coming-in-from-the-cold sweat.

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Betabrand Cyborg Sheep Sweater for Men

Super Power: Made from Cyborg Sheep, sort of.

Betabrand’s Cyborg Sheep Sweater for men harnesses the power of real and synthetic wools to create this warm, lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying sweater. It’s all the things you need in a travel sweater: odor-resistant, temperature regulating, and looks ever-so-slightly fancy without trying too hard.

Royal Robbins Sophia Convertible Cardigan

Super Power: Transforms from drape-front cardigan to cowl-neck sweater, courtesy of hidden neck buttons.

The lightweight, thermal Sophia Convertible Cardigan from Royal Robbins gives you two looks in one travel-friendly package. Wear it open as a drape-front cardigan, or use the hidden buttons to convert this machine-washable wonder into a classy cowl-neck sweater.

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Title Nine’s Super Power Full Zip Hoodie Sweater

Super Power: Blends the functionality of a hoodie with the style and warmth of a cardigan.

With a name like Super Power Full Zip Hoodie Sweater, it’s no wonder Title Nine’s travel sweater makes the list. Made from a “Woolicious” knit wool-poly blend, this sweater packs serious warmth into a relatively lightweight package featuring a hood, two zipper pockets, and hobo mitts, plus decorative detailing.

Toad & Co Kaya Crew Sweater

Super Power: Elegant yet ready for adventure.

When you want to maximize minimal packing space, you want items that can do double duty.  The Kaya Crewneck from Toad & Co. is a super-soft merino wool sweater that’s dressy enough for a party but rugged enough for hiking or skiing. It’s also really good at apres ski, in case you’re wondering.

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ExOfficio BugsAway Lumen Hoody

Super Power: Insect-repelling warmth for evenings outdoors.

If you’ve ever gotten a mosquito bite through your jeans, you know that bugs are determined creatures. ExOfficio’s BugsAway Lumen Hoody has all the bells and whistles you want in a travel sweater—a fitted hood, security-zip pocket inside a larger kangaroo pocket, and thumb loops—but it also has Insect Shield for odorless protection from mosquitos, ants, flies, ticks, and more through 70 washes.

Betabrand No Sweat(er) Wrap

Super Power: Cashmere made to travel.

Performance cashmere makes the ultimate travel sweater in Betabrand’s No Sweat(er) Wrap. The cupro-cashmere blend is moisture wicking, lightweight, breathable, hypoallergenic, ultra-soft, and odor-resistant. The wrap has ribbed cuffs with thumbholes, and a silver button closure for added style.

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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