Best Poncho for Travel – Mariska Sweater Poncho

Aventura Ambassador and travel expert Amy Whitley knows all the tips and tricks for traveling light while still looking stylish. In her latest blog post, Amy explains why our Mariska Poncho is the perfect layering piece for a lightweight travel wardrobe! Hint: it has SLEEVES!

If I could offer just one travel hack for women packing a travel wardrobe, I’d say to always coordinate outfits with leggings to minimize space.

If I could offer two travel hacks, I’d add that a nice scarf can dress up any travel outfit. And if I could offer three travel hacks, I’d remind women that a well-designed poncho can add elegance and comfort during travel days.

So about that poncho tip: I now own three ponchos to use on travel days, and by far, my new favorite is Aventura’s Mariska Sweater Poncho.

Mariska Sweater Poncho in Black. $79
This poncho is a far cry from the souvenir variety you can buy south of the border (though I did wear it in Peru). It has a beautiful and timeless drape to it, allowing women to look sophisticated while curled up in comfort.

It’s perfect for long haul flights, dinners out when you just want to add a layering piece to pants and a tee, and for long car rides or train travel.

My only complaint about ponchos is that my arms are oddly constricted, making it hard to carry bags, do work at my seat, etc. Not so with the Mariska: it has sleeves!

These half-sleeves slide right over your arms, and can be pushed up to the elbow or worn down at the wrist. They really allow a lot of necessary movement, and I don’t feel like I look awkward wearing the poncho.

What’s more, the Mariska is over 50% organic cotton, so it’s incredibly soft, and it’s thin, so it provides a simple, lightweight layer. It has a t-neck with a nice roll to it (nothing constricting), and cross-body paneling for a flattering look.

As mentioned, I like to wear mine on the plane during long travel days, paired with leggings or pants. However, I found it to be an incredibly useful tool in my travel wardrobe when I needed to dress up my day outfit for dinner time.

In the photo, I snapped a quick photo as I headed down to dinner from my Cusco Peru hotel room. I’d dressed up my outfit in about five seconds!

Pick up the Mariska sweater poncho in three colors: black, oatmeal, and heathered gray. I have the oatmeal, but I would seriously consider grabbing two colors, to work in any color palette.

They’re one-size fits all, and quite roomy while hugging the body. Grab it for $79 on the Aventura website.

Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.