Being very fair skinned, I need a sun hat when I travel to tropical places. The wider the brim, the better. Wide-brimmed hats don’t pack well, and I hate having one more thing to carry on the plane.
Since hats in most of the really sunny places I go aren’t too expensive, I’ve just bought them when I got there. I have a very lovely wide brimmed straw hat that I got in Veracruz and a gorgeous straw hat from Northern Ghana. It was kind of a pain getting them home uncrushed.
My master plan involves paring down unnecessary possessions so I can be mobile for travel or even expatriating after I retire. I don’t want to end up with a hat collection, even though they’d make a nice wall grouping. I also like to be a bit frugal, so I don’t want to spend money on hats every time I take a trip, even if they aren’t expensive. I needed to find a sun hat that I could fold up and put in a suitcase so I wouldn’t have to keep buying them.
As always, the internet solved my problem. I keyed in “travel hat” on a Google search recently, and the solution popped up immediately. There is now such a thing as a crushable, packable travel hat!
This is the one I chose. I was a bit skeptical at first, but after taking it out of the box, it really did pop into shape without looking crushed or wrinkled in any way. Impressive!
It’s made of polyester grosgrain ribbon, which means it’s light, airy and breatheable. The five-inch wide brim is excellent at keeping the sun off your face, and it’s rated as SPF 50.
This is a really pretty hat which, with the wide graceful brim, gives you a sort of Audrey Hepburn feeling. I absolutely love it!
I ordered mine through Amazon, but Amazon now lists this hat as unavailable. You can order it direct through Jedzebel.com. It doesn’t seem to have a name, but is known only as NH04. List price as of this writing is $20.00. Worth every penny!