Favorite Travel & Outdoor Hats | Protecting Yourself From the Sun & Keeping Cool

Favorite Travel & Outdoor Hats | Protecting Yourself From the Sun & Keeping Cool


Hey, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this video, we’re going to cover something that
I struggle with when traveling and being outdoors, and that’s wearing a hat. (light chiming music) I have to admit that I’ve never considered
myself a hat person. I remember when I was a kid, all the cool
kids were wearing baseball caps to school, and while I tried to do the same, it just
didn’t work for me. Not only was it uncomfortable, but then I
would get a really bad case of hat hair. It might be because I do have really thick
hair that tends to get really big and bulky when it gets warm or humid. Fast forward to when I was a cadet in college,
and I realized that I was going to be wearing a hat every time I was in uniform. It didn’t change the fact that it
was uncomfortable. but I had shorter hair, so it was less of an issue. On some recent trips, I’ve managed to get
some bad sunburns while hiking and being on on the water. In fact, we did a few hikes at Zion National
Park last month, and I ended up getting badly burned, especially on my face. With age comes wisdom, so I’ve decided that
I want to start wearing a hat when I’m outdoors. Since I know a lot of your also travel and
explore the outdoors, I thought I’d share my experience when looking for hats. But first, if you’re new here, I want to
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consider subscribing. Today I want to share some hats that I’ve
been wearing to help protect my face from burning. If you’re going somewhere where you’ll
be out in the sun and exploring, especially if you’re close to the equator, then you’re
going to want to wear some kind of hat to protect yourself. In our case, Fiona and I are fairly active
hikers. We hike at least once or twice during the
weekends, and tend to spend a lot of time in the sun. The two hats that I’m going to share with
you today are the two that I have found to be most comfortable and effective for my use. Keep in mind that I tend to favor functionality
over form. That being said, I am a bit a self-conscious
about wearing a hat, so I think these two hats actually look good compared to some of the
other options out on the market. Some of you might still think I look dorky, but I’m ok with it. First up is the traditional baseball cap. While there are tons of variations in this
style of hat, I do find most of them to be a bit uncomfortable for my needs. I did recently pick up a hat from REI called
the Screeline cap, and I really like it. It’s made of nylon and polyester and has
a bit of a military cap look. What I like about the cap is that it wicks
moisture pretty well, and has some nice ventilation on the sides. The hat has little straps to hold your sunglasses,
and the brim is foldable for easy packing. The brim also floats in case you lose it while
on water. The cap definitely helps to keep sunlight
off my face, and offers an UPF 30 rating. The drawbacks of a baseball style cap is that
while it protects your face, it often leaves your neck and ears exposed. So, if you’re going to be exposed to the
sun for a long period of time, it’s probably worth checking out a more protective option. That’s where a wide-brimmed hat comes in. There are a ton of choices out there when
it comes to wide brim hats. You’ll see bucket hats, boonie hats, and
really, a lot of very strange looking hats that can protect you from the sun. I personally have a Tilley Airflo hat, which
is one of their supplex nylon hats with a ventilating mesh at the top. In terms of looks, I think it’s more Indiana
Jones than Gilligan’s Island. I actually got this Tilley hat a few years
ago, but it’s slightly too small. I’ve managed to stretch it a bit, but I
would love to get a new one at some point in the correct size. These hats are expensive, but the quality
is solid. Just do a quick google search on Tilley hats
and you’ll find an entire following of people that love them. A lot of people love Tilley products, their
history, and their customer service. They are a Canadian company with a very strong
reputation for producing quality products and standing by their customers. Besides the high-quality, this hat has
a couple of unique features that sets it apart from others. One is the dual strap system to keep your
hat in place when you’re in a windy environment. Basically, one strap goes under your chin
and the other behind your head to prevent the hat from flying away. You don’t have to use it, but it’s there
if you need it. There’s also a hydrofil sweatband which
helps to absorb and wick sweat, a secret pocket where you store small items, and a foam top
that will float in water. The hat can be crushed or compacted to fit
in your suitcase or daypack, which makes it perfect for traveling and the outdoors. Tilley also has a lifetime guarantee on their
hats, which is another reason they have such a loyal customer following. This particular hat, which is the LTM6 model,
has a broad three and a quarter inch brim on the front and back, so it’s meant to
give you a lot more protection from the sun. It has a UPF 50 rating, and keeps a lot of
sunlight off my neck and ears too, which can make a big difference when you’re out in
the sun all day. Though the drawback is that the hat can get
pretty warm, even with the vent on top. The supplex nylon is very lightweight and
durable, and is even water resistant, but I think the tradeoff is that it doesn’t
breathe as well as organic materials like cotton or hemp. Tilly makes a ton of different hats with different
size brims and materials. There is a cotton version of this hat that
is marketed for hiking called the Hiker’s Hat. I wasn’t able to get one from the company
to test out and review, but it’s one that I am personally interested in getting. It’s similar to my current Tilley hat, but
it’s made of organic cotton and has a pad that you soak in water and store in the upper
pocket. This is supposed to cool you down with the
evaporation. Since my biggest issue when wearing my current
Tilley hat is the heat, this feature seems very appealing to me. Lastly, here are a couple of tips for wearing
a hat. These are things that helped me to get more
comfortable with wearing a hat, especially since I’ve been resistant to the idea for
so long. Number 1. Wear your hat loosely: While a lot of us are
used to wearing hats snugly on our heads, I recommend wearing your travel or hiking
hat a little bit more loosely, especially if you tend to feel warm. I even keep my REI Screeline cap loose since
it tends to trap less heat and is so much more comfortable to wear. If you opt for a Tilley hat, then you’ll
need to figure your specific size. Unlink other hats, they come in exact
sizes rather than the small, medium, and large size that we’re used to seeing. There is a lot of information on their website
on how to measure your head. Though I suggest intentionally keeping the
measurement loose. For example, if I measure my head tightly,
I get 23 inches. Though if I measure it loosely, it’s closer
to 23 and a quarter, which is a much better fit when it comes to the Tilley hat. When in doubt between two sizes, I suggest
going with the larger size. Number 2. Consider lighter colors for warm weather:
A lighter color hat is going to absorb less heat than a darker color hat. If you’re trying to stay cool, this can
make a big difference. Also, a dark color under the brim is helpful
as it absorbs the light away from your face. Of course, if you’re looking for a hat to
keep you warm in the winter, then a darker color will likely be better suited for that
purpose. Number 3. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen: Even with a
hat, it’s still worth protecting your eyes and the rest of your body with sunscreen. I personally love polarized sunglasses. If you don’t know the difference between
regular and polarized lenses, definitely check out our video on the topic. Number 4. Wash your hats: Most hats can be washed, and
you should definitely do so especially if they get covered in sweat. Sweat stains can be tough to remove, so it’s
better to get them washed sooner rather than later. For example, my REI Screeline cap is hand
washable, and my Tilley hat can actually be machine washed. Do you have a favorite hat for traveling or
outdoor activities? If so, please share them below in the comment
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12 thoughts on “Favorite Travel & Outdoor Hats | Protecting Yourself From the Sun & Keeping Cool

  1. No matter where I go/travel I always take with me a baseball cap lol for them days where I don't feel like taking time comb my hair. Great videos man, specially like your credit card videos.

  2. Perfect Topic for me ! Thank you Ernest, I 'm with you I rarely put on hats ! Thank you for the tips. Have a great weekend

    Jose P.

  3. Meglio il cappello più grosso poi io gli ho messo tre dischi di spugna all'interno che appoggiano sulla mia testa così l'aria circola dal basso verso l'alto ed è molto più fresco È una mia invenzione sono attaccati con il silicone all'interno del bordo del cappello unica al mondo questa mia invenzione

  4. Would you consider the following hat? Maybe will keep you cooler than your current: https://www.tilley.com/us_en/ltm8-airflo-mesh-hat.html

  5. buy any of the cotton hats from tilley. I don't like the fake material either. multiple cotton hats that look the same are not because of brim sizes.

  6. While baseball caps are better than no hat at all, they are really a poor choice for sun protection. They offer no protection for the ears or back of the neck. And of course if you wear the hat backwards like so many numbnuts these days, it offers no protection for your forehead.

    I stopped wearing baseball caps when I was done playing Little League.

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