How to Choose the Best Packable Sun Hat?

We will spend a long time exposed to the sun and its harmful UV rays when we travel. Whether you are enjoying the beach time or just strolling around on the road, your face and head will must getting UV radiation. Your skin has been exposed to the sun’s rays for all day long during traveling. At the end of the day, you may have a feeling of intense burning and you blame yourself for not applying more sunscreen. Indeed, sunscreen may have effect on protecting your skin from sunburn to some extent. But I believe some of you hate smearing greasy-feeling sunscreen on your face, it makes your face look greasy.

Therefore, a functional and stylish packable sun hat is very useful for travelers and outdoors adventurers. A packable sun hat is designed to be foldable or crushable that it can be packed and stuffed into your bag or luggage. Once you’ve found the best one that fits you you’ll never leave home without it.

A packable sun hat has nothing different from a normal hat. Most packable sun hats are designed like a traditional safari or bucket hat style. It depends on your personal preference and style that you choose. You can wear them every day and easily put them into your bag without having to worry about damaging them. Well, you may wonder how to choose the best packable sun hat for your travel. Following we will talk about some factors when choosing a packable sun hat.

When it comes to a sun hat, the degree of sun protection is the most important factor that you should consider. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor rating system shows the UV protection provided from types of fabrics. In other words, it measures the degree of sun protection that a sun hat can offer.

For most of us, the first impression of a hat will determine whether we buy this hat or not. Though a packable hat features a crushable design, still there are a variety of styles. You can choose a classic sun hat, such as a straw hat or a wide-brimmed hat. Hats can be a style statement for you, no matter what hats you wear. You want a stylish sun hat that both offers you the best protection from the sun and makes you look great. After all, you are going to wear it when travel. Basically, you need a hat to go with a style you feel comfortable.

If you have planned to go hiking, paddling or traveling, you’d better consider the material of sun hats. Fabrics like polyester and nylon are very effective at wicking moisture away from your head and they can dry quickly. The fabric has a good breathability that helps you stay cool. A nice packable sun hat also have mesh ventilation on the crown, which is the key point to keep you cool as much as impossible.

A sun hat must fit your head and make you comfortable to wear. It cannot be too large or too small; otherwise, you will feel uncomfortable to wear this hat. Thus, you should choose a hat that sits on your head. If you don’t know your head size, use a measure tape to measure your head size and then choose a packable sun hat.

Manners of Hat Wearing

Wearing a hat for women may not as difficult as the men. It may sound like a double standard, but women have a completely different set of rules for wearing hats especially in the past. Women can wear fashion hats whenever they want, as long as the hats don’t block someone’s view or interfere with their work. However, men’s rules for wearing a sporty cap still apply to women. So if a woman wants to wear a baseball cap, she must remove it indoors and during the National Anthem.

Hats have developed around for several centuries, so they have a quite long history.

It is widely believed that you are free to wear a hat outdoors. There are a few exceptions, but it is fine to wear your hat at most of the time. However, you might feel a little confused about what to do when entering a building.

If you walk into someone’s home or office, you should always take off your hat. If it’s raining outside, shake your hat before you come in a room so that it doesn’t drip on their floor.

In some public places, like the restaurant, what you should do depends on the type of restaurant you are going to. If it’s a table service restaurant and you’re being served, you should always take your hat off. Hang your hat on the hat stand if there is a hat rack. However, since there are few hat racks these days, you should choose to hang your hat on the back of your chair. Except in a cafeteria or fast food restaurant, you can wear a hat if you like.

In most other indoor venues, including theatres, cinemas, concerts, banks, and other public spaces, it is also a good manner to take off your hat. However, it is perfectly acceptable to wear a hat when travelling on public transport or in retail stores. There is one exception to the “indoor rule” is at the post office, where you can wear your hat in the post office.

Generally speaking, it doesn’t matter for you to wear a hat when you are outside, on the street or in other public spaces, regardless of you are a man or a woman. You can also wear your hats in some of these public areas. For example, it’s fine to wear a hat in hotel lobbies, airports, railway stations, long indoor corridors, elevators, public transport and so on. For women, you can wear a hat indoors or outdoors, even during some meals, as long as it’s not a baseball cap. However, if you want to wear a baseball cap, you must follow the same rules that apply to men.  

Whether men wear a fedora, bucket hat or a baseball cap, they should not wear hats indoors most of the time. When you are at homes, schools, restaurants, cafes, churches, theatres and some businesses offices, you’d better remove your hat. However, even if you are in a place where you can wear your hat, you should take it off in the presence of a lady. For a woman, you can keep your hat on unless it blocks the view of someone else.