Planning on an adventure to see the great migration and looking for womens safari hats? Or are you simply looking for a hat to protect you from the sun and look stylish too? Safari hats are a good idea for hiking, fishing, and hanging out at the beach. Here are our favorite options for your next trip.
Features to Consider for In Womens Safari Hats
Safari hats come in a variety of materials. You will find them in man made materials, cotton, leather, and even rubber. I love the look of leather safari hats, but tend to go for a man made wicking fabric because they often pack well and are washable. Whatever the material though, look for a high quality hat.
The best safari hat for coverage and sun protection is the hat you will wear. When evaluating a safari-style hat make sure that you like the look of it and you like the way it looks on you.
On hot days you want a hat that is breathable. You will find hats that are all mesh, or hats that have mesh panels. If you will be in a climate where heat is an issue, that mesh can add breathability and help keep you cool.
The wider the brim, the more the coverage from harmful rays and sun damage to your face, chest and shoulders.
Water Resistant / Waterproof
You clearly would like a waterproof or water-resistant hat in the event of a safari downpour. The other source of moisture is sweat, and some of the organic materials like cotton can get a little stinky. The waterproof hats are often made of materials that will both protect you from rain and smell.
A packable safari hat is critical for your far-flung adventures. You want to be able to put those hats in your suitcase and have it come out looking sharp and not crushed.
What to see how I include hats in my Ultimate Travel Capsule? This post shows the 54321 packing method that keeps my packing lite and stylish.
Our Top Pick of Womens Safari Hats
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The Tilley Endurables LTM5 Airflo Unisex hat is highly rated on Amazon. The brand started in 1980 as Alex Tilley wanted a great sailing hat. That said, this hat will be great for any outdoor activity including Safaris! The hat has a hidden pocket that you had use for small necessities and mesh along the top to stay cool. It’s packable, protects you from the sun and will not sink. And while it is not a waterproof safari hat, it is moisture-wicking and water repellent.
This mesh safari hat is great for hot days. It has a chin strap that will keep it on in the wind and an internal sweat band to keep you dry. It’s packable and excellent for all your outdoor activities.
The Columbia Bora Bora Booney is a great hat for long days outside. It comes in a variety of bright colors, and creates shade to protect from the full spectrum of UV rays. It is made of wicking fabric to keep you dry, and has mesh venting to keep the breeze flowing.
Reviewers love this stylish hat. They say it is comfortable for days of hiking and sunshine, and keeps it shape even after being squished in their suitcase.
The polyester leather band / strap allows you to customize the fit to your head. One reviewer is excited to wear it on a safari and not look like a park ranger!
This hat is a classic Panama Jack design with a 3′ brim. It is rated UPF 50+ and has a mesh crown to keep the top of your head cool.
Mesh vents, moisture wicking, UPF 50….What more could you ask for! This hat is designed for all your outdoor adventures. One feature that is kind of nice beyond what I mentioned above is that the chin cord is removable. On windy days, those cords are critical, but sometimes you just don’t need them and its nice to have the option.
I grew up in Minnesota where people joke that the state bird is the mosquito (it’s actually the loon LOL). In any case, if your adventures will bring you somewhere where you are likely to encounter lots of biting bugs and mosquitos, this wide brim hat with a net is an great choice.
This hat is cool because it has all the features you want in an adventure hat, plus it has a place to hold your sunglasses in place when they are not on your eyes (they call it a “sunglass lock”). It’s got a nice wide brim and extra coverage in the back to protect your neck too.
Looking for a straw hat that is packable? This Columbia Bonehead Straw hat is an excellent option. It’s made of UPF 50 material and is moisture wicking for those hot days. Note, this hat is not size adjustable so make sure to look at the Columbia sizing chart to get the right size.
This wide brim hat will protect you from the suns harmful rays. It is rated with UPF 50+ protection. It’s got an adjustable drawstring and mesh venting on top to keep you cool. An additional nice feature of the hat is that it is quick dry. If you get stuck in a downpour and take a spill off your paddleboard, your hair might be wet but your hat wont be!
I have long hair and like to wear a pony tail when I am hiking. It keeps my hair off my neck and I feel cooler. As a result, some of the hats in this post are tough for me because it’s not comfortable with my hair up. This women’s hat is fun because it comes in bright colors and you can wear a pony tail! Plus, it’s a 3 pack so you can share them with friends or just have options for yourself!
The brim itself is 3.35″ and it has mesh panels and moisture wicking fabric keeps you cool.
So. Many. Colors! This outdoor hat has all the features you want and comes in a rainbow of colors.
The brim is 3 1/8 inches wide and it has a chin strap for those windy days. My favorite feature of this hat is all those color options!
Wider brims bring maximum sun protection for your outdoor adventures. Beyond that this hat has a neck flap that also protects your neck from harmful rays. It comes in several different colors, packs well and the breathable fabric is machine washable.
This women’s safari hat has an adjustable drawcord, wide brim, and is packable. The brim is 5″ in the front and 3.75″ on the sides for excellent sun protection. You can adjust the hat size with a back toggle.
The fabric is a light-weight micro-fiber and offers 100 SPF/UPF 50. This is an excellent option for your next outdoor adventure.
This boonie cap has less of a wide brim than the others, but it will keep the sun off the top of your head and out of your eyes. It’s got an adjustable leather strap for customized sizing, and the top is mesh for breathability. This hat is made of cotton and the manufacturer recommends hand wash only
The Friendly Swede Sun Hat for Men and Women 2-Pack – UPF 50+ Fishing Boonie Hat for Safari and Summer
This great outdoor hat can be used for safari and all sorts of activities. The adjustable cord will help the hat stay on in windy conditions. The side mesh vents will keep you cool on hot days, and the brim blocks those UV Rays.