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Quick-drying clothing is vital for your vacation outfit. When you're living out of a backpack, drying time is just as critical as durability, re-wearability, and odor resistance.

What exactly is Quick-Dry Fabric?

The majority of quick-dry fabrics are made of nylon, polyester, merino wool, or a combination of these fibers.

If anything moves from wet to damp in less than 30 minutes and dries entirely in a couple of hours, I consider it quick-drying. When hanging quick-drying items overnight, they should always be entirely dry.

Quick-drying clothes is common these days, although synthetic quick-drying clothing is a relatively new concept. Wool was the only fabric available before synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon.

The demand for quick-drying cloth skyrocketed during the hiking craze of the 1970s. As additional people hiked the walk, they discovered that their clothes had been wet and stayed moist. Nobody enjoys hiking (or traveling) in wet clothing that never dry.


The Benefits of Quick-Dry Clothes

Clothing that dries quickly has two major advantages.

To begin with, moisture-wicking fabric keeps you warm and dry by wicking sweat away from your skin. We lose a modest percentage of our body heat (approximately 2%) to the air. When we dive into water, though, we lose roughly twenty times as much body heat. You stay warm if you can stay dry.

Moisture also causes friction between the cloth and the skin, which can result in blisters (wet socks) or rashes (wet pants or wet underarms). Quick-dry clothing can help to avoid all of this by keeping your garments as dry and fitted as the day you got them.

Second, quick-drying fabrics are ideal for traveling since they may be hand cleaned, hung to dry overnight, and worn (clean) the next day. If you are packing lightly, we recommend packing your clothing for a week, then washing and wearing them again. If you don't, you'll be packing twice as much for a two-week trip.

Which is the best travel fabric for quick drying?

Polyester, nylon, and merino wool are the best travel fabrics. All of these textiles dry quickly, but they each function differently. Cotton is a good fabric in general, but it dries too slowly to be a good choice for travel.

A comparison of four of the most popular travel clothes textiles is shown below.


Polyester is the most extensively used synthetic fabric and is supposed to dry rapidly due to its hydrophobic properties. Polyester fibers are hydrophobic, which means they reject water rather than absorb it.

The quantity of water they absorb varies depending on the weave: 60/40 polycotton absorbs more water than 80/20 polycotton, although polyester textiles absorb only approximately 0.4% of their own weight in moisture in general. Because an 8 oz polyester t-shirt collects less than half an ounce of moisture, it dries rapidly and stays dry for the majority of the day because there isn't much water that can evaporate inside.

The best part is that polyester is both long-lasting and inexpensive. It is blended with other goods and other fabrics to make such materials more affordable while also making them more robust and quick-drying. Polyester has the disadvantage of not having the built-in odor prevention and breathability of materials such as merino wool (depending on the weave).

Polyester is not recommended for extremely wet situations, but it is an excellent fabric for hand washing and re-wearing in warmer climates.


Does Polyester Dry Quickly?

Yes. Polyester clothing dry internally in two to four hours, depending on temperature. Polyester can dry in as little as an hour or less when exposed to direct sunlight.


Nylon, like polyester, is hydrophobic. Nylon is often more durable than polyester and lends a little more stretch to the fabric. Its stretch makes it great for comfort and mobility. Before purchasing nylon apparel, however, research reviews and avoid brands or goods that are known to stretch or "bag out" and lose their shape.

For comfy travel pants, look for nylon mixes. Nylon also combines nicely with merino wool, increasing the durability of the high-quality fabric.

Does Nylon Dry Quickly?

Nylon clothing takes somewhat longer to dry than polyester clothing. Indoor drying can take four to six hours, depending on the temperature.

Merino wool travel clothing are my favorite. Merino wool is soft, warm, lightweight, and odor resistant.

Merino wool, on the other hand, absorbs up to one-third of its own weight in moisture. The story, however, does not end there. Pure merino wool is a slow-drying fabric. This is acceptable due to the incredibly tiny width of high quality merino fibers. Only the inside of each merino fiber absorbs moisture and is measured in microns (typically thinner than a human hair). The outside (the area that comes into contact with your skin) remains warm and comforting. That is why merino wool is so effective at keeping you warm even when wet.

Merino socks and shirts are frequently woven from polyester, nylon, or tencel,which means you get the benefits of merino while still getting the toughness and quick-drying features of synthetic textiles. Merino wool dries much more slowly than polyester or nylon, but much faster than cotton and other natural fibers.

Wearing a quick-dry textile on a hike is all about wicking moisture away from your skin to keep you warm, and merino does it better than anything else. Look for merino wool that has been combined with polyester or nylon to produce quick-drying clothing that feels a million times better when worn.

Does Merino Wool Dry Quickly?

The drying time of merino wool is determined by its thickness. A lightweight wool t-shirt dries more quickly than a heavyweight wool sweater. Indoors, both take about the same amount of time to dry as polyester, between two and four hours. Direct sunshine accelerates drying even more.


Cotton is avoided by backpackers because it does not perform well when wet. Cotton fibers are the most hydrophilic (absorbent in water) materials available. Cotton can absorb up to ten times its own weight in moisture, according to some tests. Avoid cotton t-shirts if you are an active tourist or hiker and go for something less absorbent.

Does Cotton Dry Quickly?

Cotton garments should dry in two to four hours indoors or one hour outside in direct sunlight. Cotton jeans, for example, will take significantly longer to dry.

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