We’re firm believers that truly great travel clothing needs to be both practical and stylish. The Arc'teryx Nila Trench Coat is one piece that checks both boxes. This sleek rain coat features an elegant double-breasted design but it functions like a high-performance sportswear piece.

A cotton canvas-like texture makes this jacket feel like a classic trench, but its durable Gore-Tex fabric is breathable, windproof and waterproof. It repels water and rain, but also helps to regulate your temperature and allow perspiration to escape (a big bonus on those active sightseeing days).

The double-breasted lapel snaps snuggly closed to keep out rain, and the knee-length silhouette provides added protection against harsh weather while adding to the jacket’s polished look. Zippered pockets are handy for securely storing your valuables. It’s a versatile, go-to piece for sightseeing that also stands up to more adventurous excursions. It might be pricer than your average trench coat but it works a lot harder, too.

$600; arcteryx.com