From Charleston to Africa and Back: One Traveler’s Coolibar Hat Review

Coolibar Sun HatBy Michelle Salater

I’m not one for basking in the sun. Sure, I love being out and about in it, but I do my best to protect my fair skin.

It’s no surprise then that I frequently wear hats. I’ve been through quite a few over the past few summers—one so tight it caused headaches, another so loose it flew off at the slightest breeze—but none of them compare to the Coolibar Packable Wide Brim Sun Hat.

I recently took a 2-week safari through Zimbabwe. Being in an open game-drive vehicle and exposed to the intense African sun meant that I needed to load up on sunscreen and protect my face. The Coolibar hat did the job. Not only did it protect my face from rays, but its brim is also wide enough that it covered my neck and shoulders.

Hands down, it’s the most comfortable hat I’ve ever worn.

The internal sweatband and drawstring kept sweat from dripping down my face, and I was surprised at how cool the hat kept me. Because of the drawstring, I was able to tighten the hat enough that it stayed on without slipping or rubbing while keeping it loose enough to be comfortable around my head.

When I arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe, where I was scheduled to speak at a Big Africa business conference, the hat looked fashionable enough that I could wear it without seeming under-dressed. We went to lunch at a quaint outdoor restaurant, and I fit right in wearing my Coolibar Packable Wide Brim Sun Hat.

From Victoria Falls to the dry sandy Kalahari area of Hwange to the Eastern highlands to the banks of the Zambezi, the Coolibar Packable Wide Brim Sun Hat kept me protected, stylish, and comfortable.

Michelle Salater is an award-winning writer and president of Sūmèr, LLC, a company which specializes in web copy writing, SEO copywriting, and the promotion and marketing of websites after they launch. She shares copywriting and blogging tips for small businesses on her influential blog Copy Doodle.