Last year I connected with Dr. Annie Holder, creator of The Travel Bra, and we ran a giveaway and a promotion together on this site. While I'm no expert on bras (I'm a dude incase you didn't know), I am interested in new and revolutionary products in the travel space, and so I was inspired by Dr. Annie to research the best bras for travelers to see what else was out there. I thought about asking one of my female writer to tackle this piece, but I'm fearless! Instead of playing my ‘guy card' on this one, I buckled down and did the research myself, from a completely outside perspective, to see what female travelers had to say on this topic. And here's what I found.

What makes a good travel bra?

Since I have no personal experience to answer this question, I looked to the experts. Here's what they had to say about choosing the best travel bra.

Jene“Convertible bras are great when traveling because the straps either come off or are detachable on one end so that you can move your straps according to your top. It's a great choice if you have to pack lite since this one bra can be used for halters, one shoulder, strapless or even a crisscross!” – Jene' Luciani

Jene' Luciani recommends:

Finding the perfect fitting bra is apparently such a complicated task for women that she wrote an entire book on the subject called The Bra Book: An Intimate Guide to Finding the Right Bra, Shapewear, Swimsuit, and More!

Brooke“While cotton are the best underwear for everyday life, they can be quite annoying when traveling because they take so long to dry. Breathable and wicking fabrics are the key benefit to travel underwear so that they are quick drying.” – Brooke Schoenman

Brooke Schoenman recommends:

Rachel“While a strapless bra is probably the most versatile, most girls would agree it’s also probably the most uncomfortable style… Keep in mind I’m definitely on the flatter side, so there are certain styles I can wear more easily than someone with a C or D cup!” – Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones recommends:

Kimmay“Non-underwire and softcup bras are easy to pack (no worry about bending the underwires or, in some cases, denting the cups) and easy to wear. Some women love to wear them everyday, while most (like myself) prefer to keep them for traveling and sleeping.” – Kim Caldwell

Kim Caldwell recommends these non-underwire bras:

Leyla“A few other things to look for: 1) suitable for travel, like anti-microbial properties 2) if it's made of wicking materials it will keep you dry longer – meaning you have to wash it less often 3) color: you want it to be neutral and invisible.” – Leyla Giray Alyanak

Leyla Giray Alyanak recommends:

Laura“Depending your girls’ size, need for support, and your activities, you may need to travel with three bras: Sports, convertible, and t-shirt bra. If you’re engaging in less active adventures (or are smaller than a B-cup), you can probably get away without the sports bra.” – Laura Lopuch

Laura Lopuch recommends:

Faz“Underwires are not your friend when you’re trying to maneuver yourself into a somewhat comfortable position in cattle class. It’s bad enough you have to share stale air and nasty bathrooms with strangers for over 10 hours, you don’t want something you’re wearing poking you and jolting you awake when you’ve finally managed to get to sleep.” – Fas Abdul Gaffa

Fas Abdul Gaffa recommends:

Cindy“Full coverage will give you more styling options. You can go into churches, don’t have to worry about sunburn, and have better thermal protection (hot or cold). If you wish to take racer or cross back clothing then you can use a bra converter clip instead of a separate convertible bra.” – Cindy Heazlit

Cindy Heazlit only packs two bras for her trips – one to wear and one to wash. She recommend these travel bra brands:

Therese“Each item in the luggage is but one more thing to pack. Which is why for our travel adventures, I like to opt for multifunctional (one bra for a run, hike, dinner out, etc.).” – Therese Iknoian

Therese recommends:

The Knixwear Evolution Bra because she feels that “everything that makes a good bra – and thus a good travel bra – is built into this piece.”

What's the best anti-theft travel bra?

All that above seems like great advice and recommendations for comfortable travel bras, but what about ones that help protect your valuables? (No, I mean your other valuables like your passport, credit cards, and cash.) It seems like Dr. Annie's The Travel Bra was the only bra out there that offers this type of protection, but aside from that novelty, does it pass the comfort test? Here's what travelers had to say about it.

Dr Annie The Travel Bra

“As a follower of the ‘activewear’ movement, I’ve worn my fair share of sports bras during travels, as I find them much comfier than normal bras (underwire bras on a long flight? I don’t think so!). That being said, I couldn’t fault this bra on the comfort. It provided comfort and support, without having invasive underwire, clasps or labels digging in.” – Kim-Ling
“At first I was a bit worried that my bulky hardcover German passport wouldn’t fit in the pouch, but it is so stretchy that I could easily fit it in. I also put my back-up credit card in the bra and my engagement ring in the small pouch at the front. Quite a lot of things to fit in just a bra you may think, but it was actually quite comfortable.” – Tammy On The Move
“It didn't exactly make me feel like a Victoria's Secret model, but it also didn't make me feel like I was being gored to death by my underwear. When travelling for 30 hours, I'll take the latter.” – Siobhan Downes
“Happily, and to my great surprise, the Travel Bra is remarkably comfortable and fits me well; the fact that it has hidden pockets for valuables is just a fantastic bonus!” – Carly Z
“My first impression of the travel bra was just how incredibly soft the Original Travel Bra was and how comfortable it felt on. It was a far cry from the uncomfortable and awkward money belt for travels past.” – Stephanie Mayo
“I tested the Ultra-light Travel Bra, and I have to be honest: I’ve never felt so safe and comfortable at the same time.” – Clara Cosenza
“I wore it in Morocco and loved how it kept its shape even though I wore it off and on for several days. It’s not something I would expect from bamboo, but it more than delivered in that category.” – Alex Schnee
“I initially thought it wouldn’t fit my quite large boobs, but it did and offered a little support and was extremely comfortable. I didn’t even buy the largest size. I tested the bra out for a couple of days at work and although not as supportive as a regular bra, it was supportive enough for non strenuous activity and felt extremely comfortable.” – Stephanie

You can check out The Travel Bra at www.thetravelbra.com and use discount code TRAVELISLIFE at checkout for 15% off

To 10 Best Selling Travel Bras

Opinions are great and all, but I find that data speaks volumes. So aside from reading what travelers had to say about their favorite travel bras, I also wanted to see which travel bras were selling the best. And here's what I found.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Hanes Women's Comfort Evolution Bra, Nude, Large
2,165 Reviews
Hanes Women's Comfort Evolution Bra, Nude, Large
  • Wire-free comfort bra with sweetheart neckline featuring hook-and-eye back closure
  • Contrast sheen on trims. Unlined cups
  • Sleek silhouette gives you a seamless look under clothes
Bestseller No. 2
Hanes Comfort Evolution ComfortFlex Fit Wirefree Bra_Nude_2XL
4 Reviews
Hanes Comfort Evolution ComfortFlex Fit Wirefree Bra_Nude_2XL
  • Polyester/spandex. Exclusive of Trim and elastics.
  • ComfortFlex Fit 4-way stretch fabric provides a flexible fit that shapes to fit you.
  • Easy to fit! Smart Sizes Shape to Fit You.
  • Wide comfort straps stay in place for all day comfort.
  • Sleek silhouette gives you a seamless look under clothes.
Bestseller No. 3
Fruit of the Loom Women's Seamless Wire Free Lift Bra, In The Buff, 36C
62 Reviews
Fruit of the Loom Women's Seamless Wire Free Lift Bra, In The Buff, 36C
  • Black, White, In the Buff: 94% Nylon, 6% Spandex; Charcoal Heather: 53% Nylon, 41% Polyester, 6%...
  • Built-in bottom bump padding that lifts and shapes
  • Support without the wire
  • Seamless for a smooth silhouette. Soft and smooth stretch fabric.
  • Front adjustable straps, Ribbed bottom band, Smoothing ballet back, 3 column 3 row back hook and eye...
Bestseller No. 4
Warner's Women's Blissful Benefits No Side Effects Smoothing Wirefree Bra, Toasted Almond, 38C
94 Reviews
Warner's Women's Blissful Benefits No Side Effects Smoothing Wirefree Bra, Toasted Almond, 38C
  • Super soft fabric feels smooth against the skin
  • Light contour cups provide shaping and support
  • Front-adjustable straps for added convenience
Bestseller No. 5
Bali Comfort Revolution Wirefree Bra, Dark Roast Brown Swirl, 38C
3,683 Reviews
Bali Comfort Revolution Wirefree Bra, Dark Roast Brown Swirl, 38C
  • Wirefree
  • Lined cups
  • Soft comfort band moves with you
  • Stretch foam for fit flexibility
  • Tagless
SaleBestseller No. 6
Hanes Women's Comfort Evolution Lace Wirefree Bra, White, Medium
342 Reviews
Hanes Women's Comfort Evolution Lace Wirefree Bra, White, Medium
  • Feel the freedom and comfort of this wire free bra
  • Patented perfect fit band stays in place
SaleBestseller No. 7
Warner's Women's Blissful Benefits Ultrasoft Wirefree Bra, Butterscotch, 34B
12 Reviews
Warner's Women's Blissful Benefits Ultrasoft Wirefree Bra, Butterscotch, 34B
  • Ultra soft fabric feels smooth against the skin
  • Back smoothing panels for a sleek look under clothes
  • Convenient front-adjustable straps
  • Full coverage cups prevent spill-over
SaleBestseller No. 8
Vanity Fair Women's Flattering Lift Lace Full Figure Wirefree Bra 71262, Rose Beige, 38D
53 Reviews
Vanity Fair Women's Flattering Lift Lace Full Figure Wirefree Bra 71262, Rose Beige, 38D
  • Gentle lift cups
  • Support without the wire
  • Smooth look under clothes
  • Wire free
SaleBestseller No. 9
Vanity Fair Women's Beauty Back Full Figure Wirefree Bra 71380, Damask Neutral, 36D
1,859 Reviews
Vanity Fair Women's Beauty Back Full Figure Wirefree Bra 71380, Damask Neutral, 36D
  • Full figure bra with 4-way stretch fabric that shapes and smooths bumps and bulges along back and...
  • Banded frame for added support
  • Wirefree design
  • Unlined contour cups
  • Adjustable straps on the back for a perfect fit
SaleBestseller No. 10
Warner's Women's Cloud 9 Wire Free Lift Bra, Sea Spray Blue, 34A
181 Reviews
Warner's Women's Cloud 9 Wire Free Lift Bra, Sea Spray Blue, 34A
  • Back smoothing panels prevent bulges
  • Light lift pads help you fill out the cups (but don't create cleavage like a pushup)
  • Velvety lining feels great against the skin
  • Cushioned comfort straps

What's your favorite travel bra and why?

Hopefully this post helps save you some time doing research on what the experts say, but now I want to hear from you. In your experience, what's the best travel bra and why? Help each other out and leave your recommendations in the comments section below. Until next time my friends!

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