What’s the best bra for traveling?

by | Mar 15, 2018 | Travel Buyer Guides | 0 comments

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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
Warner's Women's Cloud 9 Super Soft Wireless Lightly Lined Comfort Bra 1269, Sand Shell, 38C
  • Made with super-soft brushed fabric for incredible comfort
  • Light contour cups naturally shape and support
  • Convenient, front-adjustable straps
  • Bottom comfort band
  • Double Clasp Hook and Eye Closure sizes 32-38A, 32-326B, 32-34C / Triple Clasp Hook and Eye Closure...
Bestseller No. 2
Bali Womens Comfort Revolution Wireless Bra, Comfortflex Fit Full-coverage Wirefree Full Coverage Bra, Sandshell Tropic, Large US
  • Bali is the #1 National Bra Brand - Source: Circana, Retail Tracking Service, U.S. sales, women’s...
  • SEAMLESS, WIREFREE COMFORT - Smooth and seamless, this wireless bra has foam cups and 2-ply sides...
  • MOISTURE WICKING - This full coverage bra for women is crafted from Cool Comfort fabric that wicks...
  • TARGETED SUPPORT - Women's wireless bra with knit-in zones provide targeted support where you need...
  • WORRY-FREE FIT - This comfortable wirefree bra has wider Comfort U straps that are designed to stay...
SaleBestseller No. 3
Warner's womens Easy Does It Underarm Smoothing With Seamless Stretch Wireless Lightly Lined Comfort Rm3911a Bra, Toasted Almond, Medium US
  • Side-smoothing panels
  • Seamless comfort
  • Simple, easy sizing (S-3XL)
  • Wide, comfortable straps
  • Designed to fit your shape with allover stretch fabric
Bestseller No. 4
Bali womens Comfort Revolution Comfortflex Fit Wireless Df3484 bras, Nude, XX-Large US
  • A WIRELESS WONDER - Seamless design with knit-in zones provide targeted support exactly where you...
  • NO-SLIP STRAPS - Wireless bra with wider straps featuring our no-slip Comfort-U design for...
  • COOL COMFORT - This women's t-shirt bra features Cool Comfort fabric - keeping you cool and...
  • DESIGN DETAILS - 2-ply, non-foam cups flex to adapt to your shape, while a V front and deep U back...
  • THE CLOSURE - Cushioned hook-and-eye spa close in back has an innovative gel designed to reduce...
Bestseller No. 5
Hanes womens Oh So Light Foam Comfortflex Fit Wirefree Mhg521 Bra, White, Medium US
  • SOFT AND LIGHT WITH A BARELY-THERE FEEL - Like wearing no bra at all, only better.
  • DREAMY SUPPORT - Flexible, lightly lined foam cups gently shape and support.
  • EASY CARE - Machine wash warm with like colors OR wash in cold water to reduce energy usage.
  • THE BRA THAT DOES A DISAPPEARING ACT - Silky smooth, seamless cups let t-shirts and clingy clothes...
  • STRATEGIC AIR FLOW - Lightweight mesh insets at the center front, sides, and back for breezy...
Bestseller No. 6
Bali Womens Double Support Wireless Bra, Lace With Stay-in-place Straps, Full-coverage Bras, Soft Taupe, 38C US
  • TWICE THE SUPPORT - Wirefree, seamless two-ply cups provide double support with a flexible fit.
  • THOUGHTFUL CONSTRUCTION - Signature M-Frame cup construction provides flexible support.
  • PRETTY, STRETCH FABRIC - Satiny lace-patterned jacquard stretches to move with you.
  • COMFORT CLOSURE - Cushioned and tagless back closure won't pinch or dig.
  • STAY-IN-PLACE STRAPS - Comfort-U design for stay-in-place straps.
Bestseller No. 7
Playtex Women's 18 Hour Ultimate Lift & Support Wireless Bra US4745
  • BUILT-IN COMFORT AND SUPPORT - TruSupport 4-way wireless support system with higher sides, fuller...
  • NATURAL-LOOKING LIFT - Magic Ring construction with panels that support from the bottom up.
  • A HERITAGE OF SUPERB SUPPORT - Built around the Playtex 18 Hour M-Frame, supporting women in comfort...
  • KEEP YOUR COOL - Cool Comfort moisture-wicking jacquard fabric with delicate picot trim helps keep...
  • NO-BULGE BACK AND SIDES - Stretch satin paneled for even more smooth comfort.
Bestseller No. 8
Playtex womens 18 Hour Silky Soft Smoothing Wireless Us4803 Available With 2-pack Option Bras, Private Jet, 38C US
48,555 Reviews
Playtex womens 18 Hour Silky Soft Smoothing Wireless Us4803 Available With 2-pack Option Bras, Private Jet, 38C US
  • FAMOUS M-FRAME DESIGN - Flexibly supporting women in comfort for decades.
  • SUPERB WIRELESS SUPPORT - 4-way TruSUPPORT system provides higher sides for bulge control, fuller...
  • DREAMY WIRELESS COMFORT - The plush, cushioned under band supports and contours your curves without...
  • SMOOTH AND SILKY - Almost seamless to disappear under tees and other clingy knits.
  • STRETCH PERFECTION - Stretchy 2-ply sides and back further enhance comfort.
Bestseller No. 9
Warner's Women's Blissful Benefits Super Soft Wireless Lightly Lined Comfort Bra RM1691W, Butterscotch, 36B
  • Super-soft comfort
  • Convenient, front-adjustable straps
  • Extra comfort band
  • Wireless support
Bestseller No. 10
Warner's Women's Blissful Benefits Underarm-Smoothing with Seamless Stretch Wireless Lightly Lined Comfort Bra RM3911W, Black, 2XL
  • Simple, easy sizing (XS-3XL)
  • Side-smoothing panels
  • Allover stretch, seamless comfort
  • Wide, comfortable 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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