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.

Bestseller No. 1
Niidor Adhesive Bra Strapless Sticky Invisible Push up Silicone Bra for Backless Dress with Nipple Covers Nude(B Cup)
  • 100% SILICONE MATERIAL: Niidor strapless bra is made of sticky and skin-friendly silicone adhesive,...
  • FASCINATING DEEP "V" BRA: The sticky bra is a deep V-shaped design that helps push your chest and...
  • EUR & US SIZE DESIGN: The adhesive bra size is designed according to the European and American cups....
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & COMFORTABLE: The invisible sticky bra is light in weight, raises the chest, does not...
  • EASY-CLEANING & REUSABLE: This strapless bra can be reusable for many times with good maintain. Only...
Bestseller No. 2
Women’s Longline Sports Bra Wirefree Padded Medium Support Yoga Bras Gym Running Workout Tank Tops (Black, Medium)
  • 【Soft & Comfortable Material】 Crop tank sports bra make of lightweight, breathable and stretchy...
  • 【Design-- Full coverage U-back】 sports bra for additional support with removeable pad, Great for...
  • 【Match】Wear over your favorite sports leggings for an easy yoga workoutt fit, Great Matches...
  • 【Fitness & Life】This Sports Bra & Tank Top Shirt also makes a great choice for everyday bra.The...
  • Notice: Please check the size information in the description below before ordering instead of the...
Bestseller No. 3
Hands Free Pumping Bra, Momcozy Adjustable Breast-Pumps Holding and Nursing Bra, Suitable for Breastfeeding-Pumps by Lansinoh, Philips Avent, Spectra, Evenflo and More(Black, Medium)
  • Hands Free Pumping Bra (Patent Protected Design) – Momcozy Nursing and Pumping Bra can be used for...
  • The ‘X’ Structure and Adjustable Shoulder Straps – It is designed to hold bottles and shield...
  • Detachable Clip Design - With one-step breastfeeding clasp, it is easy drop cups for convenient...
  • COMFORTABLE MATERIALS - 93% c0tt0n and 7% spandex. You can wear it all day long and allows you to go...
  • Fit All Breast Pumps: Momcozy hands-free pumping and nursing bra suitable for breast pump like...
Bestseller No. 4
Women Bandeau Bra Padded Strapless Brarette Bra Seamless Bandeau Tube Top Bra (Black, White and Nude Color, Large)
  • Material: made of fabric, this breathable, comfortable and lightweight material is for many times...
  • Basic and easy matching: several colors for your choice, soft bra is always the basic style for...
  • Size for choosing: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL size for you, with good elasticity, the seamless bandeau...
  • For extensive occasions: when having yoga classes, strapless underwear give you a sense of comfort,...
  • Note: please remove the inner pads before washing, hand-wash is recommended;The larger size is more...
SaleBestseller No. 5
Women's Full Cup Lightly Padded Wirefree Maternity Breastfeeding Nursing Bra Size L, 3PCS/Pack(Pink-Black-Beige)
  • Package Including:3PCS Bras+3PCS bras clips+ 3PCS matching bra extenders to ensure maximum comfort
  • One-hand Access, Adjustable Shoulder Straps, Hook & Eye Closure.Easy drop cups for convenient...
  • Seamless, Side Widening, Super Supporting
  • Easy to Size, Removable Molded Foam Cups, 100% Breathable
  • Buttery-soft Fabric, Comfortable Fits Changing Shape.Full coverage for additional support
Bestseller No. 6
selizo Padded Bralettes for Women, 6 Pcs Sports Bras for Women Pack, V Neck Cami Bando Bra for Women Girls, S-M
  • GREAT VALUE SET: Selizo camisole bra set come with 6 pieces bralettes for women padded in 6...
  • SOFT AND COMFORTABLE TO WEAR: The bralettes for women padded are made of polyester cotton material,...
  • A VARIETY OF COLORS: These padded bralettes come with 6 gorgeous colors include: black, white,...
  • SPECIAL DESIGN: These bando bras for women are designed with v neck, the straps add charm to every...
  • MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS: These bandeau bras for women are available in 3 different sizes: S-M, M-L and...
Bestseller No. 7
Niidor Adhesive Bra Strapless Sticky Invisible Push up Silicone Bra for Backless Dress with Nipple Covers Nude (DD Cup)
  • STRONG STICKINESS, NO SLIPPING DOWN - Niidor strapless bra is made of sticky and skin-friendly...
  • CONVENIENT AND STRONG CLIP - With the unique front clip design, our strapless bra can easily to...
  • SEAMLESS AND INVISIBLE - Our bra is strapless, very soft and clear, the micro edge design and nude...
  • BE AN EYE CATCHING WINNER IN ALL OCCASIONS - Our strapless bra is the greatest companion to outfits,...
  • EASY-CLEANING & REUSABLE - It is easy to clean only need to simply wet the adhesive surface with...
SaleBestseller No. 8
PUMA Women Sports Bra, 3-Pack (Black/White/Grey, Medium)
  • Removable Cups
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Racerback
  • Medium Impact
  • 90% Nylon | 10% Spandex
SaleBestseller No. 9
Warner's womens Easy Does It Underarm Smoothing With Seamless Stretch Wireless Lightly Lined Comfort Rm3911a Bra, Toasted Almond, Large US
  • Side-smoothing panels
  • Seamless comfort
  • Simple, easy sizing (S-3XL)
  • Wide, comfortable straps
  • Designed to fit your shape with allover stretch fabric
SaleBestseller No. 10
Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Workout Running Shirts Yoga Tank Top (M, White)
  • √Kindly Note: S fit for 30A 30B 30C 32A 32B ; M fit for 30D 30DD 32C 32D 34A 34B ; L fit for 32DD...
  • √[Pads] Padded sport bra with removable pads for convenient adjustment, soft and comfortable to...
  • √[Light Support] - Intended to provide Light support for a A/B/C cup.
  • √For yoga,exercise,fitness,any type of workout,or everyday use. Lemedy Yoga bra combine...
  • √[Main Fabric] - This Sports bra made with lightweight,moisture-wicking power fabric, Nylon 87% +...

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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