A Lingerie Expert Weighs In on One of Our Biggest Packing Questions

Updated 05/07/19
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Bras I pack on a trip: eight. Bras I actually wear on a trip: two. When it comes to packing, why is that it my undergarments are always the hurried afterthought? An overflow of bras ends up getting stuffed into a bag out of sudden fear I'll be missing the "perfect one" for every outfit and every occasion. Needless to say, most never end up seeing the light of a new city's day, and I end up wearing the same two bras throughout the entire trip.

Determined to streamline my packing habits and change my approach to buying bras (read: quality and versatility over my obsession with accumulating lacy underthings), I tapped into Lyn Lewis, CEO of luxury lingerie brand Journelle, and Michelle Cordeiro Grant, founder of stylish everyday bra brand Lively, for some expert advice and tips on what kind of bras we should be packing and how many we need.

"I usually pack an average of two to three bras per trip–a T-shirt bra, a convertible strapless bra, and a bralette. Bras can be a difficult item to pack when you travel, as they tend to take up lots of space in your suitcase if packed improperly. You can also run the risk of ruining the shape of cups. My quick tip for packing is to stack your bras, and then stuff the cups with socks so that they keep their shape. And always place them toward the top of your suitcase," advises Lewis.

Cordeiro adds, "I need to get a run in to clear my head when I travel, so I always bring a sports bra. In addition, the fabric of a bra is super important for travel. Comfort is key wherever you go. Opt for soft, stretchy, and breathable fabrics that feel great against the skin. The last thing you want is to be adjusting or fidgeting with your bra during a flight."

Scroll below to see the three bras to pack on every trip.

T-shirt bra

Feathers Contour Plunge Bra
Natori Feathers Contour Plunge Bra $68

"This bra is comfortable and highly functional. The plunge silhouette makes it perfect for any T-shirt, no matter how low the V-neck, and it's suitable for many women's bodies." — Lewis

convertible strapless bra

Celeste Strapless Plunge Smooth Cup Bra
Simone Perele Celeste Strapless Plunge Smooth Cup Bra $89

"This strapless stays put, and because it's convertible, it'll work with any dress or top. The lace adds a feminine touch to something that is often thought of only to be functional." — Lewis


Anais Wireless Bra
Journelle Anais Wireless Bra $74

"It's important to carry a bra that's comfortable, practical, and convenient to pack. A wireless bra does the trick. Our Anais is simply lovely and has delicate all-over scalloped edges that make it easy to layer." — Lewis

Shop more versatile and comfortable travel bras our editors love.

La Femme Molded Underwire Bra
Wacoal La Femme Molded Underwire Bra $60

This practical everyday bra is comfortable, supportive, and designed with a leotard back that reduces bulges. 

24/7™ Classic Wireless Bra
Thirdlove 24/7 Classic Wireless Bra $68

Versatility is the name of the game with convertible straps that can be worn crisscrossed or in a halter style. Perfect for a variety of outfits and occasions. 

Perfectly Fit Wireless Contour Bra
Calvin Klein Perfectly Fit Wireless Contour Bra $38

This bra gets bonus points for its soft and stretchy fabric, its breathable light padding, and its everyday comfort. 

Lively The Active Bralette $35

Our new favorite sports bra comes with the style of a simple bralette. The fabric has a sweat-wicking finish and removable cups–ideal if you're undertaking more active vacations.

'Truly Smooth' Strapless Bra
Natori 'Truly Smooth' Strapless Bra $64

The perfect blend of spandex and cotton, this smooth and stretchy strapless bra contains interior silicone grippers so everything stays put.

Henna Stretch Soft-cup Bra
Commando Henna Stretch Soft-Cup Bra $65

For those who don't love underwire bras, this one's for you. The soft cups sculpt and support without the need for an underwire. Moreover, the wide band reduces stress on your shoulders and back while creating a smooth foundation under fitted tops.

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