Heading Out of Town? This Is How Many Bras You Should Pack

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Packing for a trip is almost a science. It requires predicting just the right amount of items you’ll need and wear. But the trickiest item to figure out is undoubtedly bras. Questions like how many bras to pack for travel and which styles to pack really requires planning out your outfits in advance. And nobody has time for that. To make your life as easy as possible, a good rule of thumb to always follow is to bring at least three different bra styles.

How Many Bras to Pack For Travel

We recommend three bras for a couple of reasons: it’s enough to get away without washing them during your vacation (because who wants to do laundry?) and it should provide enough variety across your wardrobe. All that, of course, depends on the duration of your trip, but we’d say three is a safe bet for a week-long getaway. If you’re staying any longer, throw in an extra bra or two, or consider giving them a wash at the very least.

The Best Bra For Travel

Whether you’re sitting through a long flight or drive, comfort is obviously the most important thing to consider. Do yourself a favor and opt for a bra that’s wireless, breathable, and soft. May we recommend one of our Wireless Bras. Designed for maximum comfort, these bras are tagless, seamless, and wireless yet supportive, thanks to their precise sizing. With three more sizes than your average wireless bra, ours will keep you comfortable and supported from the airport all the way to your final destination.

Which Bra Styles to Pack

Now that you’ve got your on-flight bra covered, let’s get into the various styles you should definitely throw in your suitcase. The key here is to bring one of every core style to make sure you have the proper bra for every outfit. But remember to also keep your itinerary in mind.

1. For Sightseeing: A T-Shirt Bra

If most of your plans look like museums and monuments, make it two t-shirt bras. Our 24/7® Classic T-Shirt Bra features comfortable memory foam cups and offers an impeccable fit, making it the best everyday bra.

24/7® Classic T-Shirt Bra


2. For Nights Out: A Strapless Bra

The great thing about strapless bras is that they open up a number of style options. Whether you’re wearing an off-the-shoulder top or a halter, a strapless will never distract from your look. Our 24/7® Classic Strapless Bra even comes with two sets of straps, one clear and one tonal, that can be worn five ways.

3. For Dinner Plans: An Uplift Plunge Bra

Planning to sport a deep v-neckline or a wrap dress? An uplift plunge bra is your answer. The style of the bra prevents the tops of your cups from making an appearance while also offering your breasts a natural lift. In case you ever feel like going padless, our 24/7® Classic Uplift Plunge Bra features removable inserts for those days exactly.

24/7® Classic Uplift Plunge Bra


4. Working Out: Sports Bra

While sightseeing, a night out and dinner plans are all important considerations when packing bras for a trip, don’t forget to consider any high-impact activity or workout that you might engage in during your time away. Whether you are hitting the hotel gym, hiking or going for a run along the beach, having the right sports bra is crucial for comfort and support.

Consider the intensity of your expected workouts. For activities like running or jumping, opt for high-impact sports bras and medium-impact or low-impact for yoga or pilates. You’ll also want a bra made from moisture-wicking fabric that will keep you cool and dry, especially in warmer climates or during intense workouts. 

Our Kinetic Adjustable Sports Bra is a great option for your workouts. Unlike most other sports bras, it features an adjustable back closure that makes it easy to put on and take off, and its straps are also adjustable. Moreover, the breathable, moisture-wicking fabric will help you stay cool and comfortable, even while working up a sweat. 

Regarding the number of sports bras to pack, just like with everyday bras, it’s essential to pack enough sports bras to last you through your trip without having to do laundry. How many bras should I bring on vacation, you ask? It really depends on how active you are planning to be and how long your trip is. If you envision yourself working out most of your days away, you may want to pack 2-3 sports bras so you can ensure you can rotate them and ensure you have always have a fresh one. Otherwise, one may be enough. Quick-drying fabrics can be a lifesaver in these situations, allowing you to wash and air dry your sports bra overnight for reuse the next day.

How to Wash Bras on Vacation

While the goal is minimizing laundry on vacation, washing your bras occasionally, especially sports bras, is crucial for hygiene and maintaining their lifespan. After all, you don’t want to be stuck with a drawer full of dirty, smelly bras during your trip. Now that you know how many bras to bring on vacation, here’s how to handle bra washing on the go.

The good news is that washing bras on vacation doesn’t have to be a hassle. In fact, it’s quite easy to keep your bras fresh and clean even if you can't access a washing machine. If you do find yourself needing to wash your bras, you can easily wash them in the sink or bath tub of your hotel room. Fill the sink with cool water and a small amount of mild detergent, and gently swish your bras around to remove any dirt or sweat. Avoid twisting or wringing them, as this can distort their shape. Thoroughly rinse them and squeeze out any excess water with a dry towel.

To dry your bras, lay them flat on a towel or hang them to air dry. Avoid using a dryer, as it can damage their delicate fabrics. If you need to speed up the process, you can put them in front of an air conditioning unit or fan. 

After your bras are clean, here are some tips on how to pack them for travel to keep them looking pristine. Ensure they are placed at the top of your suitcase to avoid squashing them with other things. If you are tight on space, consider rolling your sports bras instead of folding them. This technique can help save space in the luggage while keeping your bras wrinkle-free. 

So there you have it–a few bra tips for your next trip.

Safe travels and read here to learn how to pack your bras the right way!