Imagine hiking through a rainforest for days or spending 72 hours cramped on a transcontinental train ride. Twisting and turning your torso is bad enough - the last thing you need are metal wires or hooks digging into your skin.
You'll need a travel bra that can cope with your travels. Of course you can stick to your regular fashionable bras, but I prefer some sporty support when I'm on my feet all day.
Remember, if you're traveling any length of time you'll have to wear this bra when it's sweaty, hot and clammy. You may have to wear it for several days in a row.
Here are just a few of the travel sports bras I've either tried myself or am planning to buy because other women travelers are raving about them:
ExOfficio's Crossover is for the less chesty but wonderful for hot climates and long trips. You'll forget you're wearing it.
Buy on ExOfficio (US only)
The Panache also comes in nude. Like a regular sports bra - but nicer looking. And won't let you down on the bounce front.
Buy on Amazon
I know - it's not nude but if you're a little on the large side, Moving Comfort's Fiona will keep you sightseeing all day.
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Not your style? These other travel bras also get rave reviews: Calvin Klein's modern cotton bralette (a bit tougher than their light cotton version), anything in the Glamorise range, Anita's Light and Firm Sports Bra, and for something more colorful, La Isla's Criss Cross Yoga Bra.
And then there's The Travel Bra, in a category all its own.
I'm hugely excited about The Travel Bra, which just arrived - and is so incredibly comfy!.
What sets this one aside are the many safety - yes, safety! - features it has: it can hold your passport, your credit cards, cash, jewellery...
And I love that it's from Australia - they do know their travels down there!
Every travel bra is different but they all have common characteristics - check these out to see what's right for you.
Here's what you should look for:
I personally can't travel without a sports bra but I'm on the larger side. If you're slim with less weight to carry, you may be just fine traveling with your everyday bras.