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I Replaced All My Bras With Mesh Ones. These Are the Best
At the very beginning of the pandemic, working in my pajamas every day felt fun and free. But as we quickly went from WFH for what we’d thought would be two weeks to indefinitely, I couldn’t stand it anymore — I began to revert to work clothes to feel “normal” again, but the one thing I couldn’t fathom putting on once again unless I absolutely had to was a real bra.
I’m not one to go braless. I’m a 32DD, so I’ve never been fond of feeling loosey-goosey, and something about working sans bra felt weird. But regardless of how comfortable my bras were — and I did invest a good amount in undergarments — at the end of the day, I still couldn’t wait to take them off. So in March 2020, after looking for a more comfortable alternative, I found Lively’s Busty Bralette, which I started wearing exclusively as it’s one of the only bralettes that fit me well. But after hearing consistently positive comments about none other than Kim Kardashian’s Skims line from friends (and the internet), I decided to branch out with her Summer Mesh Bralette. Unexpectedly, Kim K. kick-started a newfound love for mesh lingerie.
At that point last summer, temperatures had skyrocketed so high that I loathed wearing anything close-fitting. But Kim’s mesh felt breezier than anything I’d ever worn before — it felt like I wasn’t wearing anything at all. The flexible fabric stretched and molded to my body without cutting into my underarms or ribcage, but at the same time I felt supported. Sure, the fabric is sheer, but under a shirt you would never know. And even though it’s not intended as activewear, for low-impact movement like yoga I found it supportive and breathable enough to (slowly) go from down dog to high lunges to warrior pose. It washed beautifully and never stretched out after months of constant wear, unlike many of my traditional bras.
I wanted another, but I also had a desire to cheat on Kim. I began to research other mesh options from Instagram-famous brands like Cuup and Parade to higher-end brands like Negative Underwear to relatively under-the-radar companies like Underbares. My underwear drawer barely closed thanks to my new purchases. I kept one or two of my better regular bras, but I impulsively decided the rest had to go to make room for the far superior undergarments made from my new favorite material.
It’s now been four months since the Great Underwear Purge, and I have yet to look back. Even in colder weather, I still prefer the mesh bras because they don’t add another bulky layer or make me feel constricted. Since they’ve delightfully proven to be all-season bras, I can’t imagine spending my money on anything else. And because I’ve dedicated so much time and money to finding the ideal mesh bras, below I’ve shared the best ones I’ve tried so far.
Best overall mesh bra
During the Strategist two-day sale last year, I bought a bra from the brand’s Essaouira collection (we’ve written about it before along with the sieve collection ) which is a stretch eyeletlike lace but more supportive and far less scratchy. And while I love it dearly (it’s one of the only bras I kept), it’s not technically mesh, so I reached out to the brand to try their actual mesh bra. The sieve non-wire bra offers DDD/G sizing, which I opted for to have a little extra room. It felt tight to start, but after two or so wears it gave a little for an extremely comfortable fit. I felt supported but not flattened thanks to the power mesh that stretches just enough to provide full coverage. And while I do genuinely recommend each bra mentioned on this list, if you’re going to invest in just one, make it this. It comes in nine colors, including skin-tone options for those not looking for anything too adventurous, and lots of sizes, especially for those with a fuller cup. It’s a touch pricier than the others on this list but worth it.
Best colored mesh bras
Although Parade did just release a neutral collection, they’ve made more of a name for themselves with their brightly colored undergarments, so much so we’ve had everyone from Katie Sturino to transgender women to stylists rave about the brand. I own five Parade bras in both the scoop and plunge styles, but mostly in wacky colors that would show under a white shirt — the comfort overrules the limited shade selection, however. I purchased the +1 size in both styles, and because of the thicker band, it offers more support and sits flat against my chest instead of rolling up underneath my breasts. But friends with smaller chests own these styles and appreciate the ease and solid construction too. It fits and feels similar to the Negative bra, but the smaller color range makes this one less versatile.
Best V-neck mesh bra
I love that Cosabella included a hook-and-eye closure on the back of this bralette instead of forcing me to pull it over my head. (To be fair, Parade’s plunge bralette does too.) It scoops everything into place, and the clasp prevents it from stretching out over time. I think this gives me the best cleavage out of any bra on this list because of its crossover design — it features what the brand describes as a “side sling,” a thicker piece of fabric on the side of the bra, to give a little extra support to those who need it and prevent extra bounce. But if you wear a D cup or smaller, you can buy the non-busty version here , and if you need extended sizing, they offer that, too.
Best scoop-neck mesh bra
Kim K.’s scoop mesh bralette holds a special place in my heart, but I like the thickness of Underbares a touch more. The brand attempted to create a sports bra–bralette hybrid, and they’ve achieved just that. It moves with you while keeping everything in place, but it doesn’t feel overly compressive as some sports bras can. If you have a smaller band and larger chest, the sizing is a bit tricky (the medium fits me best), but the brand shows the bra on models of different sizes to give you a better gauge of fit.
[Editor’s note: Underbares is no longer in business, but you can sometimes spot them on resale websites — usually new with tags — like Poshmark .]
Best underwire mesh bra
I know I ranted about how I never wanted to wear real bras again, but I will make an exception for Cuup because the cups mold to your boobs and feel like you’ve barely got anything on. Usually I’m very skeptical of direct-to-consumer, social-media-favorite brands; they hardly ever live up to the hype and typically, while the products look good in photos, the quality doesn’t match up. But Cuup is yet again the exception. I heard a lot about the brand when I spoke to women on the best lingerie , and after such rave reviews I decided to give in and try it. (Fellow Strategist writer Dominique Pariso is also a fan.) The bras are very tight to begin with, but after two or three wears they adjust to your perfect size. The mesh, however, feels extremely delicate, like one wrong move and the whole thing will rip, especially when being washed. Surprisingly though, it gives lots of support despite how thin it feels.
Best balconette underwire mesh bra
I own Cuup’s balconette underwire bra, too, but I don’t find it as comfortable as Lively’s dot mesh. The brand kindly sent me this limited-edition bra, and it quickly made its way into my rotation. Because of how much I love their Busty Bralette — which actually has a bit of mesh, in case you’re in the market for a toe-dip into the world of mesh instead of a full-on plunge — I was eager to try this version. Much like Cuup, it adapts to your breasts, but the underwire keeps everything lifted. Lively puts the strap adjusters in the front of the bra instead of the back, so you can easily tighten the straps without having to call in a roommate or partner for help. This feature isn’t unique to this bra — all their products have it — but it’s still useful. Because this is a limited-edition bra, it only comes in light pink or green, but both shades are charming enough to hit “buy” on.
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What’s the best bra for traveling?
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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' Luciani recommends:
- The Genie Bra as a t-shirt bra that can double as a sports bra.
- Champion Women's Double Dry Distance Underwire Sports Bra for great support during high impact activities
- Genie Women's Cami-Shaper for women who like to go bra-less
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 Schoenman recommends:
- Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer for running and being active.
- ExOfficio Give N Go Crossover Bra for a bra with quick drying fabric and a flattering style.
- Patagonia Barely Wireless Bra for wearing with dresses and tank tops.
- And she recommends Dr. Annie's The Travel Bra as “the ultimate travel bra”
Rachel Jones recommends:
- Free People Bralettes for bandeau and halter style.
- Crochet Bras for when wearing outfits where your bra is going to show
- Body by Victoria Underwire Bras for wearing a nicer dress.
- Under Armour Sports Bras for exercising and extreme activities.
- And lastly she recommends simply wearing a bikini as a bra in humid climates!
Kim Caldwell recommends these non-underwire bras:
- Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Bralette for running around town or low impact activities.
- Gossamer Mesh Unwire Uplift Bra for their breathable mesh material and price point.
- Bella Materna Anytime Nursing Bra (that's right, a nursing bra) for its removable lining and six hooks on the band which makes it good for fitting many different sized women.
- Elila Leopard Lace Softcup Bra for women with a full bust.
- Anita Activity Comfort Sports Bra because it's available in A-G cups, super smooth, offers full coverage, and has wide adjustable straps and band.
- Hanky Panky Bralettes for their fun colors and patterns, although not as supportive as others.
- Simone Perele Wireless Bras for their aloe-infused lace!
Leyla Giray Alyanak recommends:
- ExOfficio's Crossover for “less chesty” women in hot climates and on long trips. (which Brooke Schoenman also recommended earlier).
- Panache Bras for a nicer looking sports bra.
- Moving Comfort's Fiona Bra for women on the larger side.
Laura Lopuch recommends:
- Calvin Klein Women's Perfectly Fit Push Up Multiway Bra as an extremely versatile travel bra.
- Dr. Annie's The Travel Bra for stashing your valuables.
- Gossamer Mesh Unwire Uplift Bras for a solid everyday travel bra option with breathable mesh material.
- Top Secret Prop Top Bralette for straight up comfort while sacrificing a little support.
- Elila Leopard Lace Softcup Bra for fuller busts that need a little extra support without an underwire.
- CW-X Stabilyx Running Bra for its breathability and support web built into the cups.
Fas Abdul Gaffa recommends:
- Top Secret Prop Top Bralette for it's comfort and double layers which “makes sure you don’t have unnecessary nipple action on the plane”.
- Eberjey India Retro Bralet as a soft, underwireless sexy bra.
- C9 by Champion Racer Bra which she originally picked up for her Bikram yoga classes (go Bikram!) and feels its a good travel bra for the price.
Cindy Heazlit only packs two bras for her trips – one to wear and one to wash. She recommend these travel bra brands:
- Title Nine Sports Bras
- Moving Comfort Sports Bras
- Elomi Energise Bras
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.
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.
- SMOOTH AND SLEEK - Seamless bra disappears under knits and other clingy clothes.
- A WIRELESS WONDER - Knit-in zones provide targeted support exactly where you need it, including a...
- NO-SLIP STRAPS - Wider straps with our no-slip Comfort-U design for stay-in-place straps.
- COOL COMFORT - Cool Comfort fabric helps wick moisture and keep you cool and comfortable.
- NON-FOAM CUPS - 2-ply, non-foam cups flex to adapt to your shape.
- WIREFREE - Full-coverage bra with foam cups and 2-ply sides for beautiful shaping and support.
- SEAMLESS, WIRELESS COMFORT - ComfortFlex Fit 4-way stretch fabric provides a flexible fit that...
- MOISTURE-WICKING - Cool Comfort fabric helps wick moisture and keep you cool and comfortable.
- TARGETED SUPPORT WHERE YOU NEED IT - Knit-in zones provide targeted support, while built-up sides...
- WORRY-FREE FIT - Wider straps with our no-slip Comfort-U design for stay-in-place straps.
- 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.
- SUPPORT FROM BELOW - Stay-in-place comfort band further enhances support.
- 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 and back for breezy comfort.
- Super-soft comfort
- Convenient, front-adjustable straps
- Extra comfort band
- Wireless support
- Side-smoothing panels
- Seamless comfort
- Simple, easy sizing (S-3XL)
- Wide, comfortable straps
- Designed to fit your shape with allover stretch fabric
- 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.
- THE PERFECT FIT & COLOR - Size : Large. We recommend selecting a size up for all day comfort. For a...
- HOOK AND EYE CLOSURE for a secure fit and easy to put on and take off. The double clasp ensures a...
- LIGHTLY PADDED BRA - Foam cups offer firm support even without wires. Our wireless support bra has...
- COMFORTABLE & DURABLE - Made from 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex. Our wireless high support bra was...
- MACHINE WASHABLE - AIR DRY - Simply throw them in the washer with your colors and tumble dry on low....
- Soft cotton fabric
- Wire-free cups for total comfort
- Built up straps
- Seamed cups for support
- Perfect for everyday wear
- 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.
- NO-PINCH CLOSURE - Cushioned and tagless back closure won't pinch or dig.
- STAY-IN-PLACE STRAPS - Comfort-U design keeps straps where they belong.
- T-SHIRT SOFTNESS - Super soft ComfortBlend fabric. Like your softest tee, you might forget you're...
- SMOOTH AND SLEEK - Disappears under clothes for the smooth look you want.
- THE SUPPORT AND COMFORT YOU NEED - Wireless support with a stay-in-place comfort stretch band.
- LIGHTLY LINED FOAM CUPS - Just-right lining with inside concealing petals to prevent show-through.
- KEEP COOL, CALM, AND COLLECTED - Moisture-wicking Cool Comfort fabric helps keep you cool and dry.
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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Best Travel Bras
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When it comes to travel essentials, a comfortable and reliable travel bra is often overlooked but can make a significant difference in your journey.
- 1 Best Travel Bras Compared
- 2 What Makes a Good Bra For Travel?
- 3.1 The Ultra-Light Travel Bra with Pockets
- 3.2 Warner’s Blissful Benefits Wireless Comfort Bra
- 3.3 SHAPERMINT Compression Wirefree High Support Bra
- 3.4 Leading Lady Meryl Cotton Comfort & Sleep Bra
- 3.5 RUNNING GIRL Sports Bra
- 3.6 Bali Women’s Comfort Wireless Bra
- 3.7 Boody Body EcoWear Women’s Shaper Bra
- 3.8 ExOfficio Women’s Give-n-go Crossover Bra
- 3.9 Panache Women’s Non-Wired Sports Bra
- 3.10 Hanes Ultimate Women’s Wireless Bra
- 3.11 Under Armour Mid Impact Crossback Sports Bra
- 3.12 Anita Women’s Extreme Control Sport Bra
- 4 Tips on Maintaining Your Bra While Travelling
- 5.1 How do you travel with a bra?
- 5.2 Are there travel bras with built-in security features?
- 5.3 Can I wear a travel bra as an everyday bra?
- 5.4 What are the best travel bras for hot climates?
- 5.5 Can I use a sports bra as a travel bra?
- 5.6 Are there travel bras for plus-size travelers?
- 5.7 Are there travel bras for nursing mothers?
- 5.8 Can I use a travel bra for hiking and outdoor activities?
- 5.9 How many travel bras do I need for a trip?
- 5.10 Can I wear a travel bra under swimwear?
- 5.11 Are there eco-friendly travel bras available?
- 5.12 Can I wear underwire bra to airport?
- 6 To Wrap Up
Whether you’re embarking on a long-haul flight, exploring new destinations, or going on an adventurous trip, the right travel bra can provide much-needed support and comfort.
The right travel bra does more than just offer support. It should be your secret weapon, blending comfort, durability, versatility, easy maintenance, and even security. Travel can be stressful, but with the right bra, you can conquer any travel hiccup with style and confidence.
Best Travel Bras Compared
The Necessity of a Good Travel Bra…
It’s no secret that an ill-fitting bra can ruin even the most picturesque day exploring a new city. But a well-chosen travel bra does more than just prevent discomfort. It enhances your travel experience by offering the right support as you dash through airports, hike up mountains, or dance at a local festival.
What Makes a Good Bra For Travel?
As with any other travel essential, there are a few key attributes that a travel bra should possess:
- Comfort : After hours of exploring, you’ll need a bra that’s breathable, adjustable, and supportive. It should feel like a second skin, moving with you, not against you.
- Durability : Travel can be tough on our clothes, and bras are no exception. Opt for high-quality materials and construction. A good travel bra should withstand multiple wears and washes without losing its shape or comfort.
- Versatility : A bra that works with different outfits is worth its weight in gold. Be it a plunging neckline dress for a romantic dinner, a t-shirt for a city tour, or a tank top for a beach day, your bra should be able to keep up.
- Easy maintenance : When you’re on the go, the last thing you need is high-maintenance clothing. A great travel bra should be easy to clean and quick-drying.
- Security : Travel bras with hidden pockets are a secret weapon against pickpockets. Perfect for stashing extra cash or a copy of your passport!
- Quick-drying: The ability to dry quickly is essential, especially if you need to wash your bra during your trip.
- Moisture-wicking: Bras with moisture-wicking properties keep you dry and fresh, especially during hot and humid travel conditions.
- Breathability: Look for bras that allow airflow to prevent excessive sweating and discomfort.
- Odor resistance: Anti-odor bras are a bonus, ensuring you stay fresh even after prolonged wear.
- Packability: Consider bras that are easy to fold and pack without losing their shape.
With these attributes in mind let’s looks at some of the best travel bras you can buy online right now.
Top Bras For Travel Reviewed
The ultra-light travel bra with pockets.
The Ultra-Light Travel Bra with Pockets, as the name suggests, is a lightweight and compact option perfect for travel. This versatile piece offers not only comfort but also practicality with its innovative pocket design.
- Design and Material: Made from a combination of soft, stretchable, and breathable fabrics, this travel bra ensures maximum comfort for prolonged use. Its seamless construction and absence of underwires prevent any form of discomfort or irritation, making it suitable for long journeys.
- Pocket Feature: The primary standout feature of this bra is its pockets. Integrated subtly into the design, the pockets provide a secure place to keep your essential items like passport, credit cards, or even small pieces of jewelry.
- Comfort: Apart from its soft material, the bra offers adjustable straps and closure to fit various body sizes, enhancing the comfort level. The lack of underwire also contributes to its comfort, ensuring there’s no pressure or pinch points.
- Versatility: The neutral colors of this bra make it versatile enough to be worn under any outfit, be it a casual t-shirt or a formal dress. It can even be used as a standalone piece for workouts or lounging.
- Care Instructions: Being machine washable, maintaining this bra is a breeze. Just toss it in the wash, and it’s ready to be packed for your next adventure.
In essence, The Ultra-Light Travel Bra with Pockets combines comfort, functionality, and practicality, making it an ideal companion for travel. While it may not be perfect for everyone, its unique features make it a must-try for frequent travelers.
Warner’s Blissful Benefits Wireless Comfort Bra
Warner’s Women’s Blissful Benefits Bra is a testament to the brand’s dedication to comfort and quality. With a focus on creating a dig-free experience, this bra offers a blissful wearing experience for the user.
- Design and Material: Crafted from a blend of nylon and elastane, this bra promises durability and elasticity. Its lightly lined cups provide modest coverage and shape without adding extra bulk, making it an excellent choice for travel.
- Comfort: One of the major selling points of this bra is its seamless stretch band. It’s designed to lie flat against your skin, eliminating the digging and pinching common with traditional bras.
- Wireless: The absence of wires means no poking or discomfort. Plus, it makes packing more straightforward, with the bra easily folded into any luggage space.
- Adjustable Features: With adjustable straps and hook-and-eye closures, this bra offers a customizable fit to accommodate different body sizes and shapes.
- Easy Care: This bra is easy to clean and maintain, thanks to its machine washable nature.
Overall, the Warner’s Women’s Blissful Benefits Bra is a great travel companion for those seeking comfort and simplicity. Its dig-free band and wireless design ensure a pleasant wearing experience, regardless of your journey’s duration
SHAPERMINT Compression Wirefree High Support Bra
The SHAPERMINT Compression Wirefree High Support Bra is a versatile choice for women who want a functional bra that can handle a variety of situations, from everyday wear to exercising.
- Design and Material: This bra is designed with a soft, breathable fabric that not only ensures comfort but also aids in moisture management. The high-quality material makes it durable and resistant to wear and tear.
- Compression: One standout feature of this bra is its compression ability. It provides adequate support and shape, especially for women with larger bust sizes.
- Wireless and High Support: Despite being wire-free, the bra offers high support, which is essential for various physical activities, including walking, jogging, or even yoga. This makes it a practical choice for active travelers.
- Back Support: Another highlight of this bra is its back support. The bra is designed to distribute weight evenly across the back, reducing pressure on the shoulders and improving posture.
- Adjustable and Wide Straps: The adjustable and wide straps provide an additional level of support and comfort, reducing the chance of straps digging into the skin.
Overall, the SHAPERMINT Compression Wirefree High Support Bra is a functional and versatile choice. It’s particularly suitable for active travelers who want a bra that can provide support during various physical activities.
Leading Lady Meryl Cotton Comfort & Sleep Bra
The Leading Lady Meryl Cotton Front-Closure Comfort & Sleep Bra is designed specifically for comfort during sleep and leisure. This is an excellent choice for travelers who value comfort during their downtime.
- Design and Material: Made primarily of cotton, this bra is soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic, reducing the chance of skin irritation. The spandex element ensures flexibility and shape retention.
- Front Closure: The bra features a front closure, making it easier to put on and take off—a feature particularly appreciated by women who have limited mobility.
- Comfort: As a sleep and leisure bra, the focus is squarely on comfort. The seamless, wire-free design ensures there are no pressure points, while the wide straps prevent digging into the shoulders.
- Versatility: Though designed for sleep, this bra is versatile enough to be worn during the day, especially during long travel hours when comfort is paramount.
- Easy Care: Being machine washable, this bra is easy to clean and care for, making it suitable for travel.
The Leading Lady Meryl Cotton Front-Closure Comfort & Sleep Bra is an excellent choice for those who prioritize comfort, especially during sleep and leisure times. Its simple design and front closure make it a convenient choice for various users.
RUNNING GIRL Sports Bra
The RUNNING GIRL Sports Bra is a great option for active travelers. Its medium support and stylish design make it suitable for workouts, yoga sessions, or even casual wear.
- Design and Material: The bra is made from a blend of nylon and spandex, ensuring durability, flexibility, and moisture-wicking properties. It features a fashionable criss-cross back design.
- Support: This sports bra offers medium support, making it suitable for moderate-impact activities like cycling, hiking, or dancing. It comes with removable cups for customizable coverage and support.
- Comfort: The seamless and wireless design ensures comfort, while the wide and adjustable straps provide a snug fit without digging into the skin.
- Stylish: This bra isn’t just functional—it’s also trendy. Its stylish design makes it suitable to wear on its own or under workout clothes.
- Easy Care: Like the other bras on this list, it’s machine washable, making maintenance hassle-free.
The RUNNING GIRL Sports Bra stands out for its combination of style and function. It’s an excellent choice for active travelers who don’t want to compromise on style while getting the necessary support.
Bali Women’s Comfort Wireless Bra
The Bali Women’s Comfort Revolution Wireless Bra focuses on providing all-around comfort and a personalized fit with its ComfortFlex design.
- Design and Material: Made from a blend of nylon and spandex, this bra ensures durability and flexibility. The lightly padded cups offer modesty and shape, enhancing the overall fit.
- ComfortFlex Fit: The ComfortFlex Fit is a notable feature of this bra. It provides a personalized fit that shapes to your body, ensuring comfort throughout the day.
- Wireless and Full Coverage: This bra is wireless for maximum comfort, and its full-coverage design provides excellent support for all cup sizes.
- Comfort: The bra features adjustable straps for a custom fit, while its seamless design prevents chafing. Its hook and eye back closure ensure the bra stays secure.
- Easy Care: Being machine washable, it’s easy to clean and maintain, making it suitable for travel.
The Bali Women’s Comfort Revolution Wireless Bra is a go-to option for those who value personalized comfort and full coverage. Its features cater to a wide range of sizes and shapes, making it a versatile pick for many women.
Boody Body EcoWear Women’s Shaper Bra
The Boody Body EcoWear Women’s Shaper Bra stands out for its eco-friendly material and comfortable design. It’s a great option for those conscious of their environmental footprint.
- Design and Material: The bra is made from bamboo viscose, an eco-friendly material known for its softness, breathability, and moisture-wicking properties.
- Wireless and Light Support: As a wireless bra, it offers comfort without compromising on support. It provides light support, making it suitable for casual wear and light activities.
- Seamless and Stretchy: The seamless design of this bra prevents any discomfort or skin irritation, while its stretchy nature ensures a comfortable fit.
- Comfort: The soft bamboo material, combined with the absence of wires and seams, makes this one of the most comfortable bras on the market.
- Easy Care: This bra is machine washable, making it easy to maintain, even on the go.
The Boody Body EcoWear Women’s Shaper Bra is an excellent choice for eco-conscious travelers who prioritize comfort and environmental responsibility. The soft, breathable material and seamless design ensure maximum comfort for all-day wear.
ExOfficio Women’s Give-n-go Crossover Bra
The ExOfficio Women’s Give-n-go Crossover Bra is designed for the adventurous traveler. It’s durable, easy to care for, and quick to dry, making it an excellent choice for outdoor activities and long travel days.
- Design and Material: This bra is made from a blend of nylon and Lycra, making it durable, stretchy, and comfortable. It also features a crossover design for a stylish touch.
- Quick-Drying: One standout feature of this bra is its quick-drying ability. This feature is especially handy for travelers who often need to do quick washes on the go.
- Comfort: The bra offers a flat elastic binding and straps to ensure a comfortable fit without digging into the skin. The absence of an underwire also adds to its comfort.
- Odor Control: This bra features an antimicrobial treatment that reduces odor, keeping you fresh even after a long day of activities.
- Easy Care: The bra is machine washable, and its quick-drying nature makes it easy to wash and wear on the go.
The ExOfficio Women’s Give-n-go Crossover Bra is probably the best quick dry bra for travel and stands out for its quick-drying material and odor control treatment. It’s an excellent option for outdoor enthusiasts and those who require quick and easy care.
Panache Women’s Non-Wired Sports Bra
The Panache Women’s Non-Wired Sports Bra is an excellent option for active travelers. It offers support, comfort, and a touch of style in a non-wired package.
- Design and Material: The bra is made from a blend of polyester, polyamide, and elastane for durability, flexibility, and comfort. It features a sporty aesthetic suitable for workout gear.
- Support: Despite being non-wired, this sports bra provides excellent support for all sizes, making it ideal for medium to high-impact activities.
- Comfort: The padded, adjustable straps and the breathable material all contribute to the overall comfort of the bra.
- Stylish: The bra comes in various colors and patterns, allowing users to choose based on their personal style preferences.
Overall, the Panache Women’s Non-Wired Sports Bra is an excellent option for active travelers who need a stylish yet supportive bra for their workout sessions or outdoor activities.
Hanes Ultimate Women’s Wireless Bra
The Hanes Ultimate Women’s Wireless Seamless Convertible Bra promises comfort and versatility with its convertible design and ComfortFlex Fit.
- Design and Material: The bra is made from a blend of polyester, spandex, and nylon for flexibility, comfort, and durability.
- Convertible: This bra’s convertible design allows it to be worn in multiple ways, making it versatile for different outfits and occasions.
- ComfortFlex Fit: The ComfortFlex Fit offers a personalized fit that molds to your body for maximum comfort and support.
- Wireless and Seamless: The wireless and seamless design of this bra ensures comfort and prevents any discomfort or skin irritation.
- Easy Care: This bra is machine washable, making it easy to clean and maintain, even when traveling.
The Hanes Ultimate Women’s Wireless Seamless Convertible Bra is ideal for travelers looking for a versatile and comfortable bra. Its convertible design and ComfortFlex Fit make it suitable for various activities and outfits.
Under Armour Mid Impact Crossback Sports Bra
The Under Armour Women’s Mid Impact Crossback Sports Bra is designed to support medium-impact activities. It’s a great choice for active travelers, offering both style and function.
- Design and Material: The bra is made from a blend of polyester and elastane for comfort, flexibility, and moisture-wicking properties. It features a stylish crossback design.
- Support: This bra offers mid-impact support, making it ideal for activities like cycling, weight training, and boxing.
- Comfort: The soft, breathable cups provide extra structure and coverage, while the adjustable straps ensure a snug and comfortable fit.
- Easy Care: This bra is machine washable, making it easy to clean and maintain, even on the go.
- Stylish: The bra comes in various colors, allowing users to choose based on their personal style preferences.
The Under Armour Women’s Mid Impact Crossback Sports Bra is an excellent quick dry sports bra for travel especially for active travelers who need a stylish yet supportive bra for their workout sessions or outdoor activities.
Anita Women’s Extreme Control Sport Bra
The Anita Women’s Extreme Control Sport Bra stands out for its high-impact support. It’s ideal for active travelers who engage in high-intensity workouts or sports.
- Design and Material: The bra is made from a blend of polyester, nylon, and elastane for comfort, flexibility, and durability. It features a full-coverage design for maximum support.
- Support: This sports bra provides extreme control and high-impact support, making it ideal for activities like running, aerobics, and other high-intensity workouts.
- Comfort: The padded straps and seamless cups contribute to the bra’s overall comfort, ensuring a snug and pain-free fit.
The Anita Women’s Extreme Control Sport Br a is a top choice for travelers engaging in high-intensity activities. Its high-impact support and stylish design make it an excellent travel companion.
Tips on Maintaining Your Bra While Travelling
To keep your bras in tip-top shape, avoid folding padded bras; instead, tuck your undies into the cups to help them maintain their shape.
Washing your travel bra during your trip is essential to keep it fresh and clean. Follow these steps for hand washing your bra:
- Fill a sink or basin with lukewarm water and add a gentle detergent.
- Submerge your bra in the water and gently agitate it.
- Let it soak for 15-30 minutes, depending on how soiled it is.
- Rinse the bra thoroughly with cold water until all the soap is gone.
- Gently press out excess water—avoid wringing or twisting the bra.
- Lay the bra flat on a clean towel and roll it up to remove excess water.
- Reshape the bra and let it air dry.
How do you travel with a bra?
Traveling with a bra is relatively simple, but to ensure it stays in good condition, consider the following tips:
- Pack bras flat: Folding your bras flat in your luggage will help them maintain their shape.
- Use travel cases: If you prefer added protection, consider using specialized bra travel cases or lingerie bags.
- Avoid crushing: Try not to place heavy objects on top of your bras to avoid crushing the cups.
- Wear during travel: Consider wearing your bulkier or heavier bras during your travel day to save space in your luggage.
Are there travel bras with built-in security features?
Yes, some travel bras are designed with built-in security features to protect your valuables during your journeys. These bras may have discreet pockets or hidden compartments to store small items like cash, credit cards, or keys safely. They can be particularly useful in crowded areas or when you want to travel light without carrying a purse or wallet.
Can I wear a travel bra as an everyday bra?
Absolutely! Many travel bras are designed to be versatile enough for everyday wear. They offer the same comfort and support as traditional bras but often come with additional features suitable for travel. This dual functionality makes them a practical choice for daily use and ensures you get the most out of your purchase.
What are the best travel bras for hot climates?
In hot and humid climates, breathability and moisture-wicking properties are essential. The best bras for hot weather travel are made from lightweight and breathable fabrics such as bamboo, modal, or moisture-wicking synthetic materials like polyester or nylon. Seamless bras are also a great option to prevent chafing and discomfort.
Can I use a sports bra as a travel bra?
Sports bras can make excellent travel bras, especially if you’re planning active adventures during your trip. They provide ample support, are often made with moisture-wicking materials, and are generally quite comfortable. However, ensure the sports bra you choose is versatile enough to be worn comfortably throughout your journey.
Are there travel bras for plus-size travelers?
Absolutely! Travel bras come in a range of sizes to accommodate all body types. Look for brands that offer extended sizing options and prioritize comfort and support. High-quality plus-size travel bras will provide the same features as regular-sized bras, ensuring everyone can have a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience.
Are there travel bras for nursing mothers?
Yes, there are travel bras specifically designed for nursing mothers. These bras offer easy access for breastfeeding while providing the necessary support and comfort for travel. Look for nursing travel bras with convenient nursing clips or drop-down cups for seamless feeding on the go.
Can I use a travel bra for hiking and outdoor activities?
Absolutely! In fact, some of the features that make travel bras suitable for journeys also make them excellent choices for outdoor activities like hiking. Moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and breathable materials will keep you comfortable during your adventures, and the added security features can be helpful when exploring unfamiliar terrains.
How many travel bras do I need for a trip?
The number of travel bras you need depends on the length of your trip and your packing preferences. As a general guideline, packing two to three travel bras should be sufficient for most trips. This way, you can rotate them, allowing time for washing and drying if needed. Choose versatile bras that can be paired with multiple outfits to maximize their utility.
Can I wear a travel bra under swimwear?
Some travel bras, especially those made from moisture-wicking materials, can be suitable for wearing under swimwear. However, it’s essential to check the specific product details and ensure the bra is designed to be used in wet conditions. For added versatility, look for travel bras that can double as swim tops.
Are there eco-friendly travel bras available?
Yes, as sustainability becomes more important in the fashion industry, eco-friendly travel bras are also becoming available. Look for bras made from organic or recycled materials and from brands with a commitment to ethical and eco-friendly practices.
Can I wear underwire bra to airport?
Yes, you can wear an underwire bra to the airport. Underwire bras are allowed and perfectly fine to wear during airport security screenings. The underwire in the bra should not cause any issues during the screening process. Airport security personnel are accustomed to passengers wearing underwire bras, and they are not considered a problem or prohibited item.
However, if you find underwire bras uncomfortable during long flights or if you have concerns about the metal detectors, you can also choose to wear wire-free bras or sports bras for added comfort and flexibility. Ultimately, the choice of bra depends on your personal preference and comfort level during travel.
Having the right travel bra can really make a difference to your comfort and convenience while on the road. With so many options available, there’s no need to compromise on comfort or style. Ladies, our globetrotting adventures deserve the very best in every way, including the best travel bras !
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Travel asks a lot of your wardrobe. Not only do your pieces have to fit well and be comfortable for all-day wear — including sitting in the plane, train, or car for hours on end — it has to not wrinkle or get damaged easily when stowed away, too. The best travel bras have the versatility to transition from day to night while staying comfortable and easy to pack.
For plane trips or any other travel that requires walking through a metal detector, it's important to consider if you want to wear an underwire bra through security or not. An underwire is fine to wear on board , according to the TSA, but some readers of TravelFashionGirl.com report regularly getting patted down in airports when wearing an underwire while others have not experienced this problem. However, there are plenty of wireless bras on the market that provide plenty of support if you'd rather not risk the hassle.
Next, consider the destination, wardrobe, and personal preference. For long trips or warm locales, quick-drying materials that are breathable and easy to wash are a big plus. And if your outfits have you considering a strapless bra, consider a convertible model you can wear in different ways throughout your trip.
With all that in mind, scroll on for the best travel bras on Amazon . These picks offer plenty of versatility, are easy to pack without damage, and are comfortable for hours on end. When you've picked what to bring, then comes the question of how to pack bras . For delicate ones, stacking your bras (perhaps even adding socks and underwear in between) will be the gentlest way to go. But those looking to save space may prefer to fold their bras in half.
The Overall Best Wire-Free Bra
- Also available on BareNecessities.com, $27, and Macys.com , $44
You'll get plenty of support with this wireless bra without the worry of setting off metal detectors. With a wide band for smoothness all around your ribcage and stay-put adjustable straps, it's easy to wear in comfort. The lightly padded cups provide extra coverage and support. Plus, there are dozens of colors to choose from. The only drawback might be that it's recommended to hand wash.
According to a reviewer: "My favorite leisure and travel bra! I just cannot wear underwire when traveling/sitting for long periods of time. This bra surprisingly provides good support and separation for my 40DDD girls."
- Available sizes: X-Small - 3X-Large
A Travel Bra Made From Breathable, Antimicrobial Material
- Also available on MooseJaw.com , $27
Made with an antimicrobial fabric that’s designed to tackle unwanted odors, this machine-washable travel bra is great for hot locales and all-day walks. The breathable and quick-drying nylon and spandex material also helps keep you cool. (How quickly it dries also makes it a great pick for backpacking or other trips when you need to do laundry but facilities aren’t the easiest to access.)
According to a reviewer: "Best barely bra ever! This does exactly what I want: start comfortable, provide minimal support, absorb boob sweat, and stay comfortable. Fabric feels great, dries fast, and breathes. I like that it's lowcut enough to wear under shirts with a low neck line. These have become an everyday wear."
- Available sizes: X-Small - X-Large
A Seamless Bralette That’s Great For Travel
- Also available on BareNecessities.com , $20, and CalvinKlein.us , $40
Customers love how comfortable this bralette is, giving it a 4.6-star overall rating. Made of a elastane, microfiber, and nylon blend, it's stretchy and soft while staying seamless underneath clothes. It is lightly lined and has removable pads for addition coverage. It's machine washable and also super easy to fold and pack. Choose from a dozen solids and even a floral print.
According to a reviewer: "These bras are amazingly comfortable yet supportive. I wear a 38 DD and ordered the XL [...] This leaves no lines under your clothes and is so lightweight and breathable that you forget you’re wearing a bra at all!"
The Cult-Favorite Sports Bra That Doubles As A Crop Top
When traveling, versatility is key. And this sports bra and crop top in one is a great multi-use way to save space in your luggage. Made from a stretchy nylon-spandex blend, this TikTok favorite has earned a 4.5-star rating after more than 35,000 reviews. The padding is removable, and it comes in a rainbow of solid colors.
According to a reviewer: “Literally the most comfortable and most supportive sports bra ever. I have wore it hiking, on a road trip, and while tailgating and I have never felt so good. Worth the buy. I have recommended it to everyone I know.”
- Available sizes: Small - XX-Large
A Budget Cooling & Supportive Wire-Free Bra
- Also available on Kohls.com , $38, and Jcpenney.com , $38
This wireless bra will keep you dry, cool, and supported all day long during your trips while staying smooth underneath your outfits. Made with a special moisture-wicking Chill FX lining, it's a great choice for trips to hot destinations. The straps are even convertible to a racerback. However, it's hand-wash recommended.
According to a reviewer: "This bra is soft and comfortable, even in hot weather. No seams to show under a t-shirt or polo. It provides enough support for me, without having a wire. In bras with wires, they inevitably poke me. When traveling, washes easily in the sink and dries overnight, even in muggy, un-air conditioned rooms."
- Available sizes: 34B - 40C
The Best Underwire Bra For Travel
- Also available on Kohls.com , $40, and BareNecessities.com , $20
If you'd prefer the support of a underwire, this bra will stay comfortable all day. The smartly contoured cups and high side panels are smooth under clothes, and this style is machine washable. However, the real selling point here is how comfortable this is from the nylon and spandex blend fabric down to the shape. It's also available in a wireless style .
According to a reviewer: "I have been trying, literally, every brand of bra to find something that fits comfortably and gives good coverage in a t-shirt. Finally, I found my correct sizing and the coverage I need."
- Available sizes: 34B - 40D
A Pack Of Light-Support Sports Bras For A Great Price
- Also available on HerRoom.com , $17, and Fruit.com , $17
These stretchy and comfortable cotton sports bras are a great, budget-friendly choice whether you're working out or just walking around. Ideal for low-impact exercises, they have a double-layered front for a little extra support, and the tag-free build prevents itching. They come in a variety of colors (and even a few prints). At about $5 each, it’s hard to go wrong with these. No wonder they’ve earned more than 40,000 perfect five-star reviews.
According to a reviewer: "I didn't expect them to be as nice as they are. They aren't as substantial as a jog bra but are definitely nice, feel well made & secure. No "headlights," as my mother would say. The fabric is smooth & soft. I washed & dried warm & they didn't shrink much if at all."
- Available sizes: 34 - 50
A Quick-Drying, Cooling Bra Made From Eco-Friendly Bamboo
- Also available on BoodyWear.com , $20
With no padding and made from 80% cooling, eco-friendly bamboo viscose, this is a great pull-on bra for long flights and long days. Plus, plenty of customers have noted how quickly the material dries. It only provides light support but the wide straps and ribbing keep things comfy. Choose from nine muted shades including a wide array of skin tones.
According to a reviewer: “Fits well and will dry quickly. The band at the bottom is a bit thicker than a similar bra by ExOfficio so may take a bit longer to dry. I bought them to dry quickly after hand washing while traveling. Happy with this one.”
The Best Convertible Strapless Bra
To maximize space and minimize the number of bras you'll need to pack, consider a multiway bra . This fan-favorite underwire bra can be worn strapless, as a halter, racerback, on a single shoulder, and with straight straps. With silicone around the edges to prevent slipping and molded, unpadded cups, customers have given this a 4.2 rating overall. However, it's hand-wash only.
According to a reviewer: "I have always had trouble finding bras that fit, but this bra was a MIRACLE! The bra is versatile and could be worn strapless, crossback, or standard. The strapless fit so snug and stayed up all day in my dress. [...] lasts all day. No band irritation."
- Available sizes: 30C - 44DD
This article was originally published on Sep. 7, 2019
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The Best Travel Bras
Before traveling anywhere in the world, there are many things to think about, including a good travel bra. Here is our guide to the best travel bras.
When traveling anywhere in the world, you need to think about many different things before you go. For instance, you need to plan your route, you need to think about visa and passport issues, and you need to pack. Within all of that, you also need to figure out how to keep your most valuable possessions safe. Of course, you also need to be comfortable too!
Did you know that you can combine your comfort with safety at the same time?
Girls welcome to the world of travel bras.
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What Is A Travel Bra?
As the name suggests, a travel bra is, first and foremost, a bra. We all need a bra. We need to be comfortable, we don’t need to feel like we can’t move, and we need to be supported. Some bras, however, serve a second purpose: keeping your credit cards, passport, and other small and essential items safe. This is through small, hidden pockets that are sewn into the bra. No, it won’t cause bulk or discomfort because it’s all designed to be super-streamlined. Clever, right?
On the other hand, some travel bras don’t have hidden pockets; they are designed to be super comfortable and supportive while moving around for long periods and packed down small .
Look at the specs below if you want a travel bra with pockets.
Best Travel Bra Reviews
The travel bra co ultra-light, wire-free bra with anti-theft pockets.
This particular bra comes in a good nude color, so it is pretty versatile regarding what you can wear underneath. The bra is light and made of soft polyamide fabric, so it is the best quick-dry travel bra, perfect if you get a little sweaty while out and about. The bra has five hidden pockets, ideal for jewelry, cash, passport, and cards.
The bra also has an adjustable chest band, so as you place things inside, you can adjust for comfort and support. There are no wires to dig into your chest or sides, and the seams are flat-locked, so they don’t bulk out and cause extra lines to appear under your clothes.
This is an excellent bra for travel, especially for backpackers.
Light Support Strappy Seamless 2 Pack
This two-pack of essential sports bras could easily be worn as a fashion piece, as they appear more like a bralette than a functional sports bra. The moisture-wicking material will keep sweat away from your body and make you feel comfortable and relaxed about your day. The pack contains two bras in differing colors, such as black and white, dark green and light green, or black and pink.
The crossover back straps can be adjustable for comfort and support, and the bras can be washed in the washing machine, as they’re made of a nylon and elastane mix.
Iris & Lilly Microfibre Bras
These cute bralettes are not only supportive and comfortable, but they’re very fashionable too. Made with an elastane and polyamide mix, the bras are machine washable and soft to the touch. The pack contains two bras in a black and beige combination or a black and dusky pink choice.
The straps can be converted from regular straight straps to a crossover back by simply linking the straps together between your shoulder blades. The thin cup inserts can be removed to give you a customized fit according to your needs.
Aurique Women’s Seamless Colour Block Sports Bra
Our pick for the best sports type bra for travel (and also for working out).
Sports bras don’t have to be boring, as this one shows! This bra is designed to have remote support without being too tight during exercise. The bra has a round front and back, with an elasticated midsection to hold everything in place. The brand is made of polyester, polyamide, and elastane for a little extra stretch during wear, available in two color block options, including a black, blue, and white choice.
Amazon Brand – Iris & Lilly Women’s Sports Bra With Padded Cups
This particular sports bra is ideal for those who prefer padding in the cups, giving extra confidence and support. Available in four different color options, the bra is fashionable enough to be worn alone but can equally be worn under a top. The cups are foam and have firm support, ideal for women with larger chest sizes. Made of a polyester and elastane mix, the bra doesn’t have underwiring and is machine washable.
Genie Bra Women’s Twin Pack
This is a twin pack of super comfortable bras, which are ideal for travel. Made of a nylon and spandex mixture, the bras are easy to clean and are seamless and wire-free. There is ruching in the middle of the bust section, and the waistband/chest band is elasticated for extra comfort. The color options are nude and pink, which are ideal for most outfits.
This bra doesn’t have anti-theft storage pockets, but it is fantastic for being comfortable and supported while traveling. However, a hidden pouch is designed for a pad to be inserted for extra oomph; nothing stops you from using this as a concealed pocket for something important!
Genie Women’s Cami Shaper
This is the ideal travel bra for those who want to be comfortable and appear slimmer in the midriff area simultaneously! It has no additional storage pockets, but it is an excellent choice for traveling.
This is more of a bodysuit bra and a nylon and spandex mixture. A slimming technology element is built in, and an elasticated comfort band ensures you don’t feel too restricted.
There are also pads included, so you can add a little extra volume if you want to. Overall, this is a versatile choice as you can use it for travel as a bra, or you can use it as a camisole to wear on the outside too! The shaper element also adds confidence while traveling.
Patagonia Women’s Barely Bra
Patagonia is a distinguished name in the sports world, and this particular bra doubles up as a fantastic travel bra too. Again, super comfortable and supportive, this specific bra has a racerback style and is made of a nylon and spandex mixture, so your skin can breathe.
There is an internal cup pocket, which can either be used to insert pads for an extra boost, or you can use it to add something important you want to keep safe – the choice is yours! There is under-bust support in the form of a panel and a gathered section to add shape.
Overall, this is a comfortable choice for travel and active use.
Lululemon Black Ta Ta Tamer III Bra
The bra is made of polyester and has sweat-wicking included to act as a second skin and take moisture away from the skin. There is also a little Lycra to keep the shape.
There are adjustable straps for comfort and versatility, and there is a criss-cross design to the back so that it won’t show through any strappy style tops. The bra also closes with a hook and eye design.
Under Armour Women’s Armour Mid-Sports Bra
This is another sporty bra that could easily be used for travel, and it comes from a big-name brand simultaneously. This bra is best for A to C cups made of a polyester and elastane mixture only (sorry busty babes).
There is compression to the bra section, as it is specially designed for sporting activities, but that also makes it ideal for hiking and other active travel types .
The bra fits by pulling over the head and has a racerback. There is a soft elastic band underneath, so it doesn’t move and stays where it is supposed to. The bra is also designed to give a ‘second skin’ feel.
Boody Body EcoWear Women’s Shaper Bra
If you’re a little environmentally conscious, this is a fabulous bra. This is a combined sports bra and travel bra made of bamboo, which has been organically grown. No buckles, wires, or clasps make wearing this bra uncomfortable, and it is designed with total comfort in mind.
The sprays are made of a contoured ribbed material for support and comfort, and the fabric is breathable and moisture-wicking.
While this bra might not offer much support and doesn’t have any space to store items, it is an excellent choice for smaller-chested women who want to be comfortable and dry during their travels. You can also choose from white, black, or nude.
Panache Women’s Non-Wired Sports Bra
This is a great travel bra for those likely to be active during their travels. Made of polyamide, polyester, and elastane mixture, the bra has a conventional hook, eye closure, and molded inner cups free of seams. There are mesh inserts and cushioned straps, which can also be adjusted for extra comfort.
This is an adjustable design, as it can convert into a racerback format if you wish. There are several color options, too, so you can work according to your outfit. Again, this is an exceptional sport and travel bra for active travelers and those who want additional support.
Exofficio Women’s Crossover Bra
Our pick for the best comfortable bra for travel.
This is a terrific bra for general travel. While it won’t offer you much support for extreme activities, such as hiking and the like, it will be comfortable and supportive for getting from A to B. The bra is lightweight and odor-resistant also.
This particular bra is a solid option if you want to be super cool during your travels. The front is a crossover design, so while it does come down relatively low, it is still quite supportive and won’t show through a similarly low cut in the front of a top.
The bra is made of a nylon, Lycra, and spandex mixture, and it has a moisture-wicking element, so you stay dry and comfortable at all times on your travels .
Hanes Women’s Ultimate Comfy Support Wire-Free Bra
For the price, this is a great value bra for travel. Made of a mixture of nylon, polyester, and spandex, the bra comes in various colors to find the ideal choice for your needs.
The bra closes with a regular hook and eye mechanism and is suitable for machine washing . There are no seams and wires, and the cups stretch four ways, thanks to an elastic band around the middle. The straps are also adjustable for comfort.
This conforming bra for travel isn’t particularly strenuous, but for trip that also needs support. In contrast, extreme sports will need more support, and this particular bra offers everything you need for regular travel and perhaps for low-impact hiking trips .
Anita Women’s Extreme Control Sports Bra
This is one of the best bras for active travel and comes at a great price. It is a mixture of polyester, nylon, elastane, and cotton to give extra support when you need it the most. With a very sporty appearance, it is available in several color combinations.
There are hooks, eye closings at the back, and secure elasticated straps to give extra support and control during strenuous activities.
This bra isn’t adjustable, which is something to consider if you prefer to have more versatility. Still, for regular wear during demanding conditions, it is a great value option to look into.
Hanes Women’s Comfort Evolution Bra
This is another from the Hanes range, and it is built with comfort in mind; this makes it ideal for travel! The bra looks pretty and is made of a combination of polyester and spandex.
The back closes with a regular hook and eye and has no wires. The neckline is a sweetheart design, which adds to the attractive appearance.
The cups are molded for comfort and extra support, and you can choose from a few different colors, including nude, back, or white. This is an ideal bra for everyday travel needs .
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What To Look For In A Travel Bra
So, now you know you need a travel bra, what do you need to look for when purchasing one?
- Budget : Obviously, you shouldn’t spend more than you can afford, so shopping around and sticking to your budget is important.
- Colour options: Do you wear light-colored clothes more often? If you are someone who prefers to wear darker colors, you need a black or navy blue option so the light color underneath won’t show through your outfit. In that case, you need a nude or white colored bra.
- Straps: What kind of straps does the bra have? Does it have thick straps or thin ones? This is a personal preference you need to consider when purchasing.
- Is it convertible: Does the bra convert into a strapless option? Does it switch, so the straps cross over at the back to avoid strap lines when wearing racerback tops?
- Is it suitable for exercising or hiking: How much support does the bra offer? If you’re doing sports or hiking, getting from A to B travel requires a bra that offers more support and padding than regular.
- Space: How much space does the bra take up in your bag? Want to know how to pack bras for travel? Some travel bras can be bulky to pack, because of the space inside for storing things, so consider this. You also need to think about how much space is inside for storing your valuables, if it has this function, e.g.,g how many credit cards or debit cards does it hold?
What Makes A Good Bra For Travel?
What makes a good travel bra? A bra with all the above options and one you feel comfortable in. Shopping around is the only way to ensure all of that happens, but some excellent bras are on the market.
Choosing the best travel bra should, therefore, be comfortable and supportive; it shouldn’t look bulky or ugly and could offer you space to store a small number of valuable items too. If you are doing any strenuous activity, such as hiking, you should also look into a more sports-designed type of bra, perhaps with a little more compression support built-in.
Why Do You Need A Comfortable Bra For Travel?
When we’re traveling, we need to be comfortable and supported, and travel is none of those things when you’re wearing a cheap bra that offers zero support, and the straps keep falling. You might be enjoying active travel too, e.g., hiking or exercising; in that case, you need extra help too.
We mentioned that some travel bras have hidden pockets to keep your small valuables safe, but you can also cut down on the number of small bags you need to take with you by utilizing the space within the bra. For instance, do you want to take extra things in your bag while hiking? You might not have room.
For these reasons, a good quality, comfortable, versatile, and supportive travel bra is essential to your travel armory.
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You only need two or three bras on your trip, depending on your cup size and level of activities planned. Pack these bras: T-shirt, Convertible & Sports bra
Let’s talk about underwear.
Specifically, a piece of underwear that supports we women through thick and thin.
Over the highest mountains, through the sweatiest yoga sessions, in rainstorms, on beach days, at the office, and on adventures these protect and support our assets faithfully.
I’m talking about your bras, ladies.
Whether you’re cultivating form or function, indulging your flirty side with crafty lace, your athletic side with rib-hugging elastic, or your gotta-sleep-now side, we’ve all got a bra for every activity.
And when you travel, you want a bra that makes your trip easier, more comfortable, and less nipply (if that’s not your thing).
3 Must-Have Bras for Travel
If you’re like most women traveling, you’ll pack a minimum of two bras, wearing one bra and packing a spare. With that minimalist approach, you can wash one bra and, as it dries, you can wear the other.
Depending your girls’ size, need for support, and your activities, you will probably need to travel with three bras:
- T-shirt bra
- Convertible bra
If you’re engaging in less active adventures (or are an A-cup), you can probably get away without the sports bra.
Here’s why you must pack these three bras:
Can’t make it through a day without a good sweaty run or a hot yoga session? Pack a sports bra.
Need some extra support for your boobs on roads filled with potholes? Pack a sports bra.
This is the only time you’ll ever hear me say this, so listen closely. Pack two sports bras if you answered yes to both of the questions above.
You can wear one for your next day’s activities while the other bra is drying.
This is that magical bra with adjustable strap configurations that conforms to any shirt, dress, or halter-top.
Yes, even those strapless tops that you bought on a whim in Thailand. It’s probably not the most comfortable bra you own, but it’s the most versatile.
Pack a convertible bra and have the right bra for any shirt or dress situation.
T-Shirt Bra: Underwire or Wireless?
Perhaps you’ve heard whispers of women setting off the machines at security checkpoints and being pawed down — sorry, patted down — due to the underwire in their bras.
Personally, I’ve never had this happen. And 90% of my bras have wire in them. But the case for going underwire-free is more than awkward gropings by airport personnel.
The real reason is comfort.
With a wire-free bra, you can sleep comfortably instead of feeling like you have to let down your hair, kick off your shoes, and untie your corset to relax. While traveling, comfort is key. And clothing is one of the few things that you have total control over when on the road.
Let’s face it: Underwire isn’t that comfortable when bedding down in a tiny, cramped airplane or bus seat, chasing after sleep.
Choosing a Travel Bra
When you’re shopping for (or packing) travel bras, you’ll want:
- Moisture-wicking: Modern materials for a quick-dry bra
- Comfort: You’ll be wearing this bra for long hours; it should be comfortable
- Style: If you want a bra that will go with any outfit, pick a nude bra
- Fit: Avoid the uni-boob or side-boob looks with a properly fitting bra
Whether you buy a bra there or not, treat yourself to a proper bra fitting at Victoria’s Secret or some other brick and mortar bra store. This is one of those times that a professional fitting makes a world of difference. Once you really know your size and fit, it makes shopping, online and off, a whole lot easier.
How to Pack Bras
Those nicely molded cups that make you feel perky also create a tricky packing situation . How do you pack a delicate bra that works so hard but is easily damaged or crushed?
Here are five options for packing your bras so they emerge safely from your bag. Choose the one that fits your personality and traveling style:
1. Tuck the Cups
Fold the bra in half: Twist in the bra’s center and tuck one cup inside the other cup, so the two cups are nestled together. Put socks or underwear inside the cup to help keep their shape.
This is how I travel with my bras, and after thousands of miles, I have never arrived home with crushed cups.
Note : Packing a bra this way is a polarizing topic. You’re either for it, or against it, according to a long forum on Flyer Talk .
Short version: If you love your lingerie and spend $50+ on a bra, you might not like the idea of twisting your bras this way. If this is you, check out the next packing method below.
2. Stack ‘Em
Pile up your bras into one tidy stack. Tuck socks or underwear inside the twin cups to help keep their shape. This packing method is best for bras a C-cup and larger, or push-up bras with extra padding.
Think of how Victoria’s Secret stacks their bras in a tidy line, each bra nestled into its partner.
3. Clam-Shell Tuck
Fold the bra in half so the cups are stacked on top of each other with an empty space between them, like a clam. Tuck socks or underwear in between the space between the cups.
4. Bra Travel Case
About the size of a toiletries bag, check out some products made specially to keep your bras from being crushed or ruined. Her Packing List recommends the Cup Case .
Pro tip : However you decide to pack your bras, put it in your suitcase with the cups down. This way, you can pack other clothing around the cups to avoid them being crushed.
5. Packing Cube or Ziplock Bag
Keep your spare bra safe and clean by tucking it into a packing cube or ziplock bag.
Keep some extra air in the ziplock bag as cushioning.
Or designate a packing cube as your lingerie “drawer.” Slide your spare bra in with the cups down, and pack tights, socks, or underwear into those empty cups to help them keep their shapes.
Best Secret Pocket Travel Bras
The Travel Bra ($41)
“I am super happy with the travel bra,” says Tammy from Tammy & Chris on the Move .
The Travel Bra looks like a sports bra, but with hidden pockets for your most valuables. This bra stashes things like credit cards, extra cash, and passport… not just your boobs, like normal bras.
Made from breathable bamboo that is anti-microbacterial and anti-odor, this bra is underwire-free and made for comfort.
Her only complaint? The passport pocket dangling off the bra.
“[My] passport dangles around a bit if you wear a loose top on top of it, but if your top is tight, this won’t happen.”
Handee Bra Company Racer-Back Bamboo Wire-Free Bra with Pockets ($15-40)
Ok, let’s do the bad news first: this bra doesn’t have much support. According to reviewers, the bra tends to ride up if you lift your arms.
And the pockets are too small to fit a credit card or passport.
Now for the good news: the bra is comfortable and lightweight. One reviewer wore it on her trip to Honduras and loved it.
Verdict? If you want a functional travel bra with hidden pockets, go for The Travel Bra. They know what they’re doing. If budget is an issue, this one will probably get you through your trip.
Pro-Tip: Want a bra with secret pockets without investing in a travel-specific bra? You probably already have one. Any push-up bra with removable gel inserts can be used to hide tiny valuables, like your USB drive with copies of all of your important information and paperwork, or a little stash of money.
Just remove the gel pads and tuck other things inside! You’re welcome.
Best Travel Bras (That Are Hiding In Your Dresser)
On Gossamer Sleek Micro Push Up Bra with Lace ($48)
This is a solid everyday travel bra option, with a breathable mesh material and a great price point. Sounds like a match made in heaven for traveling through those humid climates when your clothing drowns in your sweat.
Bonus: smooth molded cups, a little push-up padding to aid what God gave ya, and available in a low plunge for your favorite v-neck blouse for going out.
Did I mention it’s nearly invisible under clothing? Ah, perfection.
ThirdLove Lace Balconette Bra ($76)
“Hang on,” you might be thinking. “You’re including a gorgeous lace balconette bra on a travel bra list? What are you thinking?”
I hear you. Lace itches. Not good for long flights or bus rides.
But not this lace bra. ThirdLove says, “It’s as gorgeous as lingerie gets, but as comfortable as our T-Shirt Bra.”
Hm, that’s a high standard. And the reviews back it up:
“This is my favorite bra. Fits me perfectly. Difficult for big busted women to find sexy lace bras, and ThirdLove offers those of us a choice in lace bras.”
“I love that when I want the support and also have a really pretty thing underneath, that can be done. Love this bra – it doesn’t dig in on bands, and the lace holds up to washing. It is as supportive as other ThirdLove bras, and one of my favs.”
Top Secret Prop Top Bralette ($40)
Faz travels between Singapore and Los Angeles a couple times each year, so she’s had ample opportunity to road test bras. Her favorite is this bralette.
“It provides minimal support, but I’m not about to do burpees on a plane, so I want to be as comfortable as possible. It fits well and the fact that it’s double layered makes sure you don’t have unnecessary nipple action on the plane.”
“What I like best is that there are no adjustable plastic bits that can dig into your skin and that the entire material is stretchy, as opposed to bras that are stretchy just at the straps and under the bust.”
She recommends washing this bra by hand.
Elila Leopard Lace Softcup Bra ($25-70)
Perfect for fuller busts that need a little extra support without an underwire. Kimmay from Hurray Kimmay reviewed this bra:
“Super, super, super seamed support and firm band. OK for everyday? You bet! Traveling across the country? Of course! Sleeping? Mmmm it’s not as soft as other styles, so I’d say mostly no.”
Everlane ReNew Barely There Bra $25
Angela, at Tortuga, says, “ They’re my favorite bras for travel. They’re super lightweight, hardly take up any room, dry quickly, and can be worn with V-necks.
Normal movement doesn’t cause the cups to move and my tatas stay covered. I don’t have the same experience doing serious dancing or lying down, but they really get the job done in day-to-day circumstances. If I squeeze my arms together, bend over, whatever, no nips. It’s great.
Also, the straps stay in place, the adjustment clasps don’t need to be tightened throughout the day, and the band doesn’t ride up when I raise my arms!
But based on the reviews on Everlane, everyone has a different experience so proceed with caution. It seems people with smaller cup sizes (A/B) have the most positive experience. Test it out at home before you commit and make sure you feel covered and supported in the way you expect. “
Best Convertible Bras for Travel
Lively All-Day T-Shirt Bra ($35)
I adore my Lively t-shirt bra. In fact, I’m wearing it right now. Super soft fabric, no-wrinkle cups (the edges stay flat even after washing!), and front adjusting straps combine to make this a superhero bra.
Thanks to a simple J-hook in the back, you can take this bra from classic fit to racer-back like that. *snaps fingers*
I’ve tossed all my fancy, high-end bras in favor of more Lively bras.
Psst, this bra even comes in a oh-so-comfy wireless option that has all the sex appeal of an underwire bra .
Everyday Favorite Smooth Coverage Bra from Gap ($42)
Slightly padded, molded cups. Versatile enough to wear under t-shirts or with a dress with a curved back. Convertible straps, so you can wear it with a v-neck or a racer-back.
And the most beloved feature as noted by the reviewers: underwire with pain-free support.
Best of all? This bra might already be hiding in your underwear drawer.
Meaning: you don’t actually have to put yourself through the agony of bra shopping.
Wacoal’s Red Carpet Strapless Bra ($68)
Smooth fabric delivers no show-through on this strapless bra. And yes, before you ask, it comes with removable straps that you can wear classic, halter-style or racer-back.
In other words: this bra might be your secret weapon on the road to wearing those sexy dresses and t-shirts on chill days.
Nordstrom’s 1200+ reviews rate this strapless bra a spectacular 4.8 stars out of 5. Most notably, the reviewers rave about this bra’s ability to “stay up,” a strapless bra’s #1 most-valued skill.
Best Sports Bras for Travel
Keep your girls strapped down tight — and feeling comfortable — even on the bumpiest of adventures with a good sports bra.
Pick one with a mesh backing to let your skin breathe during strenuous activities. Or, when you’re in very humid climates.
Lynx Cross Back ($60)
Holy moly, this bra takes its job, of keeping your girls stabilized with no bounce during workouts, seriously.
This sports bra was designed by a larger breasted athlete, so it knows its stuff. Thanks to its unique cross back design, all pressure is off your neck.
And, of course, it comes with the usual goodies: cooling mesh panels, max support for high-impact activities, dries quickly, and you have a full range of motion.
Anita Women’s Air Control Padded Cup Sports Bra ($25-99)
This sports bra is built to support you. Literally.
But it knows how to be there for you without stifling, thanks to two types of breathable mesh for ventilation.
Reviewers liked this bra, for the most part, but cautioned that if you’re a D-cup or larger, you might get a lot of bounce with high-intensity exercise or cardio.
North Face Sports Bra ($30-50)
Raise your hand if you’d like your sports bra to have a hidden pocket to stash your Airbnb or hotel key?
Yep, me too.
Which is exactly what this sports bra has: a hidden front pocket big enough to fit your smartphone (thank goodness!) and your keys.
Plus, this bra is breathable, lightweight, quick-drying and supportive in all the sizes from A-D cups.
A great travel bra is like a travel backpack : It makes your travels easier by doing its job right. The first time.
You only need two or three bras on your trip, depending on your cup size and level of activities planned. Pack these bras:
If you’re in the market for a new bra try one of these :
Hidden Pocket Travel Bra : The Travel Bra keeps your valuables tucked in your bra, not a sweaty money belt.
Best Travel Bra You Already Own : for this category, you have two choices:
- On Gossamer Sleek Micro Push Up
- ThirdLove Lace Balconette Bra for on-the-road feminine sexiness and comfort
Best Convertible Bra : Hands down, go with the Lively All-Day T-Shirt Bra . It will not fail you, especially with its ability to switch from classic to racer-back.
Best Sports Bra : go with the North Face Sports Bra or the Lynx Cross Back , depending on your chest size.
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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow: The Best of Moscow!
I just got back from one week in Moscow. And, as you might have already guessed, it was a mind-boggling experience. It was not my first trip to the Russian capital. But I hardly ever got enough time to explore this sprawling city. Visiting places for business rarely leaves enough time for sightseeing. I think that if you’ve got one week in Russia, you can also consider splitting your time between its largest cities (i.e. Saint Petersburg ) to get the most out of your trip. Seven days will let you see the majority of the main sights and go beyond just scratching the surface. In this post, I’m going to share with you my idea of the perfect travel itinerary for one week in Moscow.
Moscow is perhaps both the business and cultural hub of Russia. There is a lot more to see here than just the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Centuries-old churches with onion-shaped domes dotted around the city are in stark contrast with newly completed impressive skyscrapers of Moscow City dominating the skyline. I spent a lot of time thinking about my Moscow itinerary before I left. And this city lived up to all of my expectations.
Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow
Day 1 – red square and the kremlin.
Metro Station: Okhotny Ryad on Red Line.
No trip to Moscow would be complete without seeing its main attraction. The Red Square is just a stone’s throw away from several metro stations. It is home to some of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in the city. The first thing you’ll probably notice after entering it and passing vendors selling weird fur hats is the fairytale-like looking Saint Basil’s Cathedral. It was built to commemorate one of the major victories of Ivan the Terrible. I once spent 20 minutes gazing at it, trying to find the perfect angle to snap it. It was easier said than done because of the hordes of locals and tourists.
As you continue strolling around Red Square, there’s no way you can miss Gum. It was widely known as the main department store during the Soviet Era. Now this large (yet historic) shopping mall is filled with expensive boutiques, pricey eateries, etc. During my trip to Moscow, I was on a tight budget. So I only took a retro-style stroll in Gum to get a rare glimpse of a place where Soviet leaders used to grocery shop and buy their stuff. In case you want some modern shopping experience, head to the Okhotny Ryad Shopping Center with stores like New Yorker, Zara, and Adidas.
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To continue this Moscow itinerary, next you may want to go inside the Kremlin walls. This is the center of Russian political power and the president’s official residence. If you’re planning to pay Kremlin a visit do your best to visit Ivan the Great Bell Tower as well. Go there as early as possible to avoid crowds and get an incredible bird’s-eye view. There are a couple of museums that are available during designated visiting hours. Make sure to book your ticket online and avoid lines.
Day 2 – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Arbat Street
Metro Station: Kropotkinskaya on Red Line
As soon as you start creating a Moscow itinerary for your second day, you’ll discover that there are plenty of metro stations that are much closer to certain sites. Depending on your route, take a closer look at the metro map to pick the closest.
The white marble walls of Christ the Saviour Cathedral are awe-inspiring. As you approach this tallest Orthodox Christian church, you may notice the bronze sculptures, magnificent arches, and cupolas that were created to commemorate Russia’s victory against Napoleon.
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Unfortunately, the current Cathedral is a replica, since original was blown to bits in 1931 by the Soviet government. The new cathedral basically follows the original design, but they have added some new elements such as marble high reliefs.
Home to some precious collection of artworks, in Tretyakov Gallery you can find more than 150,000 of works spanning centuries of artistic endeavor. Originally a privately owned gallery, it now has become one of the largest museums in Russia. The Gallery is often considered essential to visit. But I have encountered a lot of locals who have never been there.
Famous for its souvenirs, musicians, and theaters, Arbat street is among the few in Moscow that were turned into pedestrian zones. Arbat street is usually very busy with tourists and locals alike. My local friend once called it the oldest street in Moscow dating back to 1493. It is a kilometer long walking street filled with fancy gift shops, small cozy restaurants, lots of cute cafes, and street artists. It is closed to any vehicular traffic, so you can easily stroll it with kids.
Day 3 – Moscow River Boat Ride, Poklonnaya Hill Victory Park, the Moscow City
Metro Station: Kievskaya and Park Pobedy on Dark Blue Line / Vystavochnaya on Light Blue Line
Voyaging along the Moscow River is definitely one of the best ways to catch a glimpse of the city and see the attractions from a bit different perspective. Depending on your Moscow itinerary, travel budget and the time of the year, there are various types of boats available. In the summer there is no shortage of boats, and you’ll be spoiled for choice.
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If you find yourself in Moscow during the winter months, I’d recommend going with Radisson boat cruise. These are often more expensive (yet comfy). They offer refreshments like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and, of course, alcoholic drinks. Prices may vary but mostly depend on your food and drink selection. Find their main pier near the opulent Ukraine hotel . The hotel is one of the “Seven Sisters”, so if you’re into the charm of Stalinist architecture don’t miss a chance to stay there.
The area near Poklonnaya Hill has the closest relation to the country’s recent past. The memorial complex was completed in the mid-1990s to commemorate the Victory and WW2 casualties. Also known as the Great Patriotic War Museum, activities here include indoor attractions while the grounds around host an open-air museum with old tanks and other vehicles used on the battlefield.
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The hallmark of the memorial complex and the first thing you see as you exit metro is the statue of Nike mounted to its column. This is a very impressive Obelisk with a statue of Saint George slaying the dragon at its base.
Maybe not as impressive as Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower , the skyscrapers of the Moscow City (otherwise known as Moscow International Business Center) are so drastically different from dull Soviet architecture. With 239 meters and 60 floors, the Empire Tower is the seventh highest building in the business district.
The observation deck occupies 56 floor from where you have some panoramic views of the city. I loved the view in the direction of Moscow State University and Luzhniki stadium as well to the other side with residential quarters. The entrance fee is pricey, but if you’re want to get a bird’s eye view, the skyscraper is one of the best places for doing just that.
Day 4 – VDNKh, Worker and Collective Farm Woman Monument, The Ostankino TV Tower
Metro Station: VDNKh on Orange Line
VDNKh is one of my favorite attractions in Moscow. The weird abbreviation actually stands for Russian vystavka dostizheniy narodnogo khozyaystva (Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy). With more than 200 buildings and 30 pavilions on the grounds, VDNKh serves as an open-air museum. You can easily spend a full day here since the park occupies a very large area.
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First, there are pavilions that used to showcase different cultures the USSR was made of. Additionally, there is a number of shopping pavilions, as well as Moskvarium (an Oceanarium) that features a variety of marine species. VDNKh is a popular venue for events and fairs. There is always something going on, so I’d recommend checking their website if you want to see some particular exhibition.
A stone’s throw away from VDNKh there is a very distinctive 25-meters high monument. Originally built in 1937 for the world fair in Paris, the hulking figures of men and women holding a hammer and a sickle represent the Soviet idea of united workers and farmers. It doesn’t take much time to see the monument, but visiting it gives some idea of the Soviet Union’s grandiose aspirations.
I have a thing for tall buildings. So to continue my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow I decided to climb the fourth highest TV tower in the world. This iconic 540m tower is a fixture of the skyline. You can see it virtually from everywhere in Moscow, and this is where you can get the best panoramic views (yep, even better than Empire skyscraper).
Parts of the floor are made of tempered glass, so it can be quite scary to exit the elevator. But trust me, as you start observing buildings and cars below, you won’t want to leave. There is only a limited number of tickets per day, so you may want to book online. Insider tip: the first tour is cheaper, you can save up to $10 if go there early.
Day 5 – A Tour To Moscow Manor Houses
Metro Station: Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno on Dark Green Line / Kuskovo on Purple Line
I love visiting the manor houses and palaces in Moscow. These opulent buildings were generally built to house Russian aristocratic families and monarchs. Houses tend to be rather grand affairs with impressive architecture. And, depending on the whims of the owners, some form of a landscaped garden.
During the early part of the 20th century though, many of Russia’s aristocratic families (including the family of the last emperor) ended up being killed or moving abroad . Their manor houses were nationalized. Some time later (after the fall of the USSR) these were open to the public. It means that today a great many of Moscow’s finest manor houses and palaces are open for touring.
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There are 20 manor houses scattered throughout the city and more than 25 in the area around. But not all of them easily accessible and exploring them often takes a lot of time. I’d recommend focusing on three most popular estates in Moscow that are some 30-minute metro ride away from Kremlin.
Sandwiched between the Moscow River and the Andropov Avenue, Kolomenskoye is a UNESCO site that became a public park in the 1920’s. Once a former royal estate, now it is one of the most tranquil parks in the city with gorgeous views. The Ascension Church, The White Column, and the grounds are a truly grand place to visit.
You could easily spend a full day here, exploring a traditional Russian village (that is, in fact, a market), picnicking by the river, enjoying the Eastern Orthodox church architecture, hiking the grounds as well as and wandering the park and gardens with wildflower meadows, apple orchards, and birch and maple groves. The estate museum showcases Russian nature at its finest year-round.
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If my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow was a family tree, Tsaritsyno Park would probably be the crazy uncle that no-one talks about. It’s a large park in the south of the city of mind-boggling proportions, unbelievable in so many ways, and yet most travelers have never heard of it.
The palace was supposed to be a summer home for Empress Catherine the Great. But since the construction didn’t meet with her approval the palace was abandoned. Since the early 1990’s the palace, the pond, and the grounds have been undergoing renovations. The entire complex is now looking brighter and more elaborately decorated than at possibly any other time during its history. Like most parks in Moscow, you can visit Tsaritsyno free of charge, but there is a small fee if you want to visit the palace.
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Last, but by no means least on my Moscow itinerary is Kuskovo Park . This is definitely an off-the-beaten-path place. While it is not easily accessible, you will be rewarded with a lack of crowds. This 18th-century summer country house of the Sheremetev family was one of the first summer country estates of the Russian nobility. And when you visit you’ll quickly realize why locals love this park.
Like many other estates, Kuskovo has just been renovated. So there are lovely French formal garden, a grotto, and the Dutch house to explore. Make sure to plan your itinerary well because the estate is some way from a metro station.
Day 6 – Explore the Golden Ring
Creating the Moscow itinerary may keep you busy for days with the seemingly endless amount of things to do. Visiting the so-called Golden Ring is like stepping back in time. Golden Ring is a “theme route” devised by promotion-minded journalist and writer Yuri Bychkov.
Having started in Moscow the route will take you through a number of historical cities. It now includes Suzdal, Vladimir, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Sergiev Posad. All these awe-inspiring towns have their own smaller kremlins and feature dramatic churches with onion-shaped domes, tranquil residential areas, and other architectural landmarks.
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I only visited two out of eight cities included on the route. It is a no-brainer that Sergiev Posad is the nearest and the easiest city to see on a day trip from Moscow. That being said, you can explore its main attractions in just one day. Located some 70 km north-east of the Russian capital, this tiny and overlooked town is home to Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, UNESCO Site.
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Sergiev Posad is often described as being at the heart of Russian spiritual life. So it is uncommon to see the crowds of Russian pilgrims showing a deep reverence for their religion. If you’re traveling independently and using public transport, you can reach Sergiev Posad by bus (departs from VDNKh) or by suburban commuter train from Yaroslavskaya Railway Station (Bahnhof). It takes about one and a half hours to reach the town.
Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is a great place to get a glimpse of filling and warming Russian lunch, specifically at the “ Gostevaya Izba ” restaurant. Try the duck breast, hearty potato and vegetables, and the awesome Napoleon cake.
Day 7 – Gorky Park, Izmailovo Kremlin, Patriarch’s Ponds
Metro Station: Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya on Circle Line / Partizanskaya on Dark Blue Line / Pushkinskaya on Dark Green Line
Gorky Park is in the heart of Moscow. It offers many different types of outdoor activities, such as dancing, cycling, skateboarding, walking, jogging, and anything else you can do in a park. Named after Maxim Gorky, this sprawling and lovely park is where locals go on a picnic, relax and enjoy free yoga classes. It’s a popular place to bike around, and there is a Muzeon Art Park not far from here. A dynamic location with a younger vibe. There is also a pier, so you can take a cruise along the river too.
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The Kremlin in Izmailovo is by no means like the one you can find near the Red Square. Originally built for decorative purposes, it now features the Vernissage flea market and a number of frequent fairs, exhibitions, and conferences. Every weekend, there’s a giant flea market in Izmailovo, where dozens of stalls sell Soviet propaganda crap, Russian nesting dolls, vinyl records, jewelry and just about any object you can imagine. Go early in the morning if you want to beat the crowds.
All the Bulgakov’s fans should pay a visit to Patriarch’s Ponds (yup, that is plural). With a lovely small city park and the only one (!) pond in the middle, the location is where the opening scene of Bulgakov’s novel Master and Margarita was set. The novel is centered around a visit by Devil to the atheistic Soviet Union is considered by many critics to be one of the best novels of the 20th century. I spent great two hours strolling the nearby streets and having lunch in the hipster cafe.
Conclusion and Recommendations
To conclude, Moscow is a safe city to visit. I have never had a problem with getting around and most locals are really friendly once they know you’re a foreigner. Moscow has undergone some serious reconstruction over the last few years. So you can expect some places to be completely different. I hope my one week Moscow itinerary was helpful! If you have less time, say 4 days or 5 days, I would cut out day 6 and day 7. You could save the Golden Ring for a separate trip entirely as there’s lots to see!
What are your thoughts on this one week Moscow itinerary? Are you excited about your first time in the city? Let me know in the comments below!
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Moscow looks so beautiful and historic! Thanks for including public transit information for those of us who don’t like to rent cars.
Yup, that is me 🙂 Rarely rent + stick to the metro = Full wallet!
Looks like you had loads of fun! Well done. Also great value post for travel lovers.
I have always wanted to go to Russia, especially Moscow. These sights look absolutely beautiful to see and there is so much history there!
Agree! Moscow is a thousand-year-old city and there is definitely something for everyone.
Those are amazing buildings. Looks like a place that would be amazing to visit.
Never been to Moscow or Russia but my family has. Many great spots and a lot of culture. Your itinerary sounds fantastic and covers a lot despite it is only a short period of time.
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I know very little about Moscow or Russia for the\at matter. I do know I would have to see the Red Square and all of its exquisite architectural masterpieces. Also the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR. Thanks for shedding some light on visiting Moscow.
Thanks for swinging by! The Red Square is a great starting point, but there way too many places and things to discover aside from it!
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You are making me so jealous!! I’ve always wanted to see Russia.
Moscow is in my bucket list, I don’t know when I can visit there, your post is really useful. As a culture rich place we need to spend at least week.
Looks like you had a great trip! Thanks for all the great info! I’ve never been in to Russia, but this post makes me wanna go now!
Wow this is amazing! Moscow is on my bucket list – such an amazing place to visit I can imagine! I can’t wait to go there one day!
The building on the second picture looks familiar. I keep seeing that on TV.
What beautiful moments! I always wish I had the personality to travel more like this!
Perfect itinerary for spending a week in Moscow! So many places to visit and it looks like you had a wonderful time. I would love to climb that tower. The views I am sure must have been amazing!
I was lucky enough to see the skyline of Moscow from this TV Tower and it is definitely mind-blowing.
Moscow is definitely up there on my travel bucket list. So much history and iconic architecture!
Thumbs up! 🙂
OMG I dream to visit Moscow someday! Hope the visa processing would be okay (and become more affordable) so I could pursue my dream trip!
Yup, visa processing is the major downside! Agree! Time and the money consuming process…
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7 Best Things To Do in Moscow
Updated February 11, 2021
Art, museums and history reign supreme in Moscow, one of the most pristinely and magnificently preserved cities. This beautiful walking city is also recommended for couples. Here you can stroll through 15th-century cathedrals, explore Russian
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Red Square Red Square free
One of the world's most famous public squares, the Red Square sits at the physical center of Moscow and is considered the symbolic center of all of Russia. Bluntly speaking, Red Square is a must-see in the city. Allot a decent amount of time to take in the views, capture them on your camera and to just soak in the atmosphere of the place.
You'll find the Red Square is bordered by the massive GUM shopping mall on the east, St. Basil's Cathedral on the south, the State Historical Museum on the north and Lenin's Mausoleum on the west.
Tretyakov Gallery Tretyakov Gallery
Many say the Tretyakov Gallery features the best collection of Russian fine art in the world. This museum is filled to the brim with masterpieces ranging from the 11th century to the 20th century. The gallery is actually comprised of two buildings, often referred to as the "Old Tretyakov" and the "New Tretyakov."
If you make time for only one museum in Moscow, make sure it's this one. Frommer's says, "This collection of masterpieces awes both newcomers to Russian art and connoisseurs." With works from Russian icons like Vrubel and Kadinsky dotted throughout the museum, you could easily find yourself whiling away the whole day here.
St. Basil's Cathedral St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral, also known by its much longer title as the Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat , is the most iconic landmark in Russia. It's located in Red Square , immediately recognizable by its unique bonfire-style design.
Built in the mid-16th century under the orders of Ivan the Terrible himself, (a popular legend says he had the architect blinded to prevent him from duplicating the beauty) St. Basil's Cathedral is most known for its vibrantly colored onion domes. Frommer's says the cathedral is "essentially a union of nine different churches and styles, and nine different chapels, beneath nine domes, each unique in size, form, and color."
Cathedral of Christ the Savior Cathedral of Christ the Savior free
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is located along the bank of the Moscow River and only a few blocks away from the Kremlin . Tourists come to the cathedral for its impressive architecture and design, as well as for its equally impressive (and strange) history.
The cathedral was originally built to commemorate the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812 and to honor the soldiers who gave their lives fighting him. Then in 1931, Stalin had the structure dynamited to make room for his Palace of the Soviets project -- an ambitious skyscraper (it would have been the tallest structure in the world) that never materialized. Instead, the site was transformed in 1958 into the Moscow Pool, one of the largest public swimming pools in the world. The pool closed in 1994 and the cathedral was rebuilt in its place in 1997.
Moscow Kremlin Moscow Kremlin
Often referred to simply as "The Kremlin," this fortress is located in the center of Moscow, off of the Red Square . It is the most well known of the Kremlins (Russian citadels) and serves as the official residence of the Russian President. The Kremlin encompasses four cathedrals, four palaces and a number of towers.
One of the major highlights here is the Armory Palace, one of the city's oldest museums. The Armory Palace was originally the royal Russian arsenal where weapons were produced and stored. It wasn't until the early 1800s that it was converted into a museum. Now, it showcases Western European, Asian and Russian weapons and armor, as well as several collections of work from goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewelers. Don't miss the Fabergé egg exhibit.
Lenin's Mausoleum Lenin's Mausoleum free
Lenin's Mausoleum is located in Red Square and is probably one of the stranger tourist attractions you'll ever come across. It contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, a disturbing site that has been on display almost every day since his death in 1924.
Lonely Planet says, "Whether for the creepiness value or an interest in mummification, the granite tomb of Lenin is a must-see, especially since (if some people get their way) the former leader may eventually end up beside his mum in St Petersburg." Apparently, the Bolsheviks leader made a specific request to be buried alongside his mother before he died.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is located on Volkhonka Street across from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior . It houses the largest collection of European art in Moscow, and it was named in honor of one of Russia's premier poets, Alexander Pushkin.
You don't go here to read sonnets, though. Instead, you should look to find art spanning a wide range of eras and movements, from ancient Greece to the Renaissance to French Impressionism. Masterpieces from the likes of Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso and Van Gogh easily make this museum deserving of a visit.
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From the fortified Kremlin and gold church domes, to modern skyscrapers, museums and galleries, Moscow’s landmarks reveal much about its history and future. Wars and revolutions have transformed the Russian capital many times in the past. Today it is a prosperous and cosmopolitan city. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Moscow every year for its art, history and culture.
Make Red Square your first stop. The enormous historic plaza is bordered by some of the city’s most famous buildings. Gaze in awe at St. Basil’s Cathedral with its intriguing multicolored domes. The church was built for Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century to commemorate a military victory. At the opposite end of the square is the State Historical Museum, full of artifacts that tell the story of Russia from prehistoric times to the present. Venture into the Lenin Mausoleum to see the preserved body of the former head of government of the Soviet Union.
Take a tour of the Kremlin, the vast 69-acre (29-hectare) fortified complex that occupies the spot where Moscow was founded. The compound encompasses churches, cathedrals, palaces and the official residence of the president of Russia. Appreciate the religious icons and frescoes inside the Cathedral of the Assumption. See tombs of Russian rulers in the Cathedral of the Archangel.
Anywhere in Moscow, you’re never far from a park or garden. One of the most famous is the 300-acre (120-hectare) Gorky Park, along the banks of the Moscow River. Walk, cycle or rollerblade along its paths, go boating on the lake or play tennis and other sports. During winter, ice skate on the huge rink.
You’ll find many evening activities in the city. Watch opera or ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre, dine in a café or restaurant on Arbat Street and dance in clubs featuring international DJs.
Fly into Sheremetyevo International Airport and get around by bus, tram, taxi, the metro system or rental car. Let Moscow thrill you with its fascinating buildings and history.
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Moscow City Centre
Theaters, museums, and historic sites highlight some notable features of Moscow City Centre. Make a stop by Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or Kremlin Arsenal while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Okhotny Ryad Station or Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Station to get around town.
Central Administrative Okrug
If you're spending time in Central Administrative Okrug, check out sights like Moscow Arts Theatre or Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and hop on the metro to see more the city at Okhotny Ryad Station or Teatral'naya Station.
You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Khoroshevo-Mnevniki. You might want to make time for a stop at Aviapark or Victory Park.
If you're spending some time in Moskovskiy, Bitsa Park and Victory Park are top sights worth seeing.
Western Administrative Okrug
If you're spending time in Western Administrative Okrug, check out sights like Memorial Mosque or Victory Park and hop on the metro to see more the city at Yugo-Zapadnaya Station or Prospekt Vernadskogo Station.
South-Western Administrative Okrug
While you're in South-Western Administrative Okrug, take in top sights like Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Uzkoye or Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Konkovo Station or Yasenevo Station.
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You can learn about the history of Moscow with a trip to Red Square. Experience the area's fascinating museums and acclaimed theater scene.
Visit the most iconic square in Russia, which is bordered by many of the city’s most famous landmarks.
A centerpiece of the Russian arts scene, this theater’s magnificent auditorium and top-tier productions will impress even the most jaded theatergoer.
St. Basil's Cathedral
Think of Russia and you probably picture this iconic building, whose onion-shaped domes overlook the Moscow skyline.
You can learn about the history of Moscow with a visit to Arbat Street. Take in the acclaimed theater scene in this culturally rich area.
State Historical Museum
Take a walk through many different eras of Russian history at this expansive museum on Red Square.
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5/5 - excellent.
I got to see St Basil so I was really happy about it and eat stroganoff all day! So I was a happy camper
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Best Capitol in the world, the cleanest and very rich. Also much cheaper than other european cities. Last time I was in Moscow 20 years ago it was not an impressive place. Now it is amazing. Visit in summer - you will not regret it.
Moscow during Christmas WAS MAGICAL!! IT WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!! DONT JUST THINK ABOUT VISITING MOSCOW- JUST GO AND SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW INCREDIBLE RUSSIA BECAME!!! BRAVO RUSSIA MOSCOW!!
Moscow is a beautiful and historic city. Red Square with fresh snow and holidays lights was straight out of a fairy tale.
I took a tour of the Kubinka Tank Museum about one hour drive from Moscow, it was amazing and worth seeing for any history buff.
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