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5 Bras You Need to Pack for Your Next Vacation

For Love and Lemons Lucia Bra, $131.

For Love and Lemons Lucia Bra, $131.

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Thanks to airline credit cards, the flexible schedule of a freelancer, and generous friends with couches, I'm able to travel pretty frequently, but packing is always a struggle. Who knows what could happen on holiday! What if it's too cold for my sandals? Or I'm invited to a secret ball? Or my flight is rerouted abroad and I find true love and get married in Paris? Oh, what a conundrum. But vacation pipe dreams aside, I've gotten pretty good at packing light while still looking cute, and bras are no exception. Here is my list of the 5 bras you need to pack next time you take a trip. There are three picks for each: one in core sizes, one in fuller cup sizes, and one wireless or smaller-cup style, so there's an option for everyone.

1. A "travel day" bra. Sitting in a budget seat for 6 hours while soaring over the ocean isn't especially pleasant, but it's worse when your bra doesn't feel great. All the tiny little things I dislike about any given bra come out tenfold when traveling in it. So packing a "travel day" bra, something super comfortable that you don't have to think twice about, is a no-brainer. These three picks are pretty, simple, and most of all, seriously comfortable.

Natori Feathers contour plunge bra, $68 via Shopbop.

There's a reason why it's so popular. Natori Feathers contour plunge bra, $68 via Shopbop.

Panache "Clara", 30D to 38GG via freshpair.com

Panache "Clara", available in sizes 30D to 38GG. On sale for $43.55 via freshpair.com

2. A bikini that can double as a bra. There is literally nothing better than taking off all your clothes and running into the ocean, so skip the changing room and wear one of these bikinis all day. They're supportive enough to wear under a t-shirt but cute enough to walk down the boardwalk.

Wildfox Couture Mermaid Shell Top, sizes S and XS, on sale for $110 via Wildfox

Wildfox Couture Mermaid Shell Top, available in sizes S and XS. On sale for $110.

3. A bra that's flashier than your outfit. With wild details and unique shapes, a fashionable bra takes up less space than another piece of clothing. Wear it under an open-knit sweater, beneath a white t-shirt, or by itself with a pair of high-waisted shorts, and you have an additional outfit and a lighter piece of luggage.

Wolf & Whistle Emerald Longline Fuller Bust Bra, sizes 30DD to 36G. On sale for $15.37 via ASOS.

4. A trusted sports bra. Not that you have to work out on vacation or anything, but if the occasion arises to go for a mountain hike at sunrise, a rooftop yoga session with a friend, or a beach run with someone cute, it feels good to be prepared. And yes, sports bras can totally be cute.

The classic: Freya Sonic Sports Bra in air, 30DD to 36H. On sale for $69 at Bare Necessities.

The classic: Freya Sonic Sports Bra in air, 30DD to 36H. On sale for $69 at Bare Necessities.

5. A bra you would never wear to work. Whether it's because you can see right through it, it's too decorative to hide under a blouse, or both, pack it and embrace your temporary freedom from workplace norms.

Agent Provocateur "Bethanie" in peach/lilac, $175

Agent Provocateur "Bethanie" in peach/lilac, $175

Buttress and Snatch Curvy Emily bra, available in D through H cups. $133

Buttress and Snatch Curvy Emily bra, available in D through H cups. $133

One Teaspoon "Le Poison" bodice, sizes XXS through L. $70 via Dolls Kill.

One Teaspoon "Le Poison" bodice, sizes XXS through L. $70 via Dolls Kill.

You might not need one of each of these bras--but you don't need to go on vacation, either, so why not? Pack one and see where the trip takes you.

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Quinne Myers

Quinne Myers is a lingerie expert living in Brooklyn, NY, where she creates quippy written content, crafts dreamy illustrations, and runs the ethically-made loungewear line, she and reverie.

3 Comments on this post

  1. David Nieper says:

    A great selection of quality bras. I particularly like the Agent Provocateur “Bethanie” bra.

  2. I love the Marlies Dekkers Lagertha and Ragnar Maple Sugar push-up bra. The design is so unique- I have not seen such a set before. May buy it.

  3. Logan Spector says:

    This is brilliant! Despite being a frequent traveler, I ALWAYS regret my lingerie decisions. This will be a lovely mental checklist to go through when I start packing again in a few weeks!

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