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how to pack padded bras for travel

Tired of lugging a suitcase through the airport? We don’t blame you. With the ever-increasing cost of checked bags, now is the time to pack light and save that money for the well-deserved vacation you’re flying to.

If you’re a serial over-packer, packing everything into a carry-on bag might seem like a near impossible task. But when you’re only packing the essentials, you’ll make it a lot easier on your back – and your wallet. Think about it for a moment: Why pack 10 bras when you really only need 2 or 3 bras for your trip? Our goal is to simplify things here, not make them more stressful.

Ready to get packing? Here’s how to pack your lingerie in a carry-on bag:

1.  Pack light

You chose a carry-on because you didn’t want to deal with baggage check, right? Since carry-on bags are all about packing the necessities, avoid throwing everything into your luggage at once. Before you start packing, make a list of the outfits you’re planning on wearing – and then make a second list with the undergarments you’ll need for those outfits. It might seem like a lot of work, but it’ll be worth it when you get to your destination and realize that your outfits are already all planned out.

2.  Make a list

You may be able to fit in a few special pieces here and there (especially if you’re packing for your honeymoon or a special getaway), but you can typically get away with 2-3 bras, 7-8 pairs of underwear (1 pair per day + a few extra pairs just in case you need them), a chemise and robe set or a favorite pair of pajamas.

A tried and true rule: Think practical and only pack what you love/what fits you well. For bras, think versatile styles that you can get a lot of wear out of. A multi-way bra that can be worn strapless, halter, racerback, regular, and one shoulder will help you get the most mileage out of your wardrobe – and save space in your suitcase.

Of course, everyone’s list will be different, so check the weather forecast and itinerary, decide ahead of time what you want to bring, and pack accordingly.


Related: Travel Essentials: 6 Key Lingerie Items To Take With You


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3.  Roll up your undies, bralettes, and chemises

Rolling is often the best option when packing a carry-on bag – and it applies to most of your lingerie too. Less structured, wireless undergarments like underwear, bralettes, chemises, and slips can be neatly rolled up to conserve space.

4.  Stuff your moulded bra cups with socks or underwear

Moulded bras are the most susceptible to damage from poor packing. Stuff you molded bra cups with socks or underwear (anything you’re not worried about wrinkling) to help them keep their shape and make sure they’re the last thing you add to your suitcase. Avoid folding them in half as it can crush the cups and leave dents and creases in the fabric and bend the bra out of shape. On the other hand, cut-and-sew bras can be folded in half to save extra space.

Another option: If you have the space, you could also pack them in a padded bra organizer for extra protection.

5.  Throw a cozy pair of socks into your purse

Airplanes can be notoriously cold, so it’s best to pack warm for the decrease in temps. If you’re putting your carry-on bag in the overhead bin, be sure to throw a pair of soft socks into your purse. Also, don’t forget to pack an extra pair of undies too if Aunt Flo is visiting. You can never be too prepared!


Related: Lingerie Accessories 101: Here’s What Every Woman Should Know


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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