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Best Travel Underwear – Top Rated Men’s and Women’s Travel Underwear

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Whether it’s in Europe or Southeast Asia, a comfortable pair of underwear is essential when you’re traveling. You don’t want to be stuck on a long flight or walking around a city with a pair of constricting drawers. Luckily, there is a new breed of high tech underwear made specifically for travel. We’ve reviewed the best travel underwear for men and women here.

Why You Need Travel Underwear

Travel underwear is great because… 

  • Quick Drying – The high-tech synthetic material dries extremely quickly so you can wash your underwear at night and they’ll air dry completely in just a few hours. This means you can bring fewer pairs — which will save you space in your bag. For reference, a pair of cotton underwear can take 24+ hours to air dry (and even more in high humidity climates).
  • Breathability – Normal cotton underwear doesn’t breathe well and cotton holds in sweat. This leads to that swampy feeling we’ve all experienced. Travel underwear allows more air circulation and it also wicks sweat away from your body. These high-tech fabrics allow you to stay cool and dry in all conditions — and this is a huge benefit for travelers.
    • Also, breathability is crucial during the winter. Remember that you still sweat when it’s cold. That sweat will chill you down — even if you are bundled up. High-tech materials will wick the sweat away from your skin and it will help keep you warm and dry.
  • Odor Control – Many of these fabrics have natural anti-odor properties or a special antimicrobial coating. I think those benefits speak for themselves.
  • Lightweight – Travel underwear is made up of extremely lightweight material, which means less weight in your bag.
  • Great at Home – Even thought they’re made for travel, these underwear are so comfortable that they’re great for wearing long after your travels are over (which helps justify their price). I know many people who have replaced nearly their entire underwear collection with travel underwear.

Drawbacks of Travel Underwear

  • The Price – At around $8-$30/pair, travel underwear isn’t cheap. Luckily, you only need 2-3 pairs. This price does dissuade some people, but experienced travelers constantly rate  their travel underwear as their favorite purchase.
  • Air Dry Only – This is actually a benefit when you’re traveling, but make sure you don’t throw these in the dryer when you’re using them back at home. High heat can shrink or completely ruin these high-tech materials. Luckily, they do air dry in just a few hours so it isn’t a huge deal.

And Now Our Vote For The Best Travel Underwear

Exofficio Give-N-Go Travel Underwear

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Exofficio is the undisputed leader in travel underwear and their ‘Give-N-Go’ line of travel underwear is the top choice of many travelers. I’ve heard of multiple people who’ve worn these for a week straight without changing them. They are made out of synthetic material that dries incredibly quickly. The Give-N-Go line has multiple designs and colors for men and women.

Men’s Models 

ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer Brief
ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer
ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Brief

Women’s Models (the ‘lacy’ version is a new addition to the line that adds a bit of femininity)

ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Bikini Briefs
ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Boy Cut Brief
ExOfficio Women’s String Bikini
Exofficio Women’s Give-N-Go Thong
ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Lacy Low Rise Bikini
ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Lacy Thong
ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Lacy Bikini

Smartwool Microweight Underwear

smartwoolboxersIf you’re one of the people who don’t like synthetic material, then you should look at the Smartwool Men’s Microweight Boxer Brief. They are made out of super fine merino wool (which doesn’t itch and stays cool in the summer) but at $50/pair  they are really expensive. They are incredibly nice, but are probably too pricey for budget travelers.

Smartwool also has a line of women’s Microweight underwear that is more affordably priced than the men’s version. 

Icebreaker Underwear

icebreakersDon’t let the Icebreaker name fool you… these can be worn all year round. These soft merino wool underwear wick away moisture and naturally resist odors. They’re also breathable and dry quickly. Icebreakers are around half the price of Smartwool, so they are a good option if you prefer natural fibers.

They offer both men’s and women’s styles.

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  • Leah Shindelman

    We are going to Italy, France, and Spain for a month in September. I have a carryon suitcase. What combination of personal item on plane, purse and/or day pack for sightseeing works best for women? We’ll be in Barcelona and Andalucia. Tote bag, small cross body, pac-safe bag, day pack – I just can’t decide. Please tell me what has worked for you

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