You have no problem asking someone where they bought their suitcase, coat, bag, jeans, you name it … but you’ve probably never thought twice to ask for underwear advice. But when it comes to travel, a good pair of underwear can make a big difference. Imagine extra-long days on planes, sprinting through the airport, and walking tours, and it’s easy to see why you want all parts of your outfit to be comfortable.
The Best Travel Underwear
Read on to learn more about these 12 brands that make superior travel underwear styles.
SAXX Underwear is a fan-favorite for men’s travel underwear. The non-chafing styles also have moisture and odor control, are super soft, and come in numerous fits. SAXX also makes comfortable sleepwear and t-shirt options. Our go-to men’s travel style expert, Tyler Schoeber, says “This is by far my favorite underwear brand; they’re SO soft.”
This underwear brand offers dozens of patterns and styles for all genders (yes, you can even get matching sets), and prides itself on using sustainably sourced materials. It’s rare to find a brand that perfects women’s and men’s travel underwear so well, but MeUndies does this with all-day comfort. We promise there’s no bunching and no wedgies, so you can sit comfortably on that long-haul flight. The customizable packs are ideal for travelers (options range from three to 10 styles in a pack).
Pro tip: If an athletic company sells underwear, it’s probably ideal travel underwear, as they’ll be designed for high-performance activities (running to your connecting flight counts) and comfort. Activewear brand Lululemon makes styles for both men and women and has some of the best quick-drying underwear on the market.
Online retailer Bare Necessities is a one-stop-shop for all things related to travel underwear, sleepwear, lingerie, and even swimwear. Search for your favorite travel underwear brand or use the filtered menus to find seamless or athletic underwear styles.
For ultra-affordable travel underwear styles for both men and women, look to UNIQLO’s dozens of options. Most styles, including boy shorts for women and traditional boxer briefs for men, are under $10. Look for the patented Soft Supima cotton material which is stretchy, antimicrobial, and odor-controlling.
TomboyX’s styles are made for literally every body type and come in sizes from XS to 4X. The brand has a range of fabric collections including cotton, MicroModal, traveler, and first-line leakproof. All of these collections work for travelers, but the quick-drying, travel underwear line, in particular, boasts features like an ultralight fabric and is both anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.
Negative Underwear produces no-frills, minimalist undergarments. With fabric options in mesh, cotton, and silk and brief, thong, and high-waisted styles, there’s a perfect pair for everyone. While you’re there, check-out some of the brand’s best-selling bra styles, which are free from wires.
Hanky Panky’s line of BARE underwear are my go-tos for long plane rides. The lightweight and moisture-wicking microfiber material is seamless and super comfortable. The brand also makes another line that is great for travel, TENCEL modal jersey styles paired with its signature lace waistband.
This underwear brand is optimal for travelers thanks to its use of hemp fabric. Hemp is a hero travel fabric for its natural anti-bacterial and anti-odor properties. And of course, it’s a sustainable and eco-friendly option. Shop the brand’s range of styles, from boxer briefs to thongs, here.
At SmarterTravel we love merino wool as a fabric for travelers because it’s temperature-regulating and super soft. That’s why Smartwool’s underwear styles are a no-brainer when you need to rely on a pair of underwear for travel. Smartwool underwear is available in both male and female styles with options ranging from seamless hipsters to wind-shielding boxer briefs.
Athleta’s line of athletic underwear doubles as travel underwear with high-performance materials and comfort. Choose from the Incognita line which offers anti-chafing qualities and a lightweight fabric, or opt for the Performa line for a quick-dry, moisture-wicking, and breathable material.
For some trips, disposable underwear might just be the best type of travel underwear for you. Whether you’ll be changing in a communal bathroom or need to pack light for a beach vacation, mountain summit, or camping trip, these are the most comfortable and natural-feeling (made from cotton) disposable underwear we could find.
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Editor’s note: Tyler Schoeber contributed to this story.