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Plus-Size Travel: Underwear

Plus-Size Travel Underwear

There’s nothing quite like finding just the right underwear, that perfect pair that fits just right, feels great, and doesn’t rub in all the wrong places. While finding great underwear is important for everyone, for travelers it’s crucial to find the right kind that are not just comfortable, but pack well and wash and dry quickly.

When I was looking for good travel underwear, I had some difficulty finding good quick-dry underwear in plus sizes.

When looking for travel underwear, I go after the following criteria:

  1. Fit
  2. Materials
  3. Color
  4. Drying speed

Here are some of my favorite plus-size options:

1. ExOfficio

exofficio plus size travel underwear

ExOfficio are a HPL tried-and-true favorite for travel underwear, and I agree with Brooke and Caroline, these are fantastic! I have several pairs of the give-and-go bikini briefs that I use not just for travel, but as everyday underwear as well. They’re super comfy, breathable, and easy to clean. They’re mostly in straight sizes, but go up to an XXL (which fits size 18/20 comfortably). They’re about $15-$20 a pair, so a bit pricey, but a great investment!

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2. JunoActive QuikWik Comfort Brief

Junoactive plus size travel underwear

Workout underwear is perfect for travel. They wick moisture away from your body, and since they’re made for sweaty activity, they’re great for very hot days. Though there isn’t much good underwear marketed as ‘travel underwear’ in plus sizes, you can often find some leads when looking for workout underwear.

While I’ve never tried JunoActive’s Quikwik Comfort Briefs, I’m in love with their QuikWik leggings, and I’d be surprised if their briefs weren’t just as great! At $30, these briefs are pretty steep, but adding one or two pairs of super-high-quality underwear to your collection can make a huge difference in comfort when it comes to hot weather, big walking days, or hiking and camping. These panties are available in four colors (though I tend to stick with black, as it shows less wear), and go up to a size 4X.

3. TravelSmith Briefs

Travelsmith Plus Size Travel Underwear

These panties are perfect for travel. They’re super breathable, and the wide elastic waistband helps keep them from slipping down or digging into your hips. Plus, they’re sold by TravelSmith, which makes and sells reliably good travel gear. They come in both classic and bikini briefs and go up to a size XXXL (or 26/28).

Budget Options

For those shopping on a budget, there are a plethora of options from cheaper big-box stores like Target and Walmart. If you’re not going with the higher-end travel-specific underwear, I’d recommend staying away from cotton, as cotton underwear holds moisture, bacteria, and odor, and it dries slowly. Synthetics are much better for fast drying and moisture wicking, keeping you dry and comfy.

Do you have any favorite plus-size travel underwear? Please share your finds below!

Written by Katy

Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Katy is a travel addict constantly seeking her next destination. Fresh off a two-month summer trip to Iceland and The Faroe Islands, she is now embarking on a year-long working holiday in Australia. Katy’s future dream destinations include Southeast Asia, India, Scandinavia, and Antarctica. When she isn’t writing about plus-size travel gear for Her Packing List, you can find Katy blogging about her travels at Six Bones. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.


Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.


Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Clothing

Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

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Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Accommodation

Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking!

Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Marjorie s says

    Try men’s versions of the travel brands. Larger sizes, plus they offer boxer briefs, which I like (no panty lines).

  2. Karina says

    I discovered ModiBodi this year. Bamboo wicking travel undies (all styles) and sports bras up to plus sizes. Sold and made in Aus. The fabric feels so soft and comfy and it sink washes easily and is fast drying.

  3. Kathleen says

    Thank you SO much for this info! I’ve been looking everywhere for plus size travel underwear and I just can’t find any on the major merino wool product companies. Even if some of these aren’t merino, they’re still a great option! I’ve seen a few brands with xxl available, but it’s places where they run small (like ex-officio) and it just won’t cut it for me, being a size 24. After spending two weeks in Greece trying to hang dry all my cotton gear, I’m slowly trying to collect some quick-dry basics for my next big trip. This is super helpful!

  4. April says

    Just an FYI for the Merino wool crowd, icebreaker XL fits me (205 pounds 5’6) and they also have a xxl available through Cabellas. I’m wondering if the XL bra will fit or not :/.

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