Travel Underwear Should You Buy Them – Do They Work?

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Is travel underwear just a waste of money on big granny-looking ugly underwear that won’t dry any quicker than normal, or are they such amazing creations that you shouldn’t leave the country without bringing along a few pairs?

What really is the deal with travel underwear, why should you buy them and do they really work?

Today it’s time for AsWeTravel to get to ‘the bottom’ of this….

NOTE: Since this review ExOfficio has released a new travel underwear range (Lacy) which is a lot better in our opinion.

I’ve had my pair every second day for 3 months now, and they’re still just like new, so I strongly recommend them.

When you travel, all the problems you had at home seem to become even more obvious, even your underwear situation.

Travel underwear is usually not something people give much thought, and especially not something we like spending too much money on.

But when you walk a lot, sweat a lot and sometimes don’t have the time or access to wash your clothes while traveling – you suddenly realize how crucial the little things are and how much they can ruin everything if they’re uncomfortable.

What’s SO Special About Travel Underwear?

Travel underwear claims to be the best underwear for all your traveling situations.

Some of the travel underwear descriptions I’ve found look so impressive that you almost forget they are simply talking about a pair of underpants.

What separates travel underwear from normal underwear is mainly the fabric.

Travel underwear is made using special material, that usually has these qualities:

Quick-drying so you can wash on the go and pack fewer pairs

Treated to control odor-causing bacteria

Stain resistant

Lightweight

Sweat-defying

Bacteria resistant

Do travel underwear really work?

Well, I was curious to know so I got myself a pair of Exofficio Women’s String Bikini – sounds fancy doesn’t it?! :p

Here is how I thought they performed:

Quick dry material?

The travel underwear dried quicker than my other underwear, but my thongs weren’t far behind.

Controlling Odor?

Yes, cotton sometimes can get smelly when you sweat, the travel underwear didn’t.

This is probably the best quality, they feel fresh and clean a lot longer than other underwear, and it’s true you can wear them for longer before they need to be washed (if you need to).

Lightweight?

Seriously?

Light weight undies?

I’ve never heard of heavy underpants, and if they wouldn’t have said they were light weight I wouldn’t really have noticed, the difference is completely insignificant.

However, they were the largest in size (granny panties nearly) of all other underpants I have, so the size made them take up more space, no matter how “extremely packable” they claimed to be.

Sweat Defying?

Yes, the travel underwear do this alright, better than cotton, but the material feels a little strange to the skin

Fit?

Horrible.

These were the nicest travel underwear I found in the shop, and they look OK on the front, but in the end we all know it’s not the front that’s ever is a problem, its the back – which they never show…

After a few wears and washes, the material started sagging, it felt uncomfortable and the travel underwear started looking more like a diaper.

Sum up:

If you know you’ll be sweating a lot and wearing the same pair of underpants for more than a few days then travel underwear are a good option, but the fit is not ideal.

For girls I would suggest the thong style so you won’t suffer from the bad seems and saggy material.

If you’re considering travel underwear for their light weight and “extremely packable” qualities, it’s not worth it.

They’re just like any other underpants, but uglier.

The style is a big minus, both in women and men styles.

Another option for you is to get normal sports underwear.

They’re comfortable, have the moisture-wicking performance and manage to look good.

They don’t have the controlling odor and stain resistance, but if sweat is what you worry about then these should work just fine.

Travel Underwear Review – The SEXY Pair!?

Next year ExOfficio is launching a whole new collection called Lacy, and they sent me a free pair to test.

ExOfficio has listened to their customers’ feed back about the not so sexy travel underwear style, and this new collection claims to be the sexy travel underwear style.

This sounded interesting, so I decided to make another travel underwear review…

Their new slogan is – 17 countries…6 week.

One Pair of SEXY underwear.

Lacy Travel Underwear
Lacy Travel Underwear

I’ve been trying out the Lacy travel underwear for the last few days, and I must say they’ve done a great job!

The updated version of the travel underwear is better (and sexier) in many ways.

I’ve never liked underwear with a high brief, which is something I don’t need to worry about with these travel underwear.

In a previous post I complained about how I found it difficult to find any sexy travel underwear (and other travel clothing in general), so I was thrilled to find that this new collection kept their promises.

The Lacy brief is low-cut with a nice, slightly V-shaped front.

The Material

travel underwear
travel underwear

The material is very comfortable, and the fabric stays close and tight to the skin, no excess fabric hanging on the back like I’ve experienced with other travel underwear.

I haven’t had the travel underwear for very long so I can’t tell you what they will look like in a months time, but so far I’m impressed.

I washed them and followed their instructions on how to dry them (wrap them in a towel and stomp on it) and hung them up in a cold slightly damp climate.

At the same time I washed a sock and hung it up to dry, to compare the two and see whether they really dried faster than a thin sock.

Despite the “bad” climate the travel underwear dried within a few hours, so they would definitely be dry if you hung them up to dry overnight, especially in warmer climates.

When the travel underwear was dry the sock was still wet, and it would take a few hours more until it would be dry enough to wear.

The travel underwear is made in a quick drying, odor resistant and moisture wicking material, which feels really nice on the skin.

They’re very breathable and even after a hard core half hour workout I’m still comfortable wearing them.

Worth It?

YUP- I’m definitely bringing these travel underwear along on my travels, I might even get myself a few more pairs!

The Lacy collection comes in Brief style and thong style, I wish they would have them in a hot pant or boy short style too, but if you want to wear something tight and not get that pantie line showing, the thong works for that.

I hope you enjoyed this travel underwear review, and go get yourself a pair to try yourself!

Can you travel and still be sexy 

13 thoughts on “Travel Underwear Should You Buy Them – Do They Work?”

  1. what a funny post topic. it is something i think about when i travel, but don’t talk about. haha. For weekend trips in a city, like say Singapore or Hong Kong, i pack disposable ones. For beach/diving trips, I bring 2 sets of bikinis – alternating wear/wash everyday. For extended trips over 2 weeks, I bring 1 week’s worth (nice ones) and panty shields are essential.

  2. I’m a big believer in the Ex Officio boxers. Cotton boxers take forever to dry, and I’ve been traveling with four pairs for two months. They hold up great and dry so much faster.

    In my opinion, they are worth the money. My wife seems to like her pairs as well.

  3. I think for men, Ex Officio boxers are where it’s at. But for women, I’ve also had mixed experience with them. I ended up switching to the Patagonia Capilene line – quick drying, comfortable, and almost no underwear line. That said, Ex Officio did send some of their new line of Lucy Lu inspired underwear – I’m waiting for it to arrive to see if that improves things from the granny pants style of the past.

  4. I travel with a bunch of thongs and one of the granny ex-officio that I wear under dresses, not because they are travel underwear but because they have full coverage for those windy days.

    I have to say in the end regular underwear are more than fine for traveling and much cheaper.

  5. Thanks for your valuable product feedback. I really enjoyed reading your through review of the product, both the good and the bad.

    I’d like to pass your review onto our product development team. However, I need to know what season the underwear is from because in Spring ’10, we completely redid our women’s underwear fit. So they’re only looking for feedback on our current fit.

    Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to tell which season it’s from once the packaging is removed. If you recall: Did you purchase the underwear before or after February ’10? And where did you purchase it from? Also does the underwear’s waistband have a jacquard pattern saying “ExOfficio” around it (like the men’s photo in this post) or is there one tag in front (like the women’s black underwear photo in this post)?

    Thank you for your sharing your feedback.

    Erica at ExOfficio.com

  6. I travel with a bunch of thongs and one of the granny ex-officio that I wear under dresses, not because they are travel underwear but because they have full coverage for those windy days.

    I have to say in the end regular underwear are more than fine for traveling and much cheaper.

  7. Hey 🙂 disposable? I have never used those, what are they like??? and thanks for sharing what you take for longer trips, great to know what others do as well (like you say, it’s not normally talked about that much :p)

  8. yeah I think Nathan is thinking of buying some for him – great to know other guys are using them and they are working well 🙂

  9. Hey Audrey, thanks for sharing these thoughts. haven’t tested the Patagonia line, but sounds interesting. Lucy Lu inspired underwear? they sound interesting – look forward to your review of those!

  10. haha that’s a great way to use them – full coverage for those windy days. hahah thongs also seem to work well, very quick drying and really take up no room.

  11. Hey Erica, thanks for your comment and email – I will send you a email later today answering your questions . but thanks for stopping by, it’s nice to know that ExOfficio is out there reading these blogs and willing to listen to what us travelers have to say 🙂

  12. they are not pretty, but — no laundry! 🙂 they used to come only in non-woven/pelon material but now they have them in in very thin (maybe 50cts) cotton. i get them from local health&beauty stores but they have in amazon shopping.

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