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Forget your passport, when it comes to travel, appropriate underwear is one of the most essential things. (Don’t actually forget your passport, but I’m sure you get what I meant!)
But traditional cotton underwear isn’t always the best option for travel – they’re slow drying and they absorb moisture meaning cotton isn’t the most comfortable or hygienic thing to wear for extended periods of time.
Underwear might be one of those things you don’t think twice about, but purchasing a pair for the practicalities of travel can make or break a trip. There are plenty of options out there for travel-specific underwear, but when it comes to being specifically designed for women, Knix is a Canadian based brand you should know.
The following are seven reasons why Knixwear makes the greatest travel underwear you’ll own. But the biggest reason? The amount of confidence you gain from wearing them, for all the reasons below.
Reasons Knix Is the Greatest Travel Underwear You’ll Ever Own!
From their wireless bras to their underwear, Knix’s whole range is extremely comfortable, and that’s what matters most when you’re traveling for extended periods of time.
Their range has been designed to better prevent chafing, reduce odor and wick away moisture making a long journey more comfortable. They’re also more breathable and less restrictive, and in terms of their bras, you can wear them all day without having to change, regardless of your activity.
The fabrics they use are beyond amazing, and even on very long plane trips of 16-18 hours I’ve never had a skin irritation issue.
Knix don’t exaggerate when they claim their products feel like a “second skin” – the material is super soft, whisper thin, and completely disappears under what you’re wearing.
Odor Killing Technology
The fabrics Knix use for their bras and underwear have natural anti-odor properties which kills those horrid smells.
Whether you have a long time in transit, or plan on being out exploring for most of your days, I think this benefit speaks for itself. You’re definitely not going to make friends with the locals if you have bad body odor hanging around.
Knix uses moisture wicking material, which is a technical fabric that moves moisture away from the body and the fabric itself. Tiny little tubes in the fabric allows moisture to escape into the outer layers of clothing or the air, where it can evaporate quickly.
This means you can say goodbye to crotch / breast sweat, weather you’re exploring a hot and humid destination, participating in active travel, or sitting for 20 hours on a plane.
Eliminating sweat means no odor, no stains, and that you can get more use out of your clothes. You can also cut down on the amount of underwear you pack, and when you don’t have access to a laundry during your travels, this can be a huge relief.
Quick to Dry
Wicking fabrics are also very quick to dry, which means you can easily hand wash them in the middle of a trip (I’ve been known to use the hotel sink!).
Knix air dry completely in just a few hours. This means you can bring fewer pairs which will save you space in your bag.
By comparison, traditional cotton underwear can take up to 24 hours to completely dry.
Seamless and Sexy
Knix underwear and bras are completely seamless and becomes one with your skin. You won’t have any panty lines (after-all, those immigration officers can be pretty judgy!)
They achieve a really good balance of both functional and flattering; the classic designs in mostly solid colors are really sexy, and there’s something in their range for all body size and shape.
You might not care about sexy if you’re not planning on taking off your clothes, but there’s always the chance of being whisked off your feet by a handsome exotic stranger, so … you know!
Whether you’re exploring a new city and can’t get to the bathroom, have a long plane ride and the seat-belt sign has gone on, or hell, even if you just sneeze, women leak. We don’t talk about it, but it happens. Especially if you experience heavy periods, or have recently had a baby.
Knix carries a range of leakproof undies that come with an ultra thin built-in panty liner to absorb up to 3 tsp of moisture (aka 2 tampons). These are absolutely fantastic for light bladder leaks and as back-up period protection when you’re traveling.
You wash them in your normal load with the rest of your laundry, though make sure to do a good rinse before washing. Most women obviously aim to avoid leaking all together, with period tracking apps like Flo, but it’s great to have the added layer of protection.
They Give Back
In today’s day and age, it’s important to support companies with ethical practices, and we really do have the power to speak with our wallet, through the companies we support.
Ethical practices govern all the work at Knix. Last year they donated over 10,000 pairs of undies to women’s shelters, which equates to more than 2% of their revenue. And to those women, having something as basic as clean, comfortable underwear, can sometimes be a huge thing.
If you know of a women’s shelter that could use their help, shoot them a note.
How Many to Buy
How many pairs you buy is ultimately up to you, but keeping in mind that Knix are moisture wicking (so they’ll last longer), and quick to dry, you should be fine packing 5-8 pairs for a two week trip. But they’re also very lightweight, so if you want to pack a pair for each day, go for it.
We highly recommend traveling with a spare pair of underwear in your carry-on. This is in case the airline loses your bag (they usually turn up within 24 hours), but can also really come in handy if you need to freshen up in the middle of a layover. You would be surprised at how much this one little change can alter your mood.
Even though Knix are a fantastic brand for travel, their underwear and bras are so comfortable that it’s likely you’ll end up wearing them long after your travels are over.
While they don’t brand themselves as travel underwear, Knix is truly the greatest travel underwear you’ll ever own.
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