For pieces of apparel often dubbed “unmentionables” there’s actually a lot to be said for the right pair of travel underwear. Of course you want something comfortable, something that delivers the proper support (men) and protection (women). But you should also want a pair that doesn’t stink after a few days of continuous use, a pair that prevents chaffing, and—yes—one that keeps you modest if conditions demand they double as a bathing suit. And it should also express your personality, whether than means monotone or wild, colorful graphics. But we’ll let that part remain your dirty secret.
1. Saxx Everyday, $30; 2. Patagonia Active Mesh, $29; 3. Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers Heads Up, $40; 4. MyPakage Weekday, $30; 5. Sock It to Me, $20; 6. Ex-Officio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh 2-Inch Boy Shorts, $34; 7. MeUndies, $20.
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Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).