Review: We try the Travel Bra, a unique storage option for female travellers
The Travel Bra is not one of them - though I have to admit, when it came across my desk, the idea made me giggle.
This new - and infinitely more stylish - take on the bum bag has built-in pockets and sleeves that can hold items like your passport, credit card, cash, jewellery and hotel keys.
It was invented by Australian anthropologist Annie Holden, who has spent the past 20 years travelling to remote places for work. She teamed up with Kiwi lingerie designer Brenda Barnett, and the Travel Bra was born.
I loved the concept, and was amazed someone hadn't thought of it sooner. But was storing your travel documents in strategic locations around your boobs actually practical?
On a recent overseas trip, I tested out the Ultra-Light Travel Bra, made of quick-drying polyamide and spandex. It's like a thin sports bra - extremely comfortable, with wide shoulder straps and no underwires or scratchy bits.
First impressions? It didn't exactly make me feel like a Victoria's Secret model, but it also didn't make me feel like I was being gored to death by my underwear. When travelling for 30 hours, I'll take the latter.
There are five hidden pockets built into the bra which are subtle enough that you can wear it as a "normal" bra. The two largest pockets dangle below your chest, and can hold your passport and cash. These can be tucked up under the band when not in use.
There are also two mini pockets for small items like jewellery, keys or a SIM card.
A credit card sleeve is located at the side of the bra. As a casual Kiwi, I'm not used to having to protect my stuff from pickpockets. It was nice knowing if I got robbed, there were some emergency funds in the bra bank.
I'm not sure I would actually store my passport in the Travel Bra, unless I was travelling somewhere really extreme or thought someone was hell-bent on stealing my identity (fun fact: in the year to July, 2315 NZ passports were reported stolen). Airport officials probably won't be too impressed if you start fishing around in your cleavage at the check-in desk.
But the Travel Bra would be ideal for ladies heading to those slightly more off-the-beaten-track destinations. At AU$79.95 (approximately NZ$85), it might be a bit beyond the average backpacker's budget. But it really is a damn good bra. The clever pockets are just a bonus.