Exact number of times you can re-wear swimwear on vacation according to science

IF you’re packing for an extended beach vacation, you might be wondering how many swimsuits you need.

Experts have spoken out about how long you can comfortably and safely wear a swimsuit for a two-week vacation — and how many you should pack in total.

If hand washed properly, swimsuits can be worn three to five times


If hand washed properly, swimsuits can be worn three to five timesPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

For some, re-wearing a bathing suit is considered unsanitary.

But others have no problem with it, mainly to save space in the suitcase.

experts at Lounge underwear have determined how often re-wearing is acceptable and also provided insight into how to properly wash the garments between uses.

Washing and drying after each swimsuit wear is the most important factor, they said.

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When used correctly, swimsuits can be re-worn three to five times.

“If you make sure your swimwear is completely dry, you can typically wear it three to five times if you wash it thoroughly after each use,” the experts said.

“On vacation you don’t usually have a washing machine, you rely on hand washing your swimsuits, so we recommend putting it on about three times before putting on a new bikini.”

So if you plan on wearing a bathing suit every day during your two-week trip, four or five should be enough.

If you wear and wash them alternately, you’ll have more than enough to last the 14 days.

Lounge’s experts also offered advice for people who are running out of swimsuits and who might be thinking about it borrow a friend’s.

“For girls, sharing outfits and accessories is an integral part of the holiday experience. However, when sharing swimwear, you might want to reconsider,” they said.

“Because bikinis trap moisture, bacterial vaginosis, or a yeast infection, can occur.

“We all like to share, but when it comes to swimwear, sharing doesn’t matter.”

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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