We love traveling, and we love almost everything about it, though there are some downsides to it, and one of them is having to do long-haul flights. Not finding a good position to sleep ruins the night and the next day of the trip. We end up not doing much and get anxious to go to the hotel and sleep…
After long hours of traveling, we discovered that one of the tricks to having a good night’s sleep is having a great travel pillow. The most frequent travel pillows are the traditional U-Shaped ones, though they don’t quite work for most of us, plus some aren’t practical to carry around. Thus, we decided to research and compile a list of the best travel pillows for long-haul flights available in the market and save you the trouble and time of having to do it yourself!
How to choose the best travel pillow for flying?
Travel pillows must be comfortable and allow good neck support. Therefore, they can’t be too low, or you’ll have neck pain. And the pillows should be light and as small as possible to be easy to pack.
Other aspects you have to bear in mind are if the pillows are machine wash proof, if the travel pillow overheats and if the size of the travel pillow is suitable for your neck size. These are the most essential features that you have to bear in mind. Everything else is a bonus and where it comes to your own taste!
Best travel pillows for long-haul flights
These travel pillows are recommended for travelers that have to travel light and can’t carry around a large pillow. Thus the travel pillow has to be light or inflatable, easy to pack, but at the same time, must be comfortable and allow you to sleep.
Trtl Travel Pillow
The Trtl pillow has all of the most important features. It allows good neck support, and it is light and easy to pack. This machine-washable pillow is super light, weighing only 136 g, and very small 18x18cm. It looks like a scarf, but it hides a cushion that supports your neck in a comfortable position.
The pillow’s only disadvantage is that it allows you to incline your head to one side. But besides that, if you love to travel this one is a must…
We liked this neck pillow so much that we included it as a top Christmas gift for travel lovers.
Travelrest – Ultimate Travel Pillow
The Travelrest pillow is not your typical pillow. It is somewhat a lateral support with a neck pillow. It gives a cozy backing to your head and arm, allowing you to incline to one side without bothering the side passenger. It is inflatable, hand washable, and easy to pack, with rolled dimensions of 5x23x9 cm. The downside is that it doesn’t support your head enough, allowing it to tilt frontwards.
Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow
The Cabeau Evolution Cool Pillow may look like the traditional U-shaped travel pillow, but it is much better. It provides bigger support to your neck, and it is quite high (14 cm to be precise), allowing you to rest in different positions, front and sidewards. It is easy to pack because it shrinks in half, weighing 360g and its packing size is 11×14 cm. Also, it doesn’t tend to overheat because of its cooling mechanism. On the downside, this pillow can be uncomfortable for people with short necks.
Best neck pillows for traveling on airplanes, trains, or cars
These travel pillows have the best neck support and are super comfortable! However, in this list, we don’t take into account if they are easy to pack and carry around! They are mostly indicated for road trips, train trips, or even airplane trips but only if you don’t have to worry about the packing.
Bcozzy chin Supporting travel neck Pillow
Bcozzy chin supporting pillow has the advantage of supporting all your head, so when you fall asleep, and your head tills, the pillow supports it and prevents neck tenderness. This pillow can also be used by kids and can be used in multiple positions. It has a strap that attaches it to your bag, and weighs 209g with 24x28x12 cm. The big inconvenience of this pillow is that despite being light, it isn’t easy to pack and transport because it’s bulky.
Huzi Infinity Pillow
The Huzi Infinity Pillow is a cozy pillow that you can wrap around your neck and arms. It can be used in different positions and for other purposes like being a holder for your pc or a back cushion, or even a window pillow. It is machine washable and super light (only 36 gr.), although it isn’t convenient for traveling (size 25,4×16,5×16,5 cm). Not being easy to pack and carry with you.
Inflatable Travel Pillow
We haven’t tried anything similar to the Simplech pillow. It allows you to lean in front, so you can sleep with your head inclining frontwards or sideways, preventing neck stiffness. Although it is inflatable still occupies plenty of space. It weighs 315 g. So it isn’t practical to travel for most of us.
J-Pillow Chin Supporting Travel Pillow
J-Pillow Chin Supporting Travel Pillow holds your neck and head, acting as a head cushion and supporting your neck and chin. It is machine washable. It weights 283g and has a handy snap-loop fastener that attaches to luggage making it easy to carry when you travel.
Travel hoodie pillows
Travelstar hoodie travel neck pillow
The Travelstar hoodie combines a U-shaped travel pillow with a hoodie, making it ideal for people who don’t like to be bothered and being in the zone resting and blocking everyone out.
While it’s cozy and very light (18g) it is a bit bulky (22x26x8). Besides it isn’t machine washable. Note: Be aware that it only comes in one size, so before ordering, be sure that it fits you…
Kids Travel Pillow
Traveling with kids on long flights isn’t easy. especially if they don’t sleep or if they sleep on top of the parents, not allowing them to rest. After researching, we realized that there isn’t a big variety of options for children or babies, and some options don’t seem safe. We got to the conclusion that the best options are pillows like Airplane travel beds for kids that they can sleep on.
Airplane travel bed for kids
This Airplane travel bed isn’t quite a pillow. It is more like a bed that fills the legroom gap on the airplane, allowing kids to lie down. It’s inflatable, you can use the overhead air vent in flight or blow it, so it is relatively easy to pack, and light, 340g. If you are planning to travel with kids, this could be the solution to your problems!
Whatever the situation we are in, being able to sleep on a long voyage is very fundamental to enjoying the vacation! We hope you liked our travel and neck pillow options. There is nothing like a good night’s sleep!
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