The 5 Best Travel Pillows

By Andrea Cannon on 20 October 2016 0 comments

Sleeping on a flight or road trip can be close to impossible. Fortunately, with the right travel pillow, you can actually get some much-needed rest with no resulting neck pain, so you can arrive at your destination refreshed. Travel pillows also work well for camping, sleeping on the couch, or even at home watching TV.

What Is a Travel Pillow?

A travel pillow can provide adequate support for your face, neck, and/or lumbar. They usually have an elastic band, which will allow you to secure it to the headrest. There are different types of travel pillows available, with some providing additional support to prevent neck and back pain. (See also: 11 Smart Ways to Get Some Sleep at the Airport)

Top 5 Travel Pillows

J-pillow Travel Pillow

Amazon’s #1 best-seller in travel pillows, the J-pillow Travel Pillow was the winner of the British Invention of the Year in 2013. The J-shaped pillow has cushioning to properly support the back and side of the head, the neck, and the chin. The curvy part of the "J" curls under your chin to optimally cradle and support your face and chin, while supporting your neck. Your head won’t bob around, which means you can settle in for a long nap. It packs smaller than most travel pillows and you can use the handy snap-loop fastener to attach it to your luggage. The whole pillow is machine washable. It is also comfortable, plush, soft, and feels good against the skin.

This is available in two colors. It is recommended by Travel + Leisure, Business Insider, Tech Insider, The Independent, USA Today, Daily Mail, LA Times, and Virgin Atlantic. It is one of the “Most Wished For” items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Currently $27.95 on Amazon

Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow

With the Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow, you’ll never have to worry about leaning on your neighbor’s shoulder again. The patented ergonomic shape provides proper support to prevent tension and neck pain, so even side sleepers will love it. The oblong inflatable travel pillow provides full lateral support for the upper body, comfortably supports your head, neck, back, and shoulders, and won’t slip when you lean on it. The long, curved design is adjustable and larger on the top, so you can rest your head. It tucks above your shoulder and across your body or down your side. The therapeutic tethered travel pillow keeps your head from falling forward, inflates easily, deflates instantly, and has a slip-resistant back. It is more comfortable and stable than traditional travel pillows. You can wear it, tether it, or attach it to the headrest. It is made of soft flocked PVC vinyl, is machine washable, and can be rolled up to 1/4 its size.

This is available in four colors and works for both adults and children. It is recommended by The Wall Street Journal, The Wirecutter, Travel + Leisure, Business Insider, Tech Insider, Boston Globe, USA Today, San Francisco Examiner, MSNBC, Chicago Tribune, People Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and About.com. It an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. Most reviewers prefer it to traditional padded and around-the-neck pillows. It is also backed by a two-year warranty for your added peace of mind.

Currently $29.95 on Amazon

Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow

If you prefer memory foam pillows to inflatable pillows, then consider the Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow. The patented ergonomic design offers 360 degrees of support for full head, neck, and chin comfort, so you can lean your head left, right, or even let it fall forward. The responsive memory foam core, raised side supports, and flattened rear cushion keep your neck from bending uncomfortably. It has a machine-washable soft velour cover, a media pouch for mobile devices, adjustable sliding support toggles, memory foam earplugs, and a travel bag. It’s comfortable, high-quality, and packs down to 1/4 its size, so you can easily attach it to your luggage.

This is available in a huge range of colors. The award-winning pillow is an Amazon best seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is recommended The Wirecutter, Travel + Leisure, Business Insider, and Tech Insider. It is also backed by a two-year money back satisfaction guarantee for your added peace of mind.

Currently $39.97 on Amazon

Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow

If you’re a light sleeper and need more than just a comfy pillow to sleep on a plane, then consider the Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow, which includes an eye mask, foam earplugs, portable carry bag, adjustable toggles, and machine-washable plush velour cover. The responsive memory foam molds to the contours of your neck for optimal support and includes adjustable toggles for the perfect fit, so your neck can rest in a natural, tension-free position. The pillow relieves pressure, stimulates blood circulation, and eliminates muscle tension. It has ventilation holes for optimal airflow and has been aired out to ensure there’s no unpleasant odor. The high-quality visco-elastic, temperature-sensitive memory foam base has an internal cover and is placed in a removable machine-washable plush velour cover. It can also be folded up small for easy packing.

This is available in four colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is recommended by Travel + Leisure and Business Insider. It is also backed by a lifetime free replacement guarantee.

Currently $24.90 on Amazon

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is the ultimate portable pillow. It has a comfortable brushed polyester cover on the outside with soft urethane foam filling on the inside that packs small and expands big. It is large enough to place on a plane window, so you can lean all the way over. It is machine washable and packs to 1/5 its normal size. This extra large pillow is available in a range of colors and designs. It is recommended by Travel + Leisure and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Currently $13.00 on Amazon

And those are our recommendations for the best travel pillows. As always, be sure to check Wise Bread's Buying Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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