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Best Travel Pillow For Airplanes

Updated on January 20, 2016

Best Airplane Pillow Requirements

When it comes to be stuck on longer flights, you need the best travel pillow for airplanes that you can get. This helps you with sleeping comfortably while also protecting your neck during the flight. These, however, are not the only criteria that you need to pay attention to.

The pairplane neck pillow should be portable. This means that should be able to easily carry and store it safely in a bag.

In addition, packing it before the flight should be a piece of cake, and when you unpack it, once deflated, it should fold to a small size with ease.

The size of the pillow matters. It should be longish and rather thin, so that you can wear it across the body. This gives you proper support when you lean your head on your shoulders to rest.

Last but not least, the head support should come easily at a natural angle which helps to keep your head and neck relaxed and comfortable, without tiring them during the flight. This also keeps you from getting back pains overall from the long travel.

Having researched the best travel pillows for airplane based on the criteria mentioned above, here are some of the best that I found to be worthwhile investing it.

Shown here is TravelRest, the best pillow I've found that works for sleeping on a plane.


TravelRest - The Best Airplane Neck Pillow

In all my research on the best airplane pillow I found that TravelRest is the best. It is recommended by many regular travelers as being simply the best. Personally I don't have one, but my mom does, and I've tried it.

It's extremely comfortable, it fits nicely over the head right down to the shoulders, and it cuddles you just like sweet teddybear (perfect for kids).

Here are some of the benefits of using TravelRest as one of the best pillows for airplanes:

* Offers optimal head and neck support

* It is an inflatable pillow, so you can adjust how hard or soft it should be around your neck

* When you deflate it, it rolls up nicely in a smaller piece and can fit nicely in any normal size carry bag

* Perfect for anyone regardless of their size: great for parents and kids alike

* Long enough to be worn across the body like a sash.

* The top is rounded so it's comfortable on the neck.

* The neck support is at a natural angle that doesn't tire the neck, shoulder or head

* It has a removable velvet (faux-velvet) cover that can be taken off and washed (my mom has one in green).

The Calderal releaf neck rest is perfect for when traveling on a place, or even when being at home. If you have a neck problem, this neck rest should help keep it steady and rested at all times while reducing shoulder tension. It has an adjustable contour fit that allows it to mold to your neck easily.

The velcro strip makes it very flexible to adjust to a regular or large size. For a 16 1/2" neck a regular sized is great, while if you have an 18"+ neck, a large sizes would be more appropriate.

If you happen to have any medical condition whereby you can only sleep with a slightly elevated position, this pillow will ensure that you sleep with your mouth closed, and you don't snore. I love it because on longer flights annoying the neighbors with the snoring would be a horror!

The material is Nylon spandex on the outside and polyurethane foam inside.

Practical to use, easy to pack and light overall, it is a great travel companion for getting comfy on any flight where you want your head and neck to be upright and comfortable throughout the entire time.

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Travel Nook - Inflatable Travel Pillow

Travel Nook, the popular airplane pillow supports the sides of the head preventing it from nodding forward or moving from side to side. It is ergonomically correct - does not push the head forward; unique cushioning side support shape, and neck hugging design.

Compact, lightweight as it stows neatly in luggage or bag, weighs next to nothing.

It is inflatable with easy to use valves, effortless to inflate and deflate.

Easy to clean and it is washable.

You can use these travel pillows for traveling in a car as well, just make sure you are the passenger, and not the driver when resting your head on the pillow!

Never use a neck pillow when driving a car!

Try out your pillow at home before taking it on a long trip, to make sure it's comfy around your neck.

The Aire-mate Inflatable Travel Pillow - The Most Comfortable Travel Pillow Available!
The Aire-mate Inflatable Travel Pillow - The Most Comfortable Travel Pillow Available!

inflates easily & deflates quickly (pull up valve, squeeze & blow)

lightweight & stores in its own tote bag for easy transport

use in planes, trains, automobiles - even at home

ergonomically designed for total body comfort

durable & easy to clean; patent pending


The Aire-mate Inflatable Travel Pillow

Considered one of the best airplane pillow, the ergonomically designed Aire-Mate inflatable neck pillow is an instant upgrade to First Class travel, whether you are on a plane, train, or in an automobile - it even feels great at home on the sofa after a long day at work! The pillow is lightweight and stows away neatly in its own little tote bag for easy packing and transport.

The Aire-Mate's design completely cradles your neck, providing you with total comfort in an upright or reclining position. The bottom portion of the pillow provides a comfortable cradle to rest your hands or arms on while at the same time providing a very gentle downward pressure, giving your neck complete support. It is this ergonomic design that makes the pillow so comfortable - allowing you to rest or sleep deeply without any neck fatigue.

Travel Pillow with 700 Fill Power Goose Down

All About Down Travel Pillow with 800 Fill Power European Ethically Raised Goose Down, Hypoallergenic, 100% cotton finished in Germany, US made and family owned since 1974
All About Down Travel Pillow with 800 Fill Power European Ethically Raised Goose Down, Hypoallergenic, 100% cotton finished in Germany, US made and family owned since 1974

If you want a travel pillow for planes made of real goose feathers, here is one that I can highly recommend. Perfect for being comfortable while traveling in the plane or in the car, easy to fold it together for packing, it is a great outstanding piece that will keep your neck and shoulders from pain during long travel times. Measures 12 x 16 inches.


Tips For Flying Comfortable On The Plane

Wear the pillow backwards!

Not everyone can sleep with the head in one position without moving, especially on longer flights. What many people do in this case, especially when they tend to drop their head forwards is to turn the pillow the other way round - backwards, so your chin is properly supported.

This allows you to rest your head in a way that feels natural to you, is easy to achieve and what's more, you don't get jolted awake when you drop your head and nod off.

Make the right decision when choosing your seat in the plane

When you book your flight and are about to choose your seat, think twice before deciding which place will be yours for the long duration of the flight. First avoid isle seats because even those are touted as great for lots of leg place, many of those chairs are made so that they do not recline. In addition some have unmovable armrests. I can't possibly imagine my seat being as rigid for the next couple of hours of flight.

Also avoid the last row for the obvious reasons - the lavabory. The dreaded toilet. The smell...and of course the often non-reclinable seats. Nuff said.

If you find places in the back, well, they're not bad if you can stand the engine noise, which is far stronger than in the front rows.

Choose your travel pillow wisely

I can't believe that there are still so many people who are regular fliers who haven't started using travel neck pillows. Ever since I got mine (the Travelrest), my flying experiences has dramatically changed.

There are many pillows on the market these days with manufacturers adding more and more bells and whistles to their products, so choosing can be at times tough. And buying several just to find the right one can be time and $ consuming.

It should be perfectly shaped to properly support the neck when traveling. It should have a nice removable cover which can be washed at any time. If it comes with its own case, even better. However if you choose an inflatable one, that is ok too - and it saves on luggage space.

Regardless of the type you choose - and make sure you choose wisely! - what you should avoid doing especially on longer flights is be without one. Once you've spent the next 10 hours with a travel pillow to aid your journey with comfort and ease, you won't want to be without one anymore, that I gurarantee.


Don't inflate your travel pillow to the max.

When the plane reaches altitude the pillow expands even more, so you need to give it the place to fully expand.

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    • Radgrl profile image


      4 years ago

      I need one of those

    • Yusuf Maulana profile image

      Yusuf Maulana 

      4 years ago

      no wonder my neck is always hurt when i got sleep on plane :p

    • tmadeira lm profile image

      tmadeira lm 

      4 years ago

      I bought a travel pillow at an airport before a long flight about a year ago. It was the kind with the little beads in it, and I didn't really like it. It seems that most of the pillows you've included are inflatable. Maybe I'll try one of those on my next long flight. Thanks for the lens!

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      Linda Hoxie 

      4 years ago from Idaho

      What a great idea, it is hard to sleep in a plane.

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      5 years ago

      it looks like a tail...but good product..

    • klbhokie profile image


      5 years ago

      I had no idea that there were so many options for travel pillows! I love this lens.

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      5 years ago

      No, but it is a great idea to get a travel pillow. I don't feel comfortable using the pillows provided by the airlines.

    • stuartym91 profile image


      5 years ago

      The ones they give you on Virgin Atlantic are pretty comfy

    • Max Globe profile image

      Max Globe 

      5 years ago

      I prefer travelling with a pillow!

    • socialcx1 profile image


      5 years ago

      Next time I fly I will definitely get one.

    • Raymond Eagar profile image

      Raymond Eagar 

      5 years ago

      I never thought of this , thanks .

    • cwilson360 profile image


      5 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many types of travel pillows. Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      Oh gosh, thanks for this! I probably would never have know there was ones like these if it wasn't for this lense. I gotta get one of out of these before my next flight. Nice work :)

    • HughSmulders LM profile image

      HughSmulders LM 

      5 years ago

      The requirements mentioned are so important. And what's strange. I've never paid attention to them.

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      5 years ago

      Helpful! I like the lines around your Lens ! Looks great!

    • SusanAston profile image


      5 years ago

      Wow - what a selection.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      I like the Hedbed inflatable pillow. It flares at both ends so it supports you behind the neck and under the chin - keeps you from nodding off and then waking yourself up. And it only takes one breath to blow up.

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      5 years ago

      Traveling would always be stress full for any one. Most of the people always issues of having neck pain my traveling such pillows would really helpful from neck pain and you really get a good sleep.

    • my2165 profile image


      5 years ago

      I think the skyrest has to be the best option, sleeping with your head rested on the back or side only lasts for so long. Great lens! Didn't know there were inflatable pillows

    • Muebles de exte profile image

      Muebles de exte 

      5 years ago

      nice lens, congratulations, thank you for all the info.

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      5 years ago

      I travel a lot and always have problems sleeping on flights, I'm going to choose one of these to see if it helps, thank you.

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      sue826 lm 

      5 years ago

      When you think of all the benefits for a small investment, it's surprising you don't see more of them around.

    • jayavi profile image


      5 years ago

      It is good to have a good pillow otherwise getting a neck pain during the sleep. Thanks for sharing. Those pillows look comfortable.

    • vinopete profile image


      5 years ago

      Thank you so much! Save your neck an d your back and get a travel pillow.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Memory foam pillows are very comfortable.

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      5 years ago

      I like the blow up models. They take up much less room in the cabin luggage.

    • AustraliaMove profile image


      5 years ago

      That goosedown travel pillow looks very comfortable. I haven't seen them in the shops in Australia, I would like to buy one for my next trip as I love goose down pillow!

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      5 years ago

      I would certainly recommend the Simple Travel Pillow by Method Simple - great design and it sure performs exactly as advertised.

    • agagata lm profile image

      agagata lm 

      5 years ago

      That's a great selection of pillows. I'm sure I'll choose something for myself :)

    • ozpetslover profile image


      5 years ago

      i definitely need to buy one for myself each time i travel

    • Spirality profile image


      5 years ago

      The Skyrest Travel Pillow looks silly! It's bulky enough to be considered your carry-on. Sore neck or pay $40 extra baggage fees? I'll take the sore neck.

    • NibsyNell profile image


      5 years ago

      So many to chose from! I definitely need to get one of these!

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      5 years ago

      Wonderful choices.

    • gaga6599 profile image


      5 years ago

      Great collection of travel pillows and aye masks. I prefer those made of cotton.

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      5 years ago

      I have had several different kinds of travel pillows. The best one I found for me was one that was inflatable and around the neck , with a soft covering, not stiff. Easier to pack up and carry.

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      bsalas lm 

      5 years ago

      I've never seen the long thin pillows - but am going to look into them now. Thanks for the lens!

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      w3bmast3r lm 

      5 years ago

      i had no idea there were so many options for a travel pillow, ive been missing out :)

    • kimark421 profile image


      5 years ago

      The neck pillows look very comfortable. Great lens!

    • greentiger11 profile image


      5 years ago

      That candy cane looking pillow is very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Good lens!

    • Jo-Jackson profile image


      5 years ago

      I hadn't realized what a big range of travel pillows there are.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      I think I might just get one after reading this. Thanks for the information!

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      great lens. getting some sleep is one of the most important things to do when travelling.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      You have a nice selection of Travel Pillow For Airplanes. I like these, theyâre really nice!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      5 years ago from Ozun

      great collection of travel pillow, i will choose one for my next flight.

    • Webinaut profile image


      5 years ago

      I need a travel "pillow" for my back. The seat angle always leaves me feeling like a hunchback.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Thanks for this! I have a really difficult time sleeping on planes.

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      6 years ago

      I didn't know there are so many travel pillow ! Congrats for your lens, great idea :)

    • capitaldan profile image


      6 years ago

      I like to make sure I pack something soft that can double as a travel pillow to save space and not have to carry another item with me.

    • pavlo-badovskyi profile image


      6 years ago

      I always suffered without anything like this in a trip. It is good not only for a flight but in a coach as well.Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Great for best travel pillow in flights to long travels.

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      6 years ago

      I like those longer pillows. The neck ones are just uncomfortable for me. I used to fly frequently and for longer flights would just bring my own regular pillow. Very nice ideas here. Happy Thanksgiving and blessed!

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      Bill Armstrong 

      6 years ago from Valencia, California

      These are getting more and more popular these days, I see more each time I fly, now I am actually thinking of getting one, thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago

      No but now I know I need one. I always fall asleep on the bus and my neck hurts so this might help.

    • malualhati profile image


      6 years ago

      great information! i have a travel pillow similar to travelrest :)

    • magnetic06 lm profile image

      magnetic06 lm 

      6 years ago

      great lens, awesome idea for travel pillows

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      6 years ago

      I will save this for future flights. Thanks!

    • mrsclaus411 profile image


      6 years ago

      I have a neck pillow but those TravelRest pillows look comfy.

    • montanatravel52 profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm always in search of the "perfect pillow" for airplane or even long car travel, wonderful lens, thanks for an inofrmative and relevant read!!

    • Onlinemum3 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens. I really like the TravelRest pillows.

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      CoffeeWriter LM 

      6 years ago

      What a selection... you're the Travel Pillow Goddess! I never realized there was such a big interest in these, obviosuly it's a really good idea.

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      6 years ago

      Great choices of travel pillows! Pretty nice lens :)

    • lshields lm profile image

      lshields lm 

      6 years ago

      I take my pillow when I can remember, I also use when traveling in a car, they really make a difference. This is a great list of pillow. Good subject for lens.

    • rainykua profile image


      6 years ago

      My sister and I gave our mom a neck pillow as a birthday gift. She loves it and puts it around her neck even if she's not on a plane.:P

      The memory foam travel pillows look so comfy!

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      Shelly Sellers 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Nicely done and I used an air pillow on my last plane trip! Contrats on the purple star!

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      6 years ago

      Didn't realize there are so many types of Traveling pillows.

    • kopox profile image


      6 years ago

      i want those pillows :D

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I definitely need a travel pillow the next time I go on vacation. My mum and I always get severe neck pain after long flights and I'm sure one of these awesome travel pillows will help. Really like the neck memory foam pillow.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Now you've aced this one can you give me any suggestions for a footstool on the planes? My feet fall asleep because they don't reach the floor. Nice job, and congratulations on the purple star.

    • kislanyk profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cyprus

      @BerylJones: Great idea using it any time when traveling, not only on planes.

    • BerylJones profile image


      6 years ago

      I always use pillow in the areoplane, even in the car! My pillow always travels with me :-)

      Good lens!

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      6 years ago

      wish to have one of these last time Im on the airplane

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      These Travel Pillow For Airplanes is such a great invention especially for those long flights.

    • victoriahaneveer profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow that TravelRest looks fab. I didn't know you could get them that shape.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm usually so busy looking out the window that I forget all about sleep, but when I get stuck in an aisle or middle seat, I tend to drowse. One of these inflatable pillows would be so handy then.

    • chas65 profile image


      6 years ago

      They can make all of the difference on those long international flights.

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      6 years ago

      very nice travel pillow. i used to travel twice a year and this is very useful. thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Actually, I never managed to get one, even though I used to travel above average for many years. It sure feels like I have to carry one henceforth.

    • Alenkita1 profile image


      6 years ago from Slovenia

      Love the travel pillow, no more neck pain.

    • piedromolinero profile image


      6 years ago

      I usually sleep like a groundhog already before take off and open my eyes not before the plane is in parking position. I really shall get one of these pillows to have a better rest.

    • eTravelSense profile image


      6 years ago

      Getting the right travel pillow is so important. The number of times I have used a bad one and still fallen asleep with my mouth wide open, only to wake up with a sore neck and drool on my t-shirt.... :)

    • Jillynn profile image


      6 years ago

      Great suggestions to consider. I recently took a redeye without a pillow and swore I would never do that again.

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      6 years ago

      I have never heard of these. I love the idea of the memory foam one though.

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      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I do have a favorite but I'm not sure what it's called. I can't fly without a good pillow!

    • gamrslist profile image


      6 years ago

      i usually curl up on my seat with blanket over me pillow would be could cool lens thanks for share

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      6 years ago

      I really like the TravelRest Airplane Pillow. I need to get one, thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      These help a lot on the plane. Good selection here.

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      coolmon2009 lm 

      6 years ago

      I am thinking of getting one soon; my last trip to Singapore was rough, good lens.

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      6 years ago

      enjoyed reading through various travel pillow, these are definitely helpful during travel, you'd want to rest during that long journey.

    • ChenB profile image


      6 years ago

      Good lens! A quality pillow can make all the difference when trying to get some rest on a flight.

    • jayceehaynes profile image


      6 years ago

      I need to find one and my have on this page :) nice lens

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't really bother to bring one because I can't sleep in the plane.

    • nikitakapoor profile image


      6 years ago

      Good lens, enjoyed reading it! :)

      Do drop by my lenses some time and do lemme know how do you feel about them! (:

    • rt8ca profile image


      6 years ago

      I have never been able to sleep while sitting, maybe this new pillow could help! Thanks for the info.

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      Fcuk Hub 

      6 years ago

      Good travel pillow can save your neck :)

    • deckdesign profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks, great selection of travel pillows

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      6 years ago

      Travel pillows are better option.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I normally hope for a pillow the airline gives out. Didn't know there were all of these choices!

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I can never fall asleep on a plane. These are a great idea.

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      7 years ago

      I have to agree with yano_jl - travel pillow is great especially if your're on a long flight or you have to wait on the terminal for your next flight.

      I used to laugh to people who used them, because they looked a bit silly. But then I realized that it was me, who looked silly when my head was bumping and nodging from left to right, sometimes even on my neighbours shoulder when I felt asleep :))) Imagine this :))

      Now I don't go anywhere without my travel neck pillow and if I may advice: don't spare on money - buy quality travel pillow so your body gets appropriate rest!

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      yano jl 

      7 years ago

      Travel pillows are great for airplanes, but don't forget the ear plugs. You'll thank me later.


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