Best Travel Pillow For Airplanes
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.
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).
Caldera Releaf Neck Rest
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.
Are You Using A Travel Pillow On Airplanes?
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.
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
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.