10 Best Travel Pillows for Long Haul Flights4 min read

By Ben Griffin

Hiker Extraordinaire


10 Best Travel Pillows for Long Haul Flights

Do you know what the most important requisite for a travel is? No, it’s not a sleeping bag, or a pair of sturdy hiking boots or a protective jacket.

It’s travel pillows! Yes, even if the other gear are important when you go out hiking, travel pillows make sure your have an energetic, exhilarated, revitalized and strain-free body.

An important concept that must be comprehended here is that your body must be in proper state for you to be able to make the best out of the hike.

And in case of absence of a strengthened state of body, you are likely to fall sick or get yourself injured in the hike.

In order to get the apt state of body, you need proper rest and sleep.

This is where the handy travel pillows come in.

Even though there seems too little to no importance of pillows in a hike on the superficial view, a deeper thought will make you understand how greatly these minimal piece of gear can better your overall hike.

And those of us who have had prior experiences of not being able to fall asleep on a travel or waking up with a sore neck can quite arrest the need of pillows in a hike.

Why Are Pillows Important?

Pillows are an essentiality every person who has gone through the pain of stiff necks, tired body and heavy head will understand.

The first benefit of a good travel pillow is that it will help you sleep better and thereby prevent you from having any kind of fatigued and stiff body part.

With a good travel pillow at hand, you will no longer wake up with tensed neck and aching head.

Some travel pillows today come with tension-easing micro beads, such as the Clever Comforts Total Pillows, which will help relieve your body of tension and tiredness.

Travel pillows are soft and comfortable, and provide you with the necessary coziness and relaxation.

Purchasing a travel pillow is a great investment.

You can use these while at home as well.

Moreover, I find that these pillows come extremely advantageous if you have a sick member in the family.

Travel pillows do not cost much.

So I recommend that people who travel a lot should definitely purchase a travelling pillow and see their travel game change for the better.

How To Choose A Travel Pillow?

In order to choose a travel pillow, you will have to pay attention to its shape, material, filling, weight and other similar factors which have been mentioned below

1. Material And Filling

The first thing that you want to look for is the material of the pillow.

The outer covering of the pillow is generally made up of cotton or velvet.

Ensure that the enclosing material is soft to the touch and does not cause any kind of irritation to the skin.

Then you want to check the filling of the pillow.

Most of the pillows are generally air-filled and hence come with the option of inflation and deflation.

If you are someone who is not much of a fan of inflating the pillows, you may opt for pillows whose filling is memory foam, urethane foam, micro-beads, polyester fill and so on.

2. Shape

The second thing to consider while purchasing a travel pillow is how you will be using the pillow and then buy the pillow which has the required shape.

If you want to purchase a pillow which will support your head and neck, you can go for the travel pillow which has the classic “U” shape.

If you want to sleep horizontally on the pillow, you can opt for the pillows which are tall and broad, and are generally cuboid in shape.

Travel pillows today come in variety of shape and sizes to choose from.

Determine the major purpose of buying the pillow for yourself and in which body parts you will be using it; then you can choose the pillow which has the perfect shape needed by you.

3. Weight And Space

These pillows are called travel pillows for a reason- they must be travel friendly.

Therefore, you will have to pay attention to the weight and space of the pillow.

Generally, the weight of travel pillows range from 5 to 10 ounces.

Do not choose a pillow which will prove to be heavy and bulky to you throughout the travel.

Go for the pillow which takes up minimum space, can be packed easily and is easy to carry around.

4. Softness

The last factor to consider is the pliability and softness of the pillow.

Some people prefer thick and firm pillows whereas others like pillows which are soft and fluffy.

You must choose the travel pillow as per your requisite and comfort.

17 Responses

  1. I used the Travelrest – Ultimate Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow and cover on a trip from California to Europe a couple years ago. It truly helped me sleep on the plane, which I’d never been able to do before. It took me a little time to figure out the best way to place the pillow on my body but once I did, it was a delight to use. Ever since, I have not traveled a distance by plane without the pillow.

  2. I just cannot imagine a long tiring journey without a travel pillow whether it’s a bus, car or a long boring air journey.A sleepless night or a stiff shoulder that’s terrible.These are some of the best pick travel pillows.Would be getting one from the list soon.

  3. I used the Travelmate Memory Foam Neck Pillow on my trip to Vegas last month. I found it to be comfortable and easy to carry with. The elastic strap made it easy to attach to my backpack, so I didn’t have to worry about carrying it around the airport. My only complaint about this pillow is not made very well. I have noticed that the stitching is already starting to open in certain places.

  4. Thanks for the informative article. I recently travelled from Australia to South Africa which is a lengthy flight. To help endure the flight I used J-Pillow Travelling Pillow which enabled me to have a sleep during the flight. I have travelled without a pillow and it can be relatively uncomfortable. I prefer lightweight pillows that can easily be inconspicuous when not in use.

  5. I highly recommend travel pillows. I travel on long flights all the time, and I fall asleep easily on planes. But when the neck bends I will have a terrible cramp afterwards. Pillows are absolutely necessary to keep me in alignment to prevent those cramps.

  6. These all look great for flights but I wonder if they could also work for therapeutic purposes? Also, would you recommend one travel pillow over the others for someone with a C-6 injury/strain? I’ve been having a lot of problems with my neck and shoulder recently, and I’m looking at getting one of these.

  7. I am always saying, every time i travel, how much i need a travel pillow. Having looked at several and tried to many to count. Headphones included. What!!! That’s what i have been looking for. I have been saying for months now. I want a comfortable travel pillow that works well with my headphones. I think i might have found them

  8. Every time I have flown, I have never been able to sleep on the airplane, even when flying through the night. I have never owned a travel pillow but I think it would be very helpful for getting some sleep. Do you know what the price is of the Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Pillow? It looks like that would be a good travel pillow to try.

  9. I absolutely love travel pillows and I’ve been searching for a good one that is long lasting for awhile. Not only do I use these pillows when I travel, but I also use them everyday as a normal pillow to sleep with. It really helps with my chronic neck problems. Now I really want to try the Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow because of the built in ear buds!!

  10. my family lives overseas so long trips are one of my annual activities and I absolutely have a travel pillow. Its my best friend throughout my trips, because i suffer sometimes from stiff neck and neck pains, it really helps me sleep better and for longer periods. my travel pillow is so similar to the Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow stated in the article above, its soft, flexible and comfortable. I also liked the Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow stated in the article, it looks so comfy and relaxing, especially with the earplugs and the sleep mask included. it might be my next pillow to try! thanks for sharing!

  11. My family lives in Europe so long plane flights are part of my life. I find myself feeling better and more alert if I can get some sleep and rest on the long haul flight. It’s hard for me to sleep anywhere outside my bed tucked in pillows and blankets but slowly I have discovered that a good and comfortable pillow can be crucial. I have tried inflatable ones and although they are easy to pack with me, they rarely offer a good support. What works the best for me are the memory foam pillows. Sure, they take room but to me, it’s the closest to napping in my bed. I have never seen anyone using the Skyrest pillow, but that sure looks comfortable and something I’d like to try.

  12. Flights can be uncomfortable at times. A pillow like the travelmate memory foam neck pillow would be very useful.Last flight i took seemed long because of my discomfort, so this would be useful.

  13. So many different choices for travel pillows! Trying to decide which type will be best for me. There are so many great options, I can’t wait to find one before my next trip this summer. Would also be ideal for long car or bus rides as well.

  14. My Mother-in-law does a lot of traveling on flights and we always are worried about her maybe getting blood clots in her legs (she has very bad arthritis and we have experienced this after a few trips). I was wondering can you use the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow on the legs? Or is there another pillow that you could recommend?

  15. Excellent variety of options for travel pillows which are applicable for all uses that involve travel in airplanes, buses and trains

  16. I have never flown but I have taken long car trips. A good pillow is definitely a must if you want to get some decent rest. I could really use a good lumbar pillow though while I am driving. For some reason my back always aches on long trips.

  17. My wife and I do a LOT of backpacking/camping. We use the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillows for both activities due to the compactness of the pillows – it’s amazing how small these pillows can be compressed leaving room in our packs for other stuff. We’re going to Rocky Mountain State Park this summer, and will be bringing them along for the journey, as we feel they are indispensable.

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