What To Look For In A Travel Pillow

In this article we consider the top features to look out for when purchasing a travel pillow. Ultimately you want a design that provides you with a comfortable level of neck and head support, enabling you to sleep in an upright position whether you’re on an airplane on the road or in a train.  But not all travel pillows are equal so it’s a good idea to keep a checklist front of mind as you consider your options.

As you will be using this travel pillow while you are on the move, it’s important that it is lightweight and relatively compact. If you’re traveling by air you wanted to be able to fit in your carry-on luggage, or attached to it easily and not weigh you down excessively. Obviously the lightest travel pillows use an inflatable design. These are only a few ounces in weight and when deflated can be rolled up and packed into a very small size.

But while portability is important, you don’t want to sacrifice strong support for your neck and head. You’ll be sleeping in an upright position so you need to know that cradles your head and allows your muscles to relax completely. Make sure that the travel neck pillow doesn’t push your head forward into an unnatural position or allows your head to sway from side to side.

You want a design that doesn’t slip about in your seat. Some of the best travel pillows use tethers and straps to hold the pillow firmly in place while it is being used.  Often the same tether can be used to attach the pillow to your carry-on luggage.

It’s important that the cover of your travel pillow, or the entire pillow itself is made from a material that can be washed. So look out for the zip off removable covers. You also want the cover to be soft and comfortable without any hard sections.