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A neck pillow is one of the must have items for every traveler. When it comes to long bus rides, trains, and planes comfort is key. Find out the top styles, as recommended by our readers.
The Best Neck Pillows for Travel
I always keep my inflatable air pillow in my day bag on travel days. I can inflate it when needed and it is easy to store when not in use. It doesn’t take up any space at all and is feather light. After a trip (or during a long one) just throw the cover in the washer and hang to dry.
If you end up shopping during a trip and need more luggage space, you can always remove the inflatable portion and stuff the cover with clothing! This is also a good way to sneak more into budget airlines.
The only cons when it comes to inflatable neck pillows is that they pop easily. However, because they’re usually under $10, I don’t mind investing in a new one every other year or so because the benefits are worth the money.
Just in case an inflatable neck pillow isn’t your preferred choice, check out these options, as recommended by our readers:
The winner of the British Invention of the Year in 2013, this pillow’s unique shape was created for window seat sleeping. Along with traveling, it’s also perfect for relaxing at home, whether on the couch or reading in bed.
One reader shared, “I have used this one and really like it!” Not only is it easy to carry, but it’s also hygienic. You can put the whole pillow in the washing machine and it’ll be like new again!
Adjust for the perfect 360-degree support whether your head leans left, right, or tends to fall forward. Complete with a flattened rear cushion makes it perfect for all seats. Several of our readers swear by this pillow!
One says, “accept no other substitutes. My husband and I just got back from Fiji and my husband actually slept, no head bobbing. This was a first, he’s never been able to sleep on long hauls. Now, we swear by this pillow, compression socks and noise cancelling headphones for long hauls.”
Whether you’re heading out on a road trip or flying to your next vacation destination, the Cabeau Evolution pillow will allow comfort and stability for the entirety of your travels.
Find out what it is and why it’s the best travel pillow in our review!
Unlike anything on the market, this patent pending, newly released and improved version has a built-in removable insert so you can adjust the thickness of the pillow based on your personal preference and sitting positions, helping to support your neck and head in perfect alignment.
One reader calls it a “classic,” sharing, “It’s my go-to neck pillow for travel.” You now can sleep soundly even if you are sitting up on an airline seat with the help of this pillow!
Sleep peacefully all throughout your flight or journey. The perfect companion for those traveling in planes, cars, trains, buses, and more. It provides optimal neck and shoulder support to give you a more relaxing trip.
One reviewer says, “I have bought every neck pillow under the sun. This pillow is easily the best neck pillow I have ever used. I used this pillow for an eight-hour flight and I arrived at my destination feeling well rested and pain-free.” Music to our ears, and comfort to our necks!
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Sleep peacefully all throughout your flight or journey. This is the perfect companion for those traveling in planes, cars, trains, buses, and more. It provides optimal neck and shoulder support to give you a more relaxing trip.
One reader shares, “the trick for me is to only inflate it about two-thirds or three-quarters full. If it’s fully inflated, the part behind the neck is too firm and pushes my head forward. If I don’t fully inflate it, the back squishes so my head stays in a normal position but the wings are firm enough to keep my head upright.” Great tip to try!
The Aeris Memory Foam Pillow relieves pressure and reduces tiredness as it greatly improves the quality of sleep. It also stimulates blood circulation, eliminates muscle tension, and reduces restlessness while you sleep. It can be used on planes, trains, buses, or cars, whether you’re working on your laptop or taking a nap.
One Amazon reviewer said, “I finally found a travel pillow that doesn’t give me a headache! I can get comfortable enough to sleep with this pillow whereas I always pitched others away after a few minutes.”
This pillow provides great head, neck, shoulder, side, back and leg support for maximum comfort. Thousands of micro beads custom contours to each user’s anatomy, shifting in response to the body’s motion for continuous, personalized comfort.
Its unique design accommodates both seated and reclined passengers in airplanes, trains and autos. Reduce the aches and pains of travel. One of the great features is its 6-mode vibration massage, which can knead away at muscle tension.
As one reviewer says, “I tried it out and just…wow. It worked amazingly. In addition to the massage portion, it actually fit to my neck and didn’t make me feel uncomfortable during the ride. I’ve used it six times since then, and I’m still very happy with it.”
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The pillow itself is a molded memory foam that helps support the head, neck, and shoulders. Not only is it cost-efficient, but it’s also comfy!
One Amazon reviewer said, “I bought this for my recent trip to Asia. 15+ hours in a plane can be terrible but this pillow helps relieve pressure off your neck muscles and provides good support.
It is much better than the inflatable ones I have used in the past. This with some good noise canceling headphones and you are good to go! Happy travels!”
The World’s Travel Pillow offers superior neck support and ultra-plush comfort, all at a budget-friendly cost. Filled with feather-soft microfiber, this pillow offers a hypoallergenic and machine washable alternative to down-filled pillows. It’s perfect for travel, lounging at home, or therapeutic neck support.
Take it from one Amazon reviewer who says, “used this on a 36 hour bus ride (vertical the whole trip, no beds!) from Kansas to Washington D.C. and it was great. I was a little nervous it’d be too firm or overstuffed, but even as someone with a short neck, I got a solid night’s sleep every night (I tended to flip it around rather than use it behind my head).”
Although this isn’t technically a travel neck pillow, many of our readers named this as their favorite travel pillow. Invented by a massage therapist, this “scarf” provides upper-body support and counterbalance for the arms, neck, and head for relaxation.
One reader told us, “the vaVesta scarf worked great for me on our three-week trip to the British Isles, in planes, trains, busses, and a ferry. I used the new pillow insert for it. Cradled my neck perfectly.” Another said, “I swear by the Va Vesta scarf. Keeps me aligned (need to have the insert in) and I have neck disc issues. Also convenient pockets to store readers and phone.”
Do you travel with neck pillows? Please share your favorite brand!
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