Anyone who has ever flown for more than a few hours knows that long flights can take a serious mental and physical toll. But the best travel pillows can be the difference between comfortably snoozing away those in-air hours and a transatlantic nightmare.
However, what even seasoned jet-setters may not know is that the travel pillow market goes far beyond those chunky C-shaped neck pillows that litter the shelves at airport convenience stores. If you've ever lamented the lack of chin support traditional travel pillows offer; or struggled to wear earphones while simultaneously using a neck pillow; or ditched your pillow because it didn't fit in your carry-on, you're not alone. These common complaints have fueled a renaissance of uniquely functional pillows that will change the way you travel.
From pillows that are specially designed for side-sleepers to ones with noise-canceling technology, there is a pillow that will aid every sleep-related woe whether you are taking a plane, train, or automobile.
To help you find the one that's right for you, I've rounded up a 10 of the best travel pillows that Amazon has to offer. Plus, I'm breaking down how each of these, admittedly odd-looking, pillows actually works to keep you comfortable and supported.
1This Adjustable Wrap That Supports Your Neck Like A Pillow
The lightweight and super compact Trtle Pillow aims to improve on the classic C-shape design by offer customizable support for your neck. Instead of hoping your neck will be supported by a standard, one-size-fits-all pillow, this neck wrap adjusts to fit you perfectly. Plus, it's half the size of a traditional travel pillow. If you're skeptical of the strange design, don't worry, literally thousands of Amazon reviewers swear by this thing.
2This Incredibly Versatile Infinity Pillow That Everyone Is Talking About
This Infinity Pillow is one of the most talked about travel pillows on the market. It was designed by the startup Huzi, and its unique infinity shape allows you to twist and turn it into a neck pillow, lumbar support pillow, window pillow, desk pillow, eye mask, noise canceling pillow and more. It's also made from hypoallergenic bamboo and is machine washable.
3This Pillow That Inflates With The Press Of A Button
This raved-about travel pillow inflates quickly with the touch of a button — no awkward huffing and puffing required. It has raised neck support ridges to keep your head in place so you won't lull from side to side, and its velvet fabric keeps it from slipping. Plus, the pillow comes with its own carrying case.
4This Travel Pillow That Focuses On Chin Support
5This Memory Foam Pillow With Unique, Patented Neck Support
This travel pillow is packed with memory foam which helps it conform to the exact shape of your head and neck for superior comfort. Its flat, patented design prevents the pillow from pushing your head forward and can be rotated 360 degrees to help you find the perfect spot. It also can be compressed to a quarter of its original size for longterm storage.
6This Inflatable Travel Pillow That's Made For Side-Sleepers
This travel pillow provides support not only for your head but also for your entire upper body, preventing you from falling forward and making it ideal for anyone who prefers to sleep on their side. It also inflates and deflates quickly, making it easy to store in your purse or carry-on.
7This Strange AF Travel Pillow That Lets You Lie Forward
This travel pillow may look weird AF but it's actually genius! It can be used in multiple ways, but it's chiefly designed for people who like to sleep face first. It even has armholes, so you can hug the pillow just like how you would at home. You can also place your phone or device inside of it, rest your face on the opening, and watch videos in comfort.
8This Chin Support Pillow Designed To Be Worn With Headphones
9This Travel Pillow You'll Want To Use At The Hotel Too
Not only is this compact little pillow great for travel, it's also handy for the hotel. If you're wary about where you're sleeping or the pillows provided are just lackluster, you can pop this 18 by 11-inch pillow on top. It's lightweight and rolls up into itself to be stowed away in a compact spot. You can also use it as a back pillow for lumbar support, and it's available in a ton of colors, ranging from Olive to Rose Pink.
10This Classic (But Not Basic) Travel Pillow That's Budget-Friendly
This velour-covered neck travel pillow might look basic, but it's not without its own bells and whistles. Yes, it follows the classic U-shape design, but it's filled with memory foam and has a built-in removable insert so you can adjust the thickness of the pillow based on your personal preference. Plus, it has a strap that makes it easy to attach it to your carry-on. Oh, and did I mention it's a mere 11 bucks?
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