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02-16-2014, 02:45 PM
I just booked a long flight, so I'm in the market for a travel pillow. I bought the one Eagle Creek makes, and it seems nice... But it's awfully bulky. Any recommendations?

"Nothing" doesn't count, the last time I fell asleep on a plane I kinked my neck so bad I couldn't hold my head up straight for a day after.


02-16-2014, 04:26 PM
I would have a look at the inflatable one made by Thermarest as is compresses somewhat.

02-16-2014, 08:06 PM
It depends if you like the kind that wrap around your neck and/or inflate, or something more like a regular pillow. I like this stuff sack from REI (http://www.rei.com/product/795043/rei-pillow-stuff-sack). The inside is fleece, so that if you turn it inside-out and fill it with a jacket or spare piece of clothing, it is a nice pillow. I find this useful when I had a window seat; not sure how it would work with a middle or aisle. The stuff sack itself doesn't take up a lot of space, and can also be useful while traveling.

02-16-2014, 08:11 PM
That's a good point, bchaplain. I think I want something that wraps around my neck.

02-16-2014, 08:33 PM
I have bought the Seat Snoozer to try on my next long flight, but I haven't used it yet, so I'm not sure. I've never had good luck with travel pillows, but I like the idea of the Seat Snoozer, even though it looks ridiculous.

02-16-2014, 08:50 PM
That's pretty weird, jmoz.

02-16-2014, 08:54 PM
jmoz, I am definitely looking forward to your review. Bonus points if you include a photo of yourself Seat Snoozing.

02-17-2014, 11:38 AM
I use the Travelrest pillow. Another stupid looking solution. I like a pillow that sits between my ear and my shoulder. I do not like the pillow behind my neck, assuming I'm sitting almost upright in coach.

It wraps around me like a Miss America sash. My arm rests in it like it's a wrist sling. The weight of my arm keeps the pillow from moving, so I can move my head and the pillow stays put.


02-17-2014, 04:36 PM
A zippered pillowcase stuffed with the extra layers one doesn't need to wear when the flight is warm enough for sleep or leftover plastic bags which will be used to house dirty laundry on the way back or in between laundromat run, if the trip is long or one is particularly spill prone.

02-17-2014, 08:47 PM
I got a cabeau evolution travel pillow from an inmotion store in the airport. It works really well and packs in to a small included pouch. You can find it here.


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02-19-2014, 08:41 AM
I second the Cabeau pillow. I've gone through a lot of travel pillows and this is by far the most comfortable. It wraps around your neck fully or you can leave it open in the front. It's filled with memory foam, which makes it both comfortable since it adjusts to the contours of your neck and head as well as packable.

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02-24-2014, 11:04 AM
Ikea sells U-shaped travel pillows in their travel section and I love them because they are inflatable. I have had mine for a few years now. 20 minutes before your flight lands, deflate the pillow, roll it up and put it in your bag. No space taken. Ikea sells them very cheaply. You can make them as firm or as soft as you need to.

03-20-2014, 09:55 AM
I have bought the Seat Snoozer to try on my next long flight, but I haven't used it yet, so I'm not sure. I've never had good luck with travel pillows, but I like the idea of the Seat Snoozer, even though it looks ridiculous.

For anyone who was wondering, I did not care for the SeatSnoozer after trying it. It did what it claimed, but it was somewhat uncomfortable, and it turns out that the wings on the headrest are far more effective. No photos because, well, I wasn't going to ask someone to take a photo of me wearing an absurd contraption that didn't even work well.

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03-20-2014, 10:27 PM
ostrich pillow light is the best travel pillow I've ever used.

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07-17-2014, 05:38 AM
wow, those ostrich pillows are the craziest thing ever! i love that huge one that makes you look like an alien cyclops. amazing.

07-17-2014, 05:41 AM
@kasi which pillow is it? Thanks#

07-17-2014, 06:58 AM
I second the Travelrest. I used it on two recent overseas flights and it's incredibly compact and versatile. My mother dubbed it the "Stranger's Shoulder" pillow because it kind of looks like an arm, and you lean on it like a seatmate's shoulder. I don't use the included cords with it; I simply hug the bottom "arm" of the pillow across my front, so that my head rests comfortably on the top larger "shoulder" portion of the pillow. I found it's more comfortable if not inflated completely. I've also used it when side sleeping on a couch, and found it more comfortable than a regular pillow because it's got a lot of loft which makes your head stay level when you're on your side. It's easy to blow up (1 or 2 puffs) and very easy to deflate and roll back up when the plane is landing.

Another inflatable pillow/seat cushion I've just ordered is the ultra compact Klymit Cush: Amazon.com : Klymit Cush Inflatable Pillow Seat (Blue/Grey) : Camping Pillows : Sports & Outdoors (http://www.amazon.com/Klymit-Cush-Inflatable-Pillow-Seat/dp/B006WS5WXO). I like that it can also be used for lumbar support or as a stadium seat, and it can be folded several ways depending on how much loft you want. It also has recessed "ear pockets" on each end which should make side sleeping more comfortable. I received it last night and tried it out for a few minutes folded in thirds, as a cushion. It's comfortable and a versatile size. But I'm going to have to figure out a better technique for deflating it and rolling it back up. It has multiple chambers in it, which makes it trickier to get completely flat when trying to put it away.

07-17-2014, 08:58 AM
I have not tried this solution, but... a friend who is a doctor told us about using a neck brace - the kind used for patients with neck injuries - to immobilize his head while he slept on a plane. He said it worked really well, plus, he got special treatment from the flight attendants due to his "injury"! LOL.

07-17-2014, 12:56 PM
I have a neck brace type pillow and it works well for me.