The $59 travel pillow that travel pros say they won’t fly without
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Imagine actually getting some rest the next time you fly.
A record number of travelers will hit the skies this summer, according to airline trade association Airlines for America. They predict that for the three months of summer, 2.8 million people each day will fly on U.S. airlines, up more than 3% from last year. “A record number of travelers are flying, and from overcrowding at airports to a lack of air traffic control around the world, there will be cancelled flights, delays, and chaos,” said Henrik Zillmer CEO of AirHelp, an airline passenger rights company, in a statement.That makes getting a travel pillow that can help you sleep — like this one, our No. 1 most recommended pillow, the Trtl Pillow Plus — even more important. So MarketWatch asked frequent travelers and travel pros what they recommend. Here are four options.
The travel experts we spoke to overwhelmingly recommended this pillow, with Shannon McMahon, editor at online travel magazine SmarterTravel.com, noting that it makes “any seat feel like a window seat.” Jenny Smith, founder of travel blog MoveToNewZealand, says she “can’t travel without it now.” She likes that it’s “fully adjustable and that it fits me perfectly. It’s also very light and is machine washable, which is really handy. I would recommend this pillow to any traveler as it is a great value at under $60 and will probably last a lifetime.” And Michael Rasile, the Chief Experience Officer at an experience company based around Olympic athletes, says that it’s “super comfortable and it actually allows my head to rest when I’m in coach and don’t have the opportunity to lean back far enough to fall asleep.
Blogger Lindsay Silberman, who has traveled to more than 60 countries over the past few years, says this pillow “checks all the boxes for me: it’s filled with microbeads (I avoid inflatable ones at all costs); it can be converted into three different shapes; it has a strap that attaches to your suitcase; and it’s cheap enough that if you leave it on the plane (which you inevitably will), you won’t feel guilty about buying a replacement.”
Brooklyn-based travel writer and frequent traveler Viktoria Altman says this is her go-to pillow because it “allows me to rest my head on the side. As a side sleeper the J pillow is the most comfortable supportive pillow I ever tried.” Plenty of users agree — the pillow has nearly 7,000 reviews on Amazon AMZ, -0.65% — with one person raving: “ I’m one of those poor souls who simply can’t sleep on a plane. I also have neck problems. I don’t get comfortable very easily. This pillow was my best friend on that 16 hour flight from JFK to Guangzhou, China. It stayed put and worked exactly as explained in the description.”
Frequent traveler LizGalloway.com of WildAdventures.Life loves this pillow particularly for “red eyes and long international overnight flights.” She’s a fan of the “soft material and the cushy foam” as well as the front clasp which helps the pillow stay on. She adds: “Though it’s bigger, I sling it through a loop in my carry on backpack and forget about it.”