Crinkly, stiff, inflatable cushions and bulky, permanently stuffed pillows might suit some travelers, but there is a better option. While having a pillow handy for a flight or even a long trip by train, car, or ferry might be desirable, not every such accessory delivers on its promises.
In fact, the most commonly seen contenders come up short in at least a couple of important ways. One site’s recent bestowal of the title of “best travel pillow” on a very different sort of product proves that such compromises do not need to be accepted.
Two Common and Only Half-Satisfying Takes on the Travel Pillow
Anyone who travels a fair amount will have by now seen at least two basic travel pillow designs in the wild. While each of these has their fans, even the most devoted owners will admit each is also lacking in certain respects.
- Inflatable. Designed to be packed down to a tiny size after having the air squeezed out of them, inflatable travel pillows are some of the most popular of all. Because such pillows can typically be packed easily into a carry-on bag or even a pocket, they do not impose much on their owners. On the other hand, they tend to come up short in terms of comfort even when special precautions like the incorporation of luxurious fabrics are taken. Most such pillows also afford a type of support that feels distinctively unnatural while frequently contributing to sweating and other problems in the