5 travel pillows that will help you sleep better

Long journeys can be exhausting and getting shut-eye can be difficult without support. We got you on doze control

1. For traveling light

Soft-shut magnets offer a luxury feel
Soft-shut magnets offer a luxury feel

Ergonomically designed to have more padding for back support, the Ostrich Pillow Go (US$60) goes even further by using memory foam to adapt to the shape of your neck. The padding thins out at the front, where the two ends attach to each other using magnets. The pillow also packs down into a small stuff sack. ostrichpillow.com

2. For work trips

Works well even as a lap-desk
Works well even as a lap-desk

Spending your flight both working and resting? Then consider the Tablet & Travel Pillow 2-in-1 from Swedish design house Bosign (US$37.50). A U-shaped pillow filled with polystyrene balls with a clasp that keeps it in place around the neck, it can also be used as a tray table. In that orientation, the clasp keeps the tablet securely in place. Nifty! en.bosign.se

3. For minimalists

Inflatability allows for height adjustment
Inflatability allows for height adjustment

If you want to travel ultra-light, or if you’re off on a long trip and not wanting to carry a bulky foam or bead-filled travel pillow, then the Exped AirPillow UL M (US$39) might be just the thing. Inflatable and made with super-light material, it packs down to almost nothing. The honeycomb-pattern coating also stops
it from slipping. exped.com

4. For filling the gaps

Especially suitable for tall travelers
Especially suitable for tall travelers

Shaped and styled much like the Ostrich Pillow Go, but slightly larger, the Taiwan-designed Unclesign Uno Premium (US$80) has more padding behind the neck and is more useful for taller people, who find most travel pillows pointlessly small. Since it’s made from memory foam, it also works well as a support between the upper and lower back. unclesign.com

5. For side-sleepers

With chin support to stop your head falling forward
With chin support to stop your head falling forward

One of the most affordable premium pillows out there, the J-pillow (US$29.95) is effective for side-sleeps, with a protruding “J” section that supports the chin, to prevent your head from falling forward. It’s also made for traveling, packing down into a small bag that can be attached to the telescopic handle of rolling luggage. jpillow.com

This article first appeared in the February 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Jamie Carter

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