The best inflatable travel pillows allow you to fall asleep even in a packed economy section. If you’ve tried basic u-shaped inflatable travel pillows with no success, you’ll want to read about these revolutionary options that actually prevent the dreaded head-bob.
Inflatable Travel Pillows to Get the Best in-Flight Sleep
These pillows all have unique features that address the most challenging upright-sleeping problems.
Eagle Creek Exhale Neck Pillow
It’s amazing that a tiny little buckle can make such a big difference in comfort—Eagle Creek’s Exhale Neck Pillow takes the standard U-shape neck pillow and adds a small clip in the front that draws the two front ends together, thus eliminating that awkward empty spot that allows your head to fall forward and wake you up. It’s pretty genius,
If you’re a side sleeper, the Travelrest is the best inflatable travel pillow for you. This unique design looks like a cushioned seatbelt—it can be attached to the side of your airplane seatrest, headrest of a car, or just worn across your body. Even though the pillow is large, it inflates quickly and deflates into a small package that’s easy to pack.
Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow
Sea to Summit’s Aeros Pillow is designed to be used on the plane—the back of the pillow is narrow to prevent your head from being pushed forward. The ends are enlarged to offer better neck support, and the entire pillow is covered in a soft, comfortable fabric.
Travelon Self-Inflating Travel Pillow
Feel awkward blowing up your inflatable pillow on a crowded plane? Travelon’s self-inflating travel pillow fills with air with just a quick twist of the side vent. It’s bow-tie shape makes it one of the best inflatable travel pillows if you’re looking for back/lumbar support.
Senczo Travel Pillow
If you just want to put your head down and go to sleep, the Senczo Travel Pillow actually allows you to do that (assuming the person in front of you hasn’t reclined all the way back). It inflates to a height of 21 inches, so you can rest your head face down on it. There’s a face cradle in the top (like a massage table) that allows you to breathe, and arm holes in the side, so you can hug the pillow to keep it in place.
People come in all different shapes in sizes, so why don’t inflatable travel pillows? The Komfort Kollar does—pick from small, medium, or large to get a pillow that feels designed just for you. The Kollar uses a Velcro strap to secure the pillow (so it looks like a neck brace) and is able to give you 360 degree support.
The Lucy RealCushion looks like two travel pillows sewn together, and it gives you double the support of a traditional pillow. The bamboo fabric cover gives the Lucy RealCushion a luxurious feeling, and it also has a half-inch inner cushion to make it feel more like a real pillow than an inflatable. (The pillow still inflates/deflates, but it does take up more space than a standard inflatable pillow.)
The Hoodie Pillow feels like sleeping in your favorite sweatshirt—if your favorite sweatshirt offered an eyeshade and neck support. A cozy hood with adjustable drawstrings can be pulled over your eyes to block out light and keep your head warm (and also separate you from a less-than-clean plane or train seat), while the attached inflatable pillow supports your head.
Inflatable Camping Pillow
Looking for the best inflatable travel pillows for camping? This one from CHPRED is ultra-lightweight (just 3.1 ounces) and folds up to be smaller than a soda can, so you will barely notice it in your hiking pack. It inflates quickly to be a full size pillow, and is ergonomically designed to cradle your head while you sleep.
Klymit Pillow X
Upgrade your airplane seat with the Klymit Pillow X, which makes for a much more comfortable seat cushion. The Klymit’s x-pattern also makes it a great camping pillow, as it centers your head and will prevent neck pain.
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Caroline Morse Teel can’t sleep on a plane without one of these inflatable travel pillows. Follow Caroline on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline for style and travel photos.
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