Top 10 Best Pillows for Travel and Airplanes – Buying Guide for 2017

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When traveling, whether in the car, on a long bus trip, airplane flight, train, or roam the seas on a cruise, there is nothing to make you more comfortable than a best travel pillow. With the different styles, insert material, fabric type, and colors, you might need some suggestions for what to look for discussed below.

Airlines charge for you using their pillows, so why not own your own to take with you, plus you have it to use elsewhere and for more business or personal trips. There are inflatable, solid, curved, and lumbar pillows for pain and support to help with sitting in one position for an extended time.

1. Pillow Choices

Settling on that perfect pillow is not so difficult when you consider what’s important to you.

  • Inflatable
  • Memory foam
  • Neck, shoulder, and/or chin support
  • Flexibility
  • Shape
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to take along
  • Carrying pouch
  • Attach to carry-on luggage
  • Zippered cover
  • Washable

2. Comfort Level

We all nap or sleep on the road or in the sky similar to the way we sleep at home in bed or napping on the sofa. You can buy travel pillows to rest your head on your shoulder, others to rest your chin and neck, or a pillow that does it all. You can use the airplane position to have your head to the side against the window if you’re in that seat. With seats being small, it’s going to be difficult the get the ideal position you like best for your body without a pillow. However, travel pillows will give you a measure of comfort sitting long and arriving at your destination feeling more refreshed.

3. Space Considerations

You immediately want to know will it fit into your carry-on luggage, satchel, or purse, or will it be too heavy and bulky to fit anywhere. Can it attach to the outside handles? The inflatable ones usually only take two breaths of air to inflate, so it will stay flat to pack. Foam pillows are heavier and more difficult to put into your hand baggage. Some compress and go into a carrying pouch. Of course, travel pillows are never as big as maternity body pillows!

4. Kids Neck Pillows for Travel

Not only do adults like pillows when traveling, but so do kids. While your kids have activities and things to do when on boring car or airplane trips for many hours, they sometimes lose interest in toys, games, or books becoming cranky needing a nap to give parents a break and the kids some rest.

Kids often ask, “are we there yet” when they’ve become so exasperated by the time doing nothing of value to them. All the books, games, and toys have lost their appeal and they are irritable and bad-tempered. Give them a travel pillow to settle them down for a snooze—one that can hold their head to either side and upright. There are endearing fun cuddly animal pillows that will comfort them for the long haul.

Youngsters love them to hug up to whether resting, reading, or just sitting there. The fabric is soft and the adorable animals or characters make them huggable and loveable. Check out travel pillows for kids #5, #6, and #9 below to see how those will work to appease and sooth your kiddos. Hush up whining with a comfy travel pillow made especially for kids. Adults love them too!

5. Pillow Maintenance

Your travel pillows will last for many years when you take care of them appropriately. Clean them the way the manufacturer says in their instructions. Keeping them out of the clothes dryer adds more years to their life because heat destroys the filling in most pillows. You can put a pillowcase over them for extended life. Some travel cases have removable covers that can be put into a clothes washer. Foam usually requires hand washing with spot cleaning using detergent and water and never chemicals. Simply rinse, air dry, and you’re ready to go again.

Top 10 Best Pillows for Travel and Airplanes


1. THERM-A-REST® Compressible Pillow for Travel

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The THERM-A-REST® compact travel pillow is ideal for planes, trains, cars, and RV campers and has been around for over 40 years. The model number 6356 colors are fun and delightful from denim blue, indigo dot, mosaic, poppy, amethyst, cardinal red, clover green, night sky, and gray all excellent for long flights at the window, middle, or aisle seat. The top best #2 seller on Amazon.com® is soft with its small foam filling pieces that squeezes and will expand to become larger when used. This is not a solid memory foam piece—it is small bits and never gets hot or you sweaty.

You can also use this when in a hammock, in a sleeping bag camping out, at the pool, on the beach, and anywhere you want a soft comfortable pillow. It is not as large as a standard bed pillow. It’s good for lower back lumbar support as well. There is a storage pocket sewn into the inside of the pillow. It inverts back into it—into itself, tucking into the cover for a smaller bundle.

The filling is urethane foam covered with brushed polyester case that is removable and washable on the gentle cycle with cold or warm water. When putting into the dryer, add Woolsie® balls to dry faster and fluffier. These balls are ideal for all pillows and heavy fabrics such as comforters.

The dimensions are small: 12- x 16-inches, medium: 14- x 18-inches, larger: 6- x 23-inches, XL: 16.5- x 27-inches and weighs 13-ounces.

You will receive a User’s Manual and a 12-month Limited Warranty from Cascade Designs, Inc. The country of origin is the USA.

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2. Travelrest® Ultimate® Inflatable Pillow for Travel

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Travelrest® pillow model number TP111N is inflatable in blue, gray, red, or moss green, ergonomic, and a #1 best seller on Amazon.com®. It is fantastic for neck relaxation when flying, traveling by car, bus, or trains. It’s even great when camping and for wheelchair use.

The company’s request for a more integrated pillow has brought this pillow to fruition. The All-In-One travel pillow with a super soft velour cover and memory foam pieces is all you will need for a nap. Simply put the tether cord over your shoulder and head then relax back into it.

This novel pillow has many purposes. It will be perfect in low-back seats, car seats, airplane seats, or any place you sit.

It is easy to inflate with 3 to 4 puffs of air from you and deflating in a few seconds. It fits into any luggage or bag easily by going flat. When you want to deflate the pillow you merely depress the red button and the air comes out.

It folds up to a compact size to put into your carry-on luggage, satchel, or large purse to minimize space packing. With its full lateral support for your upper body, you will be able to nap or sleep and stay asleep if that’s your goal. Your neck and head will be aligned so your head doesn’t slip off. You can wear it as a messenger-type bag or wear it across your torso or down your side. You can loop it over the headrests in your car or SUV. Even truck drivers will love this comfort when doing long road hauls. The rolled-up dimensions are 2- x 9- x 3.5-inches weighing only 7 ounces.

It is washable on the gentle cycle with cold water then air dry on your shower bar. It is great for children as well.

The dimensions inflated on your body are 8.9 x 7.2 x 2.6-inches weighing 7 ounces.

Gift-wrapping is available for your friends, family, and frequent travelers. You will receive a User’s Manual, instructions, and a 2-year Limited Warranty from HiGear Design, Inc. The pillow is made in China

How to Use the All-In-One Pillow video

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3. ONWEGO® Soft-Top Inflatable U-Shape Travel Neck Pillow

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The ONWEGO® model number 5954466 travel pillow is perfect for planes, cars, buses, trains, and any vehicle. The fabric is non-sweating and very soft. It is compact and great for business travelers and vacationers together with its superior comfort with its Soft-Top cotton fabric with polyester batting.

Sometimes velour or memory foam can make you feel sticky and sweaty. This pillow will not do that. It cradles your neck and head on the sides. Turn it around and it will also support your chin. It is easy to inflate with 2 breaths and deflate totally or remove some air using the purple button. It has an integrated bag that it rolls into to put into your luggage or purse, glove box, or satchel.

When folded up it is 4-inches high x 4-inches wide x 3-inches thick.

Fully inflated the dimensions are 12- x 12-inches weighing only 3.17-ounces.

It is washable on the gentle cycle with cold water with the same dark colors. Hang to air dry for best results.

Gift-wrapping is available for your friends, family, and frequent travelers. You will receive a User’s Manual, instructions, and is 100% guaranteed. The pillow is currently made in China and all buyers are looking forward to its return to the USA for manufacturing.

ONWEGO® Inflatable U-Shape Neck Pillow video

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4. Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow with Sleep Mask and Earplugs

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Aeris travel pillow is for your neck, has toggles that adjust, and comes with a sleep mask and earplugs. It comes in black, blue, olive green, and purple with its velour outer cover and a carrying pouch. The black color NP001Black is a top seller on Amazon.com®. This pillow is model number NP001PiscesPurple.

The drawstring pouch attaches with Velcro® so you could wrap it around your carry-on luggage handle if short on space to remove when you sit down.

The interior memory foam is one piece with holes in it for ventilation to keep you cool when sleeping or napping. There will be no foam odor and no latex is in the product. The sleep mask is made of nylon with two thin elastic ties to hold it in place.

When commuting by train each day and business trips by plane constantly, this will help you get some rest and sleep. It’s great to take along on buses and in the car. It’s multipurpose and adaptable to be used at the pool, relaxing watching movies, and just hanging out needing some comfort and support to your neck and head. Use it when sitting in your best office chair at work.

The cover comes off to go into the washing machine using cold water on the gentle cycle. Air dry and you’re ready to go.

The dimensions are 13-inches around the U-shape x 10.8-inches diameter x 4.3-inches deep and weighs 12-ounces.

Gift-wrapping is available for your friends, family, elders, and frequent travelers. You will receive a User’s Manual, instructions, carrying pouch, sleep mask, earplugs, and a lifetime free replacement guarantee. The pillow is made in China.

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5. Little One's Pillow for Toddlers

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Little One’s Pillow is made for children ages 2-years and up of organic cotton and is 13-inches tall x 18-inches wide from the company that’s been in business 56 years. Model number M7-ARK is perfect for travel to keep your toddler comfy napping or sleeping on the plane, in the car seat, bus, train, at home and more to include daycare and preschool. It is hand-made in the USA by the family owned and operated company. Do not use for children under age 2-years. It is not recommended to use a pillow if your little one is younger than 20- to 24-months old due to the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). At that young age, your baby doesn’t really need a pillow and it can be dangerous to use one. This toddler’s pillow is a #2 best seller on Amazon.com®.

This is the pillow toddlers love to hug. It is 100% certified USA organic cotton using no pesticides fungicides, herbicides, GMOs, (genetic modified organisms) and no flame retardants to grow the cotton shell. The pillow is latex-, phthalate-, lead-, vinyl-, PVC-, and BPA-free. The filling is hypoallergenic polyester fibers and resists dust mites. The covering is 200 thread count to wear longer. The pillow covering is easy to slip on with no zippers or hard buttons. You can buy an extra pillowcase to go over the colorful blue covering on Amazon.com® here.

Chiropractors and pediatricians designed the toddler’s pillow to be just the right balance of fluffy and thin for the correct support for your youngster’s spine, neck, and head. The toddler pillow is breathable for the cluster fiber filling and the organic cotton shell to allow a lot of air to pass through.

You can wash the entire pillow without it ever becoming lumpy. You can machine wash the pillow and pillowcase with cold water on the gentle cycle then dry on low in the dryer. Do not use the hot setting that can ruin the inside filling.

The dimensions are 18-inches wide x 13-inches tall x 3-inches thick and weighs only 7-ounces.

Little One’s Pillow is the only authorized seller of this toddler pillow. Do not purchase from any foreign seller, because they are selling fake and counterfeit products with no factory Warranty.

Gift-wrapping is available for your friends, family, and frequent traveling toddlers. You will receive a User’s Manual with cleaning instructions. The company states if this pillow is not perfect for you toddler they will send you a custom pillow with more or less filling and you can keep this one as a gift from them. The pillow is made in the USA.

Little One's Pillow for Toddlers and Kids video

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6. Critter Piller Kid's Neck Pillow for Travel

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Critter Piller kid’s brown, blue, or red dog pillow will have them smiling and laughing on any trip by car, plane, bus, and more vehicles. This pillow is recommended for youngsters over 3-years-old. The model number 2201 is a best seller on Amazon.com® in baby, bedding, pillows. The material is latex-, phthalate-, lead-, and BPA-free. The travel pillow is hypoallergenic.

The 100% polyester knit cover is filled with revitalized polyester fiber. Your kids will travel over the many miles with this fun doggie to cradle their head with its soft cuddly characteristics that is durable and hard-wearing. It fits into small spaces easily whether the car or airplane.

Note that the tab on the zipper has been removed to keep your child from opening it up and eating the stuffing. You might need to use pliers to pinch and pull the zipper open.

Your kiddos will love this pillow for long car travels. It will not fit a car seat and should never be used on babies or young toddles due to choking on the ears or the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Use common sense for little ones.

Hand wash with cold or warm water with mild detergent and no bleach, rinse, and air dry and re-fluff. Do not iron because high heat can cause the polyester to melt.

Gift-wrapping is available for your friends, family, grandchildren, and frequent traveling youngsters over age 3. You will receive a User’s Manual with cleaning instructions. Warranty information is unavailable. The pillow shell is made in China and is filled and finished in the USA.

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7. Crafty World Travel Memory Foam Pillow



Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Crafty Word, Item model number ‘Comfort Master’ is a top seller on Amazon.com® for its comfort and softness when traveling. The high-quality memory foam single piece will give you the relief you need for long hours of traveling by plane, boat, cruise ships, buses, and vehicles. It’s great to use at home as well sitting in your recliner, on the sofa, or reading in bed. The zippered cover is a soft gray velvet that is washable.

Don’t arrive at your destination tired and sore with your neck muscles feeling tight and stiff. We all know that routine well. This pillow will mold to the contour of your neck bouncing back to its original size. The pillow gives you the alignment of your neck and head being beneficial to your shoulders and neck relaxation. Relieve your upper back pain with its unique ergonomic heat sensitive memory foam.

It’s important to most all travelers that their pillow not be hand-carried separately to free up the use of their hands. This pillow has solved that situation for you as it has for me. The Crafty World pillow attaches to your luggage and carry-on bags with its elastic strap then you are ready to sit down and enjoy it. You could wrap it in a plastic bag first to keep it clean.

The dimensions are 12-inches long x 11.5-inches wide x 3.5-inches thick and weighs about 11-ounces.

Gift-wrapping is available for your friends, family, and elders. You will receive a User’s Manual with cleaning instructions and a 5-year manufacturer’s Warranty and money back guarantee. The pillow is engineered and designed in the USA and made in China.

Crafty World Travel Pillow for Blissful Comfort While Away from Home video

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8. J-Pillow Travel Pillow for Head, Chin, and Neck Support

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The J-Pillow, item model number ‘JPillow-Navy,’ is a #3 top seller on Amazon.com®. Yes, traveling can be a pain in the neck and shoulders. If you’ve never used a travel pillow, you will remember how exhausted and sore you were when getting off the plane or any other vehicle you were in for what seemed hours on end. It is made of polyester and polyester blend in navy color. It is not made of memory foam.

This pillow sets itself apart from other neck pillows because it actually works. It is shaped like the letter ‘J’ where the lower part slips under your chin to stop your head from rolling forward when you sleep or nap. What an innovative design! The other part of the pillow fills the space for your neck and shoulders to have muscle relaxation and support.

Amazon.com® sells globally and this travel pillow is #1 in the UK for the past 3 years. Get the rest you need when confined to an ill-fitting airplane seat with no leg room. Let this give you a measure of comfort for your head, chin, and neck. It is great to use when reading in bed or for elders needing to sleep upright in their recliner. It is best in a window seat and works well in the aisle or middle seat, and is better than no pillow or a style that doesn’t work well for your needs.

The convenient snap-loop lets you attach this to carry-on luggage. It will pack smaller than most pillows when taking inside luggage on a plane. The orthopedic pillow will fit either the left or right sides of your head.

There is no zipper to remove the velour cover. You can put the entire pillow in the washing machine on the gentle cycle with cold or warm water and detergent. Tumble dry the pillow on low heat for a softer feel, or air dry to be firmer.

The dimensions are 11.8- x 7.9- x 13-inches and weighs 7.5-ounces.

Gift-wrapping is available for your friends, family, grandchildren, and elders. You will receive a User’s Manual with cleaning instructions. If you are unhappy with the J-Pillow, you will have a 30-day money back guarantee. The pillow is made in China.

J-Pillow—What Makes it Different video

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9. BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow for Adults and Kids

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The BCOZZY chin supporting travel pillow not only supports your chin, but your neck, head, and shoulders as well. Curl up inside this cushion on your travel miles getting support and comfort while you sleep. This item is the adult size and it also comes in child sizes. The pillow is available in many hot colors. Get a few for your family and kiddos too.

Adapt the cushion for the place you sit on the plane be it window, middle, or an aisle seat. It will give you exterior support that your neck and chin crave for a good nap or few hours of sleep. It’s much better than sleeping on the shoulders of the stranger next to you.

When at home, it is heavenly for catnapping and relaxing with its ergonomic shape. When you must sit in a wheelchair or other chairs for a long time, it will be easier when your chin and head are held up with this cushion. Read, watch movies, or work crossword puzzles in the comfort of your chair with a soft textured smooth fabric pillow. Kids need the chin support as well to keep their heads upright aligning their spines at an early age.

The filling in the chin supporting travel pillow is high quality, resilient, and light weight hollow conjugated siliconized polyester fiber. The cushion covering will not pill or wear down and rub off. It is mildew-resistant, will not distort its shape, is highly durable, holds to you with its elasticity and firmness is easily washed and quickly air dries. Follow the instructions for washing the entire pillow. There is no Velcro® in the pillow but it clings to itself never falling off you. It will attach to your purse, satchel, or carry-on luggage with its snap-strap.

The dimensions are Adult: 12- x 10- x 3.5-inches (30 x 26 x 9 cm) and Child: 9.5- x 8- x 2.5-inches (25 x 20 x 7 cm) weighing about 7-ounces/adult and 4.2-ounces/child.

Adult size is item model number 20080001003007, and the
Child size is item model number BNP-SGRFL.

BCOZZY invention was granted a design patent by the USA Patent and Trademark Office.

Gift-wrapping is available for your friends, family, kids, grandchildren, and elders. You will receive a User’s Manual with cleaning instructions. If you are unhappy with the BCOZZY chin travel pillow, contact them for a solution to your problem. The pillow is made in China.

BCOZZY Chin Travel Pillow video

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10. Cabeau® Evolution® Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow


Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Cabeau® Evolution® travel pillow is for those who sleep as they go. The 360-degree head and neck support comfort will prevent sleepless flights. The pillow comes in an array of bright fun colors. The item model number 4014691 is a best seller on Amazon.com®. The award winning patented design supports your neck without being awkward to position. It has raised side supports and a flat back. That gives you 360-degrees of chin and head support, so turn it around for your chin if you like that feel the best. It will never push your head forward that can cause neck pain. There is a pouch on the side for your cell phone or MP3 player. Put the buds into your ears and have a great relaxing journey. It is a super pillow for using in the car, bus, train, or any mode of travel. This just might be the best airplane pillow made. This pillow is too big for kids.

The memory foam pillow cover of velour is made of 80% cotton and 20% polyester and the pillow stuffing is 100% polyurethane (PU) memory foam and is machine washable. Just unzip it and toss it into the washer on the gentle cycle with cold water. It will shrink if put in the dryer, so let it air dry. The one-piece memory foam can be cleaned by hand.

The travel case will compact the pillow to one-fourth (1/4th) its original size for small space packing. When storing, leave it out of the bag uncompressed.

You will receive free memory foam earplugs to block out your neighbors and distracting plane noises. Use the draw strings for attaching to your carry-on luggage.

The pillow size is 9.5-inches long x 10-inches wide x 5-inches high and weighs 11.6-ounces.

The travel bag size is 4.5-inches diameter and 5.5-inches high. You will receive instructions on how to roll.

Gift-wrapping is available for your friends, family, and elders. You will receive a User’s Manual with cleaning instructions, carrying pouch, and earplugs. The Cabeau® Evolution® travel pillow comes with a 2-year satisfactory Warranty. The pillow is made in China.

Cabeau® Evolution® Memory Foam Neck Pillow Features video

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Tips

  • Do not heat these pillows in the microwave!
  • Memory foam pillows do not inflate; how can they?
  • A carrying case isn’t necessary for your travel pillow. If the pillow packs down or deflates, a case will both protect it from harm and keep it securely bundled to take up less space.
  • Never use any type pillow for infants in their cribs or anywhere and never put baby on his or her stomach to sleep. Some people and parents have never heard about SIDS; learn more about SIDS here. We love our babies and want them to be always safe.

Final Thoughts

Travel pillows support your neck or lower back in the usual seated position. Your trip will be more comfortable with a best travel pillow according to your individual tastes. It will also depend upon your method of travel—plane, bus, train, vehicle, and more. Read customer reviews to see what others have to say about their choice for the products listed here. Happy shopping and have a safe comfortable trip wherever your adventure takes you.


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