The Best Travel Pillows For Different Sleepers

August 8, 2018
best travel pillows

Oh, sleep.  Why are you so elusive???

(I’m writing this from a hotel room, so this question is even more relevant than usual…)

I am a terrible sleeper.  It’s the worst.  In my opinion, being a good sleeper is a superpower, and people who sleep easily and deeply are the luckiest in the world.  I might be given to hyperbole, but only a smidge.  For instance, I look at my friend Enoc below and am just…WUT?  How is that possible???

The best travel pillows for different kinds of sleepers | One Girl, Whole World

You might also like:  20+ Tips to Survive (& Thrive) on a Long Flight

I never used to sleep on planes at all.  I’d just grind through it and pull an all-nighter.  But as I’ve traveled more, with several overnight flights a year, I’ve had to find *some* way to get rest on planes (or trains…automobiles are still out of my reach).

I have tried a ton of different travel pillows over the years, and have used my favorite one for probably about 3 years now.  What I will say is that there isn’t one “best” travel pillow—so much depends on how you sleep, your body, where you sit, etc. that you have to understand what’s going to work for you.

But I *can* share what I believe are the best travel pillows (that I’ve found) for different types of sleepers, based on my experience.

The best travel pillows for different kinds of sleepers | One Girl, Whole World

Just a note before we dive in—I don’t work directly with any of these brands, but I may make a small affiliate commission from any Amazon sales that come through clicks from my links (which I greatly appreciate, and at no extra cost to you).  All opinions are, as always, completely my own!

You might also like:  How to Find the Right Flight…Every Single Time

The best travel pillows for different kinds of sleepers

TRTL Pillow

This is my all-time favorite, and I’ve used it for a long time.  For me, I love that it supports my neck and doesn’t require me to rest my head on the side of the plane.  I’m a side (and occasionally stomach) sleeper, so I can’t put my head back on a pillow to fall asleep (not to mention that the plane seats now awkwardly curve forward).

Pros:  It can be used even without a seatback, in pretty much any setting.  It supports your neck well, helps keep you warm, and packs easily.

Cons:  It can get hot on the rare long flight’s that’s too hot (it’s made of a soft, fuzzy material), and it kind of makes you look weird.  Also, the price has gone up since I travel pillows

You might also like:  Why You Should Be Using Google Flights “Map Search” To Help Plan Your Travels

Side-sleeping inflatable

My friend @sjems5 brought this on our trip to New Zealand and I immediately fell in love.  As I mentioned, I’m a side sleeper.  Literally 90% of the time.  So I love this side-sleeping pillow, which you can kind of hug to yourself to mimic sleeping on your side.

Pros:  Inflatable, so packs super easily (I recommend getting the cover, which is softer).  You tuck the fat part right under your chin/cheek so you get the neck support you need.

Cons:  I sometimes found it challenging to hold it in place when hugging it.  My biggest “con” is my issue with inflatables in general…because I’m such a terrible sleeper I feel like they conduct cold/noise/vibrations on planes, so I can’t have it up against the window/wall of the plane.
best travel pillows

You might also like:  The Only Carry-On Suitcase You’ll Need

Memory foam moon

I really wish I could use moon pillows well, because this is the firmest, softest, squishiest thing ever and I love it.  Or I want to love it.  My neck and my sleep style, sadly, do not.  But I dream of a day when I am a good sleeper and can use it.  Until then, it sits in my giant basket of travel things and looks at me, wondering why I don’t love it enough.

Pros:  Super soft yet firm, and because it’s not hollow (a.k.a. inflated), you don’t get as much noise and vibration coming from the plane (if you have it against a window, for instance).  It’s seriously awesome.

Cons:  It definitely takes up space…you actually have to have room for it or tie it to the outside of your carry-on (easy enough).  If you’re able to use a moon neck pillow and make it work, this one is amazing and I highly recommend.

Inflatable moon

Ah, the old standby.  I used this pillow for years before I tried something else, and it’s been a great solid first option.

Pros:  Comfy enough, and because it’s inflatable, it doesn’t take up any space and is super easy to transport, blow up, deflate, etc.  It’s a standby for a reason.

Cons:  As I’ve mentioned I’ve had issues with inflatable pillows really letting noise (or vibrations) and/or cold through the pillow.  This may just be me and how terrible of a sleeper I am, but is the main reason I’ve moved away from inflatable neck pillows.
best travel pillows

Hoodie travel foam pillow

This is the one that I haven’t tried myself, but my friend always used when we traveled together.  It’s especially helpful if having something covering your head/face is helpful (I use a special blackout mask instead).

Pros:  Comfy, covers your head too (so very snuggly).

Cons:  To me it’s a little bulky, I wouldn’t want to have to fit it in my carry-on with everything else.

I’m hoping this helps give you a sense of which types of travel or flight pillows might work for you.  I’d love to hear your questions, experiences, and more—any others I should consider?  Have you tried the TRTL, my fave??

Other travel tips you might find helpful:

Pin this image!

Best Travel Pillows for Different Types of Sleepers | how to find the right neck pillow for travel, whether TRTL, moon, inflatable, side-sleeper, etc. Which travel pillow is right for you? #travelpillow #travelgear #flight

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Prev Post

best travel pillows

How To Take Switzerland's Golden Pass Train

August 4, 2018

Next Post

best travel pillows

New Zealand Explorations: Nelson & Abel Tasman National Park

August 12, 2018