The key priority when looking for a travel pillow is to find a design that will allow you to fall asleep quickly even if you are in an uncomfortable seat that doesn’t recline very much. You can read some travel pillow reviews and check out some of the claims made by travel pillow manufactures and you’ll find numerous models that are designed to do exactly that. But let’s do some more digging into what you should be on the lookout for.
You’ll find that there are a three main materials used for travel pillows: micro-beads, memory foam and buckwheat hulls. Then there’s the separate category of the inflatable or blow up travel pillows. Choosing the right pillow is often a trade-off between ergonomic support and level of portability. If you end up with an inflatable model, for example, it’s going to be a lot less bulkier and lighter in weight than a memory foam, but typically won’t provide as much support for your head and neck?
Variously called, U shape, C shaped or horseshoe shape, the travel pillows that are worn behind the head and wrap around each side of the neck are still the most common. But while they remain popular, there are some other styles that are worth exploring.
Take the TravelRest pillow for example, it offers a viable alternative to the conventional horseshoe shape. Rather than being worn behind the head, it is placed across the torso and is designed specifically to allow sideways sleeping. The only real negative is that it takes a bit of time to change from side to side. Then, for travelers interested in a memory foam neck pillow, but who are concerned about bulk and weight, the Miracle Neck Rest pillow is worth exploring. It’s small size makes it far less cumbersome and more lightweight than most orthopedic memory foam pillows.
So take your time to review all your options before making a final purchasing decision.