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If you’ve chosen a travel pillow that cradles your head in a natural comfortable position and helps prevent your neck muscles from over stretching, then you may have found an ideal traveling companion. In the following paragraphs we consider the various options on the market and the trade-offs you will need to make as part of your decision making process.
Most frequent fliers choose to place more emphasis on portability than on ergonomic design. As a result many end up purchasing an inflatable pillow rather than a high-grade memory foam pillow for example as these are usually bulkier and less portable. But other travelers are still keen on having a high degree of ergonomic support. They would be wise to choose a micro-bead filled pillow or possibly a buckwheat design as these are typically lighter then memory foam and less cumbersome, but will shape to your head and neck far better than an inflatable will.
These days you’re no longer restricted to purchasing a crescent or horseshoe shaped pillow. Walk into any travel outlet at the airport terminal and you’ll notice a number of different shapes and designs. So rather than reaching straight for the conventional horseshoe, we recommend spending time to evaluate some of the newer market entrants.
When it comes to specific models, every month more positive reviews are emerging about the TravelRest inflatable pillow. It’s not worn behind the head, but across the body and is intended specifically to allow sideways sleeping. Perhaps it’s only negative aspect is that it is a bit awkward to change the pillow from side to side. We also liked the Miracle Neck Rest. It’s a memory foam neck pillow with a minimalist design that makes it light and easy to handle. But it manages to do this without compromising on providing a comfortable, perfectly contoured pillow style. Then there is the Total Pillow which is built to be able to hold many different positions, and twists and snaps quickly into place.