To our great disappointment, travel isn’t instantaneous. Therefore, you might spend a lot of time travelling, some of it at night. Naturally, you probably want to catch some z’s, even if you’re on a plane. So here are some tips on how to choose the best travel pillow.
Chose the Type of Your Travel Pillow
There are several types of travel pillows available on the market. You should settle on one before moving to other factors.
Inflatable travel pillows: the budget option is usually u-shaped, easy to pack (due to being flat when deflated) and light. Also, the whole inflation aspect allows you to control the firmness of the pillow.
Microbead travel pillows: they’re light and u-shaped, but filled with tiny polystyrene beads instead of air. While they can change their shape due to the beads shifting about, they’re not the most comfortable ones, nor are they easy to pack.
Memory foam travel pillows: they’re the kings and queens of the travel pillow market. Memory foam pillows offer a consistent level of support for your neck while also being easy to transport as they can be easily compressed.
Random weird travel pillows: naturally, producers of consumer goods are always trying to one up each other, so you can also see some bizarre designs out there to accommodate different sleeping habits or just to look weird. You can expect to see pillows that look like towels, shawls and executioner hoods.
Evaluate the Travel Pillow’s Neck Support
The pillow is very important for your neck, too. Consider your usual travel sleeping experiences: do you often wake up with a pain in the neck? In this case, inflatable pillows or memory foam will work best, as they’re quite sturdy and provide ample support.
Of course, you can shop around and find the pillow that matches any weird neck contortions that you do. Do you lean forward while sleeping? Get one with a neck brace.
Choose the Fabric of Your Travel Pillow
You probably don’t consider the fabrics much when it comes to your regular pillows. But with travel ones being so weird, you have to be really careful. For example, do you like to rest your skin on bare plastic? No? Then many of the inflatable ones aren’t for you.
Since most flights aren’t that warm, you should consider a travel pillow with fleece cover. However, cotton is much better if you expect to sleep at a hot airport due to a flight disruption. And don’t forget to consider any possible allergies that you have.
Consider the Durability of the Travel Pillow
You should consider the durability of the pillow, especially if you travel a lot. For frequent travellers, it’s a good idea to spend a little more on the pillow to make it a constant companion on your travels. Read the reviews to get some idea of just durable a pillow is. A great boon is a pillow with a washable zip cover: you can easily wash it after the trip!
Travel Pillow Add-Ons, Geegaws and Doodads
Now, some pillows come with some extra stuff added. A carry bag is probably the most basic thing you can expect. However, others might come with sleeping masks, earplugs, probably even Bluetooth headphones. This last bit is definitely to your preference: there’s no shame in just getting a simple Pillow, Travel, For the Purpose of.
There, we hope these tips will help you choose the best travel pillow to suit your needs. And Skycop can definitely fit your requirements when it comes to flight compensation. If you experience delayed flights, flight cancellations or overbooking, file a claim with us! With flight compensations of up to €600, you will be able to afford all sorts of luxury metamaterial memory foam travel pillow with self-cleaning carbon nanotube covers!