TRAVELREST Ultimate Travel Pillow & Neck Pillow - Straps to Airplane Seat & Car - Best Accessory for Plane, Auto, Bus, Train, Office Napping, Camping, Wheelchairs (Rolls Up Small)
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- THE BEST TRAVEL PILLOW OF 2022- As featured in CNN. LeBlanc also recommends the Travelrest Ultimate Pillow for superior comfort when you’re trying to sleep upright. This travel pillow is uniquely shaped to provide support whether your seat is on the aisle, next to the window or even if you’re in the dreaded middle seat. “I can’t explain how this bizarre comma and banana shape works better for me, but I love it,” LeBlanc says. “It’s easily stored when deflated, rolling up like a croissant.”
- BEST TRAVEL PILLOW FOR MIDDLE SEAT- As featured in New York Magazine. You’re not always going to be blessed with an aisle or window seat, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer in the middle. You can wear this inflatable pillow like a sash and have something to keep your neck propped up with.
- The only product that provides FULL LATERAL SUPPORT for the upper body making it easier to relax, fall asleep, and stay asleep longer.
- Promotes proper head and neck and cervical alignment - KEEPS HEAD FROM FALLING FORWARD. Ideal for chronic pain sufferers. INFLATES EASILY with just a few breaths and DEFLATES INSTANTLY. Stores neatly when rolled to minimize packing space.
- ERGONOMIC Patented design provides proper support to prevent tension and neck strain.
- MULTI-USE AND ADJUSTABLE - Position across the torso or down the side. Wear like a messenger bag or tether to an airline seat. Easily loops over headrests in cars and airline seats. See our instructional sheet and videos. Rolled Dimensions: 2 x 9 x 3.5 inches. Weight: 7 ounces
- INFLATABLE - WASHABLE - ADJUSTABLE: Adults & kids older than 8 years. Great for airplanes, buses, trains, cars, camping, backpacking, wheelchairs, airport terminals, watching TV. 2-Year WARRANTY. Great GIFT!
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Ergonomic & Patented
Patented Ergonomic design provides proper support to prevent tension and neck strain. Side sleepers love it!
Portable and Compact
The Best Comfort in Travel
With its patented ergonomic shape, the Travelrest inflatable travel pillow attaches to the 'wings' of an airline seat, headrest of a car, or can be worn 'messenger bag style', nestling against the head and neck to provide support and comfort in flight or on the road.
- Provides Full Lateral Support for the upper body making it easier to relax, fall asleep, and stay asleep longer.
- Promotes proper head and neck alignment - Keeps Head From Falling Forward.
- Easily loops over headrests in cars and airline seat wings.
- Position across the torso or down the side. Wear like a messenger bag or tether to an airline seat.
- Optional Cover Sold Seperately.
Inflatable - Washable - Versatile
For Adults and Children
Great for airplanes, buses, trains, cars, camping, backpacking, wheelchairs, airport terminals, watching TV.
Easily Attaches to Luggage
Rolled Dimensions: 2 x 9 x 3.5 inches - Weight: 7 ounces.
Multi-use and Adjustable
With its patented ergonomic shape, the Travelrest inflatable travel pillow attaches to the 'wings' of an airline seat, headrest of a car, or can be worn 'messenger bag style'.
Luxurious Travelrest velour and memory foam cover also sold on Amazon
A soft and washable plush velour cover with memory foam only where you rest your head. All the comfort of memory foam without the bulk of a 100% memory foam pillow Adds a new dimension of comfort to the Travelrest travel pillow. Easily rolls up with pillow and attaches to outside of luggage for easy access.
WALL STREET JOURNAL "Best Travel Pillow! It makes 11 hours in a 17-inch-wide seat more bearable"
BOSTON GLOBE "a nice way to nap" "it lived up to its name"
USA TODAY "just begs you to snuggle up and take a nap"
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER "Best Travel Pillows" "two thumbs up"
MSNBC "size-wise or price-wise, small is beautiful" "offers a different approach to airborne slumber"
VAGABLOND "My new travel BFF" " I could just kiss (the inventor) for designing this snazzy little guy"
CHICAGO TRIBUNE "The tether works, and the long, curved design of the pillow gives a delicious sense of snuggling up with one of those full-body bed pillows"
CRUNCH GEAR "it works as advertised" "I was the only one waking up from my naps without a cramped neck"
CURVE MAGAZINE "the best travel pillow out there thanks to its ergonomic shape"
PEOPLE MAGAZINE "much more comfortable than those horseshoe pillows"
HAPPILY TRAVELING "I slept like a well fed baby. I highly recommend it. No more stiff mangled necks here!"
GEAR DIARY "I recommend this pillow over the stuffed horseshoe ones"
GO EUROPE/ABOUT-COM "More stable than other neck pillows"
HIP COMPASS "the most comfortable travel pillow I have ever used"
LOS ANGELES TIMES "long flights can be a little more comfy with these compact travel pillows"
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Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2023
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This product deserves a minimum of 4 stars. My original review failed to take into account some additional ways to use the pillow effectively.
First off, the excellent:
1. The pillow is very easy to inflate, and only takes 3-4 puffs of air depending on your lungs. It is also very easy to deflate, rolls up, and takes up a minimum of space in your carry on bag.
2. The pillow is comfortable enough for an inflatable. It is covered in a soft faux velvet that doesn't irritate the skin or cause discomfort due to pressure points. You can make it even more comfortable with a small cotton pillow or even by putting a cotton pillow case over it, if you prefer that.
3. When it used properly it will support your head and neck very well and will allow you to sleep on an airplane, car, or even sitting in the airport lobby.
4. The 'arm' of the pillow resting along your chest and mid section is very comfortable. I found it soothing since I tend to sleep holding a pillow anyway. Your mileage may vary on that one though.
A Few Problems:
The pillow can be hard to keep in one place if you use the rope to fasten it to the seat back. There are two bands that connect the pillow to your chair: the first is a loop that you can put around your belt, your seat belt, or even a belt loop. This connection works well and is fastened in place by a quality metal snap. However, the top is held in place by a nylon piece of rope that you can adjust with a plastic thump clasp. It is intended to go around the backside of your seat and then tighten down to hold the pillow in place. This can work pretty poorly on certain airplanes because A. the seat backs in are sometimes slick, B. the nylon rope doesn't have any traction to it (although this is intentional because it allows the thumb clasp to move easily), and C. The top of some airplane seats are angled and as time passes the rope works itself free. My experience was that it was very hard to make the cushion stay in place for more than an hour at a time, and it required readjustment frequently. This may frustrate the person sitting next to you, or the person behind you who you keep turning around and looking at while you make adjustments!
After receiving some additional information from the makers of the TravelRest pillow, I've learned that there is an alternative (and far superior in my opinion) way to use the pillow that involves wearing it like a messenger bag by connecting the pillow strap to the bottom strap. This forms a loop you can put around your body and which keeps the pillow much more stationary. Using the pillow in this fashion is easier and more secure. I'd recommend using the pillow this way virtually all of the time.
2. The pillow only gives you support on one side at a time, unlike traditional neck pillows. If you shift while sleeping, you will find yourself with a massive neck cramp.
However, you can easily shift the pillow from one side to the other if you're 'wearing it' messenger style. This alleviates that problem pretty satisfactorily.
Advice and Observations:
1. Don't over-inflate the pillow. It is actually more comfortable at about 80-90% capacity.
2. It is easy to let air out once the pillow is in place, but it is much harder to add air because the access point is on the bottom of the pillow. Go for a little over full and then let air out as necessary.
This is pretty solid invention for sleeping on a plane. In my estimation, it is superior to a traditional neck pillow, but has its share of advantages and disadvantages. I'd recommend it if you prefer strong directional support to softer universal neck support provided by a traditional neck pillow, and if you like the comfort of having a pillow 'hugging' you as you sleep. This pillow also works really well in the car, and if you've got kids who have a hard time sleeping on road trips, these are probably a must buy.
I'd like to thank TravelRest for their customer service. This company went out of their way to assist with my pillow by providing additional information on how to use the pillow effectively. They have produced a short video on using the pillow that I have put a link to in the comments section. It is pretty PR-ish, but does show the various ways to use the pillow. I'd also like to say that TravelRest in no way bartered for any changes to this review. They were straight shooters who wanted to make sure I understood their product and was using it properly. I've got no problem recommending them to anyone. It's actually pretty amazing when a company goes above and beyond to provide solid customer service as they did for me.
sometimes I just honestly just need to pull it out because I'm completely exhausted and there is absolutely NO way I can position my body and head to get relaxation and find rest otherwise (head back, no support, head side, no support, head forward, resting right on tray knob, exhausting).
The normal travel pillows/fit/workability are fine. i keep this and one other blow up pillow with me in my backpack for when i just can't stay awake... this and my rick steve's odd shaped pillow give me options because both support my head and neck in comfortable ways. see, the thing I have found is that you just can't get any neck support most of the time. you wake up with hours of stiffness from you flight from your head hanging over to the side while sleeping without any support.
the price is a bit premium but reasonable given the quality is overall good. the blow up and release air valve is incredibly easy to manage (the release valve is honestly so easy to use sort of a marvel to me that i'd never seen anything like this before, really. it deflates very fast.
the pillow seemed of incredible good quality at the start, but like most all the others, it is just two pliable sheets of flexible plastic heat-bonded with an external seam around the exterior. it has held up generally, but i've had two leaks now over < 10 flights so far. these types of blowup pillows never seem to hold together very well it seems, but this odd shaped stuff does the job much better than the puffy 'C' shaped alternatives so far. i managed to find some silicone/wader glue that worked okay first time to seal but now need to try to find and re-patch a minor leakage again prior to another overseas trip.
a main problem for me here beyond leakage had been this new system of ties and support. you have to wrap and tighten the cord around your seat behind which could block tray or tv of person behind you. but honestly... it has not been so much an issue... we are all cattle on these flights, and we just we all try to accommodate, esp on these horrible long international flights. most people behind seem to accept/allow it okay and in most cases the cord wrapping around your seat isn't much an issue anyways. the main issue is that the cord around the seat always seems to slides far to the side and that means the pillow doesn't give you the needed neck support on one side or another. the pic looks just so supported and comfy but you really don't see how the back cords eventually allow the pillow to sway far to either side. i've gotten a reply that i'm just not using it right, so maybe i'm doing something wrong and need to adjust and i'll work with it next time. I'll play around with the chords and anchor system more and update here if needed.
in essence though, this is still one of the best airplane pillows/systems I have found so far. absolutely better than going without, better than standard 'C' shaped pillows, and essential on long flights. i keep this with me for all flights at all times... there are times i just feel a need for it even if on short flights and dying of exhaustion and this has helped a lotl
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I think it's fair to say i would DEFINITELY recommend it!
The cover was OK, gave the pillow a soft feeling but the memory foam inserts are pointless, not deep enough to make any difference. It was tricky to line the pillow up in the cover, you need to fold the strap and part of the pillow out of the way in order to get the hole in the cover to line up with the valve.
I would not recommend this product.
I decided to try these: (1) Travelrest; (2) Cabeau Evolution pillow; (3) J pillow; and (4) the Snugbe Luxury Travel pillow.
Of the four, I would rate Travelrest as the best option to take on a plane, and definitely the one to buy if you want to buy someone a gift and do not know their neck measurements, etc.
I must note that I only tried using the Travelrest by strapping it around ME, and not a seat. This works great, because you can easily change the pillow to sit on either side of you. I had good support for my head regardless of the shape or position of the seat. In fact, I tried it sitting up in bed (with no back support whatsoever) and it enabled me to rest my head comfortably to either side of me.
While the J pillow and the Snugbe are comfortable in certain situations (Snugbe was good for me on the coach, and the J pillow was better on the train, because of the differences in seat height, position, angle), they didn't provide the overall support I wanted and would slip down on occasion. You need the weight of your body on them at all times to keep them up.
The Cabeau Evolution was comfortable for me, but whether or not it is comfortable for you might depend on the length of your neck. I have a very long neck. Also, it would add more weight and bulk to your luggage, unless you are prepared to wear it all the time.
So the winner for me for plane travel is Travelrest because:
*It offers a comfortable place to rest my head regardless of the seat type or seat position
*It works regardless of your head size or neck size
*It stays in place
*It is lightweight
*Rolls up easily, and takes up little space
In short, the Travelrest wins on all counts. This is the one I would buy for family and for gifts.
I noticed there is now also an optional (sold separately) velour cover with memory foam inserts. This may be the next gift to myself!