Essential Travel Accessories for Comfort
Flying isn’t that comfortable for anyone. It is very hard to relax on long plane trips and that can make enjoying your vacation or making the most of a business trip very hard. However, there are several options available to travelers that will make your journey much more pleasurable. There are different items you can purchase to make the whole trip much more comfortable, but they go beyond just bags of candy and a magazine.
A travel pillow is helpful in a few different ways. If you are on a plane for several hours, your neck can become cramped and your lower back may become very sore. When you have a small travel pillow, this can make a big difference. Choose a fleece pillow because it is easy to keep clean. You can use it to rest your neck when you are tired or use it for lumbar support for a sore back.
Here is a take from the WSJ on pillows.
1. Travelon 1st Class SleeperEmbarrassment Factor:
This pillow reminded me of a life jacket and is the largest and heaviest that I brought with me—it's 3 feet long and weighs just over a pound. It's supposed to be inflated partially (this takes about 10 breaths) and then placed behind you, so your body pushes the air up along your back, neck and head. The hassle factor is high. You have to get just the right amount of inflation and position the pillow just so, which requires lots of adjusting and maneuvering. The plastic made me sweat, and this pillow took a long time to deflate. But in the right circumstance—window seat, sitting next to someone you aren't worried about jostling—this does wedge you into a better sleeping position and provides more support than you'd have otherwise. $40,travelonbags.com
2. Comfy Commuter
The Comfy Commuter lived up to the promise of its cutesy name: It is extremely comfy. This pillow is similar to a standard U-shaped neck pillow but is much more cushioned and has wider sides, which makes leaning your head against it very comfortable. The pillow engendered feelings of affection—the kind I had for my favorite stuffed animal as a kid. Velcro straps allow it to wrap around the neck fully, so it supports the chin and doesn't slip around. When stuffed into the carrying bag, which is sewn directly onto the back of the pillow, the Comfy Commuter creates a mini sleeping-bag-shaped ball that isn't tiny but still fits in a carry-on. When I had a window seat, I bunched it up and used it like a regular pillow to lean against the side of the plane. $40, comfycommuter.com
3. Caldera Releaf Neck Rest
Low or Medium, depending on your sleep stylePackability:
The Releaf Neck Rest looks somewhat like those neck braces for treating whiplash. It's a simple device: About a foot and a half long and a few inches wide, this polyurethane foam band, covered with a moisture-wicking material, wraps around the front of your neck and fastens in the back with a Velcro strap. Put a scarf on, and nobody will know you're wearing this. I prefer to lean my head to the left or the right when I sleep, and this device offers little support for the neck in those directions. But because the front provides a good resting place for your chin, it's ideal for people who can sleep with their head straight. Releaf comes in two sizes—important because a snug fit is essential. $20, calderaintl.com
4. Kuhi Comfort
Maybe some people wouldn't be embarrassed by the look of this travel pillow. But my family (which includes two preteen boys) found the shape—two large balls—hilarious. That aside, this 12-ounce pillow is a real winner. The velvety brown cushions are extremely comfortable, providing enough support for the head, even in a middle seat. The Kuhi squeezes into a small carrying case, and comes in a satin or a faux-fur finish. There's even an "aromatherapy" model—currently sold out—which has a small pocket in one of the cushions for tucking in a sachet of organic lavender (included).$40, kuhicomfort.com
The Travelrest is just a blowup banana-shaped pillow, but somehow it makes 11 hours in a 17-inch-wide seat more bearable. What I liked most about it was that it didn't slip when I leaned to the side and rested my head against it. You can hold it in place by slinging it over your shoulder like a messenger bag and resting your arm on the pillow's lower half, or by attaching its cord to the top of your seat. It is easy to inflate and deflate, weighs 5.6 ounces and folds up to fit into carry-ons. $27,travelrest.net
Small blankets could be a good idea as well, especially for overnight flights. These travel sized blankets will fit well within carry-on luggage and can be used when you want to rest. This way, you won’t have to deal with airline blankets that may not be very sanitary.
If you plan on sleeping, then you may already know how difficult this can be, especially if there are small children on the flight. You may wish to purchase a sleep mask as well as noise reducing headphones. This way, you will be able to get the rest you need, and this can help to greatly reduce the risk of jet lag. These small items will fit within carry-on luggage quite easily as well.
If you travel often, then it is a good idea to be as comfortable as possible. This will keep you bright and ready for business meetings and will make it so that you can enjoy every moment of your vacation. Choosing the right items is simple and if you pick them in travel sizes, they will fit in carry-on luggage to make your life just a little more easy
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