Are travel pillows actually helpful? | The Tylt
The ubiquitous neck pillow can be seen on plane rides and road trips of any length. Whether it's a 2-hour trip or a journey across the world, some will never travel without their beloved pillow. But others don't see the point. The U-shaped pillow is far from comfortable, and at the end of the day, it's just another item to lug along on your journey. Are travel pillows actually helpful?
Are travel pillows actually helpful?
Please, someone explain how a U-shaped pillow makes anything more comfortable. The intent of the pillow is to provide neck support, preventing the embarrassing, but inevitable, head-snap as your body slips into a deep sleep. But honestly, what could be more uncomfortable than sleeping with a permanently crooked neck? You'd be better off leaning your head against a window, or, better yet, the shoulder of a stranger. Anything is better than the neck-pillow nonsense.
Life with a neck pillow is not great, but it's certainly better than life with no pillow whatsoever. Succumbing to the travel-pillow life is the lesser of two evils.
As the Washington Post's Karen Heller writes of the travel pillow:
This divisive object, in all its plush, polystyrene microbead wonder, epitomizes the existential suffering of economy air travel. In our battle against the stress and spatial constraints that airlines have wrought, we have armed ourselves with a woefully inadequate weapon — cumbersome, absurd and forgettable, with legions abandoned on plane seats and in crammed closets.
They have zero redeeming qualities. Don't succumb to the madness. Stay strong and stay awake.
Where there's room for improvement, there's room for innovation. Thankfully there are many folks out there who have dedicated their lives to finding the truly utilitarian cushion-on-the-go.
Whether it's a FaceCradle or an Ostrich Pillow, there is hope for a comfortable plane-ride snooze.