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#1 Alpaca Travel Pillow
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Marcus Roth

What’s the best travel pillow?

Hey everyone - I travel around 2 weeks per month for work, often ending up on red-eyes to-and-from my destinations. I’m rarely able to get comfortable on planes, so I regularly end up short on sleep. I’ve tried a handful of travel pillows over the years but haven’t found any that really helped. Which one do you think is best?
I want something that is portable, durable, comfortable and does the job without needing to test out another dozen pillows on my own.

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#1 Alpaca

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Karl Spalding

The best I’ve found is the Alpaca Travel Pillow. It has the portability, durability and comfort you’re asking for in a design that really helps me sleep.

I can rarely predict whether I’ll end up with an aisle ... , middle or window seat due to last-minute trips. The Alpaca is designed to rotate to provide more support where you want it most (side to side, front or back) which makes it great for this. And since long hours in any one position can become uncomfortable, the rotating contoured design means that you can shift the pillow and change your head position throughout the trip, so you don’t arrive at your destination with a kink in your neck.

Then you compress / roll it up and stow it in the included carry bag. Super convenient.

I was initially hesitant on the price but it’s well worth the money. A cheaper pillow that you never use is still more expensive than a premium pillow that you use all the time.
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Morgan M.

I’d vote for the Alpaca Travel Pillow. It’s pretty new to the market so you probably haven’t heard of this one yet - I bought it on recommendation from a friend and I love it. ...

I previously struggled to find a pillow that was the right size for my neck. The adjustable strings on the Alpaca give me the ability to cinch it tighter or looser depending on what I feel is most comfortable for a given flight.

Once I have it in place, the memory foam conforms to my head position and I’m off to sleep.
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James Hall

Agree on the Alpaca but I would actually call out one other benefit of the contoured design: you can use it with headphones. Regardless of how I rotate the Alpaca ... , I can still wear my Bose headphones without smashing my ears or pushing my headphones out of place. Read more

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L. Beck

@JamesHall - Are you referring to over-the-ear headphones, like the Bose QC and 700 Series? Do you think this would work with Beats Solo’s?

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James Hall

Yes, I would imagine so. The design is contoured on the sides and back just enough to allow for larger headphones. They’ll still ... come in contact with the pillow but not enough to push them off. So you get noise-cancellation AND neck support. Read more

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Emmet Hoek

The Alpaca has my vote. I tend to run hot so I need a pillow that doesn’t make me feel stifled. The materials and fabric on this one make a huge difference. I wouldn’t trade it!

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#2 Travelrest

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Damir S.

I’ve had good luck with the Travelrest. I have a long neck and just need something that keeps my head upright during cat naps on short jumper flights. The relatively stiff foam in the Travelrest helps with that.

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Atieno Kayode

I use the Travelrest and it works well for me. It can get a bit hot during longer flights so I just alternate taking the pillow off sometimes. ...

It’s also nice that you can pack it down into a travel pouch so you don’t have it hanging off the side of your luggage to pick up germs.
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Ryan Ackerman

I like the Travelrest because it gives me firm support, which took me a long time to find. The traditional ...

“U” pillows at airport kiosks just didn’t cut it. I’ve also noticed that it can get a bit warm so I just loosen up the velcro strap when that happens.
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#3 BCOZZY

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Lucas Falk

I think the BCOZZY pillow is a great option. It simply feels more like a traditional pillow to me. You can overlap the arms, fold it in half or bunch it up to make yourself comfortable. I tend to shift around a lot when I’m getting comfortable so the freedom is great for me.

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Renee White

Agreed - the “pillowness” of the bcozzy is great for people really wanting more of a pillow feel. I can see how it wouldn’t be ideal for everybody, though. Especially on planes, most people might want more support.

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Darrin W.

@Renee White - It sounds like this would be a good option for my kids when we leave on vacation next month. Do you think it would work for them?

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#4 TWIST

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Adam D.

The Twist pillow is one you might want to check out, depending on what you want in a pillow. It has memory foam padding but also has an internal metal frame which “twists” into a number of supported positions. The result is a bit limited but I find that it works for me!

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Jokum Finn

I really like the twist pillow but it doesn’t pack down as nicely as some other styles. One of my colleagues had one so I could try ... it before I bought it. It’s definitely one to try if you can find somebody who has one. Read more

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Shelly Marsden

I’ve looked at this one before but was afraid that I would feel too much of the metal frame while trying to sleep. Is that a worry?

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#5 TRTL

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Chantelle J.

Have you tried the TRTL? It’s different than most - almost like a scarf + neck rest. I always get cold on planes, so the extra warmth from the scarf really helps with that.

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Chang T.

The TRTL is an interesting one to check out. It has a brace built in that straps around your neck. It stays in place and doesn’t shift around when you’re sleeping. The only downside I’ve found is that it doesn’t pack flat or roll up so I have to make space for it in my carry-on.

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#6 Cabeau Evolution S3

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Leo G.

The Cabeau pillows are my go-to. I’ve had a couple of them over the years and their new Evolution S3 works great for me.

You can find them at most airplane shops or kiosks so the biggest upside is that you can try them on before buying.

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Jacob O’Neil

I’ll second the Cabeau S3. They give support yet are fairly squishy - enough to make them easily portable.

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