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These are cushions specially designed to be used in chairs, specifically those used for long journeys. They have a series of components that allow them to adapt either to the seat or to your neck. They are necessary to avoid developing muscular problems if you travel a lot.
We know what your needs are as a user of all kinds of items. To save you the time of having to do a lot of research on a product, we have compiled the best information for you to make the right choice.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The best Travel Pillow: Our Picks
- 3 Buying guide: What you need to know about a travel pillow
- 4 Purchasing criteria
- A travel pillow is a sleeping product used during long journeys. They are necessary to prevent muscle problems of various kinds, as well as to keep you comfortable during the journey.
- They come in two versions: those made as a cushion or neck pillows. The characteristics of each are relative, with the possibility of therapeutic and non-travel uses.
- The design, weight and padding affect the comfort that the item can offer you. Additional accessories can help you fall asleep by making it easier for you not to pay attention to your surroundings through masks or earplugs.
The best Travel Pillow: Our Picks
Buying guide: What you need to know about a travel pillow
Modern life makes long-term travel increasingly necessary. Whether on business or on holiday, mobility is a commodity that has become universal and widely used. Considering you’re likely to need one of these travel pillows, here’s a guide to help you choose the one that’s right for you.
What is a travel pillow?
This is because they can even last for days, if you plan to travel from one end of the country to the other. It can also happen during holidays, e.g. going to the country house or visiting relatives. It is important to have something to make the journey comfortable.
What are the advantages of a travel pillow?
In fact, some pillows of this type are not only used for travel purposes. They can be used for a number of well-known physiotherapies. This is because their shape, which surrounds the neck, helps to position the muscles correctly.
Travel cushion or neck pillow – what should you look out for?
Cushion. These are those that are created following a model that requires a support in the seat. As a general rule, they do not have very complex shapes, resembling a cushion that simply has the particularity of sticking to the chair and of being much smaller than a normal pillow.
For the neck. In this sector there is more diversity. They are extremely mobile, especially if they are inflatable, as they can be retracted to such an extent that they become a kind of ball. To reuse them, they just need to be unwrapped.
How much does a travel pillow cost?
The cheapest ones can be as low as MXN 177. Between 200 and 250 MXN you will find several U-shaped ones, including some that are air-filled. On the other hand, the costs can even extend up to 470 MXN, where there are various types of cushions and neck cushions.
It is important that you choose the pillow that best suits your requirements. If you make a bad purchase, it is difficult for you to return it or even be interested in doing so after the trip. It is therefore imperative that you know all the details that influence the adaptation of the product to your needs.
Here is a list of all the details that can be observed and that have a direct impact on the characteristics of travel cushions. Pay attention and, if possible, write them down before making your purchase.
The design has two fundamental aspects: what shape the cushion is and what colour it is made in. Both points are directly related, but one of them, of course, is more important than the other. Keep in mind that how the cushion is designed is what can make it more or less comfortable for you.
Depending on its shape. There are many that can even be thematic. The points that most affect the shape are, for example, if you can tie it around the neck, or if it has straps to tie it to the seat, if it is a cushion type. The rest can add things like patterns, styles such as snake or giraffe designs, among others.
Depending on its colour. If you are talking about a baby item, this is more relevant. If it is a little one who will use it, it may be preferable to have one with blue colours if it is a boy or pink if it is a girl. In any case, it will always depend on the user’s taste.
It is directly related to the material it is made of, both internally and externally. And, although this may seem irrelevant, it should be considered that a product intended to guarantee sleep cannot, and should not, be heavy. Because, in this case, it hinders what is its main purpose: to sleep comfortably.
Almost all manufacturers include the weight of their article, either on the box or on the bag in which it is packaged. If not, it is wise to ask the seller about this section, or even take it in your hand and test it.
This item tends to have a more diverse range of fillings than other types of pillows. This is due to the fact that it is more complex to fit the user’s comfort when seated than when lying down. Some of the possible contents are as follows:
Balls. These can be made of anime or plastic. They are a very common form of filling, and one of the best. They allow the product to conform more easily to the body contours where the cushion is placed. Their disadvantage is that they are not easy to remove, to wash the cover, and they come out if there are any tears.
Rubber. Also quite well known, this filling is the least recommended. Although it is comfortable and not a nuisance, its disadvantage is that it does not adapt to any body area, it can be uncomfortable and insufficient, and those filled in this way are more rigid and less mobile.
Feathers. These are less and less frequently carried as they are an impractical material. They are needed in large quantities and are very difficult to extract. They are no longer used even in standard sleeping cushions. It is not recommended because it causes allergies.
Air. One of the most practical fillings of all. It is advisable for the user to properly check if the pillow has an automatic valve or if, on the contrary, the inflation must be done by the customer himself by blowing.
It is not common for pillows of any kind to have additional items. But many have them, and they are a great support as some make it easier to rest, especially if it is during a trip. Some of the extras they may have are the following:
Sleeping mask. During flights or car journeys, transports usually have screens showing films or music. In addition, they often leave the lights on for those who need to go to the toilet. The best way to avoid being disturbed by this reality is to wear a mask.
Earplugs. Another annoying consequence of screens, as well as passengers having long conversations, is noise. By making use of these aids you avoid listening to what you are not interested in and you can dedicate yourself to rest without noise interruptions.
Stickers or buttons. The pillow may not specifically adapt to a certain body area depending on its design and filling. But if it has any stickers or buttons to help it stabilise itself on the seat, or to support your neck, it’s a great support.
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