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16 Best Comfortable Travel Pillows To Wear On Long Flights, According To Doctors

Take a quick detour to dreamland.

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Christine Giordano

A ride to the airport with no traffic, a plane that leaves on time, and a hotel clerk that casually offers you a free upgrade when checking in are all great ways to start a vacation. What doesn't equal a good way to start your fun in the sun? Waking up at your destination with a crick in your neck from snoozing on your less than first-class worthy travel pillow.

"When you don’t use a travel pillow, the head is going to flop around and mostly fall forward and to one side or the other," explains chiropractor Steve Hannegan, D.C. "When this happens, the joints get pressed together and the muscles stretch causing stiffness and pain. This may be temporary or it could persist requiring intervention by a chiropractor to correct the restrictions caused by the stress on the joints."

Lucky for you, WH did the work to search the internet high and low for the top travel pillows (and travel backpacks and best suitcases, should you be shopping for that too!). All you need to do? Have sweet dreams while you’re on your next long flight or road trip.

You might even find a pillow that's so comfortable you end up using it around the house. So, go ahead and keep your head in the clouds with these 16 amazing travel pillows. Your neck will appreciate the gesture.

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1
Best Overall Travel Pillow
Sleep Number
Travel Pillow
2
Best Waterproof Travel Pillow
Sierra Designs
DriDown Pillow
3
Best Travel Pillow for Camping
HEST Pillow
4
Most Versatile Travel Pillow
Huzi
Infinity Pillow
5
Best Travel Pillow For Napping At All Hours
Yogibo
Nap X Pillow
6
Best Travel Pillow That Also Moonlights As A Yoga Pillow
Yogibo
Zipparoll Pillow
7
Best Travel Pillow For Those With Allergies
Sleep Artisan
Natural Latex Travel Pillow
8
Best Memory Foam Travel Pillow
Fosmon
Travel Neck Pillow
Now 43% off
9
Best Travel Pillow If You Want Extra Neck Support
TALLGO
Travel Pillow
Now 32% off
10
Best Inflatable Travel Pillow
Povinmos
Inflatable Travel Pillow
11
Best Travel Pillow If You're Always Cold
Sunany
Hooded Inflatable Travel Pillow
12
Best Space-Saving Travel Pillow
Wise Owl Outfitters
Camping Travel Pillow
13
Best Budget-Friendly Travel Pillow
World's Best
Feather Soft Microfiber Neck Pillow
14
Best Vegan Travel Pillow
Avocado Green Mattress
Organic Mini Pillow
15
Best Travel Pillow That Doubles As An Extra Bag
Rumpl
Stuffable Travel Pillow
16
Best Luxurious Travel Pillow Accessory
LilySilk
Mulberry Silk Travel Pillowcase
17
What should I look for in a travel pillow?

In order to prevent neck pain when you've just set your out-of-office email, Hannegan suggests looking for a pillow that supports your head and neck in a mostly neutral position.

That means your head shouldn't be able to sag, but there shouldn't be so much support and padding in the back that your head is pushed forward when you lean against the seat.

But above all, Michael Khadavi, MD, a doctor who specializes in physical medicine, says your pillow should be comfortable.

"Everybody has a different body type, shoulder structure, and neck, and each of these plays a role in the thickness, firmness, and best positioning of any pillow you will use," he explains. "A pillow that feels 'right' feels this way because it places your ligaments, discs, and joints at ease."

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