Skip to main content

Best Travel Pillows 2022

best travel pillows
best travel pillows (Image credit: Huzi )

Sleep can be elusive when you travel, especially when you're stuck in a nearly upright position, which is why you need to consider investing in one of the best travel pillows available. A good travel pillow can help a great deal, regardless of whether you're on a plane, a train, bus, coach, or car. A good quality travel pillow can also help prevent waking up with a sore neck. Here are some of the best travel pillows to encourage a comfortable snooze.

Which one should you choose?

Time spent on an airplane, train, bus, or other vehicle is usually not the best part of a trip. Sleeping while you travel helps the time go faster and allows you to reach your destination well-rested and ready to go, but it's difficult for some to get comfortable. Any of these pillows can help you get to sleep, get better quality sleep, and wake up without a crick in your neck.

I use and love the Cabeau Evolution Classic (opens in new tab), I rarely take a long flight without it. Note that it does take up a good bit of space in your carry-on, but it can be compressed into a smaller pouch (not included) to save room. I find it both comfortable and comforting to wear. Unlike the typical beanbag neck pillow, the Cabeau sits higher, and the firmness of the memory foam allows your neck to tilt just enough to get comfortable but not enough to get a crick.

I've also used the trtl Pillow Plus (opens in new tab). I was nervous about flying across the country on a redeye flight without my Cabeau, but the trtl was surprisingly comfortable. I'm not a good sleeper under the best of conditions, but I slept a good chunk of the flight with the trtl secured around my neck. Bonus: it doesn't take up much space in your carry-on bag. Another bonus: take out the internal support structure, and the fabric portion of the trtl can be washed. I still prefer the Cabeau for its cushiness, but the trtl is an effective and comfortable alternative I'll use when space is at a premium.

Karen S Freeman
Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer, social media manager, and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for AppAdvice and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is a wife and mom (and dog mom) who is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to travel the world and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.