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November 25, 2008

Travel and Rest: The Ultimate Travel Pillow

Photo: Travelrest

by Julia Bainbridge

Here at the Daily Traveler, we've seen lots of gadgets promising to help travelers catch a wink: lavender-scented eye masks, Enya-like CDs of cricket chirps and lulling ocean waves, countless herbal supplements. We don't need all those trinkets to get our sleep on, though. For us, a good pillow will do.

TravelRest's "Ultimate Travel Pillow" recently floated our way, and after testing the long, slender but substantial cushion from cubicle to cubicle, we have mixed feelings. For those who don't already use travel pillows, TravelRest might make converts out of them. (One overworked intern snuggled it at her desk for a good ten minutes.) For those experienced pillow-ers, there are pros and cons to this model. It's more comfortable than the neck-crick inducing shoulder version, but it's a one-side-only product. What if you shift in your sleep? Looks like it's either a frustrated neighbor's shoulder or nubbly-carpeted airplane floor for you. One of our editors wants it to be more secure, but as TravelRest already has a cord to fasten it to your seat and another strap to snap it onto your seat belt, perhaps only a straitjacket will do for him. (Could that be the new travel trend: straitjacket chic? I can see our next cover now: Intense, Robert Palmer video-esque models wrapped and strapped in white leather and looking...intense.)

Point is: Design-wise, it's a personal decision. But no one can contest that investing in a travel pillow is a cheaper option than buying a $7 sleep kit every time you fly. And TravelRest can be deflated, rolled up, and snapped right onto your suitcase for convenient storage. (No extra baggage fees here.)


If you're traveling then you might want to get one of these. I've tried many a travel pillow during my years in the skies. I have finally found one that is as comfortable as my pillow on my bed. It has a satin pillowcase, so my hair doesn't get stuck in one spot while I'm sleeping on the plane or when I have a flight delay and I nap in the airport. I don't get off the flight with the "bed head" look. I can go to a meeting or lunch with clients and my hair looks great. The pillow itself is designed to feel like down and it's hypoallergenic. Both the satin pillowcase and the pillow are completely washable. When I'm home I throw it on the sofa and use it as a nap pillow. Now I won't travel without it. I wound up getting a satin pillowcase to take with me to use in my hotel room. The company I purchased the travel pillow from is A Touch Of Satin.

They had a great selection to choose from and they had some really cute ones for kids. It's perfect for "sleepy time" when the kids are exhausted on car trips as well. They love the way satin feels on their faces. If you do any flying at all, or even take car trips, this travel pillow is a must to take with you.

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