Travel and Rest: The Ultimate Travel Pillow
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.)