It is known that traveling on long-haul flights, train travel and car travel is difficult to fall asleep.
Thankfully there are a few ways to help get some rest. While we always recommend wearing your most comfortable clothes, a travel pillow can be a godsend.
Not only will one help you fall asleep, but it can also come in handy for combating neck and back pain while sitting on the hard seats of airplanes.
We’ve selected our favorites to shop now, just in time for your next trip, ranging from budget options to luxurious silk finds.
From memory foam to inflatable designs, these are a travel essential for your carry-on.
Starting at just £ 6, these are our top picks.
The best travel pillows
Memory Foam Neck Pillow Support | £ 12.74 from Amazon
This is an Amazon bestseller and is a common design. Created with a shape inspired by a horseshoe, it fits snugly around your neck so you lean on either side without falling off the seat or onto the person sitting next to you. Padded with soft yet supportive memory foam, it is lined with soft velvet for added softness.
Eono Memory Foam neck pillow | £ 29.99 from Amazon
Another memory foam pillow we love is this one from Eono. It not only supports the neck, but also the shoulder. The cover is machine washable and the raised lobe design will help rock the heads. It also comes with a drawstring so you can adjust its fit.
Ostrich cushion Go | £ 44.62 from Amazon
This original design is made with high-density memory foam and the wrap-around function provides ergonomic 360-degree neck support. Adjust the fit using its velcro strap before capturing 40 winks.
Boots Inflatable Travel Pillow | £ 6.50 from Boots
Keep things under budget with this affordable inflatable pillow that will save space in your carry-on. Made from a blend of cotton and viscose, it has the classic horseshoe shape and comes with a carrying case.
HoMedics Travel Neck Massager | £ 19.99 from Boots
This is not only a travel pillow, it also has a built-in massage option to knead the knots and reduce neck pain. Its memory foam interior adds comfort while the two massage speeds allow you to adjust it to be as firm or light as you like.
Go Travel Fusion Travel Pillow | £ 14.99 from John Lewis
This mid-range neck pillow is inflatable with a quick adjust air valve and foam panels on top. A happy John Lewis buyer said: “This travel pillow was more expensive than the previous ones I have owned. Yet it was well made, extremely comfortable and worth every penny!”
TEMPUR® Comfort Travel Pillow, Medium / Firm | £ 68 from John Lewis
You may recognize Tempur by its extremely comfortable regular pillows, but if you can’t imagine the idea of not sleeping on them when you’re traveling, then this travel version will come in handy. It offers medium / firm support and its clever design softens to the natural shape of your head for a nap like no other.
Slip Frequent Flyer Travel Set | £ 115.50 from Cult Beauty
Travel in style with Slip’s super luxurious silk set. A kit with everything you need to doze off, contains an eye mask, a face mask and a supportive neck pillow with a raised lobe design.
Aqua travel pillow | £ 6 from Dunelm
If you’re forgetful, opt for a colorful design like this one from Dunelm. It will always be easy to spot in a suitcase or handbag. A Dunelm buyer said: “Good quality memory foam. Portable enough to clip into the backpack and performed well on two long haul flights.”
Wilko Super soft shaped pillow | £ 9 from Wilko
This comfortable number is made for sleeping comfortably when you are on the go. It’s another memory foam design worth adding to your cart if you’re a light sleeper with neck pain.
The Hybrid Universal Memory Foam Travel Pillow | £ 10 from Selfridges
For snoozing on the plane, this travel pillow is a must. While it’s mostly made of memory foam, it also has an inflatable base for extra cushioning, and the design mimics the pillows you’re used to sleeping on at home.
Tinly Floral Travel Pillow and Eye Mask | £ 38 from Ted Baker
Travel pillows don’t have to be boring. If you are looking for a style that stands out, add this blue and white floral pattern to your cart as soon as possible. It has a button closure and comes with a matching eye mask and carry bag.