With many airlines charging customers extra fees for in-flight amenities such as pillows and blankets, many travelers are becoming creative with their comfort. In addition to the extra fees, some travelers are also shying away from in-flight pillows for reasons of hygienic. If one is provided at no additional charge, one of the easiest ways to ensure hygiene is met is to purchase disposable covers. While these are usually intended for hotel travelers, as the covers are sold in standard sizes, airline travelers can use the standard-sized cover and wrap it around the travel pillow twice or improvise with a large zipper-type plastic bag.
If you prefer to purchase your own travel pillow and space is a concern, there are many inflatable ones that can be deflated to fit in your carry-on bag and then inflated when ready to use. Some travelers prefer to not have their heads come into contact with the airplane or train’s seat and will choose to utilize the pillow immediately upon boarding. Other travelers prefer to keep theirs permanently in a carry-on in case they are catching an early morning or red-eye flight.
People traveling in a vehicle generally have more space than air or rail travelers, however a full-sized pillow is not always a feasible option. Instead of having to blow-up an inflatable travel pillow, travelers can purchase ready-made travel pillows. These look like miniature versions of standard-sized ones, cut in half. Different from traditional bed pillows, travel models will usually have a zippered, removable cover that can be washed. Able to be brought into hotel rooms and used as a regular bed pillow, compact travel pillows are great for people who prefer not to sleep on hotel pillows or for those who like having extra ones.
Outdoor travelers will appreciate the versatility of travel pillows. Tent campers and pop-up camper owners are always searching for ways to save space. A combination of inflatable and ready-made pillows allows for comfort traveling to the destination as well as additional pillow comfort once the camping gear has been erected. Outdoorsmen who enjoy primitive camping will appreciate the space-saving benefits a travel pillow bring when packing their rucksacks.
When finished using pillows, they can be cleaned by laundering (fabric pillows) or by wiping down with an anti-bacterial wipe (inflatable pillows). After being allowed to thoroughly dry, they can be packaged and stored until their next use. With proper care, travel pillows can last longer than bed ones, so be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended care guidelines and clean pillows after each use.