Traveling on long-haul flights, train journeys and car journeys are notoriously difficult to sleep.
Fortunately, there are some ways to help you get some rest. While we always recommend wearing the most comfortable clothes, a travel pillow can be a boon.
Not only will one help you drift off, it can also be helpful in combating neck and back pain from sitting in stiff airplane seats.
We’ve handpicked our favorites to shop now, just in time for your next trip, ranging from affordable options to luxury silk finds.
From memory foam to inflatable designs, these are travel essentials for your carry-on.
From 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 sits comfortably around your neck so you can lean to any side without falling off the seat or onto the person sitting next to you. Filled with soft yet supportive memory foam, it’s covered in soft velvet for extra 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 move heads. It also comes with a drawstring for you to adjust its comfort.
Ostrich pillow Go | £44.62 from Amazon
This funky design is made with high density memory foam and the wrap feature provides 360 degree ergonomic 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 pad that will save space in your gear. Made from a cotton and viscose blend, it has a classic horseshoe shape and comes with a storage bag.
HoMedics Travel Neck Massager | £19.99 from Boots
This isn’t just a travel pillow, it also has a built-in massage option to knead out kinks and reduce neck pain. Its memory foam interior adds comfort while the two massage speeds let you adjust it to be as firm or as 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. One happy John Lewis shopper said: “This travel pillow was more expensive than my previous ones. However, it was well made, very comfortable and worth every penny.”
TEMPUR® Comfort travel pillow, medium/firm | £68 from John Lewis
You may recognize Tempur as their extremely comfortable regular pillows, but if you can’t imagine not sleeping on one when you’re traveling, this travel version will come in handy. It offers medium/firm support and its smart design will smooth out with the natural shape of your head for a nap like no other.
Travel set for frequent travelers | £115.50 from Cult Beauty
Travel in style with Slip’s super luxurious silk ensemble. A kit with everything you need for sleep, it contains an eye mask, a face mask and a neck support 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 carry-on or handbag. A Dunelm buyer said: “Good quality memory foam. Portable enough to clip in your backpack and worked well on two long haul flights.”
Wilko Super Soft Contoured Pillow | £9 from Wilko
This cozy number is made for comfortable sleep when you’re 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 sleeping on airplanes, this travel pillow is a must. Although it’s mainly made up 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’re looking for a style that stands out, add this white and blue floral print design to your cart ASAP. It has a button closure and comes with an eye mask and matching carry bag.