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A headline caught my attention yesterday and if you’re reading this then you may already know what I mean. It was a story from The Today Show and read: This silly-looking pillow is the reason I no longer dread long flights. Catchy headline. RELATED: Round-Up: Travel Neck Pillows For Better Sleep and a More Comfortable Flight

TRTL travel pillowIn the article, author Cailey Rizzo writes, “The TRTL travel pillow has officially become my must-pack travel accessory, particularly when journeying long distances. Before boarding a flight or train ride, I make sure it’s in my bag. Because it’s not a typical travel pillow, it doesn’t pose the usual travel pillow woes: no creaky neck, no mid-flight deflation, no taking up room in your suitcase.”

I’m not a travel pillow kind of guy, especially when it comes to those u-shaped ones that you see people walking around the airport with. I’ve tried them and they’re not comfortable. TIP: Are you wearing your travel pillow wrong?

There are a few things that make the TRTL Travel and Airplane Pillow different. First of all, it doesn’t look like a ridiculous travel pillow. It’s less than half the size of a traditional travel pillow and weighs just 5.2 ounces (148 grams) so it’s lightweight.

This is good for a couple of other reasons. With gate agents cracking down on carry-on, yes, some even consider neck pillows a carry-on item, this looks like a scarf. On top of that, it keeps your neck warm.

It’s washable, which is key for travel gear. The first thing I do when I get home is strip down to my birthday suit and throw all of my plane clothes in the washing machine on high heat to kill all of the nasty germs.

TRTL holds the head in a better, more ergonomic position than a traditional U-shaped memory foam travel pillow does and it’s made in the United Kingdom.

I have one in my travel bin in the basement. The company sent me one when they first came out and I got one in a goodie bag at one of the TPG Awards. I’m lucky because the price isn’t cheap; it’s three times or more what you would pay for a traditional travel pillow. But then again, you get what you pay for and this isn’t a travel pillow. And when you’re on a long flight and just want to get some good sleep, you’ll be glad you’ve got this with you.

Thanks to Cailey’s article, I just pulled TRTL out of my bin because I’m getting ready to embark on a long-haul flight in economy and you can bet this will be coming along. I’m also taking Cailey’s advice: “I would highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the TRTL before you travel. The plastic framework is adjustable, meaning it will fit all neck sizes — but you’ll want to find your perfect settings at home. It takes a bit of elbow room to finagle the plastic and your in-flight neighbor likely won’t appreciate a jab across the armrest.” Good tip!


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1 Comment On "Is this the best travel pillow in the world? Some travelers think so"
  1. Sheila|

    Crazy note in the TRTL neck support… just flew LATAN Ecuador to Portland and there were direction for using it on the armrest!! Like permanently inscribed! Slept 6 out of 9.5 hrs!!

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