If you are one of the lucky ones who can drift off into a peaceful slumber while flying on an airplane, I’m insanely jealous! Me, I’m one of those poor souls who has a hard enough time sleeping at home… put me in a steel tube at 34,000 feet and instead of counting sheep, I’m staring at the flight map, counting off the seconds till we land.
I’ve tried all the usual tips and tricks. Pack a good book, count the length of the flight by how many movies I can binge watch, pack cozy socks and a cashmere wrap for comfort, eat healthy snacks, pop a Bonine before boarding my flight but one thing I’ve never found, is a neck pillow that really works.
During my own planning for a few upcoming long flights, I got to thinking that in this day and age, there must be better options for travelers than the neck pillow of 20 years ago (yes, my Bukky pillow is that old!).
After posing the question to my incredible community of Facebook friends and followers; “Can any of you sleep on an airplane?” Here is what I heard:
A lot of no, no, never, never. … but from our friends who ARE able to get comfortable on airplanes, here are a few savvy travel tips:
Try the pink and blue ear plugs from the drug store and see which fits best. Also down load movies you want to watch for the times there is nothing on tv or wifi – Joann
Ear buds. I’m asleep before leaving tarmac, no sleep aids – Telin
I just used the Travelrest All-in-One Ultimate (linked from Amazon below) for an international flight and was pretty happy with it. I typically have a very hard time sleeping on planes – Sarah
I don’t have pillow advice but I always take my favorite fleece cape on trips with me. It has been used as a jacket, throw in my hotel room and flight pillow or blanket when needed. I can’t travel without it! – Cheryl
A cashmere wrap and noise canceling headphones are a must for traveling overseas. Reading and Netflix on my IPAD and I’m ready to travel – Rosemary
Get a foot hammock (linked below)! Saved my back on my last flight! – Tani
Next up, 5 ASB reader recommended products to check out. Note, these are in no particular order, nor have I personally tried any of these products out yet, yet they come recommended from fellow readers who do travel and can vouch for the products.
1. Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow & Neck Pillow (Rolls Up Small) | AMAZON | HERE| HERE
2. J Pillow Travel Pillow | AMAZON | HERE
The J Pillow was recommended by my blogger pal Emma Peach. You can read Emma’s review in her June 2019 post, Travel Essentials | HERE
3. Foot Hammock by Sleepy Ride | Airplane Foot Rest | AMAZON | HERE
My friend Karen travels a ton for work and recommended this travel pillow. Her other tips?
Bring Travel slippers (foldable) and a big scarf—hand sanitizer, a travel packet of Lysol wipes, hand lotion, herbal tea ( most airlines only have black tea), and here’s the travel pillow I use (I’ve tried many and this is easy to attach to your carry on). I’ll also douse with lavender pillow spray before I leave.
Have you tried any of these products or tips? Do share! I’d love to hear ANY tips you have for successful airplane travel. Drop a line in the comments below or feel free to contact me direct (HERE). I (and other readers) would really appreciate any tips and tricks you savvy travelers can share!
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