As a frequent air traveler, I am always on the lookout for a better travel pillow and when I came across the Travelrest, I was intrigued. Having read a number of positive reviews of the product, I was curious to give it a try, and I’m happy that I did. I received the Travelrest just prior to a trip from the US to Asia, and after many hours of use, I am quite impressed with the product. It really delivers.
Design-wise, this is quite unlike any travel pillow I have ever tried. Unlike the classic u-shaped travel pillow that fits around the neck, this long pillow drapes across your body or down your side. It has a significant bulge on the top end, lined with memory foam, to give support to your head, and the rest of its body tapers down a bit as it drapes across your body. It comes with a removable and washable plush cover that feels quite nice against the skin, and inflates quickly and easily with its large inflation valve. The pillow can be attached in place with its included cord to your airplane seat’s headrest or the cord can be used to attach it, messenger bag style, to your own body. As the planes I flew on had adjustable headrests, I used the headrest method and it worked flawlessly. I think the body attachment method would probably work fairly well too, but unless you want to bring the pillow along with you to restroom visits and the like, it will have to be detached from your body every time you get up. If you use a standard u-shaped travel pillow, you would have to do the same, so that is really not much of a mark against the Travelrest, however.
I’m really a fan of the headrest attachment method, because it removes a lot of the irritation factor associated with travel pillows. Not only do you not have to remove it from your body when you get up from your seat, you also don’t need to worry about it falling onto the floor or behind your seat. It stays nicely attached and out of the way. If you aren’t using it to sleep with, it just hangs to the side next to your armrest and gives you a nice soft surface to lean against. This works very well in a window seat configuration — it might be less convenient in other seating positions and I could see the possibility of the pillow shifting into your neighbor’s seat space if you aren’t paying attention.
To use the pillow in a sleeping configuration, the manufacturer suggests you can either position it diagonally across the front of your body or use it straight down one side. For me, the diagonal positioning was the most comfortable. In fact, the best position for me was to have the pillow going diagonally across my body while hugging the pillow. Did I look odd? Perhaps! But I slept extremely well on my 12 hour flight to Beijing and arrived at my destination quite rested. Verdict? The Travelrest All-in-One Ultimate Travel Pillow is a winner!
The Travelrest All-in-One Ultimate Travel Pillow has an MSRP of $44.95 and is available directly from Travelrest as well as from Amazon.com. Many thanks to Travelrest for providing this product to me at a reduced cost for review purposes.
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