“ Type: Travel Pillow „
We travel quite a bit, be it on a plane or in the car and for longer journeys I like to take a travel pillow with me. I generally use this on a plane more than I would in a car but sometimes it is nice in a car. What I hate about taking a nap in the car (and I do it quite often at the moment now that I am breastfeeding in the middle of the night) is that the headrest is never in the right place, even if you attempt to move it and so when you wake up you always have a really sore neck and your husband telling you that your head was bobbing backwards and forwards the whole time you were asleep. With this travel pillow there is no crooked neck and all you have is a nice fresh feeling after a little power nap in the car.
According to the packaging this Boots travel pillow has been designed for comfort whilst travelling & to support the head whilst sleeping upright. The pillow is pretty basic, its not a nice soft, feather filled pillow, its use a blow up pillow but it gives you a bit of comfort and supports your neck which is the main thing. The pillow is a blow up pillow so when it is deflated it packs up quite small and can be stored in a little travel pouch that comes with it. It's easy to blow up and you don't need a pump to do it, you can just use your mouth to do it. Once you have finished blowing it up you can Push the valve back into the plastic holder inside the pillow so it is not uncomfortable when you rest on it.
The pillow wraps all he way around your neck and because it is quite tight it will stay there when you move so you can rest your neck behind you or to either side. Its not so tight though that its suffocating or anything like that. The pillow is black and is plastic although it has a velour material on it to make it more comfortable which it is. The only thing I would say is that its a bit scratchy on the seams but you can just reposition it and it should not bother you.
Obviously you can't wash this, you just need to wipe it clean with a damp cloth or I find a baby wipe works quite well although saying that it doesn't really get that dirty.
The pillow is available at Boots in their travel section and costs just £5.99.
During my travels I was on quite a few long flights, after waking up twice with a horribly saw and achy head I decided to buy one of these pillows as I noticed a few people were using them.
In one of the departure lounges I spotted them hanging up in Boots and suddenly remembered that I'd promised myself I'd buy one. It was £6, not exactly what I'd call cheap but I got some Advantage Points so I didn't entirely mind =D
The packaging isn't very helpful as you can't get into it without a pair of scissors, obviously I didn't have a pair on me so I had to pester the stewardess who was handing out the drinks. When I finally got into it I blew it up - which took approximately a minute, not too bad. On that note it's also very easy and quick to deflate (just sit on it!). It also has a bag you can put it in, but the stitching on this came apart because I was forcing the pillow into it - so I dont whether its because I hadnt folded it correctly and couldnt get it in properly or because the bag was justg useless in general.
The sewn up stitching around the whole outside was quite uncomfortable because it dug into my kneck several times and I had an imprint of it around the back of my kneck after use.
The material is very soft, Im not too keen on the colour but it was very comfortable whilst counting sheep. When I woke up I had no achy kneck and was feeling very refreshed after my lovely peaceful sleep.
I have really tried to explain to others the need not to purchase things on impulse, unfortunately I failed to take this into account at Heathrow on my most recent holiday.
Realising I had a long flight ahead of me, I decided I wanted to sleep as much as I could rather than try to get my monies worth from the films, free booze and dinners on board, so after going through customs, I bought this travel pillow in Boots for £5.99. I'm sure it is also available at most Boots stores in the UK.
Personally I think this is very expensive, however when your travelling you always seem to find it easier to justify these things to yourself.
It is greeny brown and inflatable, so what you see in the packet isn't the completed product, you actually find a small nozzle on it which you can blow up (Takes around 30 seconds if you give it some welly) and you have a horseshoe shaped pillow filled with air.
The finish is velour so it is smooth and not sticky, this proved especially handy as there are a lot of variable temperatures on flights and there is nothing worse than a sticky plastic pillow on your neck or cheek.
The idea of the horse shoe shaped pillow is that you place it behind the back of your neck and it supports your neck from all sides, so in a tight space, you can drift off to sleep without sprawling yourself over the slightly odd looking chap next to you, or blocking an aisle with your hanging head.
The pillow would most probably be equally useable for long journeys by coach, train or car, but I haven't felt the need to use it for that yet.
In test conditions on the flight, I found this had mixed results. It was much more comfortable than allowing your head to move freely, but it was still at times uncomfortable, I will give it a 3 out of 5, as I don't think it is incredibly cheap or perfectly comfortable, but it does help you sleep more on a flight and offers some additional comfort.
It looks good and is easy to inflate and deflate after use, the velour is fine and the colour inoffensive. It comes with a matching little bag which you put the pillow in after use, which is easy to put away in a large pocket, this is handy.
The pillow can be wiped clean and is simple to inflate, simply pulling the valve out of the pillow, blowing until it is full and tight and then shutting the valve and pushing it back into the pillow, to deflate you simply open the valve top and allow the air to leave the pillow.
This is the kind of thing you generally only buy on impulse, it lasted well on my two flights, but I have to admit it would be easy to lose or forget about. It's not the best £6 i've ever spent but I did get a lot more sleep than I generally do, so it was worth something.
I do not fly well and when we were taking a flight while I was pregnant, I was concerned that I would be even more nervous than normal. We bought a travel pillow from Boots to try and make me more comfortable and see if I could get some sleep.
I did not manage to sleep but I did relax a lot more. I rested my head on the pillow, closed my eyes, listened to music and pretended I was on a train. It worked!
The pillow is inflatable and extremely comfortable. The good thing about it being inflatable is that it is small to carry and also you can blow it up to whatever depth suits you most. I first over inflated it and although this would have been lovely if I had been lying down, I need it to be a bit more bendy for fitting on my shoulder on the flight. It has an almost velvet feel to the fabric, which is nice against your skin.
There is a carry case as well, which keeps it nice and clean. You can also wipe the pillow clean if it needs it. You cannot put it in the washing machine though... then again, how dirty can it get when traveling?!
It was only £4 and I was very impressed with it. Best travel accessory I have bought in a long time!
Boots Travel pillow
On a recent long haul flight, I decided it was time to over haul some of my travelling accessories and try to make myself comfortable. A brief foray into Boots whilst buying travel bits and bobs found this travel pillow.
With visions of 9 or 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep I opened the pillow out of its quite well sealed plastic casing.
The pillow itself is a kind of grey colour and comes with a matching bag (both of them are velour finished so feel soft). The pillow itself is deflated when I get it out of the pack and when I inflate it, it is one of those shaped ones which go round your neck. It can be inflated so that it's quite big but I find it most comfortable a bit softer. Once inflated you can sit with it wrapped round your neck or lie to the side with your head on it. Whichever way you do it, the flight will be just as long!
The pillow is pretty self explanatory so doesn't need lots of instructions- simply blow it up to the comfort level which is best for you, close the valve. To deflate the pillow, open the valve, let the air out and store in matching carry bag.
To clean the pillow and matching pouch, simply wipe them clean but don't put them in the washing machine.
The pillow costs £3.99 from Boots stores. I have looked and it doesn't seem to be available on the Boots website.
WHAT I THOUGHT?
I do find it difficult to sleep on long flights and more than anything hate it when I can feel my head lolling to the side and then if I do doze of, there is a sudden jerking movement as my head flops- guaranteed to wake me up! Although it doesn't help me to sleep, if I wrap this round my neck, it does feel more comfortable when I am sitting for long periods on the plane. I found that a number of times I dozed off whilst watching the films and my head was kept in place, which is usually to be recommended.
The pillow can be blown to whatever firmness is required and thankfully is easy to blow up...don't think I could stand something which needed lots of puff when coping with the inevitable oxygen deprivation!
So, for anyone wanting a low cost good quality travel pillow which keeps head in place, this is recommended.
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Perfect for a comfortable nap while travelling short or long distances.