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I recently took a long haul flight to America and knew I was going to need a neck pillow as the seats on airplanes are so uncomfortable. You can't lie back because that puts your head at a really unnatural angle that, if for some unbelievable reason you do manage to fall asleep like that, you wake up with an excruciatingly sore neck. I've had this happen to me in the past and had shooting pains down my neck for a few minutes after I woke up, not fun so I knew before I took this return flight that I wanted a pillow. One leg of the flight was an overnight flight too and so I at least wanted to try and have a few hours sleep so the jet lag wouldn't be too bad.
I found this pillow on Amazon and order and delivery was quick and efficient as always with amazon so it came in plenty of time for my flight.
What I love about this pillow is that it is U shaped to it wraps around your neck so if you want to lean your head to the left or the right and still have perfect support this pillow will do that for you. It's cool because there is nothing to keep it in place around your neck but it does actually stay there really well and you can get up and walk around and the pillow will still stay on your neck. I did this a number of times on the flight and it was quite handy to know where it was and have it there when I needed it.
The outside of the pillow is made of a comfortable pillow which felt nice against my face and skin. It wasn't scratchy or uncomfortable and you could lay on it for quite a while which was nice. The inside is made of a lovely memory foam so although soft, the pillow is not soft and squigy and does not collapse as soon as you lay on it. I find the memory foam really helps it to keeps its shape and this is ideal when you are just using it as a rest for your head and to keep your neck well supported. You can really mould this to fit around you and then it bounces back and gives you the support you need.
My kids also ended up using this pillow for some of the flights too as it was the perfect size for their little heads to fit in the gap and have a nice sleep on as their curl up in their seats.
The pillow was a little expensive, I think I paid in the £20 region but in terms of actually getting some decent sleep on an aeroplane and not being sore when I woke up it was priceless. I definitely recommend this to all travellers and will be taking it in the car with my for long journeys too.
This U Shaped Memory Foan Travel Pillow supports the head, neck and corrects the body posture. It is bandhy and great for use during travel to ease sore muscles and tension.