Traveling is all kinds of things: exciting, adventurous, thrilling. Another thing people might forget is that it’s also exhausting. Sleep is everything when you can get it. In 2017, I traveled abroad for a quarter of the year with nothing but a maximum legal size carry on and a back pack. There was one thing I realized. From a 13 hour flight to a 6 hour bus ride, a pillow is a definite must have. The only problem is that a travel neck pillow can take up so much room! When it’s not in use, it becomes this inconvenient bulky thing that is hauled all over the place.
I’m not the only one that finds this completely irritable. There are the inventors and users of the inflatable neck pillows. Yes, I thought about an inflatable one but if I’m being honest, those items are not always the most comfortable and they sound like work. The last thing you need when traveling is to put in work to go to sleep. Did I mention traveling is exhausting?
That’s why I feel the need to share with you this labor-saving device I found: the Trtl pillow.
At first, I was very skeptical of this item and you might be too. Before I bought it, I had never seen anyone else use this thing and it just looks like a questionable mix between a scarf and a neck brace. And I always thought those neck brace things were disagreeable. After researching this trtl pillow some more, I decided to try it after all.
Ugh. It was amazing!
Now, I can’t even think about going back to the classic travel neck pillow. The trtl is somewhat flat when not in use and it’s super comfortable. That means it packs well and supports my neck efficiently. I never thought I could sleep so sound on a flight from Orlando to London. Let me not even get started on my flight from Madrid to Bangkok.
So when I say it packs well, you have no idea. It folds well in a suitcase with all your clothes taking up the same amount of space as a thin cardigan. If you don’t have any room left in there, the Velcro makes it easy for you to hook it onto a bag strap or anything else available.
Some things to consider: There are complaints about it being a bit too warm to wear after some time. I’m always cold so that wasn’t a concern for me. Also, it may not work for heads of all sizes. My husband doesn’t think it supports his head enough. Truth be told, I always found classic neck pillows to be a bit too big for me. There might be hope though. They did just come out with an updated version so maybe they’ve tweaked those things out in the newer model.
Either way, it’s definitely worth a try. If you decide to give the trtl pillow a go, let me know what you think!