Travel Pillow - Neck Pillow

Travel Pillow - Neck Pillow
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Why buy from us
  • Voted best Small Pillow for traveling by the Sleep Foundation. Say goodbye to jetlags and sleepless nights.

  • Yes we know our buckwheat mini pillow is no u-shaped neck pillow, but let's be honest, do these pillows, really work? Check out THIS ARTICLE from The Atlantic, to learn more about why u-shaped pillows are useless.
  • We all LOVE to travel and visit friends and family during the holidays, or simply go on a weekend getaway to forget about our day to day lives for a bit. No matter what the occasion is, a proper cushion to lay your head on during a long flight, or even after a long flight in your hotel can be a life saver.
  • We came up with this model of our buckwheat pillow because many of our customers already take their japanese size cushions with them on trips, but that size is sometimes not always suitable, specially not when you have limited space like on an airplane or train which is where a small pillow comes in handy.
  • Perfect for your Adventures but also a nice small pillow pick for your kids Bedroom. We've gotten great feedback from parents so far.

  • Unfortunately most travel size cushions are either cheaply made, look just fancy or high tech, but end up to work poorly, or are completely overpriced for what you need. Choices range from Neck Pillows, U-Shaped cushions, to weirdly constructed Ostrich designs. This can be very confusing for you if you are actually looking for a travel size mini pillow that works.
  • Ergonomic shapes and exotic names for a travel pillow, don't do much, if you sink into the memory foam, latex, fiber fill or whatever other synthetic material is used these days, the moment you your head touches the surface of your travel size cushion. That's the main problem and a common themes theses days with most airplane travel pillow choices but also too many camping products on the market.
  • Why would you need a different type of pillow when sleeping on an airplane, train, or car etc. than what you have at home? It makes no sense to us. Our small pillow is exactly like our other premium models, with the only difference being it's size. Airplane seats have really poor lumbar and neck support. Many of our customers use our small mini pillow to support their neck or lumbar area. Most likely you will have to remove buckwheat hulls though because we overfill all our pillows.
    • Experience REAL Support for your neck on your trips and while on the road. A small pillow should be one thing and one thing only, which is supportive and moldable at the same time. This way any mini pillow will work it's magic and help you arrive at your destination well rested and ready to tackle the day pain free and headache free.
    • Our Buckwheat Hulls Filling provides both. And it can be super easily adjusted. Removing or adding hulls to create the perfect shape for you head and neck, is a breeze and takes less than a minute.
    • It's Travel Size 10" x 14" allows our buckwheat neck pillow to be taken literally anywhere. It fits into your backpack, carry on luggage and even larger sized handbags. Weighting less than 2lbs it's also considered a lightweight for a buckwheat cushion which is why it also makes a great small pillow for kids or petite people.
    • Choose between 3 pillowcase designs:
    1. Matrix Design Bamboo Rayon Pillowcase
    2. Prestige Star Constellation Design Bamboo Rayon Pillowcase
    3. Sedona Bell Rock Topographic Map Design Cotton Pillowcase
    • Each of our Pillowcase Designs is super breathable, hygienic and super soft/smooth but yet durable enough for every day use if need be. Your head stays cool and you stay asleep. They are machine washable and easy to care for.
      • There's no need to buy extra pillowcases. Our buckwheat mini pillow is ready to go! Unpack it! Use it! Zippered carrying case is included. Optionally add our sleeping eye mask for a total blackout sleeping experience no matter where your journey take you.
      • Filled with 100% Organic Buckwheat Hulls and it's also fully adjustable. Durable zippers on the inner pillowcase/shell and the outer matrix designer bamboo rayon pillowcase allow you to easily remove or add buckwheat filling as needed to achieve the perfect comfort level for your travels. Children are especially sensitive to heat and anything that doesn't make their body feel comfortable. The Buckwheat Hulls filling makes our cushion the perfect mini pillow for young kids as it does not allow heat to build up, keeping your kiddo cool and "chill" at all times.
      • Good for all sleeping positions and specially for people with posture, neck or spinal issues. This cushion may seem small but it's large enough to be used as a regular sleeping pillow if you don't move around too often. Naps also become a a joy when your head and cervical vertebrae is supported by a cool and firm pillow that doesn't let you sink in. 
      • Our pillow's small size makes it also an excellent option for kids up to the age of 5 years, who don't need a full size cushion yet. Providing your kid a supportive pillow at an early age already, can avoid posture problems down the road, because their bones and muscles are still growing while they are young. You can use this pillow as a regular small sleeping pillow for your kiddos and as a kids travel pillow.
      • It's also loved as lumbar and lower back support (use it in your car, trains, air planes or your couch). Our travel size does it all. If you want a more traditional lumbar support cushion, check out our brand new lumbar support pillow in our lifestyle pillows section.
      • Handcrafted with ❤ in Phoenix, AZ like all our buckwheat hull filled cushions. 99% of small cushions you can buy for traveling, are made in other countries. We are proud to make this mini pillow in the USA with materials you can rest assured are toxin and chemical free.

      Still can't decide if our pillow is right for you? Read our Quick Guide to Travel Pillows below, to find out more about different types of travel pillows and their benefits and recommended usage.

      We only use the Best Quality Buckwheat Hulls. All our natural buckwheat and millet hulls are triple screened and heat treated. Guaranteed Odor and Pesticide free and grown in the USA.


      A Quick Guide to Small Travel Pillows


      Check out our full travel pillow buyers guide, if you don't find all the information you seek on this page.


      Sleeping on a plane can feel impossible! The seats are stiff, and very few offer a decent recline. To make matters worse, a lack of legroom, fluctuating temperatures, and cabin noises can make you feel miserable during your flight.


      Long-haul flights can be brutal for sleep, leaving you tired and agitated by the time you deplane. Depending on your flight time and destination, sleeping on the plane can reduce your jet lag. By getting in at least a few hours of sleep, you can push through the next day and get your sleep schedule on track. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. 


      We wrote an article on how to Sleep Better on An Airplane here and touched on the importance of the compact portable pillow. When you board a plane, you aren’t able to bring your buckwheat pillow with you (unfortunately!), so instead, you need to find a smaller, more portable alternative. A good small pillow can make traveling a lot more comfortable and help you fall asleep, even in less than ideal locations.  


      A properly designed and constructed neck pillow for traveling supports your head and neck, making you more comfortable and reducing aches and pains. There are plenty of different types available, with different price points, portability, and suitability. For example, some travel neck pillows are great for long car rides or the train but not suitable for air travel. Alternatively, some are better for air travel and not-so-great for a long bus ride.


      When picking a portable small pillow, consider your pain points and where you will be using it. We’ve compiled a list of the different types of popular travel pillows as well as their pros and cons to help you pick one that is just right for you. Price wise we do not recommend spending more than 60 bucks on a pillow for traveling. Making a portable small pillow is not rocket science but some companies try to sell it to you as exactly that and the more they invest in marketing, the more the pillow ultimately costs you as a consumer. Now let's get started...


      1. U-Shaped Travel Neck Pillow


      These models are commonly seen in airport kiosks and luggage stores. They feature an ergonomic shape that is perfect for trying to sleep while sitting upright. These pillows aren’t all created equal, though. They may be filled with synthetic fibers, microbeads, down, memory foam, or air. In order to support your head and neck, the filling should be firm enough to do so.  

      These pillows can also vary in lining but are typically covered in a soft fabric.


      The price can vary and is usually dependent on the quality of the materials it is made out of. For example, a cheaper U-shaped neck pillow often won’t be as supportive and durable as one that costs a little more. In sum, the pros include the price point and the support they provide when lying back in your seat. The con, however, is their lack of versatility. If you like to curl up next to the window or are fortunate enough to have empty seats beside you, using the U-shaped pillow won’t be as comfortable as other pillows.


      2. Mini Pillow


      What the U-shaped pillow lacks in versatility, the mini pillow makes up for it. These travel size pillows are like the pillows you use at home but in a smaller, more portable size. Mini pillows can be used for all forms of travel, so whether you are driving across the country or flying to Europe, you can sleep well and feel comfortable. Additionally, while you are staying in a hotel, you can use your mini pillow. 


      Like U-shaped travel pillows, not all pillows are equal. The material in your small pillow will make a BIG difference! For example, our buckwheat neck pillow provides real support while traveling which makes it also a very popular kids travel pillow choice. It is both adjustable and supportive, making your trip comfortable and pain-free. It is also well-made and well-constructed, unlike cheaper neck pillow models, so it will last a long time. The Sleep Foundation even voted it the best small pillow for neck pain! The cover is made from breathable bamboo-derived rayon cover as well, making it great for hot sleepers because the buckwheat husks allow for ultimate air flow and beat every other filling material when it comes to breathability. If you often have neck, shoulder, or head pain when you wake up, using this pillow at your hotel can help you feel your best while on vacation!


      3. Cube Travel Pillow


      Cube pillows are just how they sound. These neck pillows are shaped like a small box and are designed for those who sleep on their side. These pillows are made of memory foam and will compress to fit the curvature of your neck when you lie on them. This pillow is an excellent option if you have the privilege of getting a lay-flat seat on a train or flight because you can lay on your side. However, when you are seated upright, you won’t be able to place the necessary pressure on the pillow to flatten it as intended, and therefore it can distort your head more than support it.


      4. Large Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow


      A number of brands have come out with new small travel pillows in an effort to make air travel more comfortable. Unfortunately, these travel pillows aren’t suitable for air travel, even with the best intentions. A great example is the Skyrest inflatable pillow. The design is excellent and allows a person to lean forward and be supported in a forward position rather than laying back. It’s often described as an ottoman for your lap and costs about $30. Although the idea is great, safety regulators feel it is too big for air travel and believe that it is a hazard as it can block other passengers' access to the aisle or emergency exits. As a result, this pillow has been banned by most safety organizations, including TSA. However, if you aren’t traveling by plane, this can be a great option that can be used on the bus or in your car.


      If you like the idea of an inflatable pillow that you can deflate after you arrive, look for smaller alternatives like an inflatable U-shaped or buckwheat neck pillow although it is not inflatable.


      5. J-Shaped Travel Pillow


      J-shaped travel pillows are similar to the U-shaped pillows but have an additional extension that is used to support your chin. These cushions were designed by a flight attendant who had first-hand experience sleeping on an aircraft, and in 2013, the design won British Invention of the year. 


      If you don’t like a U-shaped travel cushion, you may not like this one either. That said, your head will feel more supported with the additional piece.  These pillows are also very affordable and easy to clean – just throw them in the wash when you get home! The only downside is that they are all made of memory foam which gets hot and smelly because hot=sweat and you should not really wash the foam but only the cover and oftentimes(depending on who the manufacturer is) it's not even removable.


      6. Trtl Travel Pillow


      This is another unique design that has a small supportive brace lined in fleece and soft cushioning. The internal support system rests on your shoulder and up your neck, and the side of your face. It can be worn on either the left or right side depending on your preference and is easy to use. If you have a window seat, you also have the option of not fastening it around your neck and instead placing it against the wall or window. This pillow takes up the same about of space as any other pillow and is also machine washable. Unfortunately this neck pillow is not the right choice if you look for a kids travel pillow. The trtl pillow is made in one size only so it's too large for most children.


      7. Travel Neck Pillow with Extra Features


      If you are looking for a more unique small pillow to travel with, look for one with extra features. For example, some cushions are equipped with wireless headphones. This means you can sleep while listening to relaxing tunes and don’t have to fuss with uncomfortable earbuds or over-the-ear headphones. Sometimes it's good to have a neck pillow that is unique, so kids fall asleep faster and are distracted while traveling.  For adults,  although this can be a comfortable solution when you are traveling solo, you will need to think of anyone you are traveling with. The music isn’t isolated to your ears, and others may find it a nuisance to hear your music.   


      Another option is a mini pillow with heat. These pillows will heat up, providing soothing warmth to your neck and shoulders. Some of these are wireless and have a battery or USB feature, whereas others must be plugged in. Many of these wireless heated travel pillows are also banned from flights, so instead, use on long car rides, trains, or the bus. There are also some that have a massage feature! These are better suited for use at work or while at home. However, due to the mechanisms inside, they take up more space in your luggage and typically require an outlet. Further, just like heated neck pillows, they aren’t permitted in flight. 


      An easy, airline-friendly extra is adding lavender buds to your buckwheat neck pillow. Airplanes are not known to smell nice, especially if you are seated close to a lavatory. In addition, there are way too many scents in a small cabin, which can be distracting and unpleasant. 

      You aren’t allowed to use room deodorizers or spray a fragrance in the cabin, but you can make your pillow smell good! By adding lavender buds, you will enjoy the soothing scent of lavender that will help ease you into sleep.



      Traveling can be painful – both literally and figuratively – but it doesn’t have to be! With the right travel sized companion to lay your head on, you can relax, sleep and get comfortable. When picking your travel neck pillow, don’t get caught up in gimmicks and new designs, as many of these are not even officially permitted during flights and on airplanes. Instead, look for a quality product that will give your head and neck the support you need.


      Alternatively if you are tight on a budget, simply ask for a blanket or extra blanket when in an airplane. Roll it up and voila, there you have neck support during your flight, better than most memory foam pillows you could have bought at an airport kiosk.


      Sleep enhancing tips for while you are on the road or traveling


      1.) Get yourself a solid sleeping mask. Our bodies are designed in a way that we should only ever really sleep when our environment is dark which means at night. Now this is not always easy when you travel for work or during the holidays and have a long domestic flight ahead of you. Good Blind folds block out 90% of the light making it easier for your brain to shut down and put you into a deep restorative sleep.


      2.) Take a natural sleep aid if you have troubles falling asleep on your travel neck pillow by itself. Or sip on a sleep tea before boarding your plane, hitting the road as a passenger with your family, or before bedtime in your cozy tent while you're out camping in nature. For camping, a neck roll pillow which is a bit larger than this mini pillow, will probably we better for some people with broad shoulders.


      3.) Use earplugs or listen to some calming music to block out any noise that can keep you up. Noise cancelling earphones are the latest gimmick and have proven since several years now to work wonders for those of you which are sensitive to noise. And let's be honest, air plan noise, train noises, etc. are simply not the proper environment anyways for your body wanting to drift off into some Zzz, so why not use some gadgets to help you with it. After all no one wants to be cranky or jetlagged to due a lack of sleep.


      4.) Wear a comfortable hoodie to further isolate you from the environment specially helpful when you're trying to get some sleep on your travel pillow in an airplane. Choosing a window seat will give you additional privacy and peace of mind that no one walking by will bump into you while you're half way into dreamland.


      5.) Try some meditation and/or affirmations to help your brain wind down. And yes we know, trying that while during traveling, is surely not the same as when you're on your meditation pillow in your living room, but there are techniques out there and guided meditation tracks, that really works like magic in calming down your brain so you can fall asleep easier literally anywhere. In addition to getting a kids travel pillow, you can also try meditating with your kids so they are less hyper during a trip. Check out our travel meditation cushion which works great for kids.


      6.) Use a Lumbar Support Pillow to stabilize your lower back and prevent your legs from falling asleep. Most airplane and also train seats specially in economy class, have terrible back support, so taking matters into your own hands and bringing along a small pillow to support your lower back area, can be a live saver. Alternatively you can always just roll up one of those blankets you get for free with airlines, and use that to support your back while trying to sleep in an airplane.



      Ask a Question
      • How heavy is the travel pillow?

        It's about 1.7lbs

      • Why does it not come with a pillowcase that can be washed? I'm assuming one doesn't take out the hulls & puts them back in, to wash the case it's in.


        The bamboo pillowcase is washable and fully removeable. So not sure what you are referring to.

        Your PineTales Team

      • Does the pillow come with a carry bag?

        Yes it does come with a storage bag. The compact size of the pillow makes it also easily fit into your backpack.