I am not the biggest fan of travel accessories. In fact, for me, the less things you carry with you on the go, the better. Sometimes, I wonder why people spend money on fancy travel versions of things they already own anyway. Well, don’t even get me started on my ultra-silly experience with the Travel Towel 3 years ago… (yes, we have come a long way ever since!)
When Trtl got in touch with me to try their new Trtl Pillow (pronounced as turtle), I got quite curious. After spending many hours of my life roaming around airport duty free stores and checking out all sorts of travel gear, I had never seen anything like this pillow.
You have probably seen those travel pillows that many people use to attempt to be more comfortable during flights. Have you tried them? Personally, I rather sleep without them. They are either too puffy (the non inflatable ones), or too weak (the ones you’re supposed to fill up right before using) or simply self-destroy after a couple of uses only. I don’t think they offer the greatest level of comfort, but I guess people use them anyway in a desperate attempt to make their journey a little less painful.
Trtl understands that sleeping with your upper body in a vertical position is not the most fun you are likely to have on a flight. But their pillow makes it indeed a little easier to catch some sleep up in the air. Without offering something too bulky… or simply ridiculous looking.
I must admit this item doesn’t look like much, but when you understand that, below the soft fabric, there is a strong structure meant to support your neck in a comfortable healthy position, then it all starts making sense.
To ensure you extract the most support and comfort from your Trtl Pillow experience, I suggest you take some time to adjust it and see what feels good to you. Depending on how tight or loose you wrap it around your neck, or what side you choose to lean your head towards, you’ll notice things feel different. Explore, just like you’d turn in bed a couple of times before you find a good position to fall asleep in.
I tried out the Trtl Pillow on a long flight between the USA and Europe. It gave me good support that allowed for some sleep. The only thing is that I couldn’t sleep with my head in the same position during the entire time, so I has to wake up to switch the support to the opposite side every now and then. This plane didn’t have head support on the sides of the seat like many now-a-days do. I can picture that the combination of those head rests and this accessory would work really well, for the sake of changing position every so often.
The Trtl Pillow won’t make you feel like you are in 1st Class. But it will definitely make your journey more relaxed. It doesn’t cost a bomb (£19,9, shipping worldwide) and it looks like it’ll last, as the materials are good. It doesn’t take much space at all and you can machine wash it. I think, for once, I actually get to own a good travel accessory!
Do you want to win a Trtl Pillow?
Let us know about the next trip you are planning – long journey or weekend get-away, it doesn’t matter! Don’t forget to mention why you think the Trtl Pillow could make your journey there more enjoyable. We will gift a Trtl Pillow to the person we think needs / deserves it the most (hint: be creative with your comment!)
Enter the giveaway until the 26th of June… but feel free to leave us a comment anytime, anyway!