Travel Pillow Shape
Usually Travel Pillows have a big variety of shapes. It is very important to consider about the travel pillow shape in order to prevent neck strain and support both neck and back during sleeping. The most common types of shapes for travel pillows are as follows:
- U-shaped pillows: The most common and popular are U-shaped travel pillows that go around the neck and cradle it. They are very good for supporting proper posture while in the upright sitting position.
- J pillows: The J-shaped pillow was designed by an airline flight attendant and was named British Invention of the Year in 2012. The tail of the “J” on the pillow cradles the neck much like a U pillow. However, the pillow also provides chin support and cushioning for the side and back of the head. The all-around support from this travel pillow means that travelers’ heads won’t fall to the side or forward.
- Wedge-shaped pillows: Wedge travel pillows are designed to support the back and spine. However, they are not support the neck at all which could result in neck strain.
- Cylinder-shaped pillows: The cylinder shape of these travel pillows means that they can be used to support the neck or back. They can also be used in various positions, such as sitting or lying down.
- Collar travel pillows : Collar travel pillows go around the entire neck. There is usually a strap to fasten the sides of the collar together. They are good for providing neck support in situations where the traveler is sitting upright and not leaning to the side, such as in the middle seat of an airplane.
- Cushions: Some travel pillows come in the rectangular shape of traditional pillows. These are not as good at providing neck or back support but they are multi-functional.
- Travelrest pillows: The unique shape of Travelrest travel pillows is patented. It resembles an elongated comma. The curved end of the pillow goes over the back of any seat and the rest of the pillow goes over the traveler’s chest. This allows travelers to rest their heads and necks against the pillow.
- SkyRest pillows: SkyRest pillows also have a unique, specific shape. The inflatable pillows blow up into a large, cratelike pillow with a slanting top. During flights, the pillow sits on travelers’ laps and they can rest their heads on it. While many people do find this comfortable, it can cause some back strain. In other situations, travelers can lean back against the SkyRest pillow.