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Next-Gen Travel Pillows Review: Trtl Pillow, JetComfy, and NapAnywhere

Next-Gen Travel Pillows Review

U-shaped travel pillows have been the industry standard for decades, but that doesn’t mean they work for everyone. Inspired by sleepless flights, companies around the world are coming up with new and inventive ways to facilitate comfortable sleep in uncomfortable travel situations.

Check out our test run of three pillows that are taking a unique approach to sleep on the go:

Trtl Pillow: This lightweight and easy to pack scarf has a plastic support that supports your head in a side or front sleep sitting position. ($30) Shop>

JetComfy: This ultra-padded pillow comes with its own monopod that can be attached to an armrest and adjusted to different heights and angles. ($35) Shop>

NapAnywhere: This bendable disk creates one nook for your head and one for your shoulder, and is then stabilized with a Velcro strap that’s worn like a seatbelt. ($59) Shop>

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current products, pricing, and availability.

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: The Trtl Pillow. It's easy to pack and comfortable, and makes it so I can actually sleep on flights.

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: Seeing the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of somewhere warm, like a glass igloo or hot spring.

Travel Motto: Curiosity is an amazing compass.

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: Aisle all the way.

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