Smooth journey: 10 best travel pillows

Train, plane, car or bus. However you’re travelling this year, you will always need somewhere comfy to rest your head

Travelling can leave you achy, not least with neck pain caused by dozing off at an awkward angle. That’s where a pillow can help.

Be it inflatable, filled with tension-easing beads , polystyrene or clever memory foam, a strategically-placed cushion can make a big difference to your comfort on a journey. We’ve tried and tested a range, starting with Matalan’s bargain u-shaped one, up to Plum and Ivory’s luxe cashmere version.

Click on the gallery to see the IndyBest buys

Verdict:

If you’re after a practical cushion for neck support on long journeys, M&S’s Luxury Neck Pillow is a good place to start; filled with polystyrene but firmer than others we tried, it’s the right mix of comfy and supportive. We also particularly like the fact you can wash the cover. Campers will like Snugpak’s lightweight, squashable pillow that will squeeze into a rucksack.  And if you’re buying for kids, the Mr Men range from John Lewis works for the car, plane, train and their bedroom.

Buy now

1. J Pillow and Sleep Mask Comfort Set, £14

2. Cath Kidston Travel Pillow, £18

3. Matalan Travel Pillow, £5

4. Plum and Ivory Cashmere Travel Neck Cushion, £80

5. Mr Men Mr Strong Reversible Cushion and Travel Pillow, £15

6. Katapillo, £12.99

7. M&S Luxury Neck Pillow, £12

8. Snugpak Butterfly Neck Pillow, £13.99

9. Motionperformance Essentials Comfort Memory Foam Neck Support, £9.99

10. Go Travel Pillow Duo, £12.99

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