Whether you fly during the day or take advantage of an overnight flight, there’s no denying that it’s a long journey from North America to London. The shortest flights – from New York City – clock in at 6 hours, 40 minutes, while the longest – nonstop L.A. to London – take 11 hours, 10 minutes. No matter how you slice it, that’s a long time to be stuck in a tiny seat, uncomfortably nodding off and trying not to touch your neighbor.
While some rare unicorns of people can just tip their head back and pass out for the entire flight, the rest of us need a little help. That’s where travel pillows come in; bringing a travel pillow for your flight to London is a wise idea as long as you get one that actually helps you sleep and fits in your luggage.
In this post, I’ll share some of the best travel pillows for international flights like when you’re headed to London – or sadly back home at the end of your itinerary. Read on to discover the best travel pillows for different types of sleepers and choose the one that’s right for you for your London trip and all future travels to come.
BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow
- Best for: Nodding off… Literally
- Price: ~$33
One of the troubles of sleeping on a plane is that our head leans forward due to the seat’s design. BCOZZY tackles this issue with their Chin Supporting Travel Pillow.
At a glance, the BCOZZY doesn’t seem special but believe me, this is one of the best travel pillows in the market, especially if you’re traveling in a middle seat. The outside is 100% polyester knit, while the interior features 100% polyester fibers, which gives the pillow a firmer and supportive feel. The pillow has a flat back, which ensures it doesn’t push your head forward when sleeping.
As the name suggests, the BCOZZY provides nice chin support thanks to its U-shaped design. However, depending on how you wrap it around your neck, you’ll provide comfort and support to different parts of your head.
TRAVELREST Nest Memory Foam Travel Pillow
- Best for: Proper neck support
- Price: ~$40
Next up is the TRAVELREST Nest Memory Foam Travel Pillow. Its best feature by far is the dense memory foam. It is firm and plush simultaneously, offering perfect support without giving in. The pillow features a U-shaped design with angled sides and back that lies flat against the seat. The outside features a fantastic velour cover fabric that feels smooth to touch.
You’ll be happy to know the lovely fabric is removable and machine-washable. The only drawback is that the TRAVELREST isn’t adjustable. So, if it fits your neck, you’re going to love it, whereas if it doesn’t, you won’t get to experience most of its benefits.
Sunany Inflatable Neck Pillow
- Best for: Sleeping in many positions
- Price: ~$18
If you’re on the lookout for a different style of travel pillows, I think the Sunany Inflatable Neck Pillow is a good place to start. While the pictures of the Sunany might be misleading, this inflatable neck pillow is the size of a pair of socks when deflated, making it one of the best travel pillows to save some space in your luggage.
The design features a soft velour type material and three holes, one on the top and two on the pillow’s sides. As you can imagine, the Sunny is super versatile. The lateral holes allow you to put your arms through, and its cubic shape lets you place it on the airplane tray or against the window. It’s easy to inflate, not taking more than five or six breaths.
Trtl Travel Pillow
- Best for: Neck support in any direction
- Price: ~$60
The Trtl Travel Pillow tops many lists. This travel pillow for international flight is unlike any other on the market. Your first reaction will be, “this is not a travel pillow,” given the Trtl features a scarf-like design. So “travel collar” could work better as a name for it. The manufacturer has placed an internal plastic support system inside the pillow, which keeps your head, neck, and spine in a healthy posture throughout the flight. Because of its hard yet flexible plastic system, this pillow doesn’t give in after many hours of supporting your head. It comes with two adjustable toggles that adjust the pillow’s height and length for different necks.
Calpak Silk Travel Pillow
- Best for: Fashionable travelers (aka not me 😂)
- Price: ~$95
We love Calpak in our house; their luggage is beautiful and a great Away luggage alternative. Their Silk Travel Pillow is more stylish than others on this list. It has a standard C-shaped design, although its premium hypoallergenic silk cover – perfect for sensitive skins – gives it a sleeker appearance. Luckily, the pillow cover is removable and washable.
The interior has a memory foam made of polyester, ensuring the pillow adapts to most necks. You’ll also notice the pillow tapers at the front and features magnets to join both ends. The Calpak Silk Travel Pillow comes with an equally stylish sleeping mask featuring two padded pouches that block any exterior light.
Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow
- Best for: Those who miss free pillows on the plane
- Price: $40-$60
The Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow is a favorite among backpackers and campers, but its features make it a suitable pillow for your flight to London. It is lightweight, compact, and comfortable. It comes in three different sizes: large, deluxe, and regular.
All three models are extremely compact and lightweight; the large is 2.5 ounces, the deluxe is 4.6 ounces, and the regular is 2.1 ounces. The interior has curved stability baffles supporting your head, and a scalloped bottom-edge nestles into your shoulders. The top features a nice-feeling microfiber fabric, and the bottom is smooth. It also has a multifunction mini-valve that inflates the pillow in a couple of breaths and deflates it easily.
Huzi Infinity Pillow
- Best for: Neck support in every direction
- Price: ~$40
As the name suggests, the Huzi Infinity Pillow provides infinite comfort, whether you’re traveling on a car, bus, or plane – so it’s perfect for your flight to London.
The Huzi Infinity Pillow features a scarf-like design. Its exterior has a super soft and breathable bamboo fabric that’s also hypoallergenic, while the interior is 100% polyester.
Most of the Infinity pillow benefits stem from its versatile design. You can twist it and wrap it into numerous shapes. You can make it into a ball and use it against the plane window or wrap it around your neck and use it as a regular C-shaped pillow. The main drawback is that it’s pretty challenging to pack into a bag or suitcase since it’s not easy to compress – you may just have to wear it on flight days.
TRAVELREST Ultimate Travel Pillow
- Best for: Those who secretly have body pillows at home
- Price: ~$30
According to frequent long-haul travelers, the TRAVELREST Ultimate Travel Pillow is by far one of the best travel pillows in the market. It features an inflatable design and provides full lateral support for the upper body.
The company states that the pillow’s lateral design promotes proper head, neck, and cervical alignment and keeps the head from falling forward. It’s easy to inflate and deflate, posing no major problems when you’re on a plane. It’s super packable, and you can neatly roll it to minimize its packing space.
A cool feature is that it comes with a strap you can attach to your seatbelt to stabilize the pillow and prevent it from sliding off.
J-Pillow Chin Supporting Travel Pillow
- Best for: Chin support on the traditional travel pillow
- Price: ~$40
The J-Pillow Chin Supporting Travel Pillow is an excellent pillow for side sleepers. It features an innovative 3-way support system, with one part of the pillow curling under your chin to stop your head from snapping forward when you sleep.
The exterior has a soft plush fabric, and the interior features supportive 3D fiber; it’s machine washable and dryable. Some people use it in their own houses while watching TV or when traveling to replace an uncomfortable hotel pillow. The only con I find is that the pillow is big and bulky, taking a decent amount of space in your suitcase or carry-on.
As you can see, there’s a travel pillow for everyone headed to London, no matter how you sleep. Hopefully you found at least one that you want to try from this list. Have any questions about these travel pillows for your London flight? Let me know in the comments!