Best Snuggliest Travel Pillows for Jet-Setting Kids (and the adults who love them!)

by | Aug 2, 2023 | Family Adventures, Travel Tips

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While we can’t promise they’ll prevent in-flight tantrums or relentless ‘Are we there yet?’ queries, these children’s travel pillows are your family’s best bet for ensuring peaceful, comfortable slumber for your mini globe-trotters. And let’s face it, in the realm of family travel, a sleeping child is the golden ticket.



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Toddlers and Kids


The Cuddly Cloud: BCOZZY Kids Chin Supporting Travel Pillow

First on our list is the BCOZZY Kids Chin Supporting Travel Pillow. Much like a very fluffy winter scarf, this pillow wraps around a child’s neck to provide full, 360-degree slumbering support. The clever design prevents the dreaded “head bob.” How many mama’s hearts have broken over the “head bob”? Well, never again! Added bonus – the BCOZZY comes in an array of colors and patterns.


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The Time-Traveller: Trunki Yondi Travel Pillow

Next up, we have the Trunki Yondi Travel Pillow. This is a plush, adorable neck pillow, shaped in a slew of adorable critters, that connects under the chin with hidden magnets, creating a cozy little hammock for weary heads. Traveling just became a whole lot cuter!


The Marvelous Multitasker: NIDO NEST Kids Travel Pillow

Half pillow, half cuddle buddy, the NIDO NEST Kids Travel Pillow is soft, snuggly, and comes in a variety of animal shapes, from owls to piggies. The stuffed animals can double as a travel companion or even a puppet to entertain during long layovers. (May this never happen to you.) As a parent, who wouldn’t love a pillow that can pull double duty? 


Best travel pillows for kids


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The Flapjack Flip: Skip Hop Zoo Travel Neck Rest

The Skip Hop Zoo Travel Neck Rest pillow turns into a cute animal when it’s wrapped around your child’s neck. (I’m sensing a theme here.) Choose from a unicorn, monkey, giraffe, and more. Our favorite part about these pillows is that you can get a variety of accompanying travel items, water bottles, and backpacks in the same animal friend theme. When looking through the website, start at the “zoo” tab. 


Best travel pillows for kids

The Soothing Seahorse: Cloudz Kids Plush Animal Neck Pillow

With the Cloudz Kids Plush Animal Neck Pillow, your little one can drift off into dreamland nestled against a soft seahorse. These pillows are filled with super-soft premium beads, which we suspect are made from dreams and marshmallows. What a perfect place to dream of a magical beach vacation!


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Out of the car seat and into a travel pillow, please.


Best Travel Pillows For Tweens and Teens

When the dear little one is no longer interested in wrapping a cute animal around his neck (this will happen sooner than you think), we have compiled a list of slightly cooler travel pillows.


The ‘Trendy Neck Doughnut’: Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow

Up first is the Cabeau Evolution S3. Let’s face it, a travel pillow is basically a trendy neck doughnut, and this one’s got sprinkles on top. With memory foam for days and a patented seat strap system, it’s like a supportive hug around the neck, but without any of the embarrassing, ‘I’m too old for hugs, Mom’ eye-rolls. 


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The ‘Inflatable Incognito’: Huzi Infinity Pillow

For the self-conscious teen who’d rather be caught without Wi-Fi than be seen wearing a travel pillow, we present the Huzi Infinity Pillow. This bad boy is versatile, doubling as a scarf or an eye mask when fully wrapped around the neck. It’s like a Transformer – but instead of robots, it transforms sullen teens into comfortable, well-rested passengers.

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The ‘Portable Pillow Pet’: Trtl Pillow Junior

Remember how much your little ones loved their Trtl Pillow when they were younger? Well, meet its more grown-up and dare I say, discreeter cousin, the Trtl Pillow Junior. With a scientifically proven design, it holds the head in an ergonomic position during sleep. Bonus: the soft fleece wrap could pass for a trendy accessory, saving your tweens the ‘OMG, Mom, it’s so uncool’ argument.


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The ‘Chic Sleep Band’: Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest

Last but not least, we have the Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest. Now, we know what you’re thinking: ‘That’s not a pillow.’ But, in the comfort stakes, this under-the-seat hammock that supports the legs can be a game-changer. We love it, especially for long-haul or red-eye flights. Combine it with one of the above neck doughnuts, and your teen is on a non-stop flight to snooze town.


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Best Travel Pillows For Parents and Grandparents

We wouldn’t forget you, dear parent. After all, you’re the one paying for the trips, so you too should arrive fresh for the adventure! Although we both know a parent on a road trip whose child has finally fallen asleep could also fall asleep quickly and anywhere, it’s important also to be comfortable. So to round out the list, we’re ending with a few designed just for you. 


The ‘Convenient Cradle’: Trtl Pillow Plus

The Trtl Pillow Plus is the Batman of travel pillows – lean, efficient, and unassumingly brilliant. We love it so much, it’s the one we adults use. It’s lighter than a feather (okay, maybe not a feather, but it’s definitely light), compact, and designed to hold your head in a comfortable, ergonomic position. Plus, it’s so subtle, you might just avoid your teen’s, “OMG, you’re so embarrassing!” 


The ‘Space Saver’: AirComfy Inflatable Neck Pillow

Say hello to the AirComfy Inflatable Neck Pillow, your self-inflatable dream come true. (That looks more awkward than it sounded in my head.) It’s compact when deflated, so travelers can keep up with the “pack light” mantra every parent swears by but rarely accomplishes. But when inflated, it offers the comfort and neck support travelers need to drift off to sleep, even if their lullaby is the Moana soundtrack for the 100th time.


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The ‘Double Duty Dream’: Everlasting Comfort Memory Foam Travel Pillow

Last but certainly not least is the Everlasting Comfort Memory Foam Travel Pillow. This U-shaped marvel comes with an eye mask and earplugs, turning any airplane seat into a mini personal sanctuary. A parent can dream, right? Note to reader: I do not advise popping the earplugs or eye mask on when your child is still awake. Your seatmate just might strangle you with your child’s animal pillow. 



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Before we even talk about travel pillows, let’s talk about a third row.


Each of these magical pillows offers a chance to transform your in-transit naps from neck-cramping nightmares to cloud-like dreams. So go ahead, treat yourself to a travel pillow that’s as versatile, reliable, and hard-working as you are. Because let’s face it, when you’re a parent, a moment of comfort can feel like a luxury vacation. Happy travels and even happier naps!





Steffy McCourt married her college sweetheart and is mom to three active and awesome boys, two budgies, one cockatiel, and a mischievous corgi. She is currently an ELA Teacher On Special Assignment in Plymouth, Michigan, and she is a freelance writer for parenting magazines, education websites, meditation apps, and travel magazines. She has an MS in Educational Leadership from Butler University and a BA in English from Indiana University. Find out more at