best kids travel pillow

Few things tend to be as uncomfortable as having to sleep upright on a plane or a bus. Children are more flexible than adults, but giving them the best travel pillow for kids can make a huge difference! Neck pillows make a trip a lot more enjoyable and they can be a cute travel accessory too.

They function perfectly as a kids car pillow as well! So, after a trip to their grandparents or a tiring day, you don’t need to worry if their neck will ache when they fall asleep.

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THE SHORTLIST

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THE BEST TRAVEL PILLOW FOR KIDS: COMPARISON CHART

If you are in a hurry, you can take a look at this comparison chart to determine which is the best children’s travel pillow for your family.

Otherwise, scroll down some more and you’ll get general information and a more detailed description of every travel cushion in this list.

NAMEPICTUREMATERIAL + FILLINGAGE
Trunki Yondi Smallplush fabric
microbeads
18m - 3/4 years
Trunki Yondi Mediumplush fabric
microbeads
3 - 5 years
Little Sleepyhead pillowcotton cover
polyester fiberfill
designed for toddlers, but no age restriction
Wandering Tot inflatable footrestinflatableall ages
Bcozzy childmicro fleece (one side) & micro suede (other side)
siliconized polyester fiber
3 - 8 years
Bcozzy adultmicro fleece (one side) & micro suede (other side)
siliconized polyester fiber
8+
Nido Neststretchy material like a bathing suit
microbead
3 - 10 years
Langria eyelet fabric
memory foam
10+
Dot & Dotcotton cover
memory foam
10+
Kikkerland Zip and FlipSpandex cover
microbeads
10+
Cabeau Evolution Pillowplush fabric
memory foam
10+
Kmallcotton cover
inflatable
10+

TIP: if you are wondering what other things to pack for a flight with your child, take a look here!

INFORMATION GUIDE

How to find the best travel pillow for your child?

The size

Don’t forget that children have smaller heads and necks. Make sure that you choose a pillow that fits your little one correctly to prevent the head from falling forward and thus your child being uncomfortable.

This is especially important when you use the pillow as a car seat pillow for toddlers or bigger kids.

The material

While some kids love a snuggly animal pillow with hair, other might get irritated by it. The same works for harder plastic cushions that your baby might not find comfortable.

More of the same with a fleece cover that will feel wonderful when traveling on a plane or in colder circumstances, however, it will feel sticky and scratchy when it’s hot.

Choose your pillow with the type of journey and the weather conditions in mind.

Also, when it comes to children, you’ll want a travel headrest that is machine washable!

The shape

In general, when talking about travel pillows, people mean a U-shaped cushion that you can put around your neck for support when you have to sit upright for a long time (on planes, buses or in the car)

However, there are other options. Your child might prefer a rectangular pillow, there is this travel neck cushion that you can fold into any shape to suit your needs best or you may as well let your kid sleep with an inflatable footrest in the plane.

The filling

The 3 main types of filling are:

  • microbead: a microbead travel pillow is filled with small polystyrene beads, which makes it lightweight. You can change the shape of the cushion easily but it is usually not that portable and doesn’t provide a lot of comfort.
  • inflatable: an inflatable travel pillow is meant to be blown up by mouth into the firmness of your liking. They are lightweight and very tiny to pack into your luggage. On the downside, one small leak and your pillow will deflate.
  • memory foam: a memory foam travel pillow shapes itself into your neck. It offers the most support but is, in general, the least lightweight. They can be decompressed for transport, which is convenient when you have limited storage space.

Let’s talk about car seat neck support for toddlers and bigger kids

We’ve all seen it, right? When your kiddo falls asleep in the car, their head falls to the side or to the front and it looks so very uncomfortable.

When they are still in a 5-point harness, we’re only talking about their neck, but when they get bigger and move onto a booster, things become even more straining and dangerous (when in an accident)!

However, if you’re looking for a toddler car seat head support pillow, we recommend you read this article. It is dangerous to put anything between a child and their car seat. Therefore we will not advise on any car seat neck support for toddlers.

Once a child is big enough to use a booster seat, a regular seat belt might hurt their neck. Therefore, a seat belt protector is a great acquisition! They usually come as a large stuffed animal as well, so that’s a win-win.

NAMEPICTUREAGEPRICE
Priellekorea car seat belt cover3+
use only with regular seatbelt/booster seat
$
Seat Pets3+
use only with regular seatbelt/booster seat
$$
Optimum Paks3+
use only with regular seatbelt/booster seat
$

Priellekorea car seat strap belt cushion cover

How cute is this fluffy green dragon? It functions both as a giant teddy bear and as a car pillow for toddlers and bigger kids.

The dinosaur covers the seatbelt, which prevents your child from becoming uncomfortable. The velcro closure makes it very easy to pop it into the right position.

Travelwise it might not be the best companion as it is HUGE (9″x19.7″ (23x50cm)), but children love it and they get to choose from a whole variety of cute animals.

Seat pets car seat shoulder strap

Another super cute children’s neck pillow for the car to make car rides more fun and a lot more comfortable when your little one falls asleep.

You can attach this animal travel pillow to any regular seatbelt, but NOT onto a car seat or infant car carrier. This means your child can only start using it when they transfer to a booster seat.

The SeatPets seatbelt strap covers come with a lot of storage space and extra pockets for toys and other personal belongings. Furthermore, it is available in five super fun designs!

Optimum paks car seatbelt pillow

When your child isn’t into cuddly teddy bears (anymore), these sober seatbelt pillows with clips will provide the same comfort.

The pillows are made of a soft plush on the outside, while the inside is filled with non=deforming PP cotton. The cover is also washable.

Each package includes 2 pillows that measure 11.8″x4.7″ (30×12 cm) each. They suit every seatbelt and clip onto them to prevent the cushion of sliding down.

THE BEST TRAVEL PILLOW FOR TODDLERS

When it comes to a toddler travel pillow think really hard about what your little one might benefit from. It’s no use tagging something along that you won’t use.

Our daughter, for example, wouldn’t dream of keeping a neck pillow on. She’d rather use her mommies as her personal pillow.

A lot of toddlers might prefer a small square pillow over a U-shaped one. Opt for the same type of neck support as at home: a soft travel pillow if they use a soft one in their bed, or a firmer toddler airplane pillow if they are used to that.

If you aren’t too keen on a toddler napping on your lap, a travel leg rest is a great travel accessory! We believe that in most cases this will bring better use than a toddler neck pillow.

NAMEPICTUREWEIGHTTYPEPRICE
Trunki Yondi4 ounces (110gr)microbead filling + magnetic paws$
Little Sleepyhead pillow6 ounces (170gr)
polyester fiber fill + 100% cottonpillow: $ + pillowcase: $
Wandering Tot inflatable footrest1 pound (450gr)inflatable$$

Trunki Yondi

The Trunki Yondi kids travel pillow is one of the only U-shaped neck pillows that is suitable for toddlers.

It’s perfect for snoozes on the go. It connects under the chin with hidden magnets which makes for a very comfortable pillow.

The filling of microbeads and the plush fabric add to the comfort level. A double fabric liner makes sure that even in case of rupture, the microbeads stay safely inside.

The neck pillow comes with the Trunki Grip to which you can attach your child’s favorite blanket. Oh, and with 0.18 lbs (80gr) it’s super lightweight!

The Trunki Yondi pillow is suitable for children from 18 months and up (small: 18m-4y / medium: 3-5y) and comes in 6 funky colors and designs.

Little Sleepyhead toddler pillow

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A little sleepy head pillow is a perfect travel companion when your toddler doesn’t like to put on a U-shaped neck pillow.

It has the perfect size and softness for a toddler and can be used at your destination as well as on your way there.

This toddler travel neck pillow is 100% hypoallergenic and is machine washable. It measures 13 x 18 inches (33×45 cm)

MIND: you have to buy the pillowcase separately, but they come in a couple of nice designs!

Wandering tot inflatable travel footrest

This is a Prime Day Deal!

The Wandering Tot foot rest pillow was created by a traveling family and therefore alone deserves a place in this list.

Sleeping upright in a plane will be very hard for toddlers and you’ll most likely end up with a sticky body onto yours. To ensure that you can get some sleep as well, this travel hack lets your kids sleep with their legs up.

Such an inflatable leg rest for flights is completely safe and you tuck it into the usually rather cramped space between the chairs. Your child now has a bed! But you can use it in your car as well. Furthermore, it’s a great toy or table at your destination as well!

It is very lightweight (under 1 lbs/450g when inflated) and it comes with a small storage bag to carry it around when you’re not using it.

The portable footrest can be adjusted into 3 heights and you can inflate it in 1 to 2 minutes with your mouth. Thanks to the 2 larges valves it inflates quick and easy, so you won’t look like a tomato after doing so. Deflation happens in about 30 seconds.

The Wandering Tot travel foot pillow is available in one color and comes with an additional eye mask and earbuds for the parents.

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THE BEST NECK PILLOW FOR KIDS AGE 3 – 10

NAMEPICTUREWEIGHTTYPEPRICE
Bcozzy7.4 ounces (200gr)siliconized polyester fiber$$
Nido Nest4.2 ounces (120gr)microbeads$
Trunki Yondi5 ounces (140gr)microbeads$
Wandering Tot inflatable footrest1 pound (450gr)inflatable$$

Bcozzy

The Bcozzy pillow is a kids travel neck pillow that you can wrap around your neck. You can twist it into several positions and control how tight you want it around your neck. It prevents the head from falling forward and offers support for your head, neck and chin simultaneously. The travel pillow only weighs 7.4 ounces (200gr) and comes with a snap strap for easy storage to your luggage. Furthermore, it is fully machine washable and can be compressed.

The Bcozzy is available in a lot of funky colors and comes in both adult and child sizes.

The Bcozzy pillow is the most popular and indeed one of the very best travel pillows for kids!

Nido Nest

The Nido Nest kids travel pillows are probably the cutest thing ever. Because the pillow is made of microbeads it offers gentle support. The washable cover makes sure the neck pillow can be kept clean because we all know that kids can get messy. The children’s travel pillow comes with a snap, which can be used to tie this little friend to a backpack or suitcase. With a weight of 4.2 ounces (120gr), there really is no reason not to bring it on your trip.

The Nido Nest neck pillow is suitable for children from age 3 to 10 and is available in 4 super cute designs: the bumblebee, the frog, the ladybug, the owl and the pig.

Trunki Yondi

The Trunki Yondi kids travel pillow is perfect for snoozes on the go. It connects under the chin with hidden magnets which makes for a very comfortable pillow. The filling of microbeads and the plush fabric add to the comfort level. A double fabric liner makes sure that even in case of rupture, the microbeads stay safely inside. The neck pillow comes with the Trunki Grip to which you can attach your child’s favorite blanket. Oh, and with 0.18 lbs (80gr) it’s super lightweight!

The Trunki Yondi pillow is suitable for children from 18 months and up (small: 18m-4y / medium: 3-5y). The medium version is available in 2 cute designs.

Wandering tot inflatable travel footrest

This is a Prime Day Deal!

The Wandering Tot foot rest pillow was created by a traveling family end therefore alone deserves a place in this list.

Sleeping upright in a plane will be very hard for smaller children and you might end up with a sticky body onto yours. To ensure that you can get some sleep as well, this travel hack lets your kids sleep with their legs up.

Such an inflatable leg rest for flights is completely safe and you tuck it into the usually rather cramped space between the chairs. Your child now has a bed! But you can use it in your car as well. Furthermore, it’s a great toy or table at your destination as well!

It is very lightweight (under 1 lbs/450g when inflated) and it comes with a small storage bag to carry it around when you’re not using it.

The portable footrest can be adjusted into 3 heights and you can inflate it in 1 to 2 minutes with your mouth. Thanks to the 2 larges valves it inflates quick and easy, so you won’t look like a tomato after doing so. Deflation happens in about 30 seconds.

The Wandering Tot travel foot pillow is available in one color and comes with an additional eye mask and ear buds for the parents.

Wandering Tot Feature Film

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Posted by Wandering Tot on Saturday, September 15, 2018

THE BEST TRAVEL PILLOW KIDS FOR TWEENS & TEENS

Whether your tween or teen will be traveling by themselves or accompanying you on your family holiday, the getting there and away is usually not all too comfortable. By car, plane or public transport, chances are that they will be sitting upright for a rather long time.

Most children’s travel pillows focus on the age group of 3 to 10, which means tweens and teenagers can pick a regular size travel cushion.

NAMEPICTUREWEIGHTTYPEPRICE
Langria 20 ounces (566gr)memory foam$
Dot & Dot1 pound (450gr)memory foam$$
Bcozzy7.4 ounces (210gr)siliconized polyester fiber$-$$
Kikkerland Zip and Flip5.6-7.8 ounces (160-220gr)microbeads$-$$
Cabeau Evolution Pillow11.7 ounces (330gr)memory foam$$
Kmall7.2 ounces (200gr)inflatable$

Langria 6-in-1 travel pillow

The Langria travel pillow is Travel Gear for Kids’ top pick! This 1.27 lbs (566gr) compact memory foam travel pillow offers a wide variety of sleeping positions. It not only supports your head when sleeping upright, but it doubles as a normal cushion and lower back support as well. The nylon strap allows you to adjust the pillow to suit your neck and needs. The bonuses make this pillow extra great for teenagers: a detachable hood to block out the light and an elastic side pocket for your smartphone. The cover is machine washable.

The Langria 6-in-1 travel pillow for teenagers is only available in blue.

Dot & Dot travel pillow

The Dot&Dot is a small travel pillow that – unlike most neck pillows that are U-shaped – is twistable into almost any shape. The memory foam provides personalized support in any position you’d like to rest or sleep in.

This neck rest for travel is machine washable and comes with a snap closure so you can secure it to your suitcase. This way you can also close it around your neck or around the car headrest.

Bcozzy

The Bcozzy pillow is a travel pillow that you can wrap around your neck. You can twist it into several positions and control how tight you want it around your neck. It prevents the head from falling forward and offers support for your head, neck and chin simultaneously. The travel pillow only weighs 7.4 ounces (200gr) and comes with a snap strap for easy storage to your luggage. Furthermore, it is fully machine washable and can be compressed.

The Bcozzy is available in a lot of funky colors and comes in both adult and child sizes.

Kikkerland zip and flip

The Kikkerland Zip and Flip travel pillow for children has a microbead filling and spandex cover. Unlike any of the above neck pillows, it is actually a stuffed animal that transforms into a U-shaped pillow.

Unfortunately it is not machine washable, which makes it not the best choice for children, however, a tween or teenager will likely keep it a little cleaner. This is the perfect pillow for a tween or teen (or adult!) that loves an adorable animal shaped cushion to tag along.

The weight depends on the type of animal but ranges between 5.6 and 7.8 ounces (160-220gr).

Cabeau evolution memory pillow

The Cabeau travel pillow is made of memory foam which offers a 360 – degree support. Because of its comfort, the pillow makes for a great travel companion. The soft velour cover is removable and washable and thus easy to keep clean. Traveling is convenient with only 11.7 ounces (330gr) and the possibility to store it in the small storage bag at only 1/4th of the size.

The Cabeau Evolution memory foam neck pillow is available in a bunch of different colors.

Kmall inflatable pillow

This travel pillow for teenagers is an inflatable pillow with a push button inflation. This way it can be easily and quickly inflated and deflated and it prevents bacteria from spreading because you don’t have to mouth blow it. A lot of travel pillows tend to get hot, but the Kmall has a cooling and ultra soft cover which can be cleaned in a washing machine. It comes with a built-in pocket for your eye-mask or smartphone or other valuables that doubles as the (tiny, square – shaped) carry case when you’re not using your pillow. As it only weighs 7.2 ounces (200gr), there really is no reason not to bring it on your trip.

The Kmall travel pillow is available in yellow, red, blue, green and grey.

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