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 kids travel pillow can make a huge difference! Neck pillows make a trip a lot more enjoyable and they can be a cute travel accessory too.

We’ve separated the products into three ages groups: toddlers, children age 3-10 and tweens & teens (and adults if you like). There is a comparison table at the beginning of this article which lists the best kids travel pillows and the age for which they are suitable. There are smaller tables and reviews for each product in the respective age groups.

If you are looking for a kids car pillow, you came to the right website as well! Take a look at our car pillows for toddlers and older children section.

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THE BEST KIDS TRAVEL PILLOW: TOP CHOICES

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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.

NAMEMATERIAL + FILLINGAGEBUY ONLINE
Trunki Yondi Small

plush fabric
microbeads
18m - 3/4 years
Trunki Yondi Medium

plush fabric
microbeads
3 - 5 years
Little Sleepyhead

cotton cover
polyester fiberfill
designed for toddlers, but no age restriction
Squishmallow

Super soft spandex EF and polyester stuffing, similar to memory foamall ages
Wandering Tot inflatable airplane bed

inflatableall ages
Bcozzy Kids

micro fleece (one side) & micro suede (other side)
siliconized polyester fiber
3 - 8 years
Bcozzy Adult

micro fleece (one side) & micro suede (other side)
siliconized polyester fiber
8+
Nido Nest

stretchy material like a bathing suit
microbead
3 - 10 years
Langria

eyelet fabric
memory foam
10+
Dot & Dot

cotton cover
memory foam
10+
Kikkerland Flip

Spandex cover
microbeads
10+
Cabeau

plush fabric
memory foam
10+
Kmall

cotton 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, others 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.

REVIEWS & COMPARISON

1. The best car pillow for kids

PRODUCTAGEPRICEBUY ONLINE
3+
use only with regular seatbelt/booster seat
$
3+
use only with regular seatbelt/booster seat
$-$$
3+
use only with regular seatbelt/booster seat
$

Before we head onto the products, let’s talk about car seat neck support for toddlers, infants 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 and also this one. In short: it is dangerous to put anything between a child and their car seat! Therefore we will advise against a neck pillow for car use.

A car seat for a newborn is developed in such a way that it won’t require an infant head support for car seat.

A baby will turn their head to the side naturally as this allows them enough space to breathe.

This means you don’t need to buy any items to keep their head looking forward. So scratch that cushion for baby car seat or baby neck pillow.

For toddlers, the same rules apply.

Don’t use any toddler pillows for car seat as putting something between the child and the seat may cause it to become unsafe.

Once your baby is almost a year, they will transfer to a bigger chair which sits much more upright. This will cause their head to drop forward. In it’s possible, pick a car seat which you can tilt from a sitting to a sleeping position, this will prevent the head from dropping as well. Do not use a toddler neck pillow for car seat, a headband strap or a u-shape pillow.

SUMMARY: as long as your child is in a car seat, do NOT use a car seat neck pillow or other item to keep their head or neck in place. They are not compatible with a car seat and may even be deadly in case of an accident.

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

Out of the car seat, you don’t have to worry about safety compatibility (or lack thereof) anymore. Quite a lot of car pillows for kids, teenagers and adults are available. Read more about them below!

Apomelo 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 kids car seat travel pillow 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 this seat belt pillow for kids and they get to choose from a whole variety of cute animals.


Seat pets car seat shoulder strap

If you are looking for seat belt covers for toddlers or older kids Seat Pets is another super cute option.

This 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, these seat belt pillows for kids are available in five super fun designs!


AMZ Rack pillow for car seatbelt

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

The seat belt 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″ (30×10 cm) each. They suit every seatbelt and clip onto them to prevent the cushion of sliding down.

The AMZ Rack covers are a great kid travel pillow for roadtrips! But you can use them as a seat belt pillow for adults as well.

2. The best travel pillow for toddler

PRODUCTWEIGHTTYPEPRICEBUY ONLINE
4 ounces (110gr)microbead filling + magnetic paws$
6 ounces (170gr)
polyester fiber fill + 100% cottonpillow: $ + pillowcase: $
6.4 ounces (180gr)Super soft spandex EF and polyester stuffing, similar to memory foam$
1 pound (450gr)inflatable$$

When it comes to a neck pillow for toddlers 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 travel pillow toddler.

Trunki Yondi

The Trunki Yondi childs travel pillow small or medium is one of the only U-shaped kid neck pillows that is suitable for toddlers.

It’s perfect for snoozes on the go. The neck pillow toddler 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.

These neck pillows for toddlers come 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 travel pillows for toddlers are suitable for children from 18 months and up (small: 18m-4y / medium: 3-5y) and come in 6 funky colors and designs.


Little Sleepyhead toddler pillow

The Little Sleepyhead toddler travel pillows are a perfect travel companion when your toddler doesn’t like to put on a U-shaped neck pillow.

It’s a small rectangular pillow with 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)

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

Squishmallow

These cute little stuffed animals are perfect small pillows for toddlers.

Although they are not necessarily a travel pillow, they can function as one for sure.

The Squishmallow animal neck pillow comes in a lot of different shapes (make sure to check them all!) and in two sizes: 8″ (20cm) and 16″ (40cm). We believe the smaller size is big enough for a toddler to sleep on and easier to drag along on a trip than the larger one.

Bringing animal pillows for kids is like killing two birds with one stone, as your little one gets to play with a soft toy and sleep on it when tired.


Wandering tot inflatable travel footrest

The Wandering Tot travel 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 as a footrest for car seat while driving 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.

Take a look at this movie to see how this inflatable foot rest travel pillow works!

Wandering Tot Feature Film

The Wandering Tot Feature Film! πŸŽ¬πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—Tag a friend or family that would love this! www.wanderingtot.com

Geplaatst door Wandering Tot op Zaterdag 15 september 2018

3. The best neck pillow for kids age 3-10

PRODUCTWEIGHTTYPEPRICEBUY ONLINE
7.4 ounces (200gr)siliconized polyester fiber$$
4.2 ounces (120gr)microbeads$
5 ounces (140gr)microbeads$
1 pound (450gr)inflatable$$

Bcozzy kids

The Bcozzy pillow is the most popular (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.

The airplane pillow for kids prevents the head from falling forward and offers support for your head, neck and chin simultaneously.

The travel pillow child version 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 kids airplane pillow is available in a lot of funky colors and comes in adult size as well.

The Bcozzy children’s neck cushion is one of the very best travel pillows for kids! There is a reason it’s an Amazon bestseller!


Nido Nest

The Nido Nest kids travel pillows are probably the cutest things ever.

Because the pillow is made of microbeads it offers gentle support.

The washable cover makes sure the travel pillow for child can be kept clean because we all know that kids can get messy.

The travel neck pillow for children 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 travel neck pillow kids is suitable for children from age 3 to 10 and is available in 5 super cute designs: the bumblebee, the frog, the ladybug, the owl and the pig.


Trunki Yondi Medium

The Trunki Yondi travel neck pillow for kids is perfect for snoozes on the go.

The Yondi travel pillow connects under the chin with hidden magnets which makes for a very comfortable neck pillow child size.

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 kids travel 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 neck pillow kids 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

The Wandering Tot foot rest airplane pillow kids 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 as a travel pillow for car seat as well. Furthermore, it’s a great toy or table at your destination!

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 pillows kids (and adults) are available in one color and come with an additional eye mask and ear buds for the parents.

Wandering Tot Feature Film

The Wandering Tot Feature Film! πŸŽ¬πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—Tag a friend or family that would love this! www.wanderingtot.com

Geplaatst door Wandering Tot op Zaterdag 15 september 2018

4. The best travel pillow kids for tweens & teens

PRODUCTWEIGHTTYPEPRICEBUY ONLINE
20 ounces (566gr)memory foam$
1 pound (450gr)memory foam$$
7.4 ounces (210gr)siliconized polyester fiber$-$$
5.6-7.8 ounces (160-220gr)microbeads$-$$
11.7 ounces (330gr)memory foam$$
7.2 ounces (200gr)inflatable$

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 are big enough to pick a regular size travel cushion. So, if you’re looking for an adult travel pillow for yourself as well, feel free to pick your favorite one!

Bcozzy Adult

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.


Langria 6-in-1 travel pillow

This 1.27 lbs (566gr) compact memory foam travel pillow offers a wide variety of sleeping positions.

The Langria adult and kids neck pillows for travel not only support your head when sleeping upright, but they double as normal cushions and lower back supports 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 pillow 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.

It is one of the most unique travel pillows for children, teenagers and adults.


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 smaller children, however, a tween or teenager will likely keep it a little cleaner.

This is the perfect neck pillow animal for a tween or teen (or adult!) that loves a cute travel pillow to tag along.

The weight of the travel pillow animal depends on the design 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 adult or older kid neck 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

The Kmall travel pillow for teenagers is an inflatable pillow with 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 adult & children’s neck pillows for travel 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 childrens neck pillow is available in yellow, red, blue, green and grey and it might very well be the best inflatable pillow for travel!

FAQ

How do I choose the perfect travel pillow for kids?

Which travel pillow is the most suitable for your child depends on a number of factors. Your kid’s age being an important one but also a preference for the type (inflatable, memory foam, microbeads) as well as the outer material.
Click here to read our detailed information guide.

Can you use a travel pillow in the car?

The short answer is: no! At least, not when your child is still in a car seat because you can’t have anything between the seat and their neck. There are, however, some alternatives.
Click here to go to our car seat neck support section.

What is the best travel pillow for toddlers?

Many toddlers don’t like the feeling of a neck pillow and will begin to squirm to try to get comfortable. We believe the best options for toddlers are either a small rectangular pillow or an inflatable footrest so they can lie down completely.
Click here to see the different options for toddlers.

What is the best travel neck pillow for kids?

The Bcozzy (child or adult version) is the most popular travel pillow on Amazon and for good reason. It is simple, not overly expensive, available in different colors and you can buy it in 2-packs.
Click here to see our selection of the best neck pillows for kids.

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