Airplanes aren't exactly known for offering a good night's sleep, but the right travel pillow can help. Your options aren't limited to the lackluster neck pillows of years past; these days, innovative designs have made travel pillows comfier and more convenient than ever.


There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a travel pillow — namely support, weight, and size. There's definitely a bit of a tradeoff between comfort and portability, so the right pillow for you will depend on how important it is to pack light.


Because travel pillows come in contact with a lot of surfaces of questionable cleanliness, it's also important to be able to clean them easily after trips. That means you'll want to look for pillows that are machine-washable or come with removable covers.


We're rounded up five of the most innovative travel pillows out there to help you get some shut-eye, whether you're lounging in business class or cramped in coach. Shop our picks for pillows and arrive at your destination well-rested and ready to go.