I’ve made the six hour flight from the US Mainland to Hawaii many times, and I usually try to sleep through as much of it as possible. I have never slept so well on an airplane as this time, or been so comfortable on a layover. By empirical evidence, I have created the world’s best travel pillow.
All it took was a stroke of inspiration and some children’s “water wings”. I took the inflatable pool toys to Rachel’s craft-hacking group, and created some sheaths for them in under 30 minutes with a scrapped t-shirt and Rachel’s primo sewing machine. Then, to my long flight home, for testing.
I am massively pleased with the results. It’s amazing how much more wonderful life when you wake up feeling actually rested! Also, they’re super-light and they pack up tiny.
One unexpected added benefit was discovering that these keep my hands were really warm — much nicer than finding various limbs asleep, or joints crimped into awkwardness and discomfort — which is how I think of all prior airplane and travel sleep.
I am absolutely packing these first on all future travels.