Winner of the 2013 British Invention of the Year award, the J-Pillow is billed as the ultimate travel pillow for side sleepers. Unlike traditional u-shaped neck pillows, the J-Pillow is an admittedly goofy-looking plush consisting of three arms that somewhat resemble the letter “j,” designed to support the chin, neck and head simultaneously. Like most travel pillows, it’s malleable and can snap to luggage or a handbag for easy transport. Unlike most travel pillows, it’s also completely machine washable. But is it any better than a traditional, smaller pillow?
If you find yourself in the window seat of an airplane or against the side of the car on a road trip, the J-Pillow does create a sturdy and comfortable support for head, neck and chin. A traditional neck pillow does nothing to cushion the side of your
head from the plane/car wall, while the J-Pillow creates a comfy barrier. In this position, it’s an excellent product that lives up to its hype. I take more than 100 flights a year and, because I’m a window-seat traveler, I will continue to bring my J-Pillow with me on longer journeys.
What Doesn’t Work:
If you’re an aisle-seat traveler (or worse: stuck in a middle seat), the pillow isn’t thick enough to provide any support at all, despite promotional images. Worse, because of its unusual shape, it won’t even stay around your neck unless your shoulders are shrugged up to your ears, which isn’t comfortable or healthy for your neck or back. The J-Pillow only functions well when you are next to a wall that can assist in holding it in place, bolstering the support and cushioning it promises.
If you’re a frequent road-trip passenger, or always sit in a window seat on a plane, the J-Pillow is a great investment for you. Otherwise, you’re better off with a traditional neck pillow.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Planning a road trip often involves time dedicated to researching routes, planning stops and figuring out how to pass the time for endless hours on the highway. Thankfully, technology comes to the rescue with a handful of mobile apps that can help in the road trip planning process.