When Strategist writer Lauren Levy set out to find the best travel pillow she was looking for one that would create minimal bulk in a carry-on bag and allow her to sleep on a long flight to Europe. The verdict? This funny contraption that is essentially a padded scarf. Here’s what she had to say about it: “The Trtl pillow … takes up about the same amount of space as a couple of magazines. Three interconnected bands hidden inside a hypoallergenic fleece exterior hold your head almost completely upright. To keep the Trtl’s small shape, these bands lend support to only one shoulder at a time, so you’ll have to choose which side you prefer nodding off toward, but the whole piece is easily adjustable and customizable with a simple Velcro strap. The tighter the Velcro, the stronger the support. You can even place it beneath your chin to keep your head from drooping.” Since then, we learned that novelist Celeste Ng is a huge fan (“I usually can’t sleep on planes, but with this, I did and do,” she told us), and it’s been a consistent Strategist best seller. And right now, those with Prime memberships can get it for a mere 21 bucks as part of Amazon’s Prime Day deals lead-up.
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