Unique Travel Pillows That Offer Amazing Neck Support (Spoiler: None of Them Are U-Shaped)

Avoid a stiff neck—and that awkward moment when your head falls on a stranger's shoulder—by packing one of these travel pillows for your next getaway.

Figure-eight-shaped travel pillow in tan photo

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Huzi Infinity Pillow

The unique figure-eight shape of this travel pillow allows you to wrap it however you'd like to sleep better than ever. Use it as a neck or window pillow during long flights or road trips (or use it for a little extra back support).

To buy: $40; amazon.com

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Bone-shaped inflatable travel pillow with the bag it comes in next to it in black photo

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AirComfy Inflatable Travel Pillow

What's great about an inflatable pillow is that you decide how soft or firm you want it to be. All you need to do is inflate to your comfort level, secure it to your headrest with the elastic band, and drift into dreamland. The shape is ideal for neck or lumbar support, and it compresses for easy packing.

To buy: $19; walmart.com

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Trtl travel pillow in coral with dark gray label photo

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Trtl Travel Pillow

Pronounced "turtle," the Trtl pillow may look like a fleece scarf, but it could be (and should be) your next travel essential. The secret lies in the insert that molds to your body to keep your neck in an ergonomic position when you sleep. It's half the size of a u-shaped travel pillow, and is easy to pack (and even easier to clean)—just toss it in the wash before your next adventure!

To buy: $30; ebags.com

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Wrap-a-round travel pillow in light gray with the left side higher than the right photo

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Ultimate Travel Neck Pillow

The Ultimate Travel Pillow is lightweight yet provides quality support by wrapping all the way around to fully support your neck and chin. One side is higher than the other so you can choose which position is more comfortable for napping. Bonus: It rolls up into a compact ball for convenient packing.

To buy: $60; uncommongoods.com

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Peanut-shaped travel pillow in navy photo

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Tempur-Pedic All-Purpose Pillow

The peanut shape of this pillow is surprisingly versatile (and comfy). While it makes a neck roll during travel, you can also use it as a lumbar cushion when you're sitting at your desk or even a knee pillow if you're a side-sleeper. This pillow includes a removable, machine-washable cover with a convenient carrying strap.

To buy: $50; bedbathandbeyond.com

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Woman sitting in a seat with a long travel pillow that goes across her body and cradles her head at the shoulder photo

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Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow

It may not be the most discreet travel pillow, but this unique find has thousands of rave reviews on Amazon. It inflates easily, prevents your head from falling forward when you're sleeping, and deflates quickly to store in your carry-on. You can position it across the torso or down the side—making this another ideal pillow for side-sleepers.

To buy: $26; amazon.com

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Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for comfortable sleep while traveling, which is why a customizable pillow is a smart idea (especially if it's a great price like this one). The twistable memory foam can be adjusted to offer support for your head, back, or wherever you need it most. Snap closures keep it in place if you choose to wrap it around your neck, and they're useful for securing to your luggage.

To buy: $24; amazon.com

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