Of all the things I wasted my money on, I had never once or bought a travel pillow. For the longest time, I convinced myself I didn’t need this or earplugs, or a travel backpack.
And the truth is that I didn’t. My flights were always acceptable and I am always ready to use up points to bump into direct flight whenever possible. But there I was, in the airport, delirious after gulping my sleepy night time tea before immigration nursing the burnt tongue of drinking the said tea too fast. I saw an array of travel pillows. 2 for 45 or 2 for 99. Who travels with two travel pillows?
I remembered my 8-hour flight to Singapore, followed by the 4-hour flight to Chennai, followed by the 2-hour flight to Goa, followed by a rehearsal dinner in Goa, followed by cousins’ pajama party, followed by cousin W’s wedding, followed by the same flights back to Melbourne. I remembered being almost dead when I reached the office.
It made me realized, at this age, I need extra support. I mean other than the tea and the Travelmate sleepless jet lag pill. Also, Amanda told me so.
Then, I sent a tweet: should I get a travel pillow? Or this will be one of another one of my travel sins?
I, of course, didn’t get any reply because I’m not Blake Lively. I went to the waiting room, but I was too early, another side effect of being this age. So, I walked back to the bookstore and browsed every single book available there.
Still tempted by the travel pillow, I weighed my options: it might be another stupid thing in my closet or a game-changer. What I should have done is google the review of it but it is seriously past midnight, you guys.
I went ahead and did the test. Squishiness, foldability, a pocket to save the phone, and of course, color. After what felt like a long consideration, I took the pink one to the cashier only to tell them I’m going to change it to black. Felt like it would be more durable for droll and being dumped into the inside of my backpack.
I paid for it together with a magazine called Collective when I saw the first sentence about buying unnecessary things (what a cliche). I hooked my brand new travel pillow into my bag and later took it off to hook it onto my neck immediately once I reached my seat. I immediately regretted not buying the noise cancelation plug as I was seated beside a talkative couple.
Anyway, I just woke up and I’m still wearing this thing on my neck and hotel slippers on my feet and let me tell you it’s a fucking game changer.
I slept so much better and without any neck pain that I usually feel from my head bobbing while sleeping. Life has been upgraded and merely for 99$ for 2 travel pillow.