Whether you are in transit on a plane or train, traveling with a tent as your abode, or just hate hotel pillows, the Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Ultralight will be your best friend on travel.

First of all, it’s so lightweight, there won’t be a second thought about taking it along on travel in your carry-on bag, suitcase or pack. I mean, really, 2.1 ounces (60g) for the regular size! And small? The inflatable Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Ultralight packs down to a little bundle that isn’t much bigger than an extra large egg.

Sea to Summit Aeros pillow ultralight is compact, light and supremely comfy -- according to our stuffed animal familyNow, here’s the missing link for many travel pillows: It’s actually comfortable. Yup. Think a good night’s sleep. Ah, heaven. Not only does it not have the crinkly or scrunchy noises that many travel pillows do, but it’s also made of a 20 denier polyester material that isn’t slippery-slide-y. If you’re sleeping in a sleeping bag or on a sleeping mat while traveling, for example, you won’t find yourself sliding off all night, with or without pillow. And it doesn’t feel hot either.

The Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Ultralight (regular, $40) inflates to 14.2 inches long, 10.2 inches deep, and 4.7 inches high. Deflated with its quick-deflate multifunctional valve, then stuffed, this welded-seam pillow shrinks to 2-x-2.8 inches (the stuff sack is in the above photo in the lower right, where out little bear is trying to make a nest). The large ($45) is 2.5 ounces and a bit larger but still an ultra-compact travel pillow.

I really like the ergonomic shape, i.e. the front portion at your neck is curved so the pillow kind of cups your head and supports your chin when you are on your side and helps to keep it centered on your shoulders. Quite a help too in the benefit mentioned above of not sliding off.

Me, I despise most hotel pillows – either too puffy or too thin, it seems – and I also like a little extra comfort in a tent outdoors but count ounces. So this pillow is my choice. Although we haven’t tried the latest pillow (just out in February 2016) there is HI Travel Tales Seal of Approval for Travel Product Excellencenow also an Ultralight Pillow on steroids – the Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Deluxe ($60). For that extra air-sprung comfort you’ll give up a little weight (4.6 ounces, or more than double the Premium’s regular size). Inflated, it’s also bigger, meaning it stuffs down to a bigger size too. But, hey, it’s all about your comfort, and if you aren’t counting ounces, then maybe the deluxe version is for you.

The Aeros Pillow Ultralight has won my approval as a superb travel pillow, so now it has also gained the HITT Seal of Approval for Travel Product Excellence.

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Little did her parents know that a short trip to Europe in high school would launch a lifetime love of travel, languages and cultures. Trained as a news journalist, Therese Iknoian spent a decade as a daily newspaper journalist before launching a freelance writing career specializing in outdoor, fitness and training. All the while trotting the globe, her focus finally turned to travel. Fluent in German, Therese runs a translation business (www.ThereseTranslates.com) working primarily with companies in the outdoor/sports/retail industry. Also a French speaker, she loves to learn a bit of the language wherever she goes -- gdje je kupaonica? Мне нужна помощь! -- often embarrassing herself in the quest for cross-cultural communication and the search for great travel discoveries.
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