by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | May 01, 2004

Head quarters:
Aloft on Cloud-Soft pillow

Trying to nap at 30,000 feet can be a downright uncomfortable exercise in frustration. To avoid the stiff neck, cramped shoulder muscles and cranky demeanor that come from trying to snatch 40 winks in a too-tight space, bring along one of these nifty travel pillows.
    Buckwheat U Neck Pillow (www.falloon.com; $16.05). Stuffed with 100-percent allergen-free buckwheat hulls in a polyester shell, the Buckwheat U Neck is comfortable and provides good head support.
    Cloud-Soft Inflatable Pillow (www.magellans.com; $9.85). A blend of soft polyester-cotton covers the three-ounce Cloud-Soft. The washable shell zips off, and the pillow can be stowed in a pocket or a purse.
    Headache-Relieving Cold-Therapy Neck Pillow (www.hammacher.com; $39.95). Designed by a headache specialist, this cushion has a slim, nontoxic and biodegradable gel pack that slips inside to provide cold therapy, a proven remedy against pain.
    Eagle Creek Comfort Neck Pillow (www.ebags.com; $17). With its soft micro-fleece shell, Eagle Creek’s 15-inch inflatable neck pillow comes with a lifetime warranty.
    Duck Down Travel Pillow (www.brookstone.com; $40). Made of luxurious, all-natural duck down in a 100-percent cotton cover, the pillow can be stored in an accompanying nylon storage bag.
    Comfort Neck Pillow (www.travelsmith.com; $25). The inflatable Comfort Neck, designed by an enterprising spine surgeon, features a velcro closure to secure it around the neck and prevent the sleepy head from falling forward.