Seemingly every day, we hear about the new “must-have travel accessory.” Sometimes they’re brilliant—Power solutions! Noise cancelling earbuds!—and some just miss the mark. Then somewhere in the middle are items we debate about furiously—like this Sleeper Scarf. Designed by a self-proclaimed frequent flier, the loop-style scarf (which comes in any of four colors) has a U-shaped neck pillow tucked into a hidden pocket. Blow it up and deflate it easily with a few breaths, or take it out of the scarf to cut the excess bulk.
Surprisingly, it’s easier to blow up than other pillows I’ve tried, and deflating was quick and easy—as a neck pillow, it definitely works. But as long as the deflated neck pillow was in its pocket, the scarf looked misshapen and slightly off. Take the pillow out, and suddenly the convenience is gone. So why buy? If you’re one of those people who travels with an overstuffed carry-on, here’s one less thing to shove in the bag. Another draw: you’ll never be stuck with a pillow that’s overhead and out of reach. Is it a must-have travel accessory? Personally, I’m not sure I’d go so far—but for some travelers, it may be.
Nikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.