Inflatable wedge pillow?

Does anyone know of such a thing? I have had no luck with online searches, but maybe I am not calling it the right thing. I must sleep propped up, not flat. I have a foam wedge pillow at home. When we travel in the US I can usually pile up multiple pillows, but I can't count on finding extra pillows everywhere we go in Europe, and we will be there for six weeks. Thanks.

Posted by Nancy
Corvallis OR
960 posts

This one came up when I googled inflatable wedge pillow. Is it anything like what you're talking about? Copying the website address didn't work. Try going to Amazon.com and searching for inflatable wedge pillow.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3578 posts

I, too, just Googled 'inflatable bed wedge travel' and got a semi-promising hit on Amazon...you might get 6 weeks out of it. Bring duct tape :-/

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Thanks! I was looking at travel stores, and didn't think to try an open google search. After reading the reviews, I think duct tape sounds like a necessity. I " ll give it a try.

Posted by Karen
Cambridge, MA, USA
9 posts

Why not try an inflatable neck pillow? They are much more common and you will be able to use a couple of those to prop you up! Or an inflatable raft (sounds ridiculous, i know) which you could buy at the dollar store to prop you up!

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3578 posts

Ahhhh...an inflatable raft! Genius! I'm disappointed I didn't think of it. Especially since I use a $.99 beach ball for an airplane footstool...And the timing is perfect - pool/beach things are in the stores now, or soon will be. And it's cheaper than $30 or whatever that other one cost. You'll have money left over for the duct tape ;-) You can practice rigging it up into a wedge shape - maybe with webbing straps and buckles (REI)...and putting as extra pillow between the two ends...Now I've got to get one and try it out LOL! I need some more beach balls anyway... **By inflatable raft, I mean a pool 'float', NOT a small boat 8^O

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3578 posts

Ugh, Lola :-( I second SpongeBob LOL! Let us know how your experimentation works out, and if you take it to Europe tell us how it worked for you. My beach ball foot rest is completely adjustable (inflate or deflate for the perfect height) and can be used as a lumbar pillow, head pillow, etc. Or, as a beach ball :-) Or if your clothes aren't drying and you're getting desparate, stick the ball between the layers of clothing so they will dry faster.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Neck pillow isn't enough back support, but the kiddie raft suggestion is brilliant. If I fold it in half crosswise, it will be a wedge shape, and I can use that under my regular pillow. I have time to get it right as we don't leave until September. For the curious, the problem is postural vertigo. It is not fun, but sleeping upright helps keep it at bay.

Posted by Sarah
United States
162 posts

Lola: I bring along a pillow case, and arrange softs clothes or clean towels in the wedge style I need. The existing pillow can go over it. Try it at home first, but it works. You can tie the pillowcase in a knot to keep the inside things from shifting.
Anything plastic like an inflatable pillow requires a cover or you'll spend the night retrieving it or your pillow from the floor.

Posted by Mme Eli
XXX
1170 posts

It would take Eileen to come up with the beach ball, lol Now you have me pondering this idea... I need my pillows higher because of reflux issues, and it's always a challenge with pillows in Europe. Beach ball and raft on my list of "things for Europe!"

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3578 posts

Experiment with a sheet of 'rug gripper' - that rubbery, meshy stuff you put under things to make them stay put (rugs, cellphones on dashboards, etc). You can buy sheets at all kinds of stores (Target, Bed Bath and Beyond) and I've even bought it at fabric stores. I use that stuff for everything and I'm using it right now under my iPad and on top of my lap desk - keeps my iPad nearly vertical! It weighs practically nothing, and can be folded or rolled easily. You may need to double-up the fabric for more traction. You don't want any kind of inflatable wedge to keep shooting out from under you all night :-( In case you have no idea what I'm talking about: rug gripper pad Just a reminder to buy your summer inflatables soon - they'll all be gone by the middle of June 'cause that's the time to get those Halloween decorations out (sigh).

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

OK, here's the list: Kiddie raft---check! Rug gripper---check! Pillowcase---check! Duct Tape---check! Anything else?

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3578 posts

I don't remember when your trip is, but we'll be looking for a full report ;-) Don't forget your arm floaties (I like the duckies...)

Posted by Mme Eli
XXX
1170 posts

Eileen, I still feel weird about taking a beach ball on the plane and using it as a foot rest. I wanted to say "and blow it up", meaning air in the ball, but then thought I better not mention anything like that in the airport. Next thing you know, I'm on YouTube saying it was YOUR IDEA! But a neat one. What size ball?

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3578 posts

Mme Eli, inflate your beach ball ;-) I think mine are the 24" size, after looking around the WWW a bit. I still feel a little funny blowing up inflating my neck pillow when the airplane is particluarly quiet, but I don't care! I want my neck pillow LOL! Yes, my beach balls are the typical colorful panel variety, but after a few quick puffs it's usually inflated enough and tucked under a blanket. And I usually only use them on European trips. I have always coveted that little footstool from Magellan's but not the price. I was going to make my own (and wider!), but never got around to it. Plus, it would have been bulky. Then, they started selling an inflatable footstool for something like $25...and I figured a $25 footstool would probably get a hole pretty quickly. So the beach ball idea came up somehow. I can make it any size I want, so it adjusts to any seat height. It packs flat, weighs nothing, and if it gets a hole and tape won't fix it, I only spent $1-2 on it. Be careful, though - they aren't super sturdy, so don't push down on them too hard; just gently plop your piggies on them!

Posted by Elaine
Columbia, SC
744 posts

...and I thought there was nothing new I could learn here. I obviously underestimated Eileen. Ms Texas, Please PM or email when you get some free time...I need your advice for sick kitties.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3578 posts

I've always wanted to visit Iceland ;-) And thanks for "frugal woman" and "cheap solution", and not the other way around. LOL! BTW, all kitties are stabilized...But Elaine and I are accepting donations. Seriously. Cash, checks, Euro, money orders, airline miles, WC coins... Sorry, Lola - some of us refuse to grow up; we tried it and didn't like it ;-)

Posted by Karen
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1519 posts

In the near future, from Matt Lauer on the Today Show- "One woman's cheap solution to a foot stool on a flight to Europe took an ugly turn after if popped in mid-air. She'd actually used a beach ball. Passengers were screaming and the woman was tackled and held down while the plane was diverted to Iceland for an emergency landing. As you can see from this video taken by a fellow passenger, the frugal woman did not go down without a fight." Savannah- "She actually used a beach ball? I don't know if that's brilliant or ridiculous." Matt- "Ridiculous, obviously." Al Roker- "Was she yelling Limoncello as she went down? Talk about your Street Fighting Woman. She knows her way around a rumble."

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4867 posts

OMG Karen, I read your post as I was taking a sip of tea. Lets just say you owe me a new keyboard! LOL!!! Okay, I always use my iPad so I just had to wipe off the keyboard. But you know what I mean!! @Elaine, sorry to hear you have sick kitties.

Posted by Karen
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1519 posts

Eileen, you may be easy, but you ain't cheap.

Posted by Sarah
United States
162 posts

I want you to know, E, that I just shared your hint with a friend who is on her way to Europe for her first trip. Major leg problem solved! You threw that ball idea out there, and everyone caught it!

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3578 posts

Sarah, if it explodes on her mid-flight, tell her to immediately look accusingly at the person in the row behind her - otherwise, Matt Lauer will call her names on national TV ;-)

Posted by Kimberly
San Diego, CA, United States
1 posts

I need the same thing because of horrible loud snoring. We discovered after my c-section that sleeping with my head elevated was our long-sought-after cure for sounding like a rusty chainsaw all night. Recently found this one on Amazon. http://amzn.to/1acb43I

Posted by Darcy
Lewiston, Idaho, USA
1201 posts

OMGosh! It was so great to be in Europe for 6 weeks but with discussions like this one, it's great to be back! You all just make my day! Now I'll wipe the coffee off my keyboard......

Posted by Jacqueline Mathews
Everett, WA, USA
1 posts

Lola: I have the same problem. I have an adjustable bed at home, but have trouble getting comfortable when I travel. Here is the best thing I've found. It's called a Mattress Genie Adjustable Bed Wedge. It actually goes under the mattress and works amazingly well. (It also helps me to put a pillow under my knees when I'm using it.) This is one site that has it, but I've seen it on other sites too: http://www.wrightstuff.biz/mageadbedwe.html It does make your luggage heavier and takes up suitcase space, but it makes for a comfortable night's sleep. Hope it helps you. Jackie
Crosspuzz@aol.com

Posted by Kelly
St Petersburg Florida
948 posts

I know this is somewhat a zombie thread but when I look at this list.... OK, here's the list: Kiddie raft---check! Rug gripper---check! Pillowcase---check! Duct Tape---check! Anything else? I feel you need zip ties to make your list to kidnap someone complete.