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Seat cushions for flights

They forgot to tell me that as you lose weight, you also lose padding on your bottom. Thus, when I'm on a flight of more than a few hours, sitting becomes progressively uncomfortable and shifting position doesn't help. And next month I'm on a long flight to New Zealand. So I figured I'd better check out seat cushions. So far I'm looking at:

Ziraki Coccyx seat cushion; Everlasting comfort seat cushion for office chair; Kieba Coccyx Seat Cushion; ComfiLife premium comfort seat cushion

Anyone have experience with those, or are there better choices? I don't care whether foam, gel, zippered covers, etc. - just something that'll make it possible to sit for long periods. Thanks, y'all!

Posted by
845 posts

I used something very similar for my flight to Europe last November, after hurting my tailbone in a car accident. It made a HUGE difference on a 10 hr flight. I suggest ordering it in advance and trying it out. Some are made of memory foam and very firm/not comfortable. The one I used was from Walmart and was just regular foam. Watch the width of the cushion compared to the width of the plane seat.

I used a foldable duffle as my personal item and carried the cushion on the plane in the duffle, along with a few other items.

Posted by
58 posts

My husband uses xtreme comfort coccyx seat cushion. He has used it for two trips to Germany, seemed to help.
It is made of memory foam. We put it in a carry on rolling suitcase.

Posted by
238 posts

Depending on your airline, you might just be able to strap or attach the pillow to the outside of your bag, like you would a neck pillow, and not have to worry about making room for it in your bag.

Posted by
27 posts

I've used seat cushions for long flights for years. Makes a big difference. I'm currently using a gel based pad that folds in half and is very thin - packs easily. I found it on a travel gear website. One thing to remember - don't forget your pad when you're in a hurry to leave the plane! I made that mistake once and had to replace my pad.

Posted by
2560 posts

Getting recommendations for a seat cushion is like getting recommendations for shoes. Every, ahem, foot is different. Before you buy get yourself to a store that sells them and give a few a test drive. I bought several on line for my lower back (multiple herniated discs) and until I went to the Back Store I got no relief. But, the one that works is unfortunately not easily packable. So, still searching for that magic combination of effectiveness and packability.

Posted by
850 posts

Bad right hip, so I need a seat cushion in cars and on planes. However, I don't like the weight, expense, and size of the real seat cushions you can buy, or the way they feel, so I bought two thick squares of memory foam at a fabric store and cut down an old pillowcase to fit them into. This homemade seat cushion can be rolled up and then compressed into a very small nylon stuff-sack that I usually clip onto my carry-on. This might be enough for you if it's just general "padding" that you lack.

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1102 posts

I use an inflatable neck pillow, which I inflate (half, to make it softer) while waiting for take-off. Takes up no room and no weight in my back pack. The hollow for the neck is very comfortable for my "tail".