If you’re easily offended by over packing, you might want to just scroll on by :)
We (6 of us) spent 3 weeks driving through Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France last month. One of the last items I packed was a pillow. A cheap but fluffy and comfy pillow, in a bright red pillow case so I wouldn’t leave it anywhere. And boy, was it a lifesaver. My husband calls me “The Princess and the Pea” because I need everything JUST RIGHT to get good sleep. Y’all know that’s tough when traveling! The beds are too hard, or too soft, the pillows too hard or too soft or a weird shape, or there’s dumb led lights on every darn thing…
So I decided to bring my pillow in a vacuum seal bag. One of these bags specifically:
Limited-time deal: https://a.co/d/5FBzZGQ
The pillow fit perfectly in my 26” checked bag.
I also brought this tiny little pump: https://a.co/d/fukOdRh
First, I have to tell you that all of my family (including my sister, who joined us for her first trip to Europe), gave me some serious eye rolls when I told them I was packing my pillow.
But by day 3 of sleeping on either hard down pillows or super floofy pillows that collapse into nothing, my sister was wishing she had brought even a small travel pillow.
I was sleeping like a Princess, thank you very much! Between my comfy pillow, my melatonin sleep lotion and my blackout stickers covering those dumb led light, I was sleeping like a baby.
And my son was happy to put that pillow to use for naps during our drives between destinations.
I was happy that I brought an extra vacuum bag. I packed all our dirty clothes in it and collapsed a whole suitcase worth of clothes down to about 2”. Totally worth it.
Those bags and the pump now have a permanent spot in my travel gear bin. I’m guessing there will be more pillows joining us on future trips.