Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Top Gifts To Help Travelers Sleep On Planes

If you’re looking for a gift any traveler will love, give them something to help them sleep on a plane. After all, how much shut-eye you get on your journey can determine whether your vacation kicks off on the right note. And while an airplane isn’t exactly the world’s most comfortable place to sleep, giving your favorite globetrotter a new travel pillow, blanket-inspired shawl, or eye mask can make all the difference—even if they’re stuck in the back of the economy cabin.

Here are eight of the top gifts for travelers to sleep better on planes.

Pluto POD

Upgrade a jetsetter’s travel pillow with the Pluto POD. Designed with input from frequent travelers, flight attendants, and sleep experts, this innovative travel pillow slips on like a snuggly hood and features extra support around the neck and chin. It also contains a built-in eye mask that can come as a big relief when the person in the next row still has their reading light on at 2 a.m. No need to wear it around like those tacky horseshoe-shaped travel pillows from the airport gift shop—the Pluto POD has handy snaps that allow it to be rolled up and attached to the handle of your suitcase between flights. $145 at plutopillow.com

Gobi Cashmere Joggers and Sweater

This cashmere set of joggers and a sweater from Gobi is the perfect gift for a traveler who wants a good night’s rest on a flight, but isn’t willing to wear PJs in public. The laid-back silhouette and neutral taupe color looks stylish during your journey, especially when paired with sneakers. But the real magic comes from the 100% Mongolian cashmere fabric. Thick, soft, and breathable, these garments feel like a hug for your entire body. It’s just the thing a traveler needs for a first class-worthy snooze on their next long-haul flight. $219 for sweater and $249 for joggers at gobicashmere.com

Loop Earplugs

Noise-canceling headphones can help travelers tune out distractions when they’re ready to snooze, but their bulkiness doesn’t exactly make it easy to get comfortable in your seat. Enter Loop Earplugs. These novel earplugs can cut noise by 27 decibels—quiet enough to create a more sleep-friendly environment, but so silent to prevent travelers from hearing important announcements from the crew. The silicone ear tips help them snuggle more comfortably in the ear than those conventional foam ear plugs and the signature loop design makes them look like a cool piece of jewelry. Plus, they come in a durable plastic carrying case that’s about the size of an Apple AirTag, so they can easily be stashed in a travel bag. $19.95 at loopearplugs.com

Asutra Melatonin Lotion

If you want to give a traveler something that will really help them sleep on planes, try this lotion from Asutra. The lemongrass-scented lotion, which comes in a TSA-friendly bottle, is infused with sleep-inducing melatonin and magnesium. A half hour before it’s time to hit the hay on a flight, a traveler just needs to apply the lotion to their temples, neck, and shoulders, then get ready to enjoy the best sleep they’ve ever had on a flight. The moisturizing formula helps ward off dry skin from plane air, too. $21.99 at asutra.com

ChappyWrap Shawl

If it weren’t for the airlines’ strict carry-on limitations, an heirloom-quality blanket from ChappyWrap would no doubt make the ultimate gift to help travelers sleep on planes. Fortunately, the brand has something that’s just as good (and won’t take up all the space in your suitcase): Shawls. Made from a lightened up version of the signature cotton blend fabric used in the original ChappyWrap blankets, these wraps feel like a snuggly cocoon. Their warmth and comfort can help travelers catch some quality Zzz’s in the sky. They also make for a stylish cold-weather accessory for a trip. $90 at chappywrap.com

Sanuk Slippers

These cozy slippers from Sanuk can keep a traveler’s toes toasty and help them sleep on long, chilly flights. But more than just comfy, these stylish faux shearling slippers are also practical. They’re designed to be worn both indoors and outdoors, so travelers don’t have to slip into a different pair of shoes when walking through the airport. The recipient of this travel gift will also be able to rest easier knowing they’re treading lightly on the planet. The slippers are made from sustainably-conscious materials, like sugarcane EVA foam, recycled polyester, and leather from responsible sources. $90 at sanuk.com

Coalatree Puffy Kachula Adventure Blanket

The Coalatree Puffy Kachula Adventure Blanket helps travelers sleep on planes much better than those dingy polyester blankets from the airlines. Made from a similar material to a puffy jacket, this hooded blanket is warm and light. The water- and spill-resistant blanket packs down easily into a self-contained hidden zip pocket and slips into a backpack. This multi-use product can also be used as a travel pillow, picnic blanket, and poncho. In other words, it’s a traveler’s BFF. $69 at coalatree.com

Mumi Design Sweet Dreams Kit

This “sweet dreams kit” from Mumi Design makes the perfect stocking stuffer for someone who could use better sleep on their next vacation or business trip. The kit’s hero product is the eye mask. It uses memory foam to create a more comfortable fit and block out light without messing up a traveler’s make-up. And it has a cute eyelash design—a nod to the sleep mask Audrey Hepburn wore in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The mask plus a pair of reusable ear plugs come ready-to-go in a travel-friendly pouch. $12 at mumidesign.com

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