Try This Do-It-Yourself Pillow on Your Family’s Next Flight

Not long ago, on a flight that took off at about 6:30 a.m. (ugh!), I saw parents trying to get their sleepy kids comfortable on the plane. Many of the kids (and parents!) wanted to go back to sleep, having faced a 4 a.m. alarm clock to get to the airport on time.

The flight attendants quickly ran out of those tiny airline pillows, and some parents weren't crazy about using them anyway, with one mom wondering aloud, "Do they re-use those? What about germs?"

Then the mom across the aisle said to her preschooler, "OK, let's make the pillow!"

"Huh?" I thought.

From her carry-on bag she pulled a Ziplock bag and a kid's t-shirt. She sealed the first bag except for about an inch-long opening, and then blew up the bag like a balloon before sealing it. Then she slipped it inside a t-shirt and handed it to her son, who snuggled up with his "pillow" against the window.

"Smart!" I said. She smiled. "Oh, we've been doing this since I read about it in a magazine. Love those tips!" I told her I'd be sharing that tip right here. She said to mention that it's best to not blow up your "pillow" all the way. Instead, leave a bit of room so that the pillow is a bit squishy and not too firm.

What would we do without our fellow parents!


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6 Responses to “Try This Do-It-Yourself Pillow on Your Family’s Next Flight”

  1. Kathy Sena says:

    Cool idea, huh? Love it. And it doesn’t take up much room at all in the luggage!

  2. Kathy says:

    Very smart! I love those tips from other parents.
    While we’re on the topic I wonder if it’s also possible for us parents to help each other fly less or to at least buy carbon offsets. I hate to be a party pooper, but our planet is in serious trouble. And until they figure out low-carbon ways to fly, we might want to think of our kids’ future and do what we can to prevent for example so great a lack of water drought in California that we can’t grow crops…

  3. Kathy Sena says:

    Good point, Kathy! Would appreciate tips on this, too. We all need to work together to do what we can for the Earth.

  4. CoachMarla says:

    Mom wisdom rules! Thanks for this great tip, Kathy. Wonderful how blogs/technology can enrich our parenting (with conversations, tip-sharing, etc.) Look forward to reading more.
    -@marlabeck

  5. Kathy Sena says:

    Oh, I love the electronic back fence! I learn so much from other moms this way. Thx for the note, Marla!