The Travel Halo

Compact Travel Pillow & Mask

Travel and Leisure

The Travel Halo was designed to help you sleep comfortably while sitting up on planes, trains, or automobiles.

It was created by Mike Vahey, a U.S. Army veteran and world traveler, who spent many exhausting, sleepless nights on the road. He found that traditional C-shaped pillows pushed his head forward and crunched his neck.
Ouch! Worse, those bulky pillows had to be blown up and were tough to carry, especially with new luggage requirements.

Mike wanted to create a different, more effective option. His first prototype was made with tube socks tucked into the back of an eye mask. That original model developed into a patent-pending “halo” with rear stabilizers, positioned between head and backrest. It cradles your skull and aligns your neck, holding them firmly in place. Better still, a fold-down mask blocks light. Small and compact, it fits in its own pouch, perfect in a purse or briefcase.

Machine washable, you can keep it fresh for every trip. It's so comfy, you may want to wear it lying down too.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mike

    Hi, I’m Mike, creator of the Travel Halo. I have always loved to travel. Like many others, I have a hard time getting comfortable on long trips. The “traditional” products out there just don’t cut it for me. One day, after a long ride as a passenger in a car, I had an idea. I went into my garage and created a prototype with some tape, socks, and an old headband. It was ugly – but it worked! And so began my crazy journey of developing the Travel Halo and bringing it to market...

    What makes the Travel Halo unique are 3 things – 1. It holds your head in a stable, natural position 2. It includes an eye mask to block out light 3. Its minimalist design is a very light and portable. Apart from my son, I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever created! I hope you can appreciate it as well.

  • Melinda
    3/14/2014 12:38 PM

    Now all you need to add is a strap to hold my mouth shut while I'm sleeping!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/14/2014 12:57 PM

    @Melinda I hear you!!!

  • Ward
    3/14/2014 12:52 PM

    When I try to order there is a reference to the OPTIONAL eye mask. Is the blindfold optional?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/14/2014 12:57 PM

    @Ward "Optional" just refers to how you use the eye mask. You can have it rolled up if you want to keep your eyes uncovered, or roll it down to get a full eye mask. But it is not optional or an add-on. It comes with the Travel Halo we are launching.

  • Ward
    3/14/2014 2:14 PM

    Well then I guess I will just have to try one on....

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/14/2014 2:36 PM

    Thanks for your support, Ward. Be sure to let us know how you like it.

  • Judy
    3/14/2014 3:30 PM

    Is the Travel Halo adjustable in size? I have a fairly large head and am worried that the band will feel too tight.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/14/2014 4:34 PM

    Hi Judy,

    It's not adjustable, but very stretchy. A few people in our office with larger heads have worn it without a problem and it didn't feel too tight.

  • John
    3/14/2014 3:52 PM

    Bought one to give it a try. Much depends upon how tall you are and thus where your head hits the airplane seat back. My problem is usually my head falling forward and waking up with a stiff neck. Airplane seats no longer recline enough for my taste. In any case, it may be a good "sleep mask". Please consider a sleep mask version. I have never found one of those that worked well, or lasted very long. Most are useless after the first washing. You may have another good product right before your eyes, so to speak.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    3/14/2014 5:13 PM

    @John Hi John, Mike here (inventor). I had the same concerns initially, but I found that the 2 little side pillows are all you need to hold the head in place, even in today's airline seats. Albeit just a little, all car/plane/train seats have some small degree of incline, which is all that's needed. It makes a good sleep mask already - in any position. Funny - I am writing this while on layover in Denver!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    3/14/2014 5:20 PM

    Update: It's 3PM MST in the Denver International Airport. I sit waiting for my flight. What an appropriate time to launch a travel product on The Grommet!

    Just wanted to thank everyone for the great comments, and the orders are really coming in. I will need to recruit some friends and family to help get the product out this weekend. That is Awesome.

  • Pat
    3/14/2014 5:43 PM

    I don't get how it holds your head in place, it looks like just a band around the head. Do you have any other pictures that show how it works?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    3/14/2014 6:12 PM

    Hi Pat,

    The front is like a band, but there are 2 pillows in the back that are designed to hold your head against. If you click into the box that says "buy" you will see more pictures of how it works.

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