Neck Support Travel Pillow

Sit & Sleep

Napping on a plane (or bus or train...) can be nearly impossible, especially in the middle seat. The Trtl Pillow gives you soft-but-strong support so you can rest in a comfortable position no matter where you’re sitting.

Trtl is a lightweight nap scarf with flexible internal ribs that support your head from the side or under
your chin. The natural, ergonomic position lets you rest easy, and you won’t wake up with a stiff neck. When we tried it here at the office, it was even better than having a wall (or someone else’s shoulder) to lean on.

Pull the fleece up over your mouth to keep cozy and, if you drool, it’s covered. The pillow is easy to travel with and it’s washable, too.

Co-founders Michael Corrigan and David Kellock met in college for mechanical engineering. Their shared love of travel and adventure inspired them to reinvent the travel pillow.

Their ingenious solution makes traveling more comfy and far less tiring.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Cara

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce the Trtl pillow to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Beverly
    10/30/2015 9:49 AM

    This invention looks like a perfect solution to an age old problem.

    I'm definitely purchasing this one.

    I'm lovin' Grommet's products; Christmas list almost ncomplete.

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 10:02 AM

    @Beverly Hi there! Thank you for your support, it is a great addition to your Christmas list and I really hope you enjoy using the product. Any questions you may have just ask! :)

  • Adam
    10/30/2015 10:02 AM

    How does the scarf feel on your neck? Will it make you sweat or make you feel so hot that you want to take it off mid-flight?

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 10:15 AM

    @Adam Hi there! It is made of soft touch hypoallergenic fleece which keeps you cosy but it is also breathable so you shouldn't feel too hot when wearing it. If you have any other questions just ask, I am here to help :)

  • Betsy
    10/30/2015 10:04 AM

    We are travelling the week of Thanksgiving. Will these be available before then?

  • Marcia
    10/30/2015 10:14 AM

    @Betsy They are available now - just a little glitch!!

  • Rachel
    10/30/2015 11:21 AM

    @Marcia Hi Marcia: I, too, am interested in purchasing for Thanksgiving holiday travel. What's the "little glitch?"

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/30/2015 11:33 AM

    It is no more! There was a brief moment where it said Trtl wasn't available on site, but it is! You can get it for your Turkey Day travels no problem!

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 2:20 PM

    @Rachel @Mike I've heard it's the perfect companion for a Thanksgiving journey! :)

  • Susan
    10/30/2015 11:02 AM

    How tight do you have to wrap the scarf around your neck?

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 11:07 AM

    @Susan Hello! You can adjust the scarf as tightly as you wish by using the velcro strap to adjust to your own comfort till you find what works for you. Personally I wear it a little looser so I can snuggle into the scarf but others prefer it tighter, as it is very adjustable it is easy to find what works well for you :)

  • Lisa
    10/30/2015 11:14 AM

    wondering if the Trtl could be effective lying down. I have neck arthritis and continually struggle to find a good way to relax my neck while sleeping on my back. Would this keep a good ergonomic placement of the head or not have any effect?

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 11:22 AM

    @Lisa Thanks for your question. The Trtl Pillow is recommended to be used for when you are in an upright position, although it does still support your head when you are lying down but as mentioned it is more beneficial to you when you are wearing it when you are in an upright position. If you have more questions please just ask, I'm here to help!

  • Nicholas
    10/30/2015 11:17 AM

    would this fit my 4 year old? when she sleeps in the car on long rides, she wakes up with a stiff neck!

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 11:55 AM

    @Nicholas Hello! Thanks for your question. The Trtl Pillow unfortunately recommended age is 14 years old plus.

  • Nancy
    10/30/2015 11:38 AM

    How much does it weigh?

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 12:05 PM

    @Nancy Hello! The Trtl Pillow weighs just under 0.40 lbs. It is very lightweight and can be attached to your luggage by using the velcro attachment to the handle of your handbag/luggage. Saves more space! :)

  • Vivien Sandra
    Vivien Sandra
    10/30/2015 11:39 AM

    According to the listed dimensions it's 7.5"x7.5"x3.7". It looks much larger than that in the photos. How big is it?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/30/2015 11:49 AM

    Hi Vivien Sandra, those are the dimensions when wrapped around your neck. Unfurled it is 27" x 10" by 3.7".

  • Leslie
    10/30/2015 12:01 PM

    Does the product need a headrest to work? My son is in a wheelchair and there is no back support for him if he wanted to take a nap. This looks like it would be perfect if a head rest is not necessary

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 12:09 PM

    Hi @Leslie the Trtl Pillow does not need a headrest for the product to work, it works best when you are sitting in an upright position so it would be more than suitable for your son as he can rest using the Trtl pillow to the front, right or left side to have a comfortable nap. If you have more questions please just ask, Mike and I are here to help!

  • Bruce
    10/30/2015 12:06 PM

    First of all....they need to go back and start over on the video interview...TRY USING A MICROPHONE....NOT...NOT ...NOT...SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS LIKE A HANDS FREE DEVICE...AND....ALTHOUGH I AM IRISH...YOUR SCOTTISH ACCENT IS DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW WHEN IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE TALKING IN A SOUP CAN.....second....I think the concept is sound but the chink in the armour is its looks like it needs to be more compact...too bulky/ungainly to pack with you....

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 12:13 PM

    Hi @Bruce apologies for the sound quality of the video interview - we have a noisy office being based in central Glasgow so unfortunately this may have interfered a little when we were filming. The Trtl Pillow is a very compact and flexible product which makes it easier to pack than standard u-shaped travel pillow out there just now. It can also be attached to your luggage handle/ carry on for ease of carrying. If you have more question please just ask I am more than happy to answer your queries! :) Thanks.

  • Yuko
    10/30/2015 12:08 PM

    Do I have to remove the plastic part to wash? Can I use washer/dryer for cleaning the scarf?

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 12:18 PM

    Hello @Yuko Thanks for your question. Yes we advise you to remove the plastic internal support before placing your scarf in the washing machine. Recommended temperature: Machine wash at 86°F. It is best to be left to dry naturally after being washed to protect the shape. If you have more questions please just ask! :)

  • Gale
    10/30/2015 12:14 PM

    My husband could have used this for the 6 long weeks he had to sleep in a chair. He had to wear an arm sling with a bulky supportive arm rest to keep his shoulder from slouching down. This prevented him from being able to sleep flat on a bed. When I showed this to him he said that everyone that has shoulder surgery and/or has to sleep in an upright position has to have this neck support travel pillow!! We think that Michael and David have a winner with this one!!!!!!

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 12:23 PM

    Hello @Gale Thank you for your wonderful comments on the product, we wish your husband could have had the Trtl Pillow to help him when he was in recovery. We have had similar comments about it helping people when they cannot sleep on a bed due to surgery or illness so totally agree with you here! I hope your husband has fully recovered now and if you gave a trip coming up soon then it would definitely be worth trying! :)

  • Gale
    10/30/2015 2:04 PM

    @Cara You are very welcome. Cara. My husband Steve has many therapy sessions to go through before he will have full use of his right arm and shoulder. He had reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder rotator cuff. But the worse part is over, and his doctor said his shoulder is healing very nicely. If he has to have a second shoulder reconstructive surgery done on the same shoulder or on his left shoulder he will most definitely want me to order one of these for him prior to the surgery. Thanks again for launching the Trtl Pillow!!

  • Bill
    10/30/2015 12:18 PM

    You have an amazing product that could really make a difference. With that said you only have a few seconds to say what is important before you lose your audience. So please rethink the video. Allow others to talk about weight, comfort and age requirements. Bring in things like ease of operation with ear phones and the dreaded head jerk which ends up giving you a stiff neck. This might be a good product but you need to polish the presentation. Thank you for bringing it on the scene. I am curious but not yet a buyer and I do travel quite a bit.

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 12:30 PM

    Hi there @Bill thank you for commenting - we are happy that you feel Trtl Pillow could make a difference as we created the product as a solution to a well known problem of not being able to sleep on the go comfortably and this product eliminates this issue! The product can be used with other travel products such as earphones, eye masks etc which is a great factor to note. If you travel often I would definitely give the Trtl Pillow a go as we have had fantastic feedback from our customers so far so I believe you could also enjoy the benefits too! :) If you have more questions then please just ask!

  • Gail
    10/30/2015 12:36 PM

    Love this! I do all my traveling by car. I have neck issues so it will be perfect for napping in the car with hurting. Going on my Christmas List! Enjoy

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 12:41 PM

    Hi @Gail Thank you for your support! It is perfect for car travelling too and will help to alleviate your neck issues on your next journey. I really hope you enjoy using the Trtl Pillow soon! :)

  • Andrew
    10/30/2015 1:05 PM

    Great timing! I flew Wednesday in the window seat of the first exit row of the two middle-of-the-plane exit the seats don't recline at all (because of the exit row behind). For 3 hours my head was either sliding down the window as I fell asleep or my head was dropping to my chest and waking me as soon as I fell asleep, because I couldn't recline and get an angle. Just two days ago!

    Anyhoo, that leads to my question: if I'm sitting upright (as in an airplane seat, for example), will this device keep my head from dropping forward to my chest as I fall asleep?


  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 1:19 PM

    Hi @Andrew We wish you would have had Trtl Pillow for that journey too, it sounds like a #nightmare! We understand the frustration completely of being woken up by a head jerk and not being able to get comfortable when you are trying to sleep on your journey. The Trtl Pillow will prevent the dreaded head jerk from happening as the internal support keeps your head from dropping forward and keeps your head in a comfortable position so you can nap well. So this definitely sounds like the right product for you! If you have more questions ask away, I am here to help! :)

  • Greg
    10/30/2015 1:09 PM

    Hello- Looks great but can it be packed flat? Thanks.

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 1:23 PM

    Hi there @Greg Thanks for your question! It can be packed relatively flat but due to the internal support inside it this causes the product to be less flat overall. It can be attached to a back pack or carry on bag easily to save more space in your luggage. I hope this has answered your query and if you have more then please just ask! :)

  • Hilary
    10/30/2015 1:33 PM

    How will it work with large over the ear noise-cancelling headphones?

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 2:04 PM

    Hi @Hilary thanks for your question! It works well as the Trtl Pillow is tucked under your chin and the fleece can be adjusted so it will not interfere with your devices such as headphones. If you have more questions just ask! :)

  • Jo
    10/30/2015 2:22 PM

    I will be having shoulder surgery and need to sleep upright, so am wondering if I could use the Trtl. Since it rests on your shoulder would that be counter productive? How close to your neck does the brace sit?


  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 2:49 PM

    Hi there @Jo :) The Trtl Pillow's internal support should be tucked just under your chin/side of neck and the weight of your head rests on the internal support which is placed on your shoulder to create the support overall. I would recommend trying the Trtl Pillow and would say it may be better to use the pillow on the shoulder that you will not be having surgery on. You can use the velcro to adjust the scarf which will make the scarf either closer/further away to your neck. I hope my answer has helped if you have more questions please just ask I am here to help!

  • snype
    10/30/2015 2:48 PM

    Hello Cara, the examples n the video seemed to all be with the head to one side, but no examples of it in the front, unless I missed something. I was wondering about the comfort in that position and whether or not it triggers a gag reflex.

    Also are you coming out with a later model where you don't have to choose only one side of support, but all 3 sides are supported?

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 2:59 PM

    Hi @snype Thanks for commenting! It can be worn to the front but we only have examples of it being worn to the side currently as it is the best way visually to help the understanding of how the product works. If the Trtl Pillow is worn to the front it is best to be fastened not too tightly as you have mentioned it would put pressure on the front of the neck but it is just as comfortable wearing it to the front as it is to either side (and a great position for wearing if you are wanting to watch a movie in the process of nodding off!).

    As we are a new company we are always looking to create new products but we have yet to decide what will be the next product so keep an eye out for what will be coming next for Trtl! :)

  • snype
    10/30/2015 3:48 PM

    @Cara Thanks Cara!

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 3:56 PM

    @snype No problem. If you have any other questions please just ask!

  • Judy
    10/30/2015 3:07 PM

    What is it made from? I see it is washable but I am interested in the material because I am allergic to wool and I'm not too excited about all the GMO cotton.

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 3:26 PM

    Hello @Judy Thanks for your question. The Trtl Pillow is made from soft touch hypoallergenic fleece. If you have more questions please just ask, I'm here to help :)

  • Ann
    10/30/2015 3:57 PM

    Sounds lik e a great idea, but I've tried other supports that failed. Is it returnable if it doesn't work?

  • Cara
    Cara – Special Guest
    10/30/2015 4:11 PM

    Hi there @Ann I would say it would be worth trying it out as you never know it may be the right product for you after trying many others in the past :) It is returnable I will ad in the link for The Grommets returns process here. Thanks!

  • Sasquatch
    10/30/2015 9:29 PM

    Is there a possibility of suffocation?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/1/2015 8:32 PM

    Sasquatch! You're back! Thanks for the question. Any time you put something around your neck you want to be careful. If you have trouble breathing for even a second, you should absolutely take it off immediately.

    But one of the many great things about Trtl is it does not require a tight fit. It very gently keeps you warm. It has a long velcro strip, too, which helps in keeping it loose but intact. Hope this helps!

    P.S. Did you end up going for FitKicks? If so, how'd it go?

  • Judie
    10/30/2015 9:58 PM

    I can see that it may be helpful for keeping head from falling side to side but what about falling forward

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/1/2015 8:52 PM

    Hey Judie, your head may fall forward, but the good news is, your neck will remain upright thanks to the built-in support system.

    My question to you: do people sing "Hey Judie" like "Hey Jude" by The Beatles whenever the address you? Because I did that as I typed it.

  • Susan
    10/30/2015 10:34 PM

    I have arthritis in my neck and could use some help with support when I am driving. Would this work for that?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/2/2015 8:58 AM

    Hi Susan, if you need something that will keep your neck upright and comfortable, this should work just fine. When you get it, I would just be sure it doesn't affect your ability to look over your shoulder for oncoming traffic. Let us know! It could be another great use case.

  • Gwen
    10/30/2015 11:47 PM

    You say this is hypoallergenic fleece. "Fleece". Unfortunately that tells me little about the content of the fabric, since fleece doesn't nearly always originate on animals anymore. What is the content of the fabric?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/2/2015 9:23 AM

    Hi Gwen, it is a lightweight, hypoallergenic, polyester fleece. Hope this helps!

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