A travel pillow goes through quite a journey either if you are traveling by air or by car. It touches many surfaces, is exposed to thousands of people, and has probably even touched several faces if others have used it as well. Additionally, it is very likely that you forgot to wash it before and after traveling. By now the traveling pillow has accumulated sweat, drool, natural oils from the body, dust, and germs. A dirty pillow is not comfortable nor good for the health. Here are some insights on how to prevent getting sick from a  bacteria-infested travel pillow.

How dirty do travel pillows get?

Either if you bring your own travel pillow or use the one from the airplane, chances are it is very dirty. Pillows served during a flight come wrapped in plastic but they are not new. Pillows and blankets are often reissued because of the frequency of flights. This means they’ve been used by quite a couple of drowsy, drooling passengers before you. A research made a few years ago found pillows and blankets had traces of Pseudomonas paucimobilis, known for causing lung and eye infections. You might one to carry a disinfectant to apply before using a pillow from a plane. But germs don’t stop here. If you own a normal traveling pillow chances are it is dirt as well. It probably fell and touched dirty surfaces, it was hidden in a closet and accumulated dirt over time, or everyone in your family has used it. Perhaps now is the time to get a new one.

How often should I discard them?

As a general rule, you’ll probably want to discard your old germ-infested pillow after having it for at least two years. Perhaps plan twice a year a pillow scouting where you locate and throw away every single old travel pillow to prevent anyone from running the risk of using it by mistake. Washing them after quite some time won’t be enough as pillows might accumulate different levels of dirt and allergens depending on what material it’s made from. Pillows made from hypoallergenic materials resist dirt and dust mites more effectively than others. Meanwhile, pillows made from synthetic materials may accumulate more dust and therefore must be discarded after a while of using them.

BSensible TRAVELLER pillow

No matter what kind of pillow you have, most experts agree you’ll need to replace it at some point. Higher quality pillows like the TRAVELLER memory foam pillow tend to put up more resistance to dust and last longer. Its permanent antibacterial properties protect it from germs and bacteria and inhibit bacterial growth naturally and permanently. This waterproof and hypoallergenic traveling pillow prevents liquids from seeping through the protected product and the inhalation of dust mites, which are the main cause of respiratory allergies. The breathable fabric acts as a second skin improving comfort and allowing you to turn any corner of the world into your sanctuary of relaxation.

You can now forget about germs and allergies when traveling as this traveling pillow was designed for you to sleep in comfort and without worrying about getting sick no matter where you go. It’s time to travel with a quality pillow that will last as long as a trip around the world!