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Saving space is a must if you want to pack light, but certain items are always worth a splurge. I like to indulge with a travel pillow case. Find out why we love traveling with one and take a look at some of the best options!
Travel Pillow Case
Even though traveling carry-on only for full time travels was a challenge, I always made sure to leave room for my travel pillow case. It was one small little indulgence that made me feel more comfortable for a variety of reasons.
I first got the idea from a fellow travelers I met in Honduras and was so glad I did. Budget travelers and backpackers, in particular, can benefit from traveling with their own pillow case for hygiene reasons.
Let’s face it sometimes those guest house or hostel conditions were a bit suspect especially when you’re on a penny pinching trip.
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In addition, there are a variety of beauty benefits of sleeping on certain fabrics such as silk or satin. It’s not just a frivolous item–a high-quality silk pillowcase is a beauty secret that has been around for decades.
It’s offers a variety of benefits for your skin and hair helping prevent wrinkles, split ends, and reduces frizz (bonus in high humidity areas). I traveled full time for almost a decade so my beauty needs evolved between my twenties and thirties.
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Silk and 100% pure satin are both naturally cool materials that can significantly reduce sweat as you sleep. When you sweat less, your hair will be less prone to oil and your skin will breathe throughout the night. While you could kick up the AC in your hotel room, that could dry out your skin (and give you a sore throat).
As a bonus, a silk pillowcase can help you get a restful night’s sleep, especially if you’ve been traveling all day.
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Soft & Smooth Hair
If your hair tends to get tangled overnight, chances are that your cotton pillowcases are causing your hair to tug, leading to damage and breakage. Sleeping on silk or sating greatly reduces friction as you sleep, allowing your hair to breathe and prevent oil build up.
Professional hair care specialists recommend sleeping on silk to prolong keratin straightening treatments and keep your hair straight or curled longer. Since silk isn’t as absorbent as cotton, it won’t dry out your hair, preserving your style for a few extra days.
One of the pillowcases I traveled with was the glamorous Savvy Sleepers satin pillowcase, which comes in a variety of cute colors ensuring you never forget it in your hotel room! It felt like I had a little luxury no matter where I went!
Encountering allergies in your hotel or hostel are a worst-case scenario. Most travelers with sensitivity to allergies often have trouble controlling any triggering factor.
There are plenty of allergy-prone irritants such as chemicals and dust mites that can cause eczema and asthma. Since silk is naturally hypoallergenic, it’s the perfect travel companion to help sensitive skin and reduce exposure to allergens.
You can’t count on your bedding items to be free from unwanted chemicals and indoor allergens on the road. If your skin and allergies are easily triggered, a silk pillowcase is free from chemicals and allows a barrier from allergens.
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The first travel pillow case I used was one that was half silk and half cotton like the one shown above. I really liked this option since it allowed me to feel the cotton against my arms underneath the pillow when I slept while still getting the benefits of the silk for my skin and hair.
It packed small and was easy to wash on the go. As a bonus, it was also budget-friendly, too.
Do you pack your own travel pillow case? Share in the comments!
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- The Best Travel Leggings According to Our Readers
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