A pillow: The concept is straightforward enough. Or is it?
Citing the traveler’s scourge of neck pain, a company called MethodSimple has — somewhat ironically, given its name — created a fancier version of this most uncomplicated accessory for those occasions when lying down isn’t an option.
The Simple Pillow (www.methodsimple.com, $39.99) is 11 1/2 inches long, with a shape reminiscent of a football collar. The bottom half of the front is covered in a meshlike moisture-wicking fabric. The pillow boasts a neoprene backing for traction, and the top has what the company calls an “ultimate cuddle plush front.” True to its word, the soft fabric feels like the kind used in an infant’s plush toy.
Perhaps the most gimmicky part of the Simple Pillow is its built-in pump, which lets you inflate an internal air chamber for a customized fit. It might remind you of the early ’90s pump-up-shoe fad.