No matter how well-planned a trip might be, travel is bound to bring out some stress and uncertainty at some point. While at-home tools for self-soothing might not make it into your suitcase, there are a few that can.
If you’re trying to pack light, the idea of traveling with a weighted blanket may seem unrealistic. However, we'd argue that prioritizing comfort is worth it. Plus, we have a few tips and tricks to make the trek a little easier along the way. Read on to find out how.
The Benefits of Using a Weighted Blanket During Travel
Whether you're a train, plane, or automobile traveler, the stress of airports, potential delays, and traffic can take a toll on anyone. This often leaves people overwhelmed or overstimulated before they even get to the destination. Here are some benefits to keep in mind:
Support Through Stressful Situations: For those who experience anxiety with travel, a weighted blanket's Deep Pressure Stimulation offers soothing properties that create a physical support barrier. This can be beneficial whether you’re taking a nap or trying to get through some scary turbulence. Plus, it's a great tool for kids who need a little extra help to readjust during travel.
Promoting Restful Sleep in New Places: Staying in unfamiliar places can be difficult for even seasoned travelers. One of the most significant ways that travel can impact people is through sleep. Some struggle with insomnia, others have trouble winding down or adjusting to sleep schedules due to jet lag, and new beds may simple be uncomfortable and not feel like home. Weighted blankets are designed to naturally stimulate a calming effect on the body that promotes melatonin, decreases cortisol, and releases serotonin.
- Offering Extra Warmth and Comfort: If you find yourself on a long layover or in a hotel room that doesn't have enough blankets, you'll be extra glad you brought your weighted blanket. Use it to make train seats and hard, metal airport chairs a little more cozy, too. The possibilites are endless with this underrated travel buddy.
How do You Travel with a Weighted Blanket?
Trying to fit a blanket into your suitcase is not a very practical travel plan. It’s also not the best way to make use of traveling with a weighted blanket in the first place. Here are some considerations:
For car travel
If you’re going on a road trip with your weighted blanket, we’d recommend keeping it with you for the duration of your trip. Don’t stow it away or leave it in the trunk as you won't be able to access it during long drives. Instead, keep it in the backseat with you or take it into the place you'll be sleeping for the trip. This way you'll always have it on hand.
For air travel
Flying with a weighted blanket shouldn't be a problem due to the construction of Luna blankets. They're designed with OEKO-TEX cotton and the inside is crafted from premium grade glass beads. Simply put it through the TSA scanner as you would your suitcase or bag.
The Best Weighted Blanket for Travel
We understand that cars and planes are tight spaces so you probably don’t want to be lugging around a big, heavy blanket with you. That’s why, when it comes to weighted blanket travel options, we find that our kid's weighted blanket works best. It’s only 5 lbs which makes it much easier to carry through an airport, but just as comforting as an adult-size blanket.
If you’re worried about it getting dirty during your travels, don't stress! It’s machine-washable so you can clean it in between trips. Order your travel-ready weighted blanket before your next adventure. This is one comfort you won’t want to leave home without.