7 Best Travel Meditation Cushions & Pillows

Best Travel Meditation Cushions & Pillows
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Once you’ve built a daily meditation habit, you can feel “off” if you don’t have a chance to meditate. many meditators try their best not to take a day off from their practice, not even if they’re traveling. Keeping the habit up can be difficult with long flights, changing time zones, and changing locals. But sometimes meditation is even more essential while you’re traveling, helping to keep your stress levels down and keep you in touch with your breath. Many people struggle to meditate without props or cushions to keep them comfortable. Luckily there are travel meditation cushions and mats available that are compact, easy to pack in a suitcase, and still designed to add comfort to your practice. This article looks at travel cushions and pillows, as well as a few travel meditation mats and zabutons available.

Travel Meditation Cushions

Mobile Meditator Inflatable Meditation Cushion

If you’re someone who likes to travel light or weight and space are at a premium in your suitcase, the Mobile Meditator may be exactly what you’re looking for. This is a crescent-shaped inflatable meditation cushion perfect for a sitting meditation. Inflatable cushions are great because you can easily adjust the height and firmness by how much you inflate them. What sets the Mobile Meditator apart from other inflatable meditation cushions is it had three separate inflatable air chambers. This allows you to more easily customize the firmness and height for different parts of your body: the center chamber changes spine support and pelvic tilt, the side chambers control hip and thigh support.

This travel cushion has a lot of great reviews on Amazon, and some users say the customizability of the cushion makes it their favorite to use at home as well. In addition to using it for meditating, some travelers have also inflated it to use as a pillow on their flight.

Dimensions: Maximum inflated size: 18″ wide x 6″ tallest height & 2″ lowest height (46 x 15 x 5cm). Weighs 13 oz. Compact travel size: 9″ x 9″ x 2″

Available Colors: black, purple, blue, hunter green, red

Air Meditator Inflatable Travel Meditation Cushion

Vertical Vitality has introduced another inflatable meditation cushion perfect for your practice on the go. Another crescent shape option, this cushion is easily inflated by mouth or with a pump. You can adjust the the level of support with more or less air. it features three different chambers that you can adjust indepenedently. Once you have it inflated, the designed shape provides correct pelvic tilt for proper posture and comfortable meditation in lotus or burmese positions.

This cushion also comes with a carry case for easy storage in your bag or suitcase.

Maximum Size: 18″ wide, 7″ tall (rear), 2.5″ tall (front)

Available Colors: Gray, Black, Red, Purple

Travel Cosmic Cushion for Meditation

Travel Cosmic Cushion for Meditation

If inflatable meditation cushions don’t meet your needs, this is a great alternative. Sun and Moon Originals designed this meditation cushion to be completely portable while still functioning like a traditional zafu cushion. This crescent-shaped travel cushion is smaller in size, making it more compact and portable. It still provides the comfort you need for sitting meditation, cushioning you with a choice of buckwheat hulls or kapok fiber filling.

The wedge profile of the Cosmic cushion tilts the pelvis forward, to help you maintain a proper curve in your lower back. The tapered “wings” on the sides properly cushion your thighs. These cushions are made to order, so you can select from ten color options.

Available Colors: black, chocolate, purple, burgundy, royal blue, charcoal, blue iris, navy, sage, cinnamon

Outdoor Self-Inflating Seat Cushion

So this cushion is not designed for meditation, but it’s a great multiuse option for hikers and campers. This self-inflating outdoor cushion is advertised for using on hard stadium seats, but it’s great for on concrete or rocks. It’s also insulated, so the cold surface won’t chill you. It’s also a great option for meditating if you’re looking for a pillow or cushion in a rectangular shape, rather than the crescent shape offered by other brands. This inflatable pillows is super affordable and also self-inflates so you don’t have to worry about blowing it up.

This cushion has a valve to adjust the firmness and it easily deflates and rolls up to store in a compact carry pouch. They are the perfect size for carry-on bags or backpackers. If you’re looking for a cushion that will work well for a kneeling meditation, this one is a good size to consider. It is smaller in width than the crescent inflatable cushions.

Comes in a set of two with a storage bag.

Dimensions: 16″ x 12″ x 1″ inflated

Available Colors: blue and green or blue and yellow

Memory Foam Meditation Cushion

This may not be what you had in mind when you started researching travel meditation cushions, but you should consider it. If you’re looking for a portable cushion option that is also ergonomic, the Zen Comfort is perfect for you. Made from cushioning memory foam, the Zen Comfort is meant for more uses than just meditation, but it’s absolutely fantastic for chair or floor meditations.The ergonomic design helps support your bottom and legs for a perfectly aligned lotus or Burmese position, or even just sitting with comfortably crossed legs.

While not the most compact cushion option, it easy to travel with you. You can carry it on a plane and then sit on it during the flight. It instantly turns an uncomfortable economy seat into a specialized ergonomic seat for a more comfortable flight.

Travel Meditation Mat

Even with a portable meditation cushion to aid your practice, you may still find many floors and other surfaces too hard to sit on comfortably. Zabutons are usually too bulky and tricky to pack, especially for flying or backpacking. Some people find travel yoga mats work well as a substitute, especially when folded up or rolled and placed strategically under the knees or feet. There are a few products on the market meant to address the challenge of a portable meditation mat. Some pair well with travel meditation cushions and one of our recommendations is its own set.

Mobile Meditator Travel Meditation Mat

This may just look like a yoga mat to you, but it was designed with a meditator in mind. It’s shorter in length than a standard yoga mat, meaning it saves on space and weight while providing a size that a meditator will appreciate. This is a dual surface mat, with a microfiber top and a non-slip cushioned bottom. While it has a good amount of cushion, it’s not going to be as comfortable as a fluffy zabuton. One of the big benefits of this mat is it keeps you off the ground or floor, especially if you’re meditating in public spaces.

Comes with a carry strap for extra portability. You can roll it or fold it to store easily in your luggage or bag. It’s also machine washable. This pairs well with the Mobile Meditator inflatable cushion, creating a secure, non-slip combination. Watch out if you have a cat though, apparently they love to use it as a scratch pad, so keep it out of reach of your kitty.

Dimensions: 26″ x 36″ x 3.5 mm thick, weighs 13 oz.

Available Colors: turquoise, purple

Travel Zafu & Zabuton Mat Set

If space isn’t at a premium for you when you travel, or you’re just looking for a zafu and zabuton set that’s portable enough to take with you to class or group meditations, then this is the set for you. (This is also a great option if you don’t have a lot of storage space at home). This full-size zafu and zabuton set features a folding zabuton cushion with carrying handles. Made from cotton canvas, these cushions are sturdy and beautiful. The zabuton is stuffed with kapok and the zafu features organic buckwheat hulls (and a zipper to adjust the firmness of the cushion by removing some of the filling).

While this is not a great option for people who are flying, if you’re taking a road trip this set will easily fit in your trunk with your luggage. With most colors, you get an option of a round or crescent zafu pillow.

Dimensions: zabuton open: 32″ x 26″ x 5″, zafu: 16″ wide, 6″ high

Available Colors: diamond brown, diamond burgundy, diamond olive green

Looking for more portable meditation supplies for travelers? Check out these folding and travel meditation benches and travel yoga mats.

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