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Whoever said that traveling is comfortable has never traveled. The old adage ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’ was likely not created by someone who had lower back pain or just found out their 12-hour flight had been delayed. That’s why the next time you pack your carry-on for a flight, a train, a bus, or the backseat of a car, you should also pack a portable travel foot rest.
Using a foot rest has several benefits. For basic comfort, a foot rest gives your feet a pillow that allows them to relax after running through an airport, standing in line for a bus, or you know, just doing feet stuff. Germ-wise, a foot rest gives your feet a chance to take a break from being on the ground, a very dirty place that we prefer to not think about in-depth.
Circulation is improved when feet are elevated, which can reduce the chance of blood clots, a medical emergency more likely to happen when sitting for long periods of time. A foot rest can also help relieve pain. Elevating feet and legs can reduce swelling, relieve pressure on the lower back and knees and help users find a more ergonomic position. For shorter users, foot rests can eliminate the pressure that can build up in the legs when the feet can’t touch the ground.
If you’re ready to put the comfort back into travel, it’s time to invest in a lightweight, affordable and portable travel foot rest.
1. Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest
Put your feet up and enjoy travel with the Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest. Designed for use on airplanes, the foot rest is made with thick memory foam that makes a pillow for ankles or calves. The Sleepy Ride can be adjusted and secured using the plastic buckle, which goes around the users’ tray table. The foot rest helps to elevate the user’s feet, which can relieve pressure and swelling.
Pros: The Sleepy Ride foot rest comes with a cinch top travel bag that keeps the hammock clean when not in use and makes it easy for users to tie the bag to a suitcase or backpack when traveling.
Cons: The Sleepy Ride is best designed for users who are 5’8” and shorter. Taller users should consider other options.
2. Basic Concepts Airplane Foot Hammock
Keep your feet comfortable with the Basic Concepts Airplane Foot Hammock. The Basic Concepts uses a flattened base with memory foam padding for a comfortable foot rest that helps to stop feet from crashing into one another. The long-lasting foot rest is made with reinforced nails for durability and a reinforced lock and strap that can be hooked around the tray table on a plane. The Basic Concepts comes with a travel pouch for added portability. The straps on the Basic Concepts can be adjusted between 17 and 34 inches, making this a great option for users of all heights.
Pros: The Basic Concepts hammock weighs 3 ounces, making it the lightest option on our list.
Cons: Although the Basic Concepts is designed with a flattened base, users may still find their feet crashing together.
3. Sunany Inflatable Foot Rest Pillow
For a foot rest that works for any height and doubles as an ottoman, try the Sunany Inflatable Foot Rest Pillow. Great for situations when a tray table isn’t available to hang a foot rest, the Sunany is the foot rest answer to bulkhead seats. Made with a washable and environmentally friendly PVC flocking, the Sunany can be easily inflated to 15, 30, or 45 cm high. The pillow can be blown up by mouth in under two minutes and deflates in five seconds, it also weighs less than one pound and measures only 7 x 4.2 inches once collapsed. Thanks to the large inflation size, the Sunany can also extend an airplane seat to create a small bed for children.
Pros: The Sunany comes with a bonus eye mask and earplugs to create the ultimate relaxation kit for traveling.
Cons: The Sunany fills up all the leg space on an airplane, which can make it annoying to move if seatmates want to get out or if you need to access your belongings under the bag in front of you. Children and elderly users may have trouble trying to inflate the Sunany.
4. HOKEKI Foot Rest
Give your feet a break with the HOKEKI Foot Rest. The lightweight foot rest can go with you from home to work and provides a supportive and wide foot rest that puts feet at an angle, helping to relieve back, knee and foot pain. The half-circle pad has massage beads on the bottom to prevent the foot rest from slipping and won’t scratch wood floors. Using a 30D high-density sponge, the foot rest won’t sink over time like memory foam. We also like that the Hokeki can be used under the ankles or knees when laying down and flipped over to provide a foot rocker while seated.
Pros: The Hokeki can easily be cleaned thanks to its removable zippered cover, which is washing machine friendly.
Cons: The Hokeki has the biggest price tag on our list and is the least portable.