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My name is Mike, and I’m a guy who has done just about every job there is – landscaping, photography, sales, manufacturing, engineering, deep sea diving, going to war, etc. But – I’ve always had dreams of taking my ideas and making them into reality.
Where the idea came from
The Travel Halo was born from lots of traveling, sore necks and sleepless flights. I love to travel, either to other parts of the globe, or just local road trips. But I’ve never been able to fall asleep in the car or on a plane. I’ve tried almost every travel pillow on the market with little relief. Regular c-shaped “neck pillows” just don’t do anything. They still allow your head to flop around. In most cases, they push your head and neck forward. Not very ergonomic, and not good in an airline seat that is already almost vertical! Just about everyone has tried a conventional neck pillow, but I’ve yet to meet anyone who says they like them. So, one day after riding shotgun during a long and sleepless car ride, I had the idea. I jumped out of the car, grabbed some old socks, an old tennis headband, lots of tape, and here’s what I came up with:
It was truly ugly, but it worked well. I spend the next year and a half finding the right materials, and the right way to construct it, so that EVERYONE could benefit from it
I’ve spent the last several years testing dozens of different designs and materials, and pursuing a patent, with one goal in mind: to create a comfortable and easy to use travel pillow that actually works.
The Travel Halo is made from a high quality cotton/polyester/spandex blend sports cloth. The material is very breathable, lightweight and soft to the touch providing maximum comfort. It features a stretchable band designed to fit any head-size. Two small pillows, secured inside the band, are positioned so that they cradle your head and prevent it from rolling to either side while you sleep. When traveling, I often found myself trying to sleep in brightly lit environments with little success. To address this, the Travel Halo includes a fold-down eye mask to block out ambient light. The Travel Halo is designed with portability in mind. When not in use, it folds up easily and can be stored in the travel pouch included with every Travel Halo.
These are my partners and fellow Army Veterans. This photo was taken after we won an Innovation Award at the world’s largest travel goods trade show – The TGA trade show in Las Vegas, 2013. It was our first appearance at the show, and almost no one knew of us. We were competing among the likes of Perry Ellis, Victorinox, Samsonite, Fila, London Fog, etc, (all the big players in the industry for many years) – so we were virtual nobodies. But we arrived with a great idea and a winning attitude. We took some by surprise, and may have disturbed a few others. But we made our mark. Now, our goal is simple – to provide you with a Travel Halo anywhere in the world that you have the option of buying a regular neck pillow. Hooah!