Monday, May 5, 2008

Shut-Eye on the Red-Eye

Los Angeles : 5 hours. Las Vegas : 6 hours. Sydney : 11 bone-crunching hours.

Getting on a plane might be the one time Lucky You Live Hawaii doesn’t hold.  

Cramped in coach, your chances of catching any z’s are limited. Even with an around-the-neck pillow or a three-drink nightcap and a sleeping pill, you arrive knowing exactly why they call it a red-eye. 

Here are three plane props to help next time you have to fly by night.

This wedge-shaped pillow blows up like an inner tube and fits neatly on the tray table in front of you. Lean forward and you can comfortably rest your head so your back and neck are relaxed. This pillow also helps make those bumpy prop-plane inter-island flights a little more comfortable. Online at

The Nap Strap
You might feel a little bit strange using this – but once you’re in deep REM, it won’t matter. Put on the Nap Strap’s headband and fasten the Velcro tabs to a strap you loop around the back of the seat. Yes, your head is firmly strapped, upright, onto the seat. But www.leichic.comjust try letting your neck flop. You’ll be sitting straight up, sound asleep, with no neck cramps when you wake up. The Nap Strap comes in especially handy if you end up in an aisle seat or in the last row where the seat doesn’t recline. Online at

First Class Sleeper
This inflatable seat pillow is the size of the entire seatback and supports your lower back, shoulders and neck – letting you stretch out more horizontally. It only takes 10 or 11 breaths to inflate, then position it behind you and lean back. Your chair isn’t reclined any further, but your body feels like it is. Online at

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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