The next time you start a load of laundry, head to your suitcase and dig out your travel pillow (and blanket and eye mask, if you have one). It’s easy to forget about these in-flight essentials when you just pack them back in your bag in preparation for your next trip. But airplanes see lots of passengers, and get dirty quickly. It’s important to clean the pillowcase for your travel pillow and anything else you use on board.
Follow the care instructions on the product or consult our guide for how to clean household items. And make sure your travel gear is completely dry before stowing it in your suitcase again—you’ll avoid any mildew or mustiness that way.