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Dreamsacks Airline Comfort Set

By McClatchy News Services

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» What it is: A huge silk blanket (43 by 72 inches), silk pillowcase (15 by 20 inches) and adjustable silk eyeshades.

» How it works: The case slips over the airline pillow, providing a lot more comfort than the standard-issue pillow. The blanket is large enough to keep even the most frigid passenger compartment from frosting you, and the silk eyeshades are so soft, you won't care how you look to the passengers heading back to the bathroom. It all squeezes into a silk bag the size of a submarine sandwich — an easy fit for a carry-on.

» The good: These were the most comfortable eyeshades ever. Eyeshades aren't that important on domestic flights, but when crossing an ocean, you know someone's going to slide open a window shade and unleash a laserlike flash sure to wake everyone in the compartment. You'll want to use them at home, too. As for the blanket, it's impossible not to get full coverage with this one, and though lightweight, it's plenty warm. It also has a pocket to keep your shoeless feet cozy. Though the silk pillowcase adds comfort, it has another function: a former flight attendant says airline pillows are not always guaranteed sterile so the case also adds a layer of assurance.

» The bad: Be sure to wash and tumble dry the blanket before using it. If you don't, it can leave countless tiny fabric dots on your clothes.

» Retail cost: $65.

» Availability: dreamsack.com

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