The Best Travel Earplugs – Guaranteed by a Very Fussy Sleeper

One of the hardest things about travel is sleeping.  I don’t know when I became so delicate, but I am a real baby of a sleeper. And not in the sense that I “sleep like a baby”.  No, I wake up like a baby.  Aka, I wake up to EVERYTHING. Which is not a great trait when you travel as much as I do. So what do I need? The best of the best in EARPLUG technology!

The best travel earplugs for sleeping, As a very light sleeper, earplugs are an essential piece of travel gear for me These earplugs are my top pick, saving me from sleepless nights and grouchy days!

How I became such a fragile sleeper, I don’t know.  I have lived in basements, I have spent many nights on airport floors, and I have actually paid for beds in 80 person dorm rooms (it’s basically just an army barrack with dreadlocks). All in, I should be an amazingly resilient, can sleep through the apocalypse type sleeper. I should be able to sleep everywhere and through anything.  

Nope! Traffic roaring, dogs barking, roosters crowing, backpackers nattering, cats fighting, doors slamming, bunk beds squeaking; I have woken up to all of it.  

And honestly, do not get me started on snoring. Or even heavy breathing.  I am a resentful and bitter bed mate I tell you what. #single

My best sleeps occur in pitch black, silent rooms, horizontally on a soft to medium mattress with ample blankets, in a building with literally no other living thing inside it.

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Clearly my Dear Old Dad (DOD) doesn’t share my high maintenance sleep requirements. 

So how do I not kill the people around me and still get enough sleep?  Simple.  Ear plugs! But not just  those bits of foam that supposedly are shaped like an ear canal (Whose ear canal looks like that!?).  

I am slightly ashamed to admit it, but I am a luxury Ear Plug connoisseur. I’m pretty passionate about it really.  I won’t bore you with the fails as those all ended up with me awake at night and super grouchy about it.  So I’ll skip to the recommendation! 

Ohropax Wax Earplugs – Top Earplugs for Travellersbest travel earplugs for light sleepers 2 Pack of Ohropax Reusable Wax/cotton Ear Plugs

Made in Germany, because we actually can trust the Germans to make even sleep more efficient, these earplugs are basically wax balls. They come in packs of 12, each one individually wrapped in cotton.  Once you remove the cotton, you roll the earplug around in your fingers a bit to warm it up, and then with little to no technique, shove it into your ear. 

Will you be completely deaf? No, you can still hear some things when you are awake, but the noise around you will be muffled enough that you will sleep through most of it.  I mean, I sleep through it, so unless you’re even worse than me…

You can also reuse these gems, basically until they lose their stickiness and get gross.  I always keep mine in a clean container while I’m not using them so they don’t dry out or collect weird bits.  Also, I don’t want my cat to get curious and end up with a belly full of wax.

Admittedly, these earplugs are not as cheap as the crappy foam ones, but you can reuse them, and the sleepy times you get for the investment are definitely worth it.  Here in Jamaica, I contend with an active kitten inside the house and barking dogs outside, so I wear my earplugs every single night.  I’m expecting a titanic ear infection one of these days, but until then, I am a much less horrible person during the day because of these earplugs. Seriously I would be so cranky! 

So have I convinced you???  

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2 thoughts on “The Best Travel Earplugs – Guaranteed by a Very Fussy Sleeper

  1. Hi Emily,

    Looks like a winning pair of earplugs to me and hey, trust the Germans.

    Ditto on being a light sleeper. I have circled the globe for 6 years, sleeping and resting in all types of spots yet over time I wake up at the slightest provocation.

    Currently living in a sleepy Thai village in the hills around Chiang Mai. National park is the backyard. Quiet as can be. But I am sleeping not too great and roosters, dogs and the odd Thai greeting outside the window wakes me up. You’d think I’d be used to this stuff LOL.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


    1. Hey Ryan,
      Chiang Mai sounds awesome! But yes, I remember the call of those dang roosters in Thailand, Bangkok in particular! I would be earplugging for life there! How do we travel this much and only become more sensitive sleepers? I also envy/resent people I see just sleeping easily in random places with chaos happening around them.

      As crazy as it sounds, earplugs are one of my most important gear items! Earplugs, passport, and credit card, what else do you need?!


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