Sitting in the cab of an RV is a great way to take in the countryside, but a long trip can be tough to endure. Staying in the same position for hours can be pretty uncomfortable, and can even cause pain and chronic problems.
That’s why it’s best to take a little preventative action and invest in some extra padding. Here’s a look at five seat cushions that are perfect for relieving point of contact pressure while driving. Even better is that these cushions benefit everyone from long haul truckers to weekend RVers to people sitting in office chairs all day.
1. The Truck Driver’s Pressure Relieving Cushion
The Truck Driver’s Pressure Relieving Cushion from the Hammacher Schlemmer company is one of the best reviewed seat cushions specifically designed for relieving back pressure and reducing pain while driving. While many cushions use foam or springs, this one utilizes a medical-grade elastic gel interior along with a patented honeycomb shape.
This design helps distributes weight evenly throughout the entire cushion, eliminating pressure points and providing complete support. The cushion will fit in most chairs, and the 2 inch thick gel interior makes it feel like you’re sitting on a cloud of air. This cushion conforms to the specific shape of your body, lessening impact on joints and muscles.
The elastic gel is fairly durable, and won’t develop indentations as you sit. When you stand up, it’s as good as new. The cover is made from polyester and spandex, and is washable.
Most helpful real-life review: “This cushion is much more comfortable than memory foam versions I’ve used in the past, and allows me to emerge from long drives pain-free.”
2. Wondergel Original Gel Seat Cushion
Wondergel (also known as Intelli-gel) claims to be “the most advanced cushioning material available today,” and it just might have enough positive reviews to back that claim up. Constructed from an ultra-modern copolymer, this cushion provides unmatched support and eliminates pressure points in the process.
Traditional cushions made from materials like memory foam can create push back that causes discomfort over time. But this cushion uses a “column buckling” principle that distributes the weight to neighboring columns as pressure increases.
Most helpful real-life review: “I have tried other memory foam/gel cushions from an ultra-modern copolymer, Wondergel provides comfortable support while eliminating pressure points and this seemingly simple cushion provides the most comfort I have ever seen. I immediately noticed a significant increase in comfort. Definitely relieves tush pressure points.”
3. Conformax Anywhere Anytime Gel Cushion
Conformax’s proprietary gel-foam technology means that you’ll get better comfort than just gel or foam alone. It’s “absolutely the most comfortable gel seat cushion available” according to their site.
At only 1.5 inches thick, it sits low in your seat, guaranteeing a perfect body-conforming fit to your anatomy. The included removable, zippered cover is made from lycra/neoprene and is water and spill proof for easy cleaning.
Most helpful real-life review: “Had my doubts, but used it on a 1400 mile trip in a hard, leather-seated Chevrolet Equinox and it really solved the leg and hip issues I otherwise whine about on long trips. Don’t settle for the cheaper, foam covered pads with the slim layer of gel. The real deal is worth it.”
4. Love Home Cool Gel Seat Cushion
This “cool gel” cushion from Love Home is designed to assist with the prevention and relief of lower back and tailbone pain in a number of settings. It alleviates pressure points by dispersing your body weight and promoting good posture.
The cushion instantly conforms to your body, but doesn’t become permanently deformed – even after prolonged use. It features cooling vents and massage convexes that offer excellent air circulation while sitting.
Most helpful real-life review: “Phenomenal product! I use my cool gel foam seat cushion in my truck at work. The firm gel foam prevents bottoming out and provides support for a full 8 hours.”
5. Thermo Sensitive Memory Foam Seat Cushion
When “NASA-invented technology” is at the heart of your product, you know you’ve got something that’s built for long travel. This cushion provides a layer of high density foam cushioning that runs up the entire length of the back and along the neck, helping relieve and ease pressure.
It fits all types of car seats and high-back chairs, and has straps to help keep the seat in place.
Most helpful real-life review: “We just finished a trip across country of over 5000 miles, and this seat gave us the lower back support we needed. My wife, age 66, hated to travel due the pain she had to endure during the ride. Much to our surprise, it worked! During the time she was on the seat, no pain.”