We all look forward to breaking away from the office to spend some quality time outdoors for a few days or a week at a time. But that doesn’t mean we need to find ourselves sleeping between a rock and a hard place. On the contrary, the opposite should be true. This should be a time of relaxation, not aches and pains. So alongside a sleeping bag and sleeping pad for the journey, owning a camping pillow is something that should make sense to all of us but surprisingly is more of an afterthought until the time comes to lay our heads down at night.
So, because we’re guilty of making this mistake (once is really all it takes) we felt it pertinent to highlight several options out there that make sense from both a budgetary and comfort perspective. In this list, you’ll find self-inflating and water-resistant options that not only keep your neck from feeling like it’s stuck in a brace the next morning but also assist in allowing you a proper night’s rest. Needless to say, if you’re looking for options that won’t take up a bunch of space in your pack and last many a camping trip, we’ve got you covered.
Therm-A-Rest Compressible Pillow
From car camping to roughing it in the backpacker-friendly outdoors, this Compressible Pillow from Therm-a-Rest is an ideal find for travelers and campers alike. That’s because it packs quite small but expands to an acceptable size – they even offer XL sizes that expand to 16.5 x 27 inches when inflated. It features brushed polyester on the exterior and soft urethane foam and is made right here in the USA. Nothing like at little American made comfort to help you sleep at night.
Teton Sports ComfortLite
It rarely gets better, or at least more convenient, than self-inflation. And with the Teton Sports ComfortLite Pillow, that’s exactly what you’re getting. Simply open the easy twist rapid inflation valve and you’re all set. The piece also comes equipped with a microfiber top, grey nonslip bottom, and a limited lifetime warranty thanks to the same quality construction found in other Teton gear.
Klymit Pillow X
You may be wondering about the design of this unique looking pillow. Well, Klymit thoughtfully built the weld pattern of this piece to help stabilize and center your head while at rest. It also boasts an adjustable height pressure based on your preferences and is sleeping bag compatible as it easily fits inside a mummy bag’s hood for secure comfort. It’s built with a lightweight 30D polyester top and a 75D polyester bottom that will keep this pillow durable enough to last for years on end.
Sierra Designs DriDown Pillow
Purposed to provide both maximum flexibility and comfort while camping, the DriDown Pillow incorporates multiple components based on your needs. Here, you can opt to use the synthetic insert along with the pillow top for enhanced comfort or to help save space you can simply use spare clothing as filling when camping in the backcountry. It’s made with 30D polyester ripstop and 600 Fill DriDown and boasts a combined weight of 5.8 ounces.
Cocoon UltraLite Air
With a name like Cocoon, it’s nearly impossible not to picture yourself getting a solid night’s sleep with this handy pillow. It boasts an inflatable air core, is surrounded by soft polyester fill, and is built with a durable micro ripstop nylon shell for reliability season after season. The Cocoon also comes with a stuff sack for easy storage and two different sizes based on your preferences.
One of Nemo’s best all-around sellers, the Fillo pillow is a perfect option for just about any outdoor excursion. It features comfort unlike many other products out there and is ideal for side sleeping thanks to an inch of foam combined with a 3-inch bladder for additional height. Also, with an integrated stuff sack, it’s both small and lightweight enough to carry along in the backcountry without worry.
Sea to Summit Aeros
It’s amazing that such small and lightweight pillows can provide such comfort these days. This option from Sea to Summit does just that – weighing in at a modest 2.8 ounces and inflating to 5 inches thick. It’s built with a high-strength thermoplastic polyurethane bladder, a 50-denier polyester stretch-knit outer surface, and a synthetic fill between the case and the bladder. Also, curved baffles create a comfortable cradle for your head and it comes equipped with a stuff sack for good measure.
Exped UltraLite Air
Working to keep things as simple as possible, the Exped Ultralight Air Pillow is a basic yet comfortable option that won’t weigh down your pack and will help facilitate a great night’s sleep in the outdoors. It inflates with just a couple quick breaths, weighs a minuscule 1.8 ounces, and come equipped with a standard single flat valve for easy inflation and deflation.
Best Winter Sleeping Bags
Now that the weather is turning, it might be time to invest in a proper winter sleeping bag to keep you warm on those long dark nights in the wilderness. Not to worry, we have a selection of the finest offerings around outlined in this list.