Good sleep is essential for enjoying your camping trip. You can’t sleep well under the stars without considering many factors, such as the R-Value of your mattress, warmth and clothes you wear, but the most important factor is whether you use a camping pillow.
Camping pillows have been a recent addition to the world of camping gear. The camping pillow is still not widely used by backpackers, car campers, and other adventurers. It is up to you to decide whether or not to bring a camping cushion on your next outdoor adventure. But, I will tell you a little secret: Camping pillows are worth the weight of your backpack if you want to get the best night’s rest outdoors.
What is a Camping Pillow?
The most important difference between camping pillows and at-home pillows is their size. Intending to be lighter and more portable, camping pillows are often significantly smaller than traditional pillows.
There are three types of camping pillows:
- Small pillows with a baffled core and air chamber. These pillows can be inflated to the desired firmness and then deflated to the same size as a deck of cards. They are small and lightweight, making them extremely comfortable!
- Foam/Filled pillows: Small pillows filled with Down or foam. They are great for car camping but can be too heavy to carry with you when backpacking, depending on how long the trip is. They’re very comfortable.
- Stuff Sack Pillows: The classic stuff-your-clothes-in-a-stuff-sack-and-call-it-good pillow, but with stuff sacks intentionally designed for the job.
Inflatable Camping Pillows
Ultralight air pillows are a key factor in the current popularity of camping pillows. The Airhead(tm), Lite can be inflated to the required level of support and then deflated to a fraction of its original size. It is so small that it can fit into your sleeping bag or stuff sack. It’s important to keep it safe in your pack.
For ultralight hikers who need a comfort boost, inflatable camping pillows are the best choice. But they can also be used for any other outdoor pursuits where weight and pack size are important. Comfort and durability are often traded for lighter, more portable gear. This is true for inflatable camping pillows, but they are susceptible to puncturing. Advanced fabrics can provide high levels of comfort.
To increase comfort, the original Pillow uses a soft, partially recycled, brushed polyester cover with synthetic fill topper. The Down is made in the same manner, but with a down-filled top for a luxurious next-to-skin feel. They can be machine washed and kept comfortable for many years.
Filled Camping Pillows
People prefer traditional Filled camping pillows. It’s easy to see why. These pillows look very similar to the ones you use at home. They are just slightly smaller and can be packed into a small size.
This category is best illustrated by the Compressible pillow. Its foam filling is recycled from Therm-a-Rest’s sleeping pad production waste. For easy transportation, the pillow can be stuffed into its own brushed polyester shell. It expands to provide great support and comfort. A compressible pillow is a great option if you plan on going car camping, or for weekend backpacking trips.
Stuff Sack Camping Pillows
The Trekker(tm), Pillow Case, and Stuff Sack Pillow will be useful for those who prefer to rest their heads on their jackets or shirts while on the trail. The ultralight brushed polyester Trekker Pillow Case can be carried in your shirt pocket. While the Stuff Sack Pillow has a soft interior lining that will make your clothes pile uniform and soft, it is cross-functional and is very lightweight. New technology does not make old methods obsolete when it comes to camping pillows. Stuff Sack Pillows have a long history of reliability and are functional.
What Should You Do About a Pillow When Camping?
Do you remember waking up to a crick in the neck when you slept on a poor pillow? Have you ever tried to sleep with no pillow and woke up the next day sore and regretful?
Simply put, a camping pillow is a must. They add more value to a sleeping system than they subtract from a packing strategy. This is what it means:
- They are light and small so they won’t weigh much or take up too much space in your bag.
- You will feel more prepared to enjoy the outdoors and perform better!
If you have ever experienced neck pain when sleeping, you will know how important it is that you find the best pillow for you, regardless of where you are sleeping. Despite the fact that many ultralight hikers and dirtbag hikers might disagree with this statement, camping is also subject to the “good pillow equals great sleep” rule.