No matter how tired you are after a long day of hiking, biking, climbing, or just hanging by the fire, a good night’s rest can be hard to come by when you’re camping. And for some weird reason, a comfortable sleep system tends to be one of the most overlooked essentials for outdoorspeople. Stop stuffing extra jackets into one another for a makeshift pillow — instead, rest your head on one of these light and portable backpacking and camping pillows, and you’ll be en route to more REM sleep than you’ve ever dreamt of!
Nemo Fillo Inflatable Travel Pillow
Just because you want an inflatable pillow does not mean you have to sacrifice comfort — Nemo’s Fillo is a near-perfect option for all occasions! The pillow’s body inflates easily, while the soft, insulated cover is something to dream about.At just 9 ounces, this pillow is lightweight and packable enough to make the cut when backpacking. Meanwhile, it’s soft and plush enough to be used at the campground (when trunk space is a non-issue). It’s easily one of the comfiest camping pillows we have tried!
TETON Sports Camp Pillow
For car camping, you won’t need anything that’s made to be lightweight and pack down small. TETON Sports’ camping pillow —which is heavier and larger than many backpacking-angled pillows — will get the job done, with a price that’s just right!This option has a foam filling that will keep your head off the hard ground, a stuff sack that lets you toss it in the trunk without picking up dirt, and a soft flannel cover that can be removed for washing when it starts to smell like sweat, drool, and campfire.
Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow
This compressible option from Therm-A-Rest offers campers and travelers a pillow that is hard to pass up. The brushed surface is incredibly soft on your face, while the foam filling offers plenty of support and compresses down small. With 10 patterns to choose from, it’s a worthy blend of comfort, portability, and affordability.
ALPS Mountaineering Microfiber Camp Pillow
If you love the feel of microfiber blankets, this pillow will put you right to sleep — its microfiber outer layer feels like you’re resting on a chinchilla! The insulation holds its shape well, yet compresses small enough for a backpacking pack.This offering from ALPS comes in multiple sizes, depending if you prefer a pillow that’s small and packable for backpacking, or one that’s a bit more luxurious for camping near your car.
Trekology Ultralight Inflatable Travel Pillow 2.0
Looking for something that will get the job done without costing a fortune? This pillow inflates to over a foot in width and length, and is made of a strong TPU material, so your head will stay elevated even if the pillow gets a bit mistreated. If money is an issue, sleep doesn’t need to be!