Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Camping Pillow

Proper head support is critical when you’re overnighting outdoors.

Woman in tent with sleeping bag and camping pillows.
Camping pillows are also great for naps in the car or on an airplane.Therm-a-Rest

A good pillow can make a night in a tent or a long ride in an airplane or car pass much more peacefully. Camping pillows have been around for a long time, and the traditional models filled with foam or synthetic materials also work great while traveling. Newer inflatable pillows take up even less space. When you’re ready to rest outdoors, here are three things to keep in mind while you shop for a place to lay your head.

TREKOLOGY Ultralight Inflatable Camping Travel Pillow - ALUFT 2.0 Compressible, Compact, Comfortable, Ergonomic Inflating Pillows for Neck & Lumbar Support While Camp, Hiking, Backpacking
You can fill this product in three to five breaths.TREKOLOGY

For years, camping and travel pillows were nearly all stuffed with foam or some sort of polyester filling. Today there’s a growing number of inflatable pillows made with ergonomic indentations for your head, which can add comfort, and you can vary the air pressure for a customized touch.

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow for Camping, Backpacking, Airplanes and Road Trips, Amethyst
This product stuffs into its own integrated drawcord sack.Therm-a-Rest

Some pillows compress down to the size of a soda can, while others stuff down to a smaller size than the original pillow. If you’re backpacking or otherwise need a compact pillow, definitely check the “packed size” dimensions before you buy to make sure it will fit where you stash it.

Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Pillow Compressible Foam Pillows – Use When Sleeping in Car, Plane Travel, Hammock Bed & Camp – Great for Kids - Compact Small, Medium & Large Size - Portable Bag
A microsuede cover nestles your head for comfort just like home.Wise Owl Outfitters

One knock against inflatable pillows is the cover membrane has to be airtight, which means no comfortable cotton or flannel coverings. Manufacturers are doing a better job of covering inflatables with great-feeling materials, but traditional synthetic-filled pillows are softer on skin.

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