For many, thinking about past camping adventures conjures fond memories of campfire stories, wildlife encounters, exciting discoveries, and perhaps a morning or two talking to camp mates sideways due to an overly stiff neck. Technological advances in recreational equipment have created products that can make your camping experience as minimal or as luxurious as you would like. Whether you are backpacking with an unfathomably light pack or car camping with every possible piece of gear your little heart desires, there are plenty of camping pillow options to keep your head and neck happy. Although your home pillow may be able to do the job, having a comfortable pillow that is compressible and portable will greatly simplify your camping experience. Below are some of the best camping pillow options based on comfort, support, ease of cleaning, portability, and positive consumer experiences. These options are also extremely versatile, and will serve you well during air and boat travel, road trips, or even as throw pillows to add extra comfort to a couch or chair.
Ultra-soft goose down fill? Check. Incredible compressibility? Check. Amazing longevity? Check. Light as air? Check. Be careful, as you may end up replacing your home pillows with this gem. Three size options allow you to select the version that best serves your sleeping needs. Read Full Review
If you simply must have the best, most luxurious camping pillow and cost is of no issue, look no further than the Quixote Travelite Classic Goose Down Pillow. If you aren't sold by the comfort of the Hungarian goose down fill alone, you likely will be after seeing the pillow compress down to an unimaginably small size and poof back out as fluffy as the day you first saw it. To top it all off, this pillow is literally as light as a feather, and will hardly add any weight or bulk to your pack. The cover is designed to withstand campsite abuse and is even water resistant, while the pillowcase is a 400-thread count cotton dream. Considering the insulating ability of goose down, your head will stay comfortably warm as it enjoys cloud-like comfort. Quixote also makes a synthetic version of this pillow at roughly half the cost.
This pillow is ideal for those who enjoy extra cushion, softness, and overall comfort. Fold this pillow down and stuff it into your sleeping bag stuff sack for added packing convenience. Several size and design options allow you to customize your pillow purchase to best meet your camping needs. Read Full Review
If you prefer luxury car camping and want your campsite to include the amenities you enjoy at home, this pillow is worthy of consideration. In fact, some users have even replaced their home pillows with this one due to its extraordinary comfort and support. The Therm-a-Rest compressible pillow comes in small, medium, and large sizes, and is even available in several fun designs. This allows you to choose a pillow size that meets your camping needs while showing off your unique style. The larger size is great if space is not an issue when packing, while the medium option is large enough to provide a cozy sleeping experience while tucked in the hood of your sleeping bag. This pillow is machine-washable, and self-expands from its compressed state. If you are a fan of earth-friendly, recycled products, you'll appreciate that this pillow is filled with materials left over from the production of Therm-a-Rest sleeping mats.
Forget about bunching up clothes in a stuff sack and calling it a pillow during your backpacking trips. The U.L Comfort System Pillow adds comfort to your sleeping experience without adding bulk or excessive carrying weight to your pack. Inflation and deflation take seconds, and you can even roll it up in your mat or sleeping bag to help keep your sleeping gear organized. Read Full Review
This camping pillow tops the charts in terms of comfort, weight, and portability. It weighs a mere 2.4 ounces, takes only a few short breaths to inflate, and packs down to the size of a softball. The unique shape of the pillow can accommodate multiple sleep positions. Slightly under-inflating it will create an ideal pillow height and deepen the pillows center grooves to keep your head snug during the night. Eyelets on the sides of the pillow allow you to attach it to your sleeping pad to keep the pillow in place (your sleeping pad needs to have attachment loops similar to those found on a mont-bell U.L Comfort Pad for best results). Consider the mont-bell lightweight fleece pillow cover for added comfort and softness.
This pillow is one of the pricier options on this list, but near-impeccable user reviews confidently proclaim that you get what you pay for. The Fillo boasts adjustable height and firmness, handy portability, and a luxuriously soft microsuede cover. If your sleeping needs demand the comfort of memory foam, this pillow has your back...er, neck. Read Full Review
The Nemo Fillo gets rave reviews not only for its incredible level of comfort and quality, but also its handy portability and versatility. This camping pillow is inflatable, and has a layer of memory foam. Together, these two components allow you to adjust the firmness of the pillow to your liking while maintaining cushioning for added comfort. Bungee cording on the back of the pillow allows you to stuff in some extra clothing and adjust the height of the pillow to meet your individual needs. The stuff sack is conveniently attached to the pillow cover, and allows the pillow to be compressed to a conveniently portable size. The cover itself is super-soft microsuede, and can be easily removed and tossed in the washer. If you tend to move around a lot while you sleep, consider the larger luxury size.
The REI Base Camp Pillow is an ideal combination of cost and comfort. It serves as an easily portable version of your fluffy, cushiony home pillows at an extremely reasonable price point. Many consumers are impressed with this pillow's longevity and dependability. Read Full Review
This pillow is aptly named, considering it is designed to enhance the comfy cozy aspect of your base camp. This pillow provides an admirable balance of fluffiness and firmness. It has a reputation for being refreshingly lofty, and maintaining that loft as opposed to going flat over time. The polyester and cotton fabric is soft and comfortable, while the filling (recycled!) adds firm and cushy support. Straps on the pillow help you easily secure and store it, though this pillow is not as compressible as other options on this list (which is only a potential disadvantage if space is an issue for you during your adventure). As an added bonus, this pillow is the most inexpensive option on this list.