The Best Pillows for Camping

Top Pick Camping Pillows

Gone are the days when you had to save weight and space in your backpack by letting your clothes double as a makeshift pillow. Today, you can choose from a dizzying array of special camping pillows, designed to save backpack room and minimize weight while providing the ultimate in comfort after a tough day on the trail. When choosing a camp pillow, keep in mind how much room you’ll have in your backpack, what sort of firmness you need to avoid a day of hiking with a stiff neck, durability, softness and ease of packing. Long expeditions may call for the ultimate space-saving quality of an inflatable pillow, while a tent trip in the car allows for more size and weight in your bedtime amenities.

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow
With several sizes including a new 16.5×27 inch XL, this soft, lofty compressible camp pillow squeezes into the size of a football when tucked away in its built-in drawstring pouch. Weighing just 9.5 ounces, the Therm-a-Rest has polyurethane foam filling and a smooth cotton cover that comes in a lively bunch of colors and patterns. Bring it along for everything from weekend camping getaways to backpacking expeditions and long car trips. For maximum fluff and softness, wash and dry before using.

ALPS Mountaineering MicroFiber Camp Pillow


With a super-soft microfiber cover and ultra-light TechLoft+ insulation, the ALPS MicroFiber camp pillow stuffs into its own drawstring stuff sack, allowing it to take up minimal space in your bag. Easy to squeeze into the sleeping bag compartment and very affordable, the ALPS pillow comes in 10”x20” and 16” x 24” sizes, compressing down to less than half the size. The pillow also provides superior neck support and traps head heat well.

TETON Sports Camp Pillow


Weighing only .80 pounds complete with case and stuffing sack, the comfy TETON Sports Camp Pillow comes in four stylish colors to match TETON Sports sleeping bag liners. Next best choice to a full size pillow for comfort, the TETON includes a no-shrink, envelope-style high-count cotton flannel pillowcase for ultimate softness against your face. Airy SuperLoft Elite four-channel fill means the fill stays in place rather than bunching up in one spot, providing superior comfort and neck support along with a great night’s sleep, The taffeta drawstring stuff sack with barrel-lock is easy to attach to your backpack and the cool mini-sleeping bag design is a big hit with kids.

Intex Camping Flocked Pillow

Intex Camping Flocked Pillow
Sometimes weight and bulk considerations mean you’ll be looking for the ultimate space saving quality of an inflatable pillow like the Intex Flocked Pillow. Weighing next to nothing, this easily inflated and deflated pillow has comfy I-beam construction and a cozy waterproofed flocked top that’s easy to keep clean. The pillow measures a roomy 17” x 11” when inflated and folds up smaller than a deck of cards.

Stansport Self-Inflating Pillow

Stansport Self-Inflating Pillow
Comfortable and sturdy for those rugged expeditions, this self-inflating pillow measures a generous 25” x 72” for an extra layer of comfort under your sleeping bag. The easy-grip valve cover makes self inflation a breeze, while the cross-woven oxford cloth shell keeps your sleeping bag firmly in place. A mesh stuff bag and clips on the two web straps ensure easy storage and transport, while the pillow’s high density foam core filling means you’ll slumber blissfully even on the roughest terrain.