Make your next excursion more comfortable with a backpacking pillow

If an active lifestyle takes you into the wilderness, you must travel with the proper gear. When it comes to backpacking, each zippered compartment must be loaded with the necessities. Though it might seem trivial, a comfortable pillow should make your list of must-haves. Traversing rough terrain is intense and exhilarating, so you will eventually need to make camp. When you do, a backpacking pillow will offer the restful night's sleep you require. You'll need a pillow that is comfortable, lightweight, and portable. We've selected the best options available.


WELLAX Ultralight camping pillow

Staff Pick

Whether you're turning in under the stars or sheltering in a tent, you need a soft and supportive place to rest your head and recharge. This inflatable pillow is styled in a contouring u-shape, providing the proper alignment, and reducing pressure. Though it's a cushy resting place, this pillow is built to endure, crafted from sturdy water-resistant, elastic TPU fabric. The travel-friendly, inflatable design is easy to carry, weighing 2.8 ounces and measuring only 4.92-by-2.35 inches when folded. The pillow is instantly ready for a weary head, inflating with only 3 to 5 breaths. (It deflates just as easily with a quick roll.) This pillow also includes a convenient drawstring pouch and a sleep mask. Choose from a variety of color options.

$14 at Amazon

Multiple size and color options

Therm-a-Rest compressible travel pillow

Space is crucial when it comes to your backpack. So, your pillow, though important, shouldn't take up much room. This compact pillow is designed to offer the comforts of home while maintaining a small profile. It has a soft polyester cover and is filled with lightweight, airy foam. The plush foam expands to provide 4 inches of cushioning to make any sleep space feel luxurious. When not in use, the pillow can be compressed into its integrated drawstring bag for easy storage. Depending on how much room you have in your backpack, this travel pillow is available in several different size options. (The selections also have fun patterns and color options, too!)

From $19 at Amazon


TETON Sports camp pillow

Petite and plush, this packable pillow by TETON Sports is a travel go-to. Its classic rectangular design has a fluffy fill and soft poly-flannel cover, ensuring winks on the trail are not elusive. It's cushy design shapes perfectly to provide personalized comfort and encourage slumber even on the hardest stretches of earth. This 9.6-ounce, 13-by-8-inch pillow even shrinks into its easy drawstring case for easy transport. After a long journey, your pillow might require a refresh. So, it a great that both the case and pillow are washable.

From $15 at Amazon

Memory foam

Coop Home Goods travel and camping pillow

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