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Top 10 Camping Pillows 2017

No want to relaxation your head on an uncomfortable backpack (or a log!) for your next outdoor adventure. Those camping pillows are specifically designed to be light-weight and to compress down compactly, so they don't preclude you in your trip. However, excellent of all, they are also extremely relaxed, allowing you to get a good night's sleep pretty much anywhere. Whilst users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Nemo FILLO Luxury Backpacking & Camping Pillow (Nimbus Grey)Sierra Designs DriDown Pillow - Bosa NovaSea To Summit Aeros Pillow Premium - Green LargePremium Shredded Memory Foam Camping and Travel Pillow with Bamboo Derived Viscose Rayon Cover - By Coop Home Goods - Compressible - Includes Stuff Sack Great for Backpacking and TravelTrekology Self Inflating Camping Pillows - Compressible, Lightweight, Inflatable, Comfortable Air Travel Pillow for Lumber Support and a Good Night Sleep, Great for Hiker, Backpacking, Camp, OutdoorTETON Sports Camp Pillow Perfect for Camping and Travel; Ultralight PillowONWEGO 'Soft-Top' Inflatable Backpacking, Camping, Travel Pillow - Ultralight, Compact, Portable, Easy Carry On - Car, Airplane, Bus, Train (Blue)Exped Air Pillow, MediumTherm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow Denim X-LargeKlymit Pillow X Inflatable Camping & Travel Pillow, Red/Gray

The Popularity Of Camping In America

The idea of camping as an enjoyable past time first took hold in America in the late 1800s. The first two established campsites in the United States were Gunnery Camp, founded in 1861, and Sea Rest, a YMCA camp founded in 1874. Initially, the concept didn't take hold with mainstream consumers, but at the turn of the 20th century, interest began to pick up. Between 1900 and 1912, the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Boy Scouts, and the Girl Scouts all established camping areas of their own. In the 1930s, the National Park Service developed 34 campgrounds around the U.S., which they called recreation demonstration areas. Fast forward to today, and there are over 100,000 federally managed campsites, more than 150,000 state managed campsites, and countless private facilities.

Studies show that camping is more popular today than ever before. In 2013, over 40 million Americans went camping for a combined total of nearly 600 million days. In 2016, roughly 75 million households contained active campers. This includes those that participate in a tent, RV, cabin, and any other form of outdoor camping. That is over 60 percent of American households. Of campers included in the studies, ninety-nine percent said they plan on doing it again in coming years.

One thing worth noting, however, is that the majority of active campers in the United States, 85 percent took their first camping trip before the age of 15. Over 50 percent were also involved in regular outdoor activities as a child. It appears that the possibility of exposing oneself to camping at the age of 15 are slim. These figures underscore the importance of instilling an interest in camping and outdoor activities at a young age.

It also seems that people tend to camp less and less as they age. The average camper is 32 years of age, but more than 90 percent of all campers are under the age of 45. Millennials currently account for nearly 40 percent of U.S. campers, and the number is rising. When asked, most millennials say they enjoy camping as a way to be physically active, spend more social time with family and friends, and just generally attain a better work-life or school-life balance.

The Many Health Benefits Of Camping


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Well-known American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that "In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through man, in spite of real sorrows." He may have written those words over 150 years ago, but they are just as true today as then. There is something about being out in the wilderness that just speaks to the primal instincts modern day humans tend to quash deep within ourselves.

There are many reasons why spending time camping is good for the body, mind, and soul. It is a rare thing indeed when we can completely unplug in today's society. Smartphones have brought technology into our pocket and we spend more time than ever before staring at a screen of some sort. While this may (or may not, depending on who you ask) be good for productivity, it certainly isn't doing our mental and physical well-being any favors. Studies have shown that excessive screen use can lead to an increase in feelings of anxiety and depression. It can also lead to neck and back pain, depending on the orientation of the screen in comparison to your face. Camping offers the opportunity to completely disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with nature and friends or family.

It must be noted that the high use of social media is actually leading to less and less, healthy physical interaction. Camping lets us forget about social media for a little while and just interact with each other. One of the most popular nighttime activities when camping is sitting around the campfire talking. It is the ideal time to reconnect with our loved ones.

Camping has also been shown to promote better sleep. This is because it helps our body get more in line with a natural circadian rhythm. All of the artificial light we use throughout the day, largely at night when our body is supposed to be preparing itself for rest, can negatively affect our ability to attain restful sleep. The blue light emitted from computers, smartphones, and television screens is especially detrimental to the body's ability to produce melatonin. Camping allows the body to reset its circadian rhythm; without the interference of artificial light, we are more prone to abide by the sun's schedule.

People tend to be more active when camping, as well. Instead of spending spare time staring at a screen, campers often hike, fish, swim, and play sports or games during the day. Doing these activities burn calories and also exposes the body to sunlight, which provides vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to obesity, depression, and even the development of autoimmune diseases.

Staying Comfortable When Camping — What To Look For In A Camping Pillow


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In addition to a sleeping bag or camping pad, a camping pillow is one of the most vital aspects to getting a restful night's sleep while enjoying the great outdoors. There there are many different camping pillows on the market, but they all tend to fall into three main categories: compressible, inflatable, and hybrid.



Compressible pillows are generally filled with down feathers, synthetic fibers, or some kind of foam, sometimes a combination of these materials. They are rather plush and tend to be more comfortable than inflatable pillows, but the trade-off is that they weigh more and require more room in your pack. This means they are better for car campers — people who drive to their campsite rather than hike for miles and miles. Down tends to be the softest and most lightweight, but it doesn't retain its shape and plushness as long as foam if compressed constantly. Foam pillows will be slightly heavier, but often cost less than down models and are more durable in the long run.

Inflatable pillows are lightweight and firm and can be completely rolled up when not in use. They usually have little or no padding. The flip side is that they require a fraction of the space of a compressible pillow. They also deal with water better and can usually dry in less than an hour. Some models can just be wiped off and don't retain any water. Inflatable pillows tend to be the least comfortable. They also produce the most noise as a sleeper moves. For a backpacker who hikes miles between campsites and needs to carry everything on their back, though, an inflatable pillow is usually a smart choice.

Hybrid pillows bridge the gap between the two previously mentioned styles. They will often be inflatable but have some form of additional padding, most often a compressible foam, on the side where a camper rests their head. This allows them to provide a good amount of support and comfort while requiring minimal storage space and being light in weight. Most campers will find hybrid models to be comfortable. The best type of pillow, however, will center on the kind of camper you are and your personal sleeping preferences.


#10.Klymit Pillow X Inflatable Camping & Travel Pillow, Red/Gray


Supportive and ultralight, durable and incredibly comfortable, the Pillow X is a backcountry sleep necessity and may be the most technically advanced pillow ever developed. The advanced, self-centering X design positions and cradles your head for supportive, stable comfort. Durable 75D at the bottom resists abrasion and punctures, and the lighter 30D top sheds grams and ups softness. Weighing a scant two ounces and packing down to the size of a lighter, this is a luxurious necessity that always fits in your pack


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#9.Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow Denim X-Large


The popular Compressible Pillow is perfect for everyone from international travelers to car campers. It's soft, foam filling packs small and expands big, with the XL size measuring a generous 16.5 x 27 in. (42 x 67 cm) for home-like comfort wherever you are.


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#8.Exped Air Pillow, Medium


FEATURES of the Exped Air Pillow Skin friendly tricot polyester fabric for comfort Exclusive Exped FlatValves for inflation/deflation Two breaths inflate Air Pillow fully Anatomically shaped to prevent shift while sleeping Side sleepers chose the high side of pillow Back sleepers chose the lower side of the pillow Separate inflation and deflation valve for ease of use


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#7.ONWEGO 'Soft-Top' Inflatable Backpacking, Camping, Travel Pillow - Ultralight, Compact, Portable, Easy Carry On - Car, Airplane, Bus, Train (Blue)


ONWEGO is proud to introduce our lightest and most compact ultralight camping and backpacking pillow yet. The perfect choice for backpacking, tent camping, car camping, motorcycle trips and any adventure where space is at a premium.


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#6.TETON Sports Camp Pillow Perfect for Camping and Travel; Ultralight Pillow


The Camp Pillow is for those times you don't want to lug along a full-size pillow. Soft flannel pillow case feels like a luxury bed sheet, and envelope design means cover stays on all night long. If you don't want to take the case along, the pillow itself is made of a brushed hi-count fabric that will feel nice against your skin. Stuffed with SuperLoft Elite 4-channel fill, the pillow stays in place rather than bunching up in one spot. It fits easily into the 9.5"H x 6.5"W x 5"D stuff sack or can be packed flat. Store pillow out of stuff sack for maximum loft. With the same construction as highly-rated TETON Sports sleeping bags, this pillow will last for years and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.


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#5.Trekology Self Inflating Camping Pillows - Compressible, Lightweight, Inflatable, Comfortable Air Travel Pillow for Lumber Support and a Good Night Sleep, Great for Hiker, Backpacking, Camp, Outdoor


nice product. Love the valve on this thing. Just in trying it out I first blew it up until it was full. then when I laid my head on it I turned the valve to let some air out until it was comfortable. That makes for very easy adjustment. Much better than a rubber stopper type plug. Planning to use this on the airplane in a couple of weeks which will be the real test. Very reasonable price.


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#4.Premium Shredded Memory Foam Camping and Travel Pillow with Bamboo Derived Viscose Rayon Cover - By Coop Home Goods - Compressible - Includes Stuff Sack Great for Backpacking and Travel


Hubby treated me to a queen sized pillow to help me manage my shoulder and neck pain. It worked miracles, I sleep soundly, comfortably and wake up feeling rested- not sore. I got the travel pillow to tuck under my arm as I am a side sleeper and to take on trips. An incredible buy for an incredible product!


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#3.Sea To Summit Aeros Pillow Premium - Green Large


We love these pillows!! We have never used pillows for backpacking so this is not a comparison, but they are light enough that it was not a concern which is why we have not tried pillows before, we just didn't want the weight. These pillows made a complete difference in our sleep. We woke up feeling restored!! They are easy to inflate with just a few breaths. They seem sturdy, and the side that has a soft feel is quite nice. Hen they deflate easily and go back in their compact little bag. AWESOME!!!


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#2.Sierra Designs DriDown Pillow - Bosa Nova


The groundbreaking DriDown Pillow provides maximum flexibility and comfort. Three components mix and match perfectly to adapt to your needs. Use the DriDown pillow top with the synthetic insert for ultimate comfort. Or save weight by leaving the insert behind and using spare clothing as filling for the down pillow top on the trail. When not in use, it's easily stored in the provided stuff sack.


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#1.Nemo FILLO Luxury Backpacking & Camping Pillow (Nimbus Grey)


Really nice camping pillow. It packs down to a manageable size - not the smallest option out there, because of the memory foam, but about the size of a large mug. Don't over inflate it and it is really comfortable. The best camping pillow I have ever used by far. I used to drag a pillow from home to camp because I don't like inflatable pillows but this one is really nice and much easier to pack. Highly recommended.


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