There is nothing worse than going camping and not having the right backpacking pillow. If you are a lover of camping or hiking in the great outdoors, then you know that sleep time is just as important as play and camping time. Singing around the campfire and telling ghost stories are all apart of it. But as you lay down to rest your head, you will need to travel with a great pillow for your head and neck in your backpack.

Size Matters

One of the first things that you will need to learn is how to choose a camping pillow is being able to find the right size. When it comes to your pillow, always remember that size matters. Your camping pillow must be small enough to fit comfortably inside your backpack and yet large enough to give your head and neck a good nights rest. No one wants to wake up after sleeping all night with a stiff neck. This only lends way to being irritable and an uncomfortable camping and hiking excursion.


As with anything that you buy, you will always want to make sure that the price tag fits within your budget. Remember that going camping and/or hiking may be something that you rarely do, so spending a lot of money on a camping pillow that may not be used during the year is not wise. Getting a camping pillow that is easy to pay for out of pocket, will help you in getting that late night sleep that you want and deserve.


  After finding a great camping site, you may have to lay your camping pillow on the ground, inside your tent or on a rock in order to rest your head and neck. Pillows that are not durable can easily be torn, which makes it difficult for you to sleep without getting the pillow stuffing in your ears. Make sure that your pillow fabric, material, and stitching are able to resist any type of everyday wear and tear in the great outdoors during your camping and hiking trip.

Filled with Foam

  As you begin to purchase a camping pillow for your next excursion, keep in mind that a foam pillow is always better than an inflatable air pillow. Air pillows will tend to rip and burst as they roll around on the ground. With foam, you will get better support for both your head and neck while being assured that your foam pillow will endure wear and tear more successfully. A foam pillow is fuller and more comfortable and allows you to move around if you need to turn in your sleep to another position.


Whether you decide to buy a foam pillow or an air inflatable pillow, you will need to make sure that it offers the ability to be compressed into your backpack. When you go camping, there will be very little space for the things that you will need. Making sure that your camping pillow is able to deflate or compress into a small area is important. You will also want to make sure that your camping pillow after deflating, is naturally able to inflate and return to a normal functioning sleeping pillow that you will need for a good nights rest.

Ultra Lightweight

If you are carrying anything through rough terrain, then you will want to make sure that its weight is as light as possible. Having an ultra lightweight camping pillow will make it easier to carry inside your backpack. You may have other items inside your backpack with a lot of weight, but your camping pillow should not be one of them. Check your pillows weight to make sure that you will be able to carry it for long distances with ease.


One of the biggest things that you will need to look for with any pillow is comfort. You will definitely want your camping pillow to fit your head and neck in a way where you can rest easily. No one wants a bad nights sleep where you are tossing and turning all night long. Make sure that your camping pillow is comfortable for you. Whether it is a foam pillow or an inflatable air pillow, it should be able to sustain the weight of both your head and neck while keeping them both stable enough for sleeping comfortably.

Tested by Companies/Great Ratings and Reviews from Consumers

  When you purchase your camping pillow online or in a physical store, there should be somewhere on the package showing that it has been tested. One great way to ensure that the camping pillow will fit your needs is to look at the ratings and reviews by other consumers who have used it before. Great reviews and ratings mean satisfied consumers. And if your chosen pillow has this, then chances are that you will be satisfied as well.


  One of the first things to look for when choosing the right backpacking pillow when traveling is that it offers a warranty. This will tell you that the company has enough confidence in their product, that they will resolve any issues that you may have with your camping pillow in the future. When you see a warranty on your pillow, then you are guaranteed that it will work best for you or you will either receive a replacement or your money back. A warranty will usually give consumers confidence in the company that manufactures your camping pillow.


  Whether you are going hiking or camping, these are some of the best things to look for when choosing a great camping pillow. Remember that budget, size, weight, durability, comfort, the ability to inflate and compress, ratings and reviews from other consumers who have used your choice of the pillow before and having a warranty will all ensure customer satisfaction for your next camping pillow and a good nights rest. You and your family will be glad that you took the time to research what pillow will work best for your next camping excursion.

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