3 Things to Look for in a Travel and Camping Pillow

Simple, lightweight options for resting your head after a long day in the outdoors

Whether you sleep outdoors on an inflatable mattress, in a hammock, or just curled up on the ground like a wet retriever, a travel pillow is going to give you a better night’s rest. Selection depends on whether you want a little extra padding for wherever you lay your head, or you’re shopping for a specific use, like wilderness camping. Here are several highly rated options to choose from.

Compressible

TETON Sports Camp Pillow
TETON Sports Camp PillowTETON Sports

Though still very compact compared to a household pillow, compressible travel pillows are the bulkiest type of camping pillow. Great for car camping, long flights, or for whenever you just have to grab forty winks, keep a couple of these around the house, camp, or car to ensure you always have a proper place to lay your head.

Inflatable

Trekology Ultralight Inflatable Camping Travel Pillow
Trekology Ultralight Inflatable Camping Travel PillowTrekology

The advantage of an inflatable camp pillow is that it is adjustable. An air cushion may not be as downy as the compressible variety, but they are customizable to your own preferred firmness level and, deflated, take up far less space. They come in both manually inflatable and self-inflating models.

Ultralight

Inflatable Camping Travel Pillow Ultralight
Rest-A-Camp Inflatable Camping Travel Pillow UltralightRest-A-Camp

If you are counting ounces, the lightest travel pillows are the inflatables that weigh in at a mere 2.5 to 4 ounces. Some come with their own stuff sack and won't take up any more room than a bag of peanuts.