Do You Need a Camping Pillow?

A big part of camping – especially backpacking – is identifying the things that you need and the things that you don’t need. Why add extra weight and extra expense if you don’t need to, right? A camping pillow may seem like a luxury item to some, but there are folks who can’t get a good night’s sleep without the comfort of a pillow. Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking about purchasing a pillow for camping.

How much do you value comfort?

Comfort is subjective. How easy is it for you to get comfortable, and how well do you sleep if you aren’t completely comfortable?

These two things directly influence whether or not you need a camping pillow.

Car camping

You have the luxury of carrying more stuff when car camping than when backpacking. For example, you can carry a big, fluffy pillow from home when car camping if you want to. This idea might gross some people out, however.

While you can get by with a pillow from home, a designated camping pillow will keep the outside out of your bedroom.

Backpacking

Ounce counters may try to avoid adding a pillow at all costs, but if you can’t get good quality sleep without a pillow, it’s worth the weight. There’s a wide price range when it comes to camping pillows. Size, weight, design, and materials all shape how much a pillow is going to cost.

You can’t bring pillows from your bedroom while backpacking. You’ll have to invest in a camping pillow if you need that comfort.

For the frugal

You can get by stuffing a stuff sack, folding up your jacket, or using your hiking backpack as a pillow. This might not provide enough comfort for some, however, and waking up with a zipper imprint on your face can be embarrassing.

If you’re unsure about pulling the trigger on a camp pillow, try using something else for a while. You’ll learn whether or not you need more comfort. The good news is that you can a good pillow for camping without spending too much money.

Camping pillows can be inexpensive, they’re lightweight, they don’t take up much space, and they can provide lots of comfort. Stop by Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters in Fayetteville, Arkansas to browse our selection of camping pillows and other camping gear!

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