If there’s one thing I purchased for camping that I 100% would recommend to everyone it’s the little camp pillow by Coop Homegoods.
An actual real pillow, but small and portable. Just like our full-sized pillows, the Travel and Camping Pillow features adjustable support in the form of medium firm density fill. Stay supported and aligned, whether you’re sleeping on the ground, in a car, or a hotel bed. No need to wake up with a stiff neck.
It’s filled with shredded memory foam so you can remove some if you like a flatter sleep, but I left it as is and it was perfect. I’m a side and occasional back sleeper, and when I sleep on my side, I like to squish up the pillow edges to create a little loft. The pillow was firm enough yet squishy enough to give my head (and really, neck is more important here) a good night’s sleep. Especially tough when you’re asleep on the ground in a tent!
I also used this in my hammock, which was really nice because it was smaller than a normal pillow and easier to maneuver in a hammock where you sink in. The pillow is 19″x14″, which was actually more than enough for what I needed for camping. It comes in a compressible bag, which was #1 on my list of necessities for finding a camp pillow, and it compresses down pretty well to 10″x6″. It bounced back easily when I pulled it out of the bag.
The pillow costs $29.99, but I’d say it’s worth it if you want to have a comfortable camping experience. When I ordered, I also decided to kick in an extra $15 for the pillowcase, which I should have read up a little more on before doing so – it’s 100% nylon. I was lured in by its bright red facade – ha! Anyway, I tried one night on the red pillowcase, and it was slippery, noisy, and sticky. I took it off after one night and just used the pillowcase that came with the pillow from then on out. (Don’t be fooled by the pillowcase that comes with the pillow itself – it’s perfectly fine and actually is the outer case – if you unzip, there is a second one there.)
Customer service from Coop was good though. I told them about the pillowcase and they sent a return label and I dropped it off at UPS. Coop has a 100-day trial period, and I was well within that timeline.
Bravo, Coop, on making a camping pillow that was well worth my $30.