The Best Camping Pillow You’ll Ever Need!

Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow

After a long day hiking with a 30 lb pack, nothing sounds better than getting some good, restful sleep. And nothing is worse than waking up the next day with a stiff neck because your make-shift “pillow”, made up of stinky clothes or a flat stuff sack, moved around in the middle of the night. Now, you’re not only tired but you’ve got an aching neck too.

What fun!

The best camping pillow we’ve found is the Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow because it’s lightweight, comfortable and helps you get a good night’s sleep! So let’s dive deeper into why we think this is the best camp pillow around.

You Need a Pillow!

Generally when I look for backpacking gear I look for versatility and items that have more than one use, when possible. A simple handkerchief that you use to wipe sweat from your head can also be used to filter chunks from nasty water, when necessary. Not always the most desirable use but a second use nonetheless. 

I try to avoid dedicated items altogether. But in this case, I will acquiesce.

So Why A Pillow?

Let’s face it; if you sleep poorly it can ruin your whole day. When I’ve been backpacking or even camping, I’ve tried everything from a rolled up jacket (which ended up sliding all over the place) to a stuff sack filled with clothes. After waking up several times in the night to adjust both of those options, I decided I needed an actual pillow to get a good night’s sleep. I chose the Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow.

The Aeros Ultralight Pillow weighs in at 1.9 oz. That’s it! That even includes the small stuff sack that comes with it. It’s also incredibly small when rolled up taking up a very small footprint in your pack. You’ll hardly know it’s there!

It's Easy To Use

The pillow has a great valve system that has two flaps; one to inflate, the other to deflate. Two or three breaths fill the pillow easily. And the one way valve keeps the air in until you want it out. Awesome!

The valve also has a small button on the inside of the first flap that allows you to dial in your comfort level of firmness to the pillow so it’s easily customized to you.

When you’re done and ready to move on, pull the second flap and the pillow deflates really quickly. Roll it up, put it back in its little stuff sack, and you’re ready to go!

It's Comfortable!

No one wants to sleep on a balloon. At least I don’t think they do. Do they?

The Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow is truly comfortable. I was really surprised. It has a soft texture to the outside that feels comfortable against your skin. Again, I was truly, surprised! I expected it to stick to my face when I awoke in the morning but that’s not the case. I sleep well with this pillow.

Truth be told, this pillow does not feel like your pillow at home. So, don’t expect that. What you will get is a lightweight, comfortable pillow that will allow you to get the good sleep you need to pack on more miles tomorrow!

Check out our full review here:

All in all, I’m really happy about the purchase of this pillow. Three of the four of our family members have this pillow and I’m getting my youngest son his own too. After a recent trip to Redwood National Park, he’s ready for his own camp pillow too.

Let us know if you have a favorite pillow and why is it your choice. We’d love to hear from you. 

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Hope you get a great night’s sleep and we look forward to Seeing You Outside!

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