I just wrapped up another awesome night of camping in the woods of Pennsylvania. I love camping in the fall, with the leaves coming down around me and the weather cooling off. But one thing that makes the difference almost every time, is whether I have a pillow.
For the last couple of years, I carried a nice Coleman pillow, which I loved because it was big and comfortable. But I hate it for backpacking trips because it just takes up so much room in my pack, even when I fold it. On this campout I backpacked in to my tenting location on the mountain, eager to try the new camping pillow I just purchased.
I paid under $10 for a blue plaid Ozark Trails Camp Pillow that folds up into a solid blue stuff sack, emblazoned with the Ozark Trail logo. It’s filled with polyester with it’s own pillow casing and packs neatly (and compactly) into my backpack.
- This pillow packs small (12″ long and 4″ diameter, but can compress to about half that under pressure.), but opens to a usable size (12″ x 20″).
- It’s light at about 1.25 pounds.
- It comes in its own stuff sack, to help keep it from getting dirty.
- It fits in the washing machine.
- The fabric was comfortable against my skin.
- I had to fold it in half for it to be useable when I was on my side.
- If I could sleep without a pillow, I wouldn’t really need this and could have saved more room in my pack. But I guess that’s not really the pillow’s fault.
This is not the worlds largest pillow. If you’re going to a cabin where you need to bring your own bedding, don’t bring this since you can probably easily transport your larger gear with your vehicle. This pillow might be a good emergency pillow for the car in case you ever have to catch a few zees in the vehicle. I really liked it in my backpack where size and weight matter. But if I’m able to carry more gear and I’m not worried about volume, a larger pillow would be more comfortable.
While it’s not essential gear, I think it’s a good boy scout pillow for those that might want one on their next backpacking outing. And under $10? It might make a good stocking stuffer.
I definitely think it was worth the price for it’s intended purpose: In my case, that purpose was backpacking where I can’t live without a pillow.
Bottom line: This is a nice backpacking pillow for the price. If you’re not backpacking or don’t need a pillow when you camp, it might serve as an emergency pillow where you might not otherwise have one. If space and weight aren’t an issue, look for larger pillows.