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aurora
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08/24/2017 09:36PM
I can not sleep without a pillow. What kind of pillow do you take to the BWCA? I was thinking about bringing my pillow in a compression sack?
 
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newguy
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08/24/2017 10:17PM
I bought a Klymit inflatable Pillow X. It fits in the hooded compartment at the top of my Big Agnes Lost Ranger bag, so it doesn't go anywhere. Deflated, it's about the size of a roll of quarters.

It's thick enough to support my head. It's the right weight and cost ($15 for a refurb one on eBay, fulfilled by Klymit). It is a little firm, underinflating it by a little helps.

It can also be noisy, but I carry ear plugs. It helps me sleep longer in the morning so I don't wake up my tripping partners.
08/24/2017 10:36PM
I'm absolutely love my Nemo Fillo pillow. It can be adjusted to whatever thickness you want and rolls up to about the size of a pop can. I just roll it up and place it in the stuff sack with my sleeping bag.
kona
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08/24/2017 11:15PM
I like my sea to summit aeros pillow, which I found on some serious discount last year.
pswith5
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08/25/2017 05:19AM
quote kona: "I like my sea to summit aeros pillow, which I found on some serious discount last year. "
I bought the 4 pack of "my pillows". The travel size one squishes down to the size of a nalgene bottle. Works for me.
ParkerMag
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08/25/2017 07:02AM
quote DeanL: "I'm absolutely love my Nemo Fillo pillow."
My favorite so far, and I've tried quite a few. Works well whether I'm hanging or on the ground.
TipsyPaddler
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08/25/2017 07:14AM
I use the Nemo FILLO Luxury pillow in a Nemo sleeping bag.
With that extra size comes a little more bulk and weight but I find the better sleep quality is worth the trade off. My wife uses the same pillow. We have different preferences in height and firmness so it fits a range of needs well.
BobDobbs
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08/25/2017 08:23AM
compression sack filled with clothes, and a t-shirt to cover it.
unshavenman
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08/25/2017 08:26AM
Nemo fillo is the best pillow.
08/25/2017 08:47AM
A small Thermarest pillow.
aurora
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08/25/2017 11:26AM
Thanks a lot for your feedback, looks like REI sells the NEMO Fillo Backpacking pillow for 39 dlls. I will give a shot.
plainspaddler
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08/25/2017 11:31AM
I just bought a Nemo fillo and used it on my trip last week. It was wonderful. I had always just used my wool shirt or fleece pullover. I slept much better this trip!

Mike
keth0601
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08/25/2017 12:27PM
As someone else said if you've got a stuff sack and some extra clothes you've already got a pillow waiting to happen. Why spend money on something extra and carry more weight? I've never been happy with the air pillows either...
bwcadan
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08/25/2017 01:05PM
My head is used to the pillow on my bed. I pack it in a plastic bag and take it. I have used small and light pillows, but my head never is on it when i awaken.
mutz
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08/25/2017 01:26PM
Pillow from my bed I take it in a compression bag, we basecamp, so it's only a few portages in and out.
JediMaster
 
08/25/2017 01:53PM
I bought one of those inflatable neck pillows a couple years ago ($2.50 maybe?). Provides plenty of padding for sore shoulders when portaging, and I use as a pillow too.
GreyOwl
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08/25/2017 02:54PM
quote BobDobbs: "compression sack filled with clothes, and a t-shirt to cover it."
I used to do that but the older I got the harder those clothes became.
I fold my fleece jacket and place a slightly under inflated Eped Large pillow on top.
Its a vast improvement.
zski
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08/25/2017 03:22PM
quote GreyOwl: "quote BobDobbs: "compression sack filled with clothes, and a t-shirt to cover it."
I used to do that but the older I got the harder those clothes became.
I fold my fleece jacket and place a slightly under inflated Eped Large pillow on top.
Its a vast improvement."
fleece jacket stuffed in a pillow case
08/25/2017 03:24PM
Nemo fillo, but I also really like the Therm-a-rest compressible.
08/25/2017 04:34PM
Nemo Fillo for 4+ years now, however I recently received an Exped inflatable pillow that might be my new warm weather pillow. Thicker & wider than the Nemo, no foam - bladder only. It squashes down to the form factor of a pair of C batteries stacked.
sylvesterii
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08/25/2017 08:14PM
I really like this pillow:

Cocoon Sleeping Bag Hood Pillow

Its inflatable, so you can adjust the firmness. Its super light, and packs super small (smaller than a soda can).

If you don't want to take a dedicated pillow, then a XS Sea to Summit stuff sack with a down jacket works pretty darn well too.
Ole496
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08/25/2017 08:21PM
I now have a "my pillow" pillow travel size and also a Thermarest Brand travel pillow that seems to be filled with almost the same material the my pillow has. I use them both depending on if I'm on my side or reading a book.

I used to use a cheap pillow from Walmart. I had the pillow sewn in half, with two sewn lines 2 inches apart down the middle. Then I cut it in half between the two sewn lines and had two travel pillows. It was cheap and worked for many, many trips. I still have them but have moved on to the commercial pillows. It's still a good idea and you can make a lot of pillows for real cheap this way. My kids liked them and used them as beds for their dolls.
bfurlow
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08/25/2017 08:53PM
I have used the Thermarest compressible ones several times/ The key is to make sure you unroll them between trips so they maintain their fluffiness.
missmolly
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08/26/2017 07:23AM
I actually used a regular pillow on my last trip. It was great! I was driving to my lakes.
Guest Paddler
 
08/26/2017 08:27AM
quote Ole496: "I now have a "my pillow" pillow travel size and also a Thermarest Brand travel pillow that seems to be filled with almost the same material the my pillow has. I use them both depending on if I'm on my side or reading a book.


I used to use a cheap pillow from Walmart. I had the pillow sewn in half, with two sewn lines 2 inches apart down the middle. Then I cut it in half between the two sewn lines and had two travel pillows. It was cheap and worked for many, many trips. I still have them but have moved on to the commercial pillows. It's still a good idea and you can make a lot of pillows for real cheap this way. My kids liked them and used them as beds for their dolls. "


Ole496, I just check my closet and I have an extra pillow(polyester), I will try your suggestion, if it works then I saved 39 dlls.
24kGold
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08/27/2017 10:39PM
I use a zippered pillow case for my clothes bag. It's perfect. I tried a t-shirt over a stuff sack and it works, but the zippered pillow case is a little more comfortable and easier to use. Trust me, it works like a charm and is a great space saver.

Terry
mc2mens
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08/28/2017 11:21AM
QueticoMike
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08/28/2017 12:22PM
I stuff a fleece jacket into a small nylon stuff sack. Works great and if it gets really cold during the day I know where I can find a warm, dry jacket.
TrekScouter
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08/28/2017 12:28PM
Fleece jacket stuffed in a Therm-a-Rest pillowcase for me!
A1t2o
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08/30/2017 09:10AM
I like my therm-a-rest compressible pillow. It works and I usually use a t-shirt for a pillowcase. If I need the shirt I can sleep without the pillowcase. I looked into something smaller but I didn't see any great options without going with an inflated pillow. Maybe I could try that one year but for the cost I don't see a reason to switch.
billconner
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08/30/2017 06:57PM
If someone else offered this my apologies. I like mine.

Exped
LilyPond
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08/30/2017 07:26PM
Biggest problem for side sleepers is finding a pillow that's high enough to keep your neck straight, which is at least 5", more if you have broad shoulders. The top surface needs to be a bit flat to keep your head from rolling off. The Sea to Summit Aeros Premium is 5" high. I'm just not willing to pay $45 for a camping pillow. Heck, I don't pay that much for my pillow at home.

I currently use this: https://www.amazon.com/Trekology-Ultralight-Inflating-Camping-Pillows/dp/B01LW5LYEN. It's only about 2.5" thick in the center so I put an inflatable trail seat under it for a bit more loft. Might add a fleece to that. Build up height from whatever is available.
OldFingers57
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09/07/2017 08:05PM
quote billconner: "If someone else offered this my apologies. I like mine.


Exped "


I have an older model Exped Air pillow and love it as I'm a side sleeper.
BuckFlicks
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09/08/2017 04:34PM
quote LilyPond: "Biggest problem for side sleepers is finding a pillow that's high enough to keep your neck straight, which is at least 5", more if you have broad shoulders. The top surface needs to be a bit flat to keep your head from rolling off. The Sea to Summit Aeros Premium is 5" high. I'm just not willing to pay $45 for a camping pillow. Heck, I don't pay that much for my pillow at home."

Man... I will pay whatever it takes to find a comfortable pillow. More than the bed, the sheets, the blanket - that's the most important item for comfortable sleep for me.

At home, I use My Pillow... they're awesome (based in Minnesota, too.) I have a couple of the small travel sized pillows, but I've found that they give almost no support. I wish they had a pillow between the "travel" size and the standard size that I could take camping. Maybe they do now - I haven't been to their website I a while. I got mine at the Texas State Fair several years ago. I have a standard size My Pillow that I take with me when I travel. They have space saver bags that will squish the pillow down to the thickness of a folded T-shirt. Fits in the bottom of my suitcase and it takes up almost no room.
Birdknowsbest
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09/09/2017 08:20PM
Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Pillow
Magnumb
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09/11/2017 02:32PM
Tree branches with a towel over it or some fresh roadkill if I come across it.
 
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