Sleeping out in the wilderness can be a real double-edged sword. On one hand, the crisp night air settles gently across your face as the sounds of the night flit through the exposed walls of your tent. A million tiny stars twinkling up above reminding you of the vastness of our world how small we really are.
On the other hand, if you’re not prepared for the night ahead you might be too cold, overheat, or worst of all, wake up with a stiff neck that follows you around long after you’ve returned for the back country.
I’ve had a sleeping pad since I started backpacking, because sleeping on the ground didn’t seem ideal, but I overlooked getting a pillow for a while.
“A pillow? In the woods? That’s kind of a luxury.” I thought to myself.
But then I stopped by REI before my last trek to pick up an overnight meal to take with me. I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to REI, so I try to limit my visits in the first place.
I walked through the doors and bee-lined to the meal section to try and get in and out quick. And it was working, until I realized the store was overrun because they were having the Labor Day sale.
Of course, I had to take a quick loop… just to look.
Well that lasted all of 5 seconds before I had a collapsible mug, bandana, charging pack, and the Sea to Summit pillow.
I wasn’t planning on getting it, but it was on sale, and the color matched my sleeping bag. Also, I’m sort of a sucker for mini things and this pillow’s stuck sack fits in the palm of my hand, so I caved.
And Oh. My. Gosh. I’m so glad I did! I didn’t realize what a difference a pillow would make to my sleep. Usually I wake up every couple of hours when I spend the night out in the woods. I use a sweatshirt as a pillow and assumed that was good enough. How wrong I was my dudes.
I woke up once the entire night. If you’ve ever slept outside, you know how crazy that is. I woke up the next morning feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to tackle the day ahead!
This pillow takes literally 3 breaths to inflate and weighs in at 2.1 oz, making it lighter than a deck of cards!
Plus there are 2 layers to the inflation/deflation process. You use the first layer to inflate it so the air locks in as soon as you’ve blown air in! All you have to do to deflate it is pull on the deflate tab!
Plus it’s super easy to roll up and fir back into the stuck sack it comes with! I like to put mine in my sleeping bag roll to keep everything together when I pack up camp!
I get that acquiring all of your gear can be expensive, and I don’t think that this pillow is by any means a necessity. But- if you’re ever looking to treat yourself, or get the camper in your life a present, this is it!
If you want a cheaper option, this Amazon option is about $20 cheaper and has over 1,000 reviews!
I love mine so much I’ll be bringing it with me on my international flight this coming week!
Question: What’s one luxury item you can’t live without in the back country?