Top 5 Travel Pillows for Backpacking and Camping


This backpacking essential is often one of the most overlooked items to pack.

When travelling you will need to sleep in some unusual places, places with no beds and pillows. Nothing gives you a better, more comfortable sleep, than sleeping with a comfy pillow. Thats why a travel pillow is the perfect extra essential you should all pack.

It can be used to sleep on a bus, a train, a plane, wherever! You can even use them just when you are relaxing on the beach, to support your head whilst reading a good book.

For only a little bit of money it is well worth investing in one of these essentials, to make your backpacking and camping experiences that bit more comfortable and enjoyable.

Key things to consider in a travel pillow are:

Weight (You will have to carry it around, so you don’t want something too heavy)

Size (It will take up space in your bag – but the pillow also has to be big enough to support your beautiful head!)

Price (Price is always a consideration for us budget conscious backpackers)

Material (You want something comfortable, that wont irritate your face)

Five Top Travel Pillows for Backpacking and Camping

1. Trtl Pillow – Scientifically Proven Super Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow – Machine Washable (Grey)

This is our favorite pillow and here is why:

  • Scientific– The Trtl pillow is scientifically proven to keep your head in a better position when slepping upright, by holding your head in an ergonomic position during rest. No more nodding heads!
  • Comfortable – Super soft fleece combined with a unique hidden internal support, plus some extra cosy cushioning creates a comfortable resting place for your head and neck.
  • Stylish – Available in Red, Grey, Coral and Black so you can find a colour that suits your unique style.
  • Backpacker friendly – The Trtl Pillow is easily attached to the handle of your backpack or outside of your luggage, and it only 148 grams! Say goodbye to bulky neck pillows taking up precious space in your carry on, or weighing you down at duty free.
  • Fresh– No more smelly pillows, The Trtl Pillow is also MACHINE WASHABLE!

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2. BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow

A perfect all round pillow

  • Patented – The BCOZZY pillow is the only travel pillow that stops the head from falling forward; the patented neck pillow wraps gently around the neck and provides SUPER SOFT AND BEST SUPPORT simultaneously to the head, neck, and chin;
  • Sleep anywhere – You can conform and twist it in several positions and control how tight it will be around your neck. The design is perfect for full support while sleeping upright without getting a stiff neck; perfect for all forms of travel such as car, train, or bus ride;
  • Multi-Use – This pillow has been crafted for relaxing the head and neck muscles when watching TV or reading and for stabilising the head for people having trouble holding the head up and need support or to sleep in an upright position.
  • Travel friendly – This pillow is very durachle and fully machine washable. It can be easily attached to side of the carry-on with a snap strap or easily compressed into a small bag.

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3. J-Pillow Travel Pillow – British Invention of The Year

We love this unique design

  • Unique — Ingenious chin support keeps head from falling forward, provides neck support by filling gap between head and shoulders making it the best patented travel support pillow for travel and home.
  • Travel King — Conform and twist it in several positions. The design is perfect for full support while sleeping upright without getting a stiff neck, making it perfect for Airplane flights, cars, bus ride, trains, camp.
  • Multi-Use – Crafted for relaxing the head and neck muscles when watching TV or reading and for stabilizing the head for people having trouble holding the head up and need support or to sleep in an upright position.
  • Comfortable — Supports and keeps head elevated in perfect position for restful sleep. Winner of the prestigious British Invention of the Year.
  • Travel Friendly — Handy snap-loop fastener attaches to luggage, durable machine washable, more flexible than standard memory foam travel pillows.

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4. Dot&Dot Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow

A multi purpose unique design

  • Flexible – Unlike most traditional airline travel pillows, our twistable travel pillows contour to almost any shape and position you want to provide you personalized support and pain relief.
  • Lots of Functions – Dot&Dot travel neck pillow is versatile and is convertible. Use it to support your head, back, shoulder, or cervical spine during a nap, when relaxing or reading on the bed or couch.
  • Comfort – This flight pillow makes sleeping more comfortable on air planes, trains, buses or cars. The luxury memory foam cushions the body and relieves painful pressure points for ultimate relaxation.
  • Easy Clean – Our memory foam pillow is covered with breathable, machine washable cotton cover so you can easily keep it clean and fresh for your next adventure or trip.
  • Easy Carry – With its snap closure, this cushion can be attached to your carry on luggage or backpack. It also allows you to secure the pillow around your neck or car headrest.

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5. My Pillow Travel Roll n Go Pillow

Our bargain all rounder replacement pillow

  • Patented – Made with Patented Interlocking Fill — Size 12” x 18”
  • Replace Pillows – Use it on top of hotel pillows to get all the benefits of your MyPillow away from home
  • Travel Friendly – Use it for travel by plane, train or automobile — Rolls Right into it’s own travel case!
  • Work away – Provides lumbar support while working at your desk

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That concludes our list of the five best travel pillows for backpacking, camping and travel.

This is our most forgotten item to pack, what else would you add to that list?


A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.


-Charlotte Bronte

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