When you set out to build a sleep system its important not to overlook the importance of a camping pillow. It may get overshadowed by the bigger ticket items of a pad, sleeping bag, or quilt, but the right pillow can be a small key that unlocks your best rest under the stars.

sleeping pad sleeping bag and camping pillow

Here we guide you through our lineup of camping pillows in the hopes that you leave prepared to pick the right pillow for your system. With a Therm-a-Rest pillow suited to just about every outdoor sleeping situation, there’s opportunity to add a great deal of comfort to your sleep system, without adding much weight or spending too much money.

So ditch the lumpy jacket stuffed in the hood of your sleeping bag and take care of your head. Give it the rest it deserves, because when you wake up, you’re going to need it.

Therm-a-Rest Camping Pillows


Model Construction Weight Dimensions Thickness Fabric Best Use
Air Head Pillow
airhead camping pillow
Air +
Synthetic Insulation
5.6oz W: 15.5in
L: 11in
4in Brushed Polyester
+ Synthetic Fill
Lightweight sleep systems,
car camping,
Air Head Down
airhead down pillow
Air + Down Insulation 4.9oz W: 15.5in
L: 11in
4in Brushed Polyester
+ Down Fill
Lightweight sleep systems,
cold weather
sleep systems,
Air Head Lite
airhead lite
Air 2oz W: 15.5in
L: 11in
4in 30D Stretch-Knit Polyester Ultralight sleep systems,
losing in your backpack
Compressible Pillow
compressible pillow
foam fill
9oz W: 18in
L: 14in
4in Partially Recycled Brushed Polyester Car camping,
base camp,
the couch or bed
Stuff Sack Pillow
stuff sack pillow
N/A 2.7oz W: 7.5in
L: 17in
Brushed Polyester/Ripstop
Ultralight sleep systems,
Trekker Pillow Case
stuff sack pillow
N/A 2.3oz W: 14in
L: 17in
Brushed Polyester Ultralight sleep systems,

Specifications in table for Regular/Medium pillows

inflating camping pillow

Air Pillows: Light, Compact, Customizable

When it comes to Therm-a-Rest air camping pillows, inflatable means customizable comfort. Fully inflated in just a few breaths, it’s easy to let out air in search of your perfect support level. Whatever your comfort style—stiff, soft, totally flat—a Therm-a-Rest air pillow can do it for you.

Air Head™ Pillow

airhead pillow

The Air Head anchors our inflatable camping pillow line exemplifying the benefits of Therm-a-Rest inflatable camping pillows. It packs small for easy transport and once inflated it provides an ample, plush and supportive surface for your head.

The inflatable, baffled core is wrapped in soft-to-the-touch brushed polyester cover. Providing an extra measure of warmth, the top side the cover is filled with the same synthetic eraLoft™ fill we use in our popular synthetic mummy bags.  The surface is warm and soft to the touch. Plus, the cover is removable and machine washable so you don’t end up packing last trip’s trail grime. Still, the cover is unique in two key ways:

  • It partially made of recycled materials.

Buying recycled materials is important as a consumer. Not only is it environmentally more friendly, but it incentivizes the recycled materials industry to grow, compete and improve.

  • It’s non-slip.

Though shaped to nest into the hood of a mummy bag for all night comfort, the polyester of the cover grips and holds its position on the surface of a sleeping pad. Meaning you can go with a quilt-based sleep system and not struggle to keep your pillow in place during the night.

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Air Head™ Down

airhead down pillow

The Air Head Down is essentially the same as the Air Head except—you guessed it—down insulation. The top of the cover is filled with 650 Nikwax Hydrophobic Down™ just like some of our most popular sleeping bags.  While this makes it slightly more expensive, it also makes it lighter and creates that quintessential plush feeling only down can provide. Its lower weight boosts its backcountry performance, while still offering the go-anywhere versatility the Air Head series is known for.

Like its synthetic companion, the polyester cover is partially recycled, it’s non-slip, and is machine washable. Rest assured that if you take care of your pillow, it will take care of you with better nights under the stars.

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Air Head™ Lite

airhead lite pillow

In many ways, the Air Head Lite is peerless amongst camping pillows. The same inflated size as its series companions, with the same thickness, the Air Head Light camping pillow weighs just 2 oz. Being one-third the weight of the Air Head Down, makes it the clear choice for the dedicated ultralight gear kit. It too is non-slip when laid right on the pad for those using quilts to pursue the lightest sleep systems.

The Air Head Lite forgoes the insulated polyester cover of its series companions to cut the weight. Unlike a lot of dedicated ultralight gear however, the Air Head Lite sacrifices very little in comfort and versatility thanks to its 30D stretch-knit fabric. With its remarkable next-to-skin softness, the Air Head Lite creates a supportive and soft resting surface.

Despite the comfort, the most notable attribute of the pillow is its packed size. It can easily fit in your pants pocket or the pocket on your pack’s hip belt. The sheer convenience of being able to pack it anywhere makes the Air Head Lite an excellent addition to any sleep system.

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compressible camping pillows

Foam Pillows: Durable, Comfy, Versatile

Puncture-proof and eco-friendly are two key features of our foam pillows. Rest assured, when you add one to your sleep system, you can expect the camp comfort Therm-a-Rest is known for.

Compressible Pillow

compressible camp pillow

Classic foam lofted comfort and support in an eco-friendly design make the Compressible Pillow one of our most popular camping pillows. Right at home in a car camping sleep system, this pillow excels on the go with its ability to pack small with a clever pack-into-itself design.  Once unpacked, it lofts into a super comfy and supportive addition to your sleep system. Being foam-filled, the Compressible Pillow boasts durability and unfailing nighttime head support.

The brushed polyester cover is delicately soft and made of 60% recycled fabric. The foam filler is comprised of upcycled foam scraps from our sleeping pad production lines. That makes the Compressible Pillow our most eco-friendly camping pillow. Machine washable, the upcycled foam effortlessly restores its loft in a tumble dry cycle.

Available in several eye-catching colorways and 4 different sizes, there is Compressible Pillow for every on-the-go sleep situation from airline travel to your base camp.

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Stuff Sack Pillows: Ultralight, Durable, Versatile

Simple and utility focused, stuff sack pillows take up miniscule amounts of pack space or better yet, perform an essential function when not being slept on. This classic approach to a camping pillow provides essential comfort for your trips.

Stuff Sack Pillow

stuff sack pillow

The Stuff Sack Pillow allows you to pack lighter and simpler by doubling the functions of pillow and storage. With a 12L volume there’s enough space to stash your sleeping bag or clothes in it on the way to camp. Once there, turn it inside out and stuff it with extra clothing to create pillow. The super-soft brushed polyester interior lining provides plush next-to-skin comfort so you can get the rest you need after long days.

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Trekker™ Pillow Case

trekker pillow case

Keeping it simple is almost always a good idea. The Trekker Pillow Case offers a simple camping pillow solution for your sleep system for very little weight. This luxuriously soft brushed polyester pillow case folds up small enough to make breast pocket storage possible. In the tent, simply stuff it with your soft extras and settle in on a comfy place to lay your head.

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Final Thoughts

Closing the comfort gap between sleeping at home and sleeping outdoors is a dynamic that drives much of what we do. Better nights under the stars often means more comfort. It means a sleeper is more at ease like they would be sleeping in the familiarity of their home. With the right camping pillow, that gap becomes considerably narrower.

Still, the gap is not all the way closed and perhaps it never should be. There are a lot of benefits of nights sleeping outside exactly because it doesn’t feel like home. Part of the magic of camping is feeling the exposure, and overcoming the fear of it. There is courage to a night spend outside, which is an important thing to reflect on. Give your mind the best opportunity to learn and gather perspective; give it the rest it needs to perform at its best. Put a camping pillow in your sleep system.

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