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Can we do some Pillow talk?

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
It would be fair to say that I am very particular when it comes to pillows. I think I'm fussy when it comes to beds but I've accepted that for 6-7 weeks I'll be tired enough not to care but... pillows... that's different.

Has anyone travelled with a pillow? I'm not sure a blow up pillow will be that comfy? Anyone else have any recommendations? I'm hoping for a soft and lovely travel pillow that weighs just a few grams... does it exist?

many thanks in advance!
 

koilife

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF w/ son #1 (2013); Logrono-Leon/Salvador/Primitivo w/ son #2 (2016)
This is about as close as they come . . . http://www.cocoon.at/eng/show.php?doc=frameset&page=cocoon_ckat2&kat=7&prod=55

I use the hyperlight at 78 grams (including stuff sack) and was quite pleased. Cocoon seems to have a European presence, but not sure just how ubiquitous they are there. If you can get one, the usual rules apply of trying before you take it so you don't get (unpleasantly) surprised after it's too late to remedy without further rolling the dice.
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
Koilofe - many thanks for the reply. I'd seen the cocoon site but wasn't sure how they'd be... good to get a thumbs up for one!
 

koilife

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF w/ son #1 (2013); Logrono-Leon/Salvador/Primitivo w/ son #2 (2016)
Air pillows are, well, air pillows. The lighter they are, the more they feel like air pillows. BUT, having said that, Cocoon seems to do it fairly well.
 

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
Slumberjack makes little lightweight, compactable pillows that get the job done. I have carried one for years, and only a month ago left it behind in a hotel in Toledo, Ohio! :(
 

Trekster

Member
I have the Cocoon pillow and the Exped ultra light pillow. Both have a tendency to sound a bit like an empty potato chip bag. I opted for the Exped inside a pillowcase because it was easier on my ears, lighter, and didn't tend to roll my head off. I think the key is to under-inflate them. Like shoes, packs, and just about everything else, it comes down to personal choice.
 

CanPete

Northern Route Pelgrim
Camino(s) past & future
Past : Northern route, Primitivo
Future : Via de la Plata, Sanabres, Portuguese routes
Pillows in the auberges are HUGE . . . I took a pillowcase, but should have brought two as there was always a 1/4 sticking out on one side . . .
I'm picky with pillows too, but honestly, once you get to the bunk bed, you'll be so tired, you will not really care . . .
Buen Camino !
 

MichaelSG

Retired member
Camino(s) past & future
Not enough
I agree, most pillows I got were huge and thick which are not great for sleeping on your stomach (to avoid snoring!). The few times that they were too thick to allow an easy sleep, I just used clothing rolled up inside my pillowcase. I was much more particular about the pillowcase than pillow though. I used a sarong which doubled as a personal changing room for privacy, a covering to walk back and forth to the shower and a cover over personal things on my bunk. It was also treated with permitherin for bedbugs. I felt much more comfortable using that each night as I was certain that I was the only person who ever drooled all over it while sleeping. :p Finally, most times I was too tired to care about the pillow. I would never use a blow up pillow again. I tried that on our boat and hated it. If anything, I would take a foam Thermarest neck brace that is light and squishable. It is infinitely more comfortable than an air pillow, IMHO but I doubt I would carry that on the Camino.
 

JanetEllen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Plan Sept/Oct 2014
I going mid Sept to Mid Oct and bringing my light down jacket which will double as a pillow when stuffed in my pillowcase. It also packs well.
 

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
Granny Goose make great travel pillows, but are based in South Africa. Great for pilgrims from there, but I am not sure if they can be posted worldwide.
We love ours and they roll into their own stuff bag. The website gives details about how to contact them if you are not SA based. (When we bought ours they had a UK base too.)
 

Caminomary525

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
I carried a light weight small blow up pillow. I need a pillow between my knees to protect my back and it helped on the air flights.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
Having done the CF twice now, I recommend an inflatable pillow, like those made by Cocoon for several reasons:

1. The pillow can be used on the flight over for sleeping on the plane or as a lower back seat bolster. You can vary the inflation pressure to suit. As you increase altitude, air expands and the pillow becomes harder. Let air out to suit. I find this very helpful as I like to sleep on overnight flights and usually request a window seat.

2. Along The Way, your inflatable pillow is infinitely more sanitary than any pillow provided by an albergue, with or without a pillowcase. I usually used the pillows provided in albergues to prop my feet and ankles up...after bathing and donning clean socks of course.

3. Most of these inflatable pillows come with a smooth side and a "suede-like" side. I recommend sleeping with the silky / smooth side DOWN and placing one's head on the textured side. This eliminates the crinkly noise referred to above.

4. I blow the pillow up usually with four good lungs full of air. This brings the pillow to a very hard state. Then I simply let air out to suit my sleeping preference - which changes depending on how tired I am, if I have sinus congestion, etc.

5. I found that storing the pillow was very easy. Open the air valve, to allow air to escape. Then simply sit on the pillow to get ALL the air out. Once all the air is out, close the valve to keep the pillow very small. I usually folded the pillow in quarters daily and used it on the very top of my rucksack to protect the rucksack contents. The pillow is waterproof.

6. Finally, when the pillow is in the "travel condition" described in #5, it can be safety machine washed in a cold, gentle cycle. Remove from the washer, snap it out once or twice to remove excess water and to distribute the air bladder to the four corners, then hang on a line to dry. It should dry in an hour or so depending on local conditions.

7. I use the small stuff sack that comes with the pillow to hold small valuables inside my sleeping bag, around my wrist, or wherever. This way, I know where everything is.

I hope this helps.
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
My pillow, where they were not supplied, was a bit basic. I reverted to my '70s hostel security system and rolled up my pants around my wallet, passport and phone and put this into the pillow case of my sleeping bag liner and used that.
Not very comfy but then I am a man and we don't do comfy. :rolleyes: :)
 

Hal

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
si
I carried a light weight small blow up pillow. I need a pillow between my knees to protect my back and it helped on the air flights.
Likewise. I do the same for my knees. I cover it in 2 pillowcases and use the first one to cover a hotel pillow if need be.
 

cecelia

several caminos- '03-'13
I'm going to have to work on suppressing my feminine side. :):)
Don't do it wayfarer. A lot of women like "gentle" men :rolleyes:- not that we girls are always gentle...;)
Your beta male gives so much good info and advice on the forum.

I've tried various camping pillows but find that my fleecy wrapped in the pillowcase part of my silk sleeping bag liner works as well as anything (one advantage of cool weather clothes I guess)
 

indyinmaine

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances - SJPdP to Santiago - Sept/Oct 2013
From a beta male! Go to a JoAnn's Fabrics store or BB and Beyond, or wherever, buy the smallest (they're all too big) pillow and then take 2/3 of the stuffing out. I got mine down to 2.7 oz. and it stuffed easily in the pack. Believe it or not when I got picky about weight I actually threw it out! But it worked.
 

cecelia

several caminos- '03-'13
From a beta male! Go to a JoAnn's Fabrics store or BB and Beyond, or wherever, buy the smallest (they're all too big) pillow and then take 2/3 of the stuffing out. I got mine down to 2.7 oz. and it stuffed easily in the pack. Believe it or not when I got picky about weight I actually threw it out! But it worked.
See what I mean about those beta males - always helpful!;) Not to take anything away from the alpha guys and gals.
 
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annelise

Active Member
I mostly found pillows in albergues. But as I had packed my clothes in cloth bags (non-rustling mind you!) I would often use these on top of the pillow - a towel or another personal cloth item could also do the trick. - I am not overly fussy but I would prefer to lean my sleepy head on a known item. I would not bother to take a pillow along, but this is of course your own choice.

annelise
 

eli2BK

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
fall 2013
I picked up a light,small down pillow at my local MEC (Canada) . . . 200 grams, in a small sack - squishable and very comfortable! Rolled up into my hostel bag, and was enough in places without pillows - and supported my injured knee when needed!!
 

obinjatoo@yahoo.com

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012 Dieppe, FR Bici CF.
2014 Ruta Vasco/CF/Primativo
Many have said it in other posts about other topics but here goes. Anything that has only a single purpose is a waste of weight and space. I use my down sweater (it's really a very light jacket) for a pillow. I simply stuff the jacket into it's own sleeve and voila a comfy pillow.
 

Bungkus

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Tours Route; Camino Frances; Santiago to Muxia (2014)
Camino Portugués (2017)
My favourite is a Thermarest squashable pillow. I have a small and a medium for different travel requirements. I bought a Cocoon Down one once, but sent it back, as it was too flat for sleeping (not enough down). The Thermarest one is made from the bits they cut out of the filling in their sleeping mats. It squashes down fairly small, but puffs up quite fluffy :). I sort of looks 'lumpy', but don't let that put you off - it's very comfortable to sleep on. I spend most of my life travelling for a living, so sleep comfortably most nights on this pillow (I generally don't like hotel pillows). My small one weighs 200g & my medium size weighs 275g. The medium is more comfortable as it puffs up larger.
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
Many thanks everyone - Bungkus, I tried the Thermarest in Bordeaux this week and it felt wonderful... very squidgy. It seems the exact kind of feel I need so I'm going to order one from the UK... it was 50€ in the shope!! I've seen them for £20 online... and luckily I have a friend driving down in a few weeks so I can order what I need.

Many thanks again folks for all the excellent suggestions! you are the font of all knowledge! :D :D
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
*Derry-SANT (09/2019)?
Perfect pillow at 140 gram, cost me fiver and was used on plane, trains and buses. A headrest on the grass when inside it's bag. Extra cushion on picnic blanket to sit on and lethal weapon during pillow fight. The bag was used to store valuables inside and placed at bottom of sleeping bag liner. No blowing required and better than any pillows I slept in luxury hotels as perfect height for restful sleep without risk of creak in neck. When not in use it was attached to the carabiner on my pack along with my silk liner and anti bed bug sheet...
 
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