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Pillows in albergues

Dani7

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Camino Frances
When the time is right
Hello Camino community 👋....

I was wondering about the pillows in albergues...are they supplied...and do they provide pillow cases? If so, what % of the time along The Way (in your experience). I need to bring with me an inflatable pillow to put between my knees for low back health, however, not sure if I would need another inflatable for my head to rest on. The silk liner I'll purchase has a slide in square (sort of) to put pillow in but not sure how that will feel against my face.

Thanks in advance for your responses 🙂
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Almost every albergue I've stayed in on the Frances and the Portugues (from Porto) has provided pillows. The one exception was in the often recommended Grañon donativo albergue, where they have you sleeping on mats on the floor. No sheets or pillows are provided there. It has many attractions, but pillows aren't one of them.
 

MikeyC

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Camino(s) past & future
CF - September 2016
CF - April May 2017
Shikoku - October 2017
Kumano Kodo - October 2017
CF - 2019
We have taken Thermarest air pillows on one Camino just to have some consistency as to what we laid our heads on. That said another time we took pillowcases and either placed them over the albergue pillow or if no pillow available just stuff with some clothes. Both choices worked fine.
 
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Camino Frances (2018)
Every albergue that I've stayed in during 5 caminos has provided pillows. They often provide a disposable pillow case. You will definitely like the feel of the silk cover better. 😉
This was my experience as well. I had my inflatable(s) along for between the knees, etc though.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2018
We have taken Thermarest air pillows on one Camino just to have some consistency as to what we laid our heads on. That said another time we took pillowcases and either placed them over the albergue pillow or if no pillow available just stuff with some clothes. Both choices worked fine.
Yes - me too. Nothing worse than rucksack straps on stiff neck and shoulders. I also opened up a silk sleeping bag liner to a flat sheet so I had max flexibility in how I used it....and didn't have to wriggle out of it when needs must... in the dark... when I also had to remember the building layout 🙀
 

simeon

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Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP LosArcos 09\14 Tricastella SDDC 0515 Porto SDDC 1015 LosArcos Burgos 1016 Burgos Leon 0917
Another option is to stick your tee shirt over it as well if you want to have a cooler fabric.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-FIN(09/2018)
PORTO-SANT(11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe(01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT(09/2019)
Madrid(7/2020)
Travel pillow, anti-bed bug sheet and silk liner guaranteed consistent nights sleep, no creaks in neck and no bites. The travel pillow doubled as a neck support on plane, trains and buses with hard plastic seats or a support to backside when picnicing on the way. I'm not convinced of the durability of the inflatable type so heres my little bit of comfort at night...🤠
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
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SJPdeP-FIN(09/2018)
PORTO-SANT(11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe(01/2019)
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Madrid(7/2020)
The silk liner I'll purchase has a slide in square (sort of) to put pillow in but not sure how that will feel against my face.
Worry not, imagine pressing your face against a pillow case made of silk. But how will that feel, I hear you ask. Well, true silk is smooth to the touch, naturally shiny and bright. It drapes well, feels wonderful on the skin, and absorbs moisture. ... True silk will be smooth and soft to the touch and it will lay across the skin in a very natural way. It should feel fantastic and if it doesn't maybe you need a shave 🤠
 

Dani7

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Camino Frances
When the time is right
Worry not, imagine pressing your face against a pillow case made of silk. But how will that feel, I hear you ask. Well, true silk is smooth to the touch, naturally shiny and bright. It drapes well, feels wonderful on the skin, and absorbs moisture. ... True silk will be smooth and soft to the touch and it will lay across the skin in a very natural way. It should feel fantastic and if it doesn't maybe you need a shave 🤠
I can almost feel it now. I better keep the legs shaved lol 😆
 

Dani7

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
When the time is right
Travel pillow, anti-bed bug sheet and silk liner guaranteed consistent nights sleep, no creaks in neck and no bites. The travel pillow doubled as a neck support on plane, trains and buses with hard plastic seats or a support to backside when picnicing on the way. I'm not convinced of the durability of the inflatable type so heres my little bit of comfort at night...🤠
Appreciate your input. Unfortunately cannot source that pillow from amazon Canada.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-FIN(09/2018)
PORTO-SANT(11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe(01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT(09/2019)
Madrid(7/2020)

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
We have taken Thermarest air pillows on one Camino just to have some consistency as to what we laid our heads on. That said another time we took pillowcases and either placed them over the albergue pillow or if no pillow available just stuff with some clothes. Both choices worked fine.
Agree 100% for consistency but will add that the size of my inflatable pillow was important too, I can’t use high pillow without waking up with a stiff/sore neck. My Thermarest has a pretty lush fabric for the face to lay on so was very comfortable.
 

Dani7

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Camino Frances
When the time is right

t2andreo

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C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
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Hello Camino community 👋....

I was wondering about the pillows in albergues...are they supplied...and do they provide pillow cases? If so, what % of the time along The Way (in your experience). I need to bring with me an inflatable pillow to put between my knees for low back health, however, not sure if I would need another inflatable for my head to rest on. The silk liner I'll purchase has a slide in square (sort of) to put pillow in but not sure how that will feel against my face.

Thanks in advance for your responses 🙂
Bring the liner. However, most Spanish pillows are of the long, very long, tubular design common in Europe but not in North America. These pillows have he same circumference as a standard pillow, but are twice as long.

My advice, bring the pillow case. If need be (like if the pillow provided is not clean to your standards) stuff clothing into the pillow case to use as a pillow.

I carry a small inflatable rectangular pillow for this purpose.

I hope this helps.
 

Dave C.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2016)
SJ to Santo Domingo (2017)
Santo Domingo to Fromista (2018)
SJPdP to Burgos (2019)
I always bring a king size pillow case (treated with Permethryn). The pillows are rather long and just stick out a bit. Very little added weight.
Buen Camino
 

pelerine

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte 10, Primitivo 13, Plata 14+15, Salvador 16, Torres 17, Portugues 18, Mozarabe 19
You didn’t mention where you are from, but I recall that the pillows in Spain are different from the ones I was accustomed to. They are long cylindrical ones, and did not fit into the slot in my silk liner.
However, most Spanish pillows are of the long, very long, tubular design common in Europe
I have come across the long tubular pillows only in Spain. In France they are 60 x 60, in Germany 80 x80, in the UK something like 50 x 70, in Italy I have forgotten, but they are not as long as in Spain. I sewed a silk liner with the pillow part particularly wide which works beautifully. In addition it has openings at the foot end on both sides to air hot feet. Heavenly!
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
In my experience the long Spanish pillows won't fit the square-ish pocket of the silk liner. I have a green rectangular pillow case which I've opened at both ends so that it will at least cover the centre of the pillow provided. Green, so that it's easily seen and not left behind when I pack next day.
 

Lance Chambers

Lance Chambers
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria (2015), SJPdP (2016), Burgos (2017), SJPdP (2018), Burgos (2019), SJPdP (2020?).
The pillows in Spain are very wide and cover the top of a single bed from left to right. I have had to take two normal pillow cases to ensure the pillows are totally covered. I also take my own sheets and both are soaked in Pyremethrin to stop the bed bugs.

It is completely safe and derived from the Pyrethrem plant.
 

Old Kiwi

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2016
Camino Frances 2019
SdC to Muxia and Fisterra 2019
Camino Portuguese "2021"
I carry a standard pillow case treated with permathrin It is not long enough to cover the pillows provided in albergues but is long enough. I put my passport and money into the closed end for security at night.
 

Lance Chambers

Lance Chambers
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria (2015), SJPdP (2016), Burgos (2017), SJPdP (2018), Burgos (2019), SJPdP (2020?).
I carry a standard pillow case treated with permathrin It is not long enough to cover the pillows provided in albergues but is long enough. I put my passport and money into the closed end for security at night.
What about 2 standard pillowcases. Then the whole pillow is covered? I take the two.
 

hel&scott

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
Hmm, isn't it interesting the things we obsess about to provide us with comfort on the way. I usually ditch the supplied pillows (never know what's on them), and stuff the clean clothes I will wear the next day into my silk sleeping bag cover and use that as a pillow. It has the added advantage of having those clothes close to had when dressing in the morning.

Yes I know, silk covers a bit of luxury but they are lightweight, strong and dry quickly when you wash them. I don't fancy the idea of sleeping on insecticide soaked sheets, just because it comes from a natural source, it's not naturally found in that concentration.
 

Old Kiwi

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2016
Camino Frances 2019
SdC to Muxia and Fisterra 2019
Camino Portuguese "2021"
Lance, One pillowcase is enough as you only need enough to put your head on, so if the standard pillowcase is long enough at home then it is long enough on the Camino, and it saves me carrying all of that extra weight.
 

Camino Chrissy

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I never went without a pillow on any of my caminos. However, I do find many European pillows to be extremely looong!
 

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