I know what you're thinking. "Sleep on you clothes". Not bad advice, but I already use my clothes (w/stuff sack) for something else. SO...I am making a pillow.
I bought some super cheap fabric from Walmart for a blanket, and I have just enough left over to make a nice little camp pillow(I honestly don't know what the stuff its -it almost feels like satin). I need to decide. DOWN or SYNTHETIC.
DESIRED PILLOW SIZE: 10"x15" with about 3/4" loft
BUDGET: $5 (I already have the shell material)
I know DOWN compresses better and is warmer. I don't care at all about warmth, but I do want it to be light and compress as small as possible. There are a couple things that turn me off about down, though. Down takes a long time to dry, and if it might wet from condensation (or drool). Also, I don't know if this material will hold down. Down leaks out of some materials. I have an expensive Nautica down ski coat and the down leaks right through the lining. Also, I don't know where to get that small a amount of down. I was going to buy a down jacket or comforter from a thrift store and just rip it open, but even the childrens jackets were $10+ at Goodwill. I need cheaper!
I am leaning towards the SYNTHETIC, unless anyone can give me a compelling reason to use down. Which synthetic idea do you think is best? Keep in mind I like a soft, fluffy pillow.
-buy a $2.50 pillow and use the stuffing out of it -buy a $30 bag of poly-fill from Walmart -use a triple up a few leftover scraps form the sheet of synthetic I used in my sleeping bag (the cheap Walmart stuff)
Or do you have any better ideas?
My pillow weighs about a pound. If I bought the $2.50 one and used half the filling, it should be about 8oz. I can live with that, but I really want something that would be a little more compact. I tried rolling my pillow up real small and it was way more than twice the size of something I'd want to carry.
Oh yeah, don't want an inflatable one. They don't fold, and I that's a quality I need. Plus they are uncomfortable.
Yeha, I have used several things as pillows, and I have to say my fleece was one of the more comfortable things. I don;t carry it through the warm season, tho. I could, but I was hoping to get a little lighter. My fleece is like 14oz.
You may want to try using your shoes in your sleeping bag stuff sack as a pillow. It sounds a bit uncomfortable but if you arrange them carefully when you put them in the sack they can be surprisingly comfortable though perhaps a bit smelly. They work even better when you pad them a bit with some unused article of clothing. This also gives you somewhat warm shoes to put on in the AM.
Loc: Eastern MA, USA
See if you can find a piece of foam from packing material, so you have a "freebie," then wrap it around an inflatable of some sort. Another "freebie" can be a recycled mylar balloon. They can be inflated and deflated using a straw.
Even if you buy the above, you are looking at fairly cheap and very light.
Your pillow can be improved if you make the case with two open ends, closed with a casing to enclose the "stuffing, and with the drawsting set up to go around and under your mattress to anchor the pillow to the matt.
Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
I have used the old fleece and stuff sac or just folded clothes but i find i almost always end up on my arm when i sleep. I have pretty much scrapped a pillow and lay on my stomach/side with my arm. I have also used the shoe thing too. Woke up with a hiking boot under my cheek.
phat I second the airline pillow. Mine has been in use for nearly 30 years and weighs 3.65 ounces. Its egg crate on the bottom. I like to put it on top of something else to give it about another inch or inch and a half of elevation. Jim
These are my own opinions based on wisdom earned through many wrong decisions. Your mileage may vary.
My pillow cost about 50Ę. I went to a garage sale and found an open cell egg crate mat that is 1.5Ē thick. For my pillow I cut a 6Ēx14Ē rectangle. It weighs about 1.5oz. If I sleep on my back, I stuff it under --only-- the small of my neck, just for support. If I sleep on my side or stomach, I fold the rectangle in half. Yes, itís a small pillow, but it still does a good job of propping my head and allows a cush feel. When packed, itís about the size of a soda can.
For the pillow case, I just drape my car shammy over it. Thatís probably my most multi-use item in my pack that ends up being the same weight as my pillow.
I use the above on about 1/2 my trips. The other 1/2, I just fold my hiking clothes into the quilt/bag stuff sack and also drop my shammy over it for a nice feel. But I admit, itís not as cushy as open cell foam.
shrike i dont know if its because we are both from minnesota or we both just have a great deal of sense. i use a swiss pillow too!!!!!
Modern civilized man, sated with artificialities and luxury, were wont, when he returns to the primeval mountains, to find among their caves his prehistoric brother, alive and unchanged. -Guido Rey
Boomer sorry to disappoint I do not actually use the swiss pillow. I do think you are on to something with Minnesotan thing though. It does look very comfortable. Gotta hand it to him but Rucksack made a good observation (he is from Wisconsin ), so my question to you (boomer) is. Is moisture a factor? Seems like it would turn into one big sponge if it got wet.
Loc: Myrtle Beach, SC
That is cool! I've got all the material I need to do this already. Thanks for the video. I'm gonna love this forum. For me, comfort is king when sleep is in question. A decent night's sleep allows me to wake up and appreciate where I am so so much more and gives me a spring in my step I don't have if sleep was a struggle. Cary
Here is the first thing I have done, so far. I bought a $2.50 pillow from Walmart and used it to make 3 of these.
I used one to sleep with at home for a couple nights and it's not too bad. A little to slippery. The material is non-ripstop nylon.
It is about 12x16 and weights a little over 6oz.
I sewed elastic bands into the seam, so I could fold it and half and roll it up. \
Rolls up to about the size of a Nalgene bottle.
I made 3 of them. I don't expect each one to last more than a few uses, but hopefully I will have something better by then. This was mostly for practice with a sewing machine.
I think my next pillow project will be to make a stuff sack that is ripstop on one side and this polyester material I have leftover from a quilt project on the other, so I can flip it inside out and stuff something soft in it (something I would have already brought. My poncho/tap maybe?).
On the topic of airline pillows, I use an inflatable one- so it wasn't free, but it does weigh less, and it certainly packs smaller than anything else people have mentioned besides using clothing you already brought. Folds up to about 4" by 4" by .5"
Took me until about 5 minutes into the swiss pillow video to get that it was a reference to the cheese, not the military...