How to Secure Your Pillow: A Tutorial by My Dog

I can’t be the only person that perpetually wakes up with my head propping device (dry bag full of clothes, inflated pillow, or whatever else I can shove into a ball) on the other side of the tent and my neck permanently creaked.  

If you too have suffered in silence, don’t worry – Stevie the Cattle Dog is about to show you how to make your own cheap, simple, and light pillow securement system in 6 easy steps.


You will need:

  • a buff (which you likely already carry)
  • some elastic cord (or really any long piece of cord – a guyline or shoe lace would be fine)
  • a cord cinch (I got a pack of these on Amazon for around $5)

Let’s Get Started

1. First, cut a piece of cord that’s a little over twice the width of your sleeping pad.


2. Next, inflate or stuff your pillow.

3. Now take off your buff and put it around your pillow like a pillowcase.


4. Next, thread your cord through the buff pillowcase. 

5. Feed both ends of the cord through the cinch (you may need help from someone with opposable thumbs).

6. Now wrap your cord loop around your sleeping pad and enjoy a lovely night’s sleep wherein you will not develop trust issues from your sleep system!

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Comments 1

  • John F. : May 8th

    One step at a time…. Your telling all of us, We can do it! Thank you for sharing you pain and pleasure of your adventure. So good!

    Idyllwild is a favorite of mine. Outstanding destination on your adventure.

    Step on!


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