Thanks for all your input and ideas! I appreciate it. I don't own a down jacket since I live in Southern California and rarely (really never) need one.... Hmmmm, miight come in more handy than I thought! One of my older pillows smushes down well and is easy to pack. It's amazing the difference it makes to the quality of sleep for me.
It feels like such a little thing to worry about, yet getting a good night's sleep is very important to me when I travel and having just one soft pillow with foam pillows, makes all the difference.
After my OAT trip to Egypt/Jordan in 2009, I went to the King Tut exhibition in San Francisco and left my pillow in a motel in Monterey and then struggled with the hard foam pillows at my friends house. Luckily, the motel had the pillow and mailed it back to me.