Hiking and Camping Gear

Find the best hiking, backpacking, and camping gear and outdoor essentials right here. We’ve got your ultimate gear list covered for your next day, weekend, or thru-hike trip, whether you're hitting the backcountry or the local frontcountry.

See our top hike and camp gear picks, including price comparisons, in any outdoor product category: backpacks to tents, sleeping bags to pads, camp stoves to cookware and food, knives to multi-tools, lights to navigation and electronics, trekking poles to water treatment, even dog gear. 

Browse thousands of independent equipment reviews and ratings by real hikers, backpackers, alpinists, and paddlers, to select appropriate, dependable, field-tested gear for your next adventure.

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10 Essentials for Backcountry Travel

While a comprehensive hiking, backpacking, or camping gear list depends on many factors (season, climate, terrain, distance, activities, and personal preference), certain outdoor gear is essential whether you’re exploring the trails in your local woods or heading off on an extended backcountry climb or ski.

Wherever you're going, always bring appropriate hiking and outdoor gear for each of the 10 Essentials:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (lights)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (starters)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Read more on the 10 Essentials.

Recent Hiking/Camping Product Reviews

Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Does the job in all kinds of weather. I have used this in the snow, in the swamp, and on the trail in wind and rain, and don't forget the sunshine. The neat thing is this tent is lightweight and has no zippers. Sets up easy, just remember to have the pole system right side up so you can set the crossbar on top.  Easy to stake and pitches taut and tight.  Stable in all conditions. Tends to accumulate moisture rather than repel it but have never had a leak.  Just a hassle to try and wait for it… Full review

JanSport Katahdin 70L

rated 4 of 5 stars After purchasing this pack in the spring, I finally put it to use on the AT the first weekend of June. The pack performed admirably carrying all the gear needed for a weekend trek. I am a large hiker at 6'4", 210 pounds, and I appreciated the adjustable shoulder straps. I was able to carry most of the weight on my hips and legs. The mesh pockets on the outside of the pack kept snacks, trail maps, lights and cameras readily available. The top pouch was also convenient for easy access. Given that… Full review

REI Quarter Dome 2

rated 4 of 5 stars A nice, lightweight tent for backpacking with ample space for two. Packs smaller than most other tents we have tried. The fabric may feel flimsy, but so far this tent has held up to 50 mph+ winds without bending a pole! We recently took this backpacking in Zion, Bryce, Arches, and the Grand Canyon. Pole setup took a little bit to get the hang of, but once you've done it a couple of times it gets easier. We were impressed that during a severe wind/sand storm at Arches, this tent held up better than… Full review

Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock

rated 5 of 5 stars A luxury item that is well worth the weight. After a night sleeping on a hard shelter floor I looked for alternatives and hammocks seemed like a good idea. Those really nice high end backpacking hammock systems with netting and flies were what I wanted, but I couldn't justify the cost. I bought the Grand Trunk lightweight hammock, but it was just a bit small so I upgraded to this hammock. I only use it during warm weather but I've slept very comfortably under the stars on dry nights and hanging… Full review

Sea to Summit Toaster Fleece Liner

rated 3 of 5 stars The Sea to Summit Toaster fleece liner is a bit bulky and heavy but can be used in a few different ways. I ended up using it more as a summer bag and a bag cover in the winter. Due to its size and weight I see it being used more for recreational camping rather than long backpacking trips. I picked this liner up at a local outfitter for a week long winter backpacking trip I was planning this past year. I was expecting single digit temps and blistering winds, and since I get cold really easy I was… Full review

Emberlit UL Titanium

rated 5 of 5 stars If you need a small, lightweight, strong wood (bio mass) burning stove then this is it. It is strong enough that I have used it to cook breakfast in it using a cast iron skillet. The side hole allows for the continual feed of fresh fuel. Do be warned flames will shoot out the side. Setup: Take time to practice setting this stove up at home a few times. Once you get the hang of it, very easy. Ignition: All depends on the dryness of your wood. If you can start a camp fire you can use this stove. Full review

Light My Fire MealKit 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars It works well. My camping style took a turn last winter. After years of backpacking and eating out of a lightweight pot I became a scout leader doing more car camping, so I wanted a new mess kit. The top plate and the bottom bowl snap securely together, so when we put lunches in day packs mine does not get crushed. So far I haven't had any need to use the two storage containers or the cutting board. I leave them at home. The cup is small and I tend to just use my water bottle. The fork/knife/spoon… Full review