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

GoLite Jam 70L

rated 5 of 5 stars A very well designed, ultralight frameless pack at an affordable price. Since reducing my base load weight to under 20 pounds (including a 5 lb. CPAP), I decided to try an ultralight backpack. After taking it on an overnight hike, I was not disappointed in its simplicity, comfort, capacity, and compressibility. These packs come in small, medium, and large torso sizes, so you must get the one that fits. This is not an interchangeable pack that different members of the family can use (unless you're… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a great tent for its price. Fairly light weight & packable, but compared to other 2 person tents it isn't very roomy inside. Additionally, when the wind starts blowing expect some water to blow under the vestibule and into the tent. Setup: The tent is fairly easy to set up once you've practiced at least once.  Goes much quicker with two people.  Not a fast pitch design.  Footprint is not included Stability: There is a small air vent that requires its own line and stake. If you get… Full review

GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Although I'm not an energy gel enthusiast, these gels did a fine job at giving me a little boost when needed. The flavors were pleasing and the texture was thick, but very easy to manage. I've tried two different flavors during two different pursuits - the first being a 5.5 mile city run in hot weather (and I haven't run in a looong time), the second being a 5 mile hike on muddy hilly terrain.  The energy gels were given to me by a GU representative at an urban 5.5-mile race that my brother-in-law… Full review

Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'

rated 5 of 5 stars Held up in a storm that was raining 2 inches an hour for a whole night. I got this tent for a week of camping with my buddy. Four days in my camping trip one night at 11pm until 12 pm the next day it rains 2 inches an hour with 20mph winds. No rain came it at all. The only drawback and I knew better was to let anything touch the walls of the tent. Well the foot of my sleeping bag was wet because it was drawing the moisture of the rain. There were no puddles or seam leackage in the tent. We did not… Full review

Northwest Territory Kmart model

rated 4 of 5 stars Very nice tent for the price, easy setup and tear down with two or more people. Overall a very great tent with ease of setup and tear down. Other campers are in awe of the space inside and the look of the windows. Full review

Clif Shot

rated 4 of 5 stars I love these Clif Gels! They are amazing for cardio. I should warn you not to consume the Double Espresso Gels or any others that contain 100 mg of Caffeine less than 6 hours before bedtime. I love these Clif Gels! They are amazing for cardio. I should warn you not to consume the Double Espresso Gels or any others that contain 100 mg of caffeine less than 6 hours before bedtime. I took one last night around 5:45 pm, went to bed around 10:30, and woke up at 1:30 in the morning soaked and cold from… Full review

Leatherman Style PS

rated 4 of 5 stars At 1.6 oz, the Style PS is an ultralight multi-tool that has EVERYTHING a hiker could want…except a knife blade. (Oops!) Let me start with a story… I am in the St. Louis REI, with an hour to kill before a flight to Boulder, CO. I am staring at a wall of multi-tools—Leatherman, Gerber, Swiss—way too many choices. What I really want to find is a sub-3oz tool with both pliers and scissors. After 45 minutes of comparison shopping, I select the Style PS and head to the airport. A few hours later,… Full review