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

Grivel 3.16 Poles

rated 0.5 of 5 stars These poles are not reliable: the lower locking mechanism can fail under intensive use and can be dangerous. The lower baskets are easily lost, which is very problematic on snow trips. They look nice, have comfy grips, and the design is innovative, but reliability is key for such a product therefore I would not recommend these for anyone. I have been using these poles for a while in light use. I chose them because Grivel has a good reputation with reliable serious mountain products. I was shocked… Full review

The Instaflator

rated 5 of 5 stars Thanks, LoneStranger. I use the Instaflator and like it as well. I've been using the Instaflator for a while. Great when you've had a hard day at altitude where the air is thin and you just don't want to take the time and effort to blow up by mouth, especially for the 20+ puffs to blow up a wide/long pad. I also figure that mouth-inflating will introduce moisture from my breath to the inside of my pad, which over time will add weight, so the Instaflator probably saves its own weight, and possibly… Full review

Klymit Inertia XL Recon

rated 5 of 5 stars Very light, very compact, minimalistic sleeping pad for someone willing to try something different. Here you can watch the review. Have fun. Full review

DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3

rated 5 of 5 stars One of the best tarps on the market. Check out the review on Youtube. Have fun. Here you can watch the review. Have fun. Full review

Eberlestock FAC Track

rated 5 of 5 stars One of my favorite backpacks. Check out the review on Youtube. Nice for outdoor and military. Have fun. Here you can watch the review. Have fun. Full review

Gransfors Bruks Hand Hatchet

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A small, light axe which can be easily carried, masked with its leather sheath, inside your pack or on your belt. Check out the review on Youtube. Have fun. Here you can watch the review. Have fun. Full review

Arc'teryx LEAF Khard 45

rated 4.5 of 5 stars One of my favorite backpacks. Check out the review on Youtube. Have fun. Here you can watch the review. Have fun. Full review