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.
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:
- Sun protection
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (lights)
- First-aid supplies
- Fire (starters)
- Repair kit and tools
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency shelter
Recent Hiking/Camping Product Reviews
Osprey Aether 70
This pack is comfortable, durable, lightweight and versatile. The Aether provides excellent body fit, adjustability, and balance. Very well designed storage and accessory pockets. I'm 5'9", 160 lbs. ("average build"), over 60, and have a surgically repaired back, so comfort is important to me. After a fitting at REI and trying on several competitive models, it became clear Osprey understood body symmetry. Loaded with 35-40 lbs the pack sits comfortably above my tailbone and distributes the load… Full review
Osprey Talon 11
This pack is great for day hikes as well as a short camping trip. Durable, lots of compartments and space, and can be used in many different ways. The Osprey Talon 11 is the perfect pack for day hiking and short camping trips, and with it's incredible amount of adjustable counterparts, it could be used for any shape or size of person. I purchased this backpack before a trip to Zion National Park in Utah during the summer of 2014, at a thrift store for a killer price. I was hesitant because of it… Full review
Black Diamond Storm
Nice quality, very bright, and well made. This is a great light that's a bit on the heavy side but has a good burn time. Controls aren't very intuitive, but easy enough to figure out with some time. I was looking for a heavy duty light that uses commonly available batteries, throws a bright beam, and has a long battery life. This fits the bill. It's fairly heavy, I have a much smaller and lighter headlamp that works well for small tasks around camp but the Black Diamond Storm is bright enough… Full review
Thule Men's Capstone 40L
Mesh back panel is amazing for those hot weather climates where having ventilation. Having an adjustable MicroAdjust Suspension system, this is perfect for those that always seem to have trouble finding the right size pack to fit their body. Great for day trips that require a lot of gear, or relaxed weekend trips where not many clothes are needed. For my trip to Costa Rica, I began using the Capstone as a carry on to take more luggage with me abroad. It may not be the right shape, but the dimensions… Full review
The Leki Quantum is a stable, dependable workhorse trekking pole. If you spend any time on trails... flats, declines or inclines... work smarter not harder with Leki poles. This unisex pole is worthy of the beginner or the pro. I am uncertain what kept me from getting a pair of trekking poles in the past, perhaps pride...thinking they were for the weak, possibly embarrassment...too concerned what others might think, possibly price...the good one's aren't cheap, probably a combination of all of those. Full review
Black Diamond Magnum 16 Pack
The Black Diamond Magnum 16 is daypack that can take abuse, hold enough gear for a savy overnighter. It has just the right ammount of features at a doable price point. It comes from a company with one of the best warranties I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. This little pack is perfect for the budget minded day hiker. It does everything one would expect from a pack this size while not breaking your budget. If you're looking for a decent pack with a hard to beat price point, the black… Full review
NEMO Galaxi 2P
This is my second experience with this tent in just over a year, and twice I've decided to return it, this time for good. The seam of the tie down straps on the side of the rain fly split from the tent upon staking it down, leaving the tent sides exposed to rain and with no sufficient tie down. Overall great and spacious tent, I want to continue buying it, but this is the second time the fly seam has split and I will have to look elsewhere. Overall great tent, easy to set up with single hubbed pole,… Full review