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
We received this bottle to test and review, as Brand Ambassadors. We are very conscientious about keeping our dogs hydrated in ther varied activities, and have found this no be a nice addition to our gear. We have tested it during various winter activities, adn project that it will be utilized on our summer hiking and canoeing trips as well. Our first review for Backcountry K-9 is the OllyBottle, a 1 liter water bottle designed to take on adventures with your dog….unlike other dog water bottles,… Full review
Ozark Trail LED Rechargeable Lantern
Mine doesnt have a battery or charger. Where and how much will it cost me How much will it cost me to get a battery. Full review
Osprey Atmos 65 AG
Amazing pack that feels like nothing at all. This is a great short hike pack (2-4 days) unless you are truly an ultra-light hiker then you could squeeze more days out of it. The AG suspension and mesh is amazing for my build (5'9" 205lbs). I wish we had a pack system like this in the military for carrying heavy loads. Overall its very comfortable even without using the load lifters appropriately (I hardly ever adjust these mostly because I forget). I like the compartments, but I'm a pocket guy and… Full review
Alpine Design 20 Degree Sleeping Bag
Don't buy this, the stuffing rips out easily and the zipper broke just after a few months in light use. Without the zipper the bag is useless. They need to put more money into the zipper! Don't buy Full review
The North Face VE 24
The VE24 has proven itself to be able to handle very adverse weather conditions with durability to last year after year. Whether holding out in an Alaskan blizzard or Tropical Storm you can count on the VE24 to hold it's own against the eliminates. I purchased my VE24 in 2012 from a avid trekking couple that purchased it new in '78 - '79. I listened to their stories of the many years of adventures in Alaska, the many blizzards, snow and rain storms they weathered through in this tent. Including… Full review
Luke's Ultralite Accessory Pouch #2
The first waist belt pocket I've found that I can easily access with my waist belt buckled. Roomy, virtually waterproof, and well-made. I have purchased many different backpack waist belt pockets in my quest for one that fit my needs and desires: Zpacks, Gossamer Gear, Zimmerbuilt, EXIT, MLD, Elemental Horizons, and the pockets that are part of the HMG waist belt. My main frustration with all of them was that to keep them from sliding around it was usually necessary to anchor them near where… Full review
Katadyn Hiker PRO
If you need to carry a filter for reasonably large volumes of water (camping for several people), this filer works quite well. Lighter options exist now. I've used this fitler for several years, but now rarely carry it because I can generally meet my needs (just my wife and I) with a Sawyer Squeeze for a lot lower weight penalty. Full review