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


rated 5 of 5 stars Superfood smoothie. Super convenient, easy to travel with, quenches hunger, gives me energy outdoors. Love it! Lifesaver for me, when I am outdoors doing nature-photography. Everyone who is interested in nature photography knows, that light is key to everything and chasing that perfect moment is what keeps one going. As mother nature decides when it's time to do photography, it can often mean long sessions before lunch or dinner. I used to have energy-bars with me, but since I find Ambronite - the… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Easiest way to get the daily micronutrients from high quality source I used to order so many superfoods separately thinking that I am getting almost overdose of micronutrients. But when my friend told me to actually count how much I'm getting and what it surprised me that I'm actually not even getting that much. For me, this is the biggest relief Ambronite has given, since with it I can be absolutely certain of getting enough micronutrients from high quality source. Now I don't need to spend a fortune… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Ambronite completely revolutionised my breakfast. In the past I only had coffee for breakfast and due to that had always an enormous lunch which led to an afternoon coma. During my first month I lost 8 pounds only by starting having Ambronite as a breakfast! The best breakfast in the world!I just love the Berries taste. It's like eating Grannies blueberry pie as a brekkie and it's healthy! I've lost quite a lot of weight after using the product and I just feel better in the mornings. Haven't yet… Full review

MSR Stormking

rated 1 of 5 stars Beware of 'Unplanned Obsolescence'. Consider alternatives to PU-coated mountain tents. Flysheet horror show. We loved our Stormking tent when we used it for a week on the Isle of Arran. When we took it out of storage this week, for a winter camp in the Cuillin, we were shocked to find that the flysheet had deteriorated: the seam-tape was crumbling off and the PU coating was sticking to our hands. We contacted MSR, who told us to go away and chemically remove the PU and reseal the seams ourselves! Full review

Marmot NanoWave 35

rated 3 of 5 stars Well built. Great for summer nights but not for cold weather. I am a Florida hiker/backpacker. I am one of those people northerners laugh at because I wear winter jackets when the weather reaches 65°F and below. Knowing my blood is thinner and I have my own internal insulation (weighing in at 150 lbs), I was hoping this bag would keep me warm. Although this bag is rated to 35°F, I was cooly uncomfortable at 52°F and below. On all occasions where the weather dipped below 55°, I packed wool pajamas,… Full review

MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This small stove kit, designed for minimalist solo backpacking includes the new MSR Pocket Rocket 2 stove, a pot grabber, a plastic cup/bowl, a cup lid, and an aluminum pot ( .75L capacity). A small 4 oz. fuel canister ( not included) will fit within component system. The entire system ( not including fuel) weighs only 10 oz. Its small size, versatility, and efficient stove action make this an ideal stove kit for camping or backpacking. This stove kit arrived in a solid cardboard box, protecting… Full review

Sierra Designs Meteor 2

rated 3 of 5 stars A 2-person tent best suited for those that value livability a little more than shaving ounces. Sierra Designs touts it as good for car camping or backpacking and I agree; this really is that rare 'tweener design. This is a great couples tent for those milder weather trips. Though marketed as a 3-season tent, I would avoid using it  during  the edges of shoulder seasons or winter for reasons listed below. The manufactures page can be found at this link. But here are the primary specs: Minimum… Full review