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

Big Agnes King Solomon 15°

rated 3.5 of 5 stars We like this bag- However...... Dont get me wrong, we love this bag.. its our go to bag and we have never taken anything else.   We just found that on those cold nights- in Big Bend National Park when the temps are at 20- its really a very cold bag!   You MUST pair it up with two sleeping pads-  We use The Big Agnes Q core pads and love it.. although a little loud..   OVerall- this has been a great bag-  Very comfortable-  Makes good use of space in our tent.. packs small - we dont have to… Full review

The North Face Mountain 35

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a discontinued 3 person 4 season tent. I am not sure why its been discontinued!! It is an amazing tent- large enough and easy enough to set up. I know- the VE-25 and others are good as well- but this one is amazing! I own an village of tents!  Over 10... its seems as though its my little obsession -   But with over 4 - 4 season tents, the Mountain 35 is by far my go to winter camping or rough weather tent.  If I am going to be stuck in a tent for days- I want it to be my Mtn 35.  Roomy-… Full review

NEMO Losi 2P

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A high quality tent, spacious for 1 person. I have used this tent for two seasons car camping and canoeing. I was looking for a well made tent that had no see um netting for coastal camping, and a rainfly that reached the ground because it always rains when I camp. I was concerned about the exposed wall (rainfly doesn't go to ground at one end) but it does improve airflow during warm weather camping and has not leaked yet. I have slept comfortably in temperatures ranging from 85 degrees to 28 degrees… Full review

Lightweight Wool Sleeping Bag from Lucky Sheep

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the first lightweight wool sleeping bag EVER to enter the outdoor market. This bag is as soft as silk and only slightly heavier than a synthetic filled bag of comparable temp rating. But what wool can do that nothing else can...is provide the highest SLEEP QUALITY and COMFORT of any other outdoor material. This bag is light enough to take on the trail. Wool has lost its place in the outdoor industry due to the myth that synthetics can take its place. However, although synthetics (plastic)… Full review

LifeSaver Systems LifeSaver Bottle

The company has withdrawn this product: PRODUCT WARNING- failure of virus removal This company is now in Receivership. Any users or customers should visit the website — http://www.lifesaversystems.com/ — for the official product warnings: As part of LIFESAVER Systems Ltd (“LIFESAVER”) product monitoring and accreditation systems, LIFESAVER has received independent laboratory test results based on NSF Protocol 231 in relation to Bacteria, Cyst and Virus removal from drinking water on the… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars The stuff works! Sustained energy quickly from healthy ingredients. Easy to carry and mix. Tastes great, in choice of flavors, and expanding. I gave this 5-star product 4.5 stars, because I would prefer to have less plastic in the packaging. And I want potential users to make sure that they want to use a stimulant before they take one. What a single dose looks like ... my Wife and I split one at the lunch (middle) of day hikes.  Is that like a 50% discount?  These might be the original flavors… Full review

Coghlan's Waterproof Matches

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Since we do a lot of canoe camping, and camp in all weather, having waterproof matches seemed like a good idea. These matches will light when (lightly) wet, but I certainly will not purchase them again. These are a perfect example of "you get what you pay for." Inexpensive matches = poor quality. Yes, you get a lot of matches in this package...but we have found that so many break while you are trying to light them, that probably only half are actually usable. The stick portion is very flimsy and… Full review