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

LifeSaver Systems LifeSaver Bottle

rated 0.5 of 5 stars company have withdrawn this product- PRODUCT WARNING- failure of virus removal This company is now in Receivership Any users or customers should visit their website for the official product warnings FURTHER TO THE CUSTOMER NOTICE ISSUED ON 28 OCTOBER 2015, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT, UNTIL A PURCHASER IS FOUND AND FURTHER TESTING CAN BE CARRIED OUT, OR USERS ARE NOTIFIED OTHERWISE, USERS SHOULD REFRAIN FROM USING WATER FILTERS PROVIDED BY LSS. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE CUSTOMER NOTICE ISSUED… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Review in progress ... check back soon! It works ... Sustained energy quickly from healthy ingredients. Easy to carry and mix. Tastes great, in choice of flavors. From ZipFizz Website Zipfizz is a healthy and great tasting energy drink-mix powder that delivers a powerful charge of micronutrients to the body's fuel system. It contains no ephedra or other artificial stimulants. Most people experience an immediate, revitalizing burst of energy after taking Zipfizz. The Review 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

Garmin eTrex 20x

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great for everything you would expect it to be used for, but difficult to use. No one would want a phone that required you to press "7" four times to text the letter "s". Why has this not evolved? We loaded gpx files, saved tracks, followed coordinates, etc. every thing worked great. My only complaint is that I need to hit Google every time I want to try something new. Its interface hasn't evolved in 10 plus years. Time for a major overhaul.  Full review

Grilliput FireBowl

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Good addition to the Grilliput. A great addition to the Grilliput, it keeps the fire right underneath the grill, radiates heat upward, blocks the fire from wind. No worries about leaving a carbon footprint on the ground. A little bulky, but when folded in my fuel bottle for my stove fits inside minimizing the extra space needed to bring it. I wish the feet were removable for greater space savings. Full review


rated 4 of 5 stars Great little grill, compact and lightweight Great little grill for 1 to 2 people, compact and lightweight (1.2lbs). Did I mention compact? You won't find another grill that isn't bulky. The bars for the top of the grill are a little flimsy, but strong enough to hold anything you want to cook. If you're looking for a grill that packs small, you won't find another. Paired with the FireBowl it's the perfect little grill. Full review

Western Mountaineering Bison GWS

rated 5 of 5 stars There's nothing wrong with a little overkill when you're serious about survival. I bought this bag two years ago for dead-of-winter camping in the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. I wanted an overkill bag and decided to go all the way. The coldest temps I'm likely to see are maybe -10° on Stratton Bald. The coldest I have actually experienced was around 0° and this bundle of joy handled that with aplomb. I'm 5'9" and bought the regular 6 ft bag.  The zipper is well conceived,… Full review