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
As a back-up battery this is fine. But as a solar charger, it is horribly underpowered, and better options exist. I work in the solar business, and I've seen my fair share of these compact solar chargers come & go. Brunton sells a few for example. The problem they all have is that the solar is always a gimmick-add-on to what is otherwise a useful back-up battery pack. But realize that a back-up battery is all these chargers really are.Save your money, and avoid frustration by choosing a more… Full review
Wild Country Mistral
This is a superb tent, copes very well in all weathers. Have had my Mistral for 14 years and it's never let me down. Brilliant tent, great all rounder in all weathers. Have owned for 14 years. Very roomy for a 2-man tent. You won't be disappointed. Full review
REI Flash Insulated Air Pad
Lightweight, quick inflate, and very comfortable. REI Flash sleeping pad (long) is one of the lightest and compact pads I've owned. I primarily hike on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and North Carolina and this pad has made my nights very comfortable. I would recommend this air pad. Full review
Very easy to use. Very polyvalent. Well built. Very well built product. Will work in all weather. Been using mine for 2 years now. Good cooking surface. I just wish that the hose could be removable for more convenient storage. It needs regular maintenance. Other than that this product is very close to perfection. Full review
Katadyn Vario Microfilter
An excellent compromise between performance, cost and weight, the Vario performs in a variety of different situations well. I have been very pleased with the performance of my Vario. It employs a similar glass fiber filter to the Hiker micro filter. The main advantages are the option to engage a ceramic prefilter to protect the main element. Personally I leave the ceramic filter in the 'on' position all the time. Even with the filter engaged, the flow rate is very good. Full review
The North Face Canyonlands
Great tent! Mark again, My original review was in 1999 and I can't believe it's been 15 years since I bought this tent. Had this tent in rain, wind, and light snow. It's still kicking. Kept me dry and out of the wind in diverse conditions. I have taken care of it and stored it properly and it's still in great shape. Had my doubts when I bought it but I have none now. A great tent! It somehow turned into my 'go to' tent and has served me well. Full review
This charger is perfect in every way. Based on its capacity, I can get almost 3 full charges out of it. Since it's solar powered, it's always powered up. I don't miss hunting for an outlet at airports whenever I travel. I should have purchased this years ago! Full review