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

Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated Mat

rated 4 of 5 stars Like a Beautyrest i got this one because I need a good night sleep or I morph into a Hulk abomination.   It can be inflated by mouth, but it also has its own pump and that was what I was after.  With the pump, both sides inflate under a minute.  One side is firmer, one side is softer, the pad is way quieter than my old crinkly Thermorest.   It is on the heavier side so keep that in mind when figuring out your full pack weight, but for me it's well worth it.   Full review

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 Original Camp Chair

rated 5 of 5 stars Saved my back Sometimes, hiking wall day when you're a middle aged mother of three who's broken her spine in 3 places can be a wee bit stressful on the back.   With this chair, I can take a break anywhere and recline fully supported and comfy and rest so I can enjoy the rest of my hike.  I have read that completely open, it can double up as a half sleeping pad...  my jury's still out on this, lol.   It's super light and tough as nails, sets up in seconds and rolls nice and tight, I can fit mine… Full review

Deuter ACT Lite 35+10 SL

rated 5 of 5 stars Never used it on an overnighter OMG I love this one. i need a lot of extra layers during winter, I don't regulate my body temp very well.  This allows me to take all the extras I could possibly need and still be compact enough for a day hike.   The hip fins are to die for:  angled for baby loving hips, well padded, contoured just right. Shoulder straps are also angled and well padded with no seams to irritate anywhere. i probably could do a summer overnighter with this, I haven't tried yet, I… Full review

Deuter ACT Trail PRO 32 SL

rated 3 of 5 stars I'm returning it urgh I so wanted to love this one!   The pack is superb, beautifully made, top materials, they really thought of everything.   Why am I returning it?  Because it does not fit me at all: even though this is from the SL line, meaning "slim line", women specific, I swear it actually fits like a man's pack.  The hip fins are not nearly as angled as they need to be and neither are the shoulder straps, I got nasty rub spots on my neck, collarbone and hip.   Its a real shame because… Full review

Karrimor Jaguar 65

rated 5 of 5 stars Bought mine in 1981 when I lived in Todmorden just over the hill from where they were made. Only issue is my side pockets are buckle closed rather than zipped but anything I put in there goes in a zip lock bag Bought mine in 1981 when I lived in Todmorden just over the hill from where they were made. Only issue is my side pockets are buckle closed rather than zipped but anything I put in there goes in a zip lock bag. Full review

Osprey Kestrel 32

rated 5 of 5 stars The little engine that could This pack is superb! I carry a 2 L bladder, extra layers, rain layers, food for the day, map, compass, first aid kit, extra mini Sawyer squeeze, trowel and tp, sunblock, buff, socks, hat, and the pack feels wonderful. The adjustability is off the charts, I can tweak the harness, shoulder straps, hip belt every which way easily, the rain cover is easy to pull out and stays put, and the reversible straps allow me to either compress the load or carry my snowshoes. Sometimes… Full review

Dana Design Astralplane Overkill

rated 5 of 5 stars can haul heavy loads great, fits well and lots of adjustment side and top access i have had 130 pounds in mine still looks new love this pack i have a few other but this is my go to pack and it will hauls heavy loads well hadi it on 5 trips in at 68 pounds and out at 110-130 pounds most pack dont hold up to this kind of used mine still looks brand new. Full review