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.
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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
CamelBak Chute Bottle
Great all around waterbottle for any occasion. Double mouth for easy sipping and ice is great, only downfall is that it isn't insulated. I've had this waterbottle ever since the day it was released. I use it everyday and has held up against all that I've put it through. It's very durable and has withstood the many times I've dropped it. It's widemouth is perfect for when I want to fill it with ice as it allows ice to be poured right in. The smaller mouth on top is also extra convenient as it funnels… Full review
TATO Gear Element Titanium Wood Stove
What hiker doesn't enjoy a campfire? With the Element twig stove, a bit of your favorite fire starter, fire source and a handful of twigs you can cook your food and boil your water without carrying the fuel or stove. The Element folds flat, doubles as a windscreen for an alcohol stove to boot. At 5 oz. this twig stove is fine for backpacking and is versatile enough to bake and with the addition of a small cleaver titanium grill by Dutchware you can grill small in small quantities. If you love to… Full review
Black Diamond Syncline
Perfectly fine -- cheap, light, strong, simple. I own / used both of Black Diamond's (orange) Syncline and (red) Trail Back for ultra-lightweight backpacking, with my son and I each carrying one pole and using both for shelter. Actual weight w/o baskets of Syncline is 270 grams (9.5 oz) and Trail Back 290 grams (10.25 oz.). Both handle miles and hands well, but both of our are pretty soft (we're in Ohio afterall). Given the price is often almost same on these few-years-old-model poles, I suggest… Full review
Big Agnes Double Z
For a summer-only pad, the Big Agnes Double Z offers big comfort and durability with a relatively light weight. At 4 inches thick, it absorbs bumps and other ground imperfections better than the self-inflating foam-core mattress type. The pad’s design creates quilting-style pockets throughout the sleeping surface, which distribute weight efficiently while maintaining some degree of airflow. Don’t try to take it below 40°F without at least a thin layer of closed-cell foam on top. Best For: … Full review
Ozark Trail Pocket Knife
I had issues with the screws falling out while in use. Bad if it were a survival situation. I put a lil soft set lock tight on them and now it's all good. Watch main blade screw too. Really is not a bad knife for the money. It will serve you well if you soft set lock tight the screws and don't work the knife too hard, just as you shouldn't any knife. Full review
Barry Farm Cheddar Cheese Powder
Cheddar cheese in powder form with flavor comparable to boxed mac and cheese or cheesy popcorn. Good base for cheesy trail dinners. I would recommend for both making freezer bag meals or provisioning pot meals. Whether you make individual dehydrated meals in a bag or like to mix up dinner in a pot for the whole crew Barry Farm's Cheddar Cheese Powder is a great start to making a delicious cheese sauce on the trail. They sell a lot of it for flavoring popcorn, but it isn't intended to be used as… Full review
REI Flex Lite Chair
Perfect for the backcountry or the neighborhood cookout! This simple little chair goes a long way when you can't find a log to park your rear on. Awesome for early morning stretches to put on boots! Finally got to use my Flex Lite in the backcountry of the Sangres near Crestone, Colorado! I'd been using downed trees as seats every trip since I could remember, and sometimes just the ground... well this added a sense of home luxury to the trip! After a long hike we brought the lightweight, easy to… Full review