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
REI Men's Crestrail 48
This is a good little pack that is perfect for filling the gap between your small overnight pack, and your week + pack. It is lightweight, and has well thought out, usable features, without the clutter of too many. I recommend this pack to anyone that needs an inexpensive mid sized pack, or wants a lightweight pack that isn't stripped of features. I'm not sure what the picture on this page is, but...... this is what my Crestrail 48 packs look like. The Crestrail 48 is the little brother of the Crestrail… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry
Solid build, but the waterproofing is a gimick. Overall I think this is a decent day pack for scrambles and hiking. I tested this out. The side pockets are adequate, the material is very solid, and I found the fit to be adequate, but not superb. The lack of a decent hipbelt was off-putting, especially for a 30L pack. For me that rules it out of being useful as a crag pack, or for heavier hauls, which the burely material suggests it can handle well. The pack is advertised as waterproof. An OutDry… Full review
GSI Crossover Kitchen Kit
A great compact little kit for weekends or multi-day trips. It has a few useless pieces but overall a good product, and great for long backpacking trips. Better than any other kit I've seen. I've had this handy fellow for a year. It's a great addition for backcountry use and nestles nicely into my 2.5l pot, leaving just enough room to store a WhisperLite, or something of a similar size. I use it for weekend trips, and longer voyages. It is definitely more useful for multiday trips, but I find myself… Full review
GSI Compact Scraper
This makes cleaning dishes a breeze. My compact scrapper came in the Crossover Kitchen, and it's easily the handiest thing I've had in the backcountry. I really hate doing dishes. And in the backcountry this is multiplied. It's annoying, they are never really clean, and it's just so tough to get it as clean as you would in a kitchen. With the scraper you a clear away nearly all the residue left over from whatever it was in the pot; sauce, oils, general gunk. If the soft sized doesn't allow you to… Full review
The North Face Men's Cat's Meow
A solid synthetic bag that will treat you well in three seasons. I've always been intrigued by the Cat's Meow. It seems as though it has been a solid seller for North Face so I thought it must have a decent cost/performance ratio. After having slept in it on a number of occasions now, I would say that It's a pretty decent bag. Many of the reviews on Trailspace are divided on the bag. It seems as though the older model gets a better review than the newer model. I have the older model. Warmth:… Full review
REI Men's Lumen +25
This is a great wet weather alternative to a down bag. It's very warm, the price is right, the weight is acceptable for a synthetic bag of this temp rating (sub 3 lbs), and the feature set is perfect-—not too many features, but ones that are useful. I highly recommend this bag for anyone that wants the warmth and packability of down, combined with the wet weather security of synthetic. *Reviewer note: I have the "regular" and "long" versions of this bag. This review is of the "regular" version… Full review
Marmot Mountain Works 15° Sleeping Bag
Gives you a snapshot into why Marmot eventually became a big box company. Lightweight, compact, durable, even by today's standards and this bag was made in the mid 80's! I bought this bag from a more seasoned explorer who has since traded in her backpack for a key to a cabin. She said that she purchased it at our local co-op (Midwest Mountaineering) in the mid '80s and paid top buck for it. She told me it was $300 at the time. Apparently, in this era, there was a catalog or floor model and then… Full review