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
Exped Men's Thunder 70
This is a relatively lightweight pack (3.5 lbs) without many bells and whistles but which excels at comfortably carrying 35-40 lbs in rugged terrain. Fit: The thorough review on this pack at SectionHiker.com convinced me to try this pack, particularly the warning that the belt ran a bit small. I have about a 29-30" waist, and I did not want a belt that had the padding bunched up against the buckle. In the end, I had an inch or two to spare on either side of the buckle when fully tightened… Full review
Used this backpack for aprox 15 year. Best use for heawy load The carrie system on this backpack is impresive. The foam straps feels molded to your body. The quick higth adjustment is wery easy to use. It also adjusts well from tigth fit in chalanging terrain to more relaxed in easy terrain. The backpack i huge! 125L is a lot. The backpack is designed for hunters and recon troops who needs to carry a lot of heavy equipment or even a hole reindeer. In this size of backpacks there is not made much… Full review
Cold Steel Pendleton Hunter
Good versatile outdoor knife i have used this knife for the last years. For hunting, fishing, hiking And general outdoors in Norway. This has ended up being my everyday knife. Works well for making up fish, meat, and firewood The ruberized handle sticks in the hand even when wet. Well shaped blade, only a bit thick. I find this knife so well made that I have gotten the Pedington mini hunter for my kids 5/9 years. The mini verision is the best shaped knife I have seen for kids. Full review
Utter bunch of fraudsters! Take your money and run. Read so many bad reviews about them. AVOID! Utter bunch of fraudsters! Take your money and run. Read so many bad reviews about them. AVOID! Full review
Northwest Territory Big Timber
Very large family tent. We've had this tent for over 15 years. Very reliable, strong tent. Last year, on a beach, a rogue wave flooded about 100 tents. Most got collapsed and ruined. Our NTBT was flooded and filled with over a hundred pounds of sand and hundreds of gallons of sea water. Everything was soaked but the tent stayed up and was fine. The layout of the tent allows for breezes to flow through. Nice and airy. The shape is unusual and is very distinct. You do not mix it up with others. … Full review
Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent Band
Expensive but effective band with an eye catching could and pattern. Saved me from sheer torment. I was recommended the Parakito band while on holiday in Germany's Black Forest and having suffered 146 mosquito bites (Yes I counted the !). I loved the range of designs choosing a vibrant one for myself but a more muted one for my partner. The instructions were clear and straightforward and the band was comfortable to wear. I wore the band 24/7 though took it off for shower despite the instructions… Full review
Black Diamond Spot
Spot 2017—new and improved! I've owned past models of the Spot—the 130-lumen model (2014-ish) and then the 2016 model—lumens bumped to 200 and waterproofness bumped to IPX8 and have been very satisfied with them. Good all around lamps for a decent price point. This spring during an extended night travel stretch, I couldn't help but notice my buddy's lamp was putting out more light. I asked what he was using. "Black Diamond Spot", well that's odd as that's what I'm using. Unbeknownst to me,… Full review