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

Osprey Atmos 65

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Osprey Atmos 65 is great for long distance backpacking. It can hold all you need and still be light. I highly recommend the pack. My pack fits really well. I've used it for several trips of varied days and it has been even better than expected.  I have had no problems adjusting it out no matter how much weight I carry. I felt no discomfort at all even when I carried 45lbs (including 4 liters of H2O). It felt like I was carrying under 30lbs (compared to other packs I've used). The capacity claimed… Full review

Marmot Plasma 0

rated 5 of 5 stars The best ultra lightweight bag I have ever bought. It keeps me very warm and is probably the lightest weight bag with this down fill . The only other bag with the same dri-down fill power is the one from KUIU. and they cost way more. If you are gonna spend a long time in them they start to feel crowded as all mummy bags do.  I used  the bag on a few overnighters when the temps were close to the lower temp rating and I believe it will hold it's own. I always wear base layers inside so that might… Full review

NRS Woodland Power Stove

rated 5 of 5 stars A versatile piece of camping gear that can be used as a high power blaster for fast boiling yet can be turned down to lower power for simmering with a big skillet or griddle. With the flame damper in place, it can even be used as a gas powered camp fire. To top it off, it breaks down and folds up small. This may be the single most useful and versatile piece of camping gear I've used for larger groups of rafting campers.   The adjustable flame works through a wide range of settings as a supplemental… Full review

Berkeley Premium Cork Grease

rated 5 of 5 stars Ever been desperate to get a zipper open on a backpack, tent, or clothing item and it sticks ... even jams shut? Ever have physical connector/connection problems with outing gear? Brings up a memory or two for some of us? I've tried different things over the years, and the best most permanent fix I've found is the cork grease used for lubricating critical moving parts on brass and woodwind musical instruments. Get it at any music store or online. Any one else have trouble with Zippers, plastic or… Full review

Zippo 12 Hour Hand Warmer

rated 4 of 5 stars Refillable catalyst handwarmer. These are easy to use and work pretty well. The large Zippo handwarmer works really well. In the '70s my grandfather gave me two Jon-e handwarmers for backpacking. Those were great. Yhey probably still work, but I cannot find them. I have two of the Zippo handwarmers and have used them both. My wife uses one and I use the other. It is fairly easy to fill. The newer models have a hole in the fuel absorption material that allows for faster easier filling, but these… Full review

McNett Zip Tech

rated 5 of 5 stars A great product for zipper maintenance. One stick lasts a long time. Does not attract or hold sand and dirt. No mess. Easy to use. In 2003 I bought this product because it was recommended for my drysuit. It worked so well on the drysuit that I started using it on backpacks, tents, down jackets, and waterproof jackets. Any high dollar gear with a zipper is likely to get Zip Tech'd. It actually helps seal water out of water resistant zippers. Product is easy to use and the benefits are noticed immediately. Full review

MSR WhisperLite Universal

rated 5 of 5 stars Wonderful, very versatile stove. I bought this stove new in 2014 and have had several opportunities since then to make use of it. The fact that there are several fuel options is the main selling point for me. Before you go out with this stove you should definitely familiarize yourself with all of the functioning aspects of the stove. The stove comes with everything you need to make the change from fuel canisters to fuel bottles, and from white gas to kerosene or gasoline. In a lot of the wilderness… Full review