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
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
A high-quality, lightweight, dependable performer I've had this tent out about 40 times in a variety of weather and I couldn't be happier with its performance to date. I think there are some gear choices where you can cut cost and still get a quality product. There are others where it doesn't make sense to try and save a few bucks. This tent is an example of that although if you look around you can definitely find it on sale. While there are a handful of 2P tents that actually work for two people… Full review
I was cold at Camp Verde AZ campground in February and the zipper snagged the nylon backing. Good for Spring Camping in dry weather at Havasupai Falls Campground with no tent. I decided to take advantage of a late winter snow fall one February and skied at the Flagstaff Sno-bowl. I drove to a Camp Verde camp ground that night and would sleep in the back of my S.U.V. I found my self so cold that I was starting the engine frequently to heat up the truck. At some point the zipper snagged the backing… Full review
Outdoor Research Bug Bivy
Very lightweight, delicate, and tight. Set up: If you wish to guy it out properly, it takes longer than most tents. A single fiberglass pole slides through the sleeve pretty easily.bivy guyed out-corner guys in foot box. Another reviewer commented that the mesh rests on your feet so the bugs can still bite. True. You may be able to sew in an eye for an additional guy line to elevate it or a grommet so you can put a small "pup" style stick in to hold it up. Stability: works fine. If there was ever… Full review
Great backpack. Lightweight and comfortable. Great backpack, use the size S and amber orange color. Live in Indonesia that has a lot of humid and wet tropical mountain. Feel comfort if your torso is match with the size of the backpack. Used this pack at Indonesia's mountain (mt. Sindoro) when rainy season and this pack performed well, hard rain comes when i walked down the mountain and i forgot to bring rain cover but my stuff inside still dry. Full review
Gossamer Gear G4
Ultralight, simple, effective, comfortable, proven over many years. I've used my first and only G4 for almost a decade on many short ultralight and 'Boy Scout' trips. It's never failed me. Full review
Kelty Tuck 20 / EN 22
Great bag at a great price. Just received it. I also own the Kelty Mistral 20 degree bag. The Tuck is 11 ounces lighter, and compresses to fit in a Kelty medium compression sack. The Mistral compresses down to fit in a large compression sack. The Tuck is listed as a 22 degree bag, not a 20. Has a zipper about six inches from the end of the bag—with the zipper open, you can have your feet out of and on top of the bag. Full review
Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar
Clif bars in general are great for people on the go, who can't always plan ahead for every meal. They are great for kids' snacks between meals as well. I recommend this product. I'm not a typical reviewer, but I purchase large quantities of bars. I like Pomegranate Chia and the Carrot Cake bars as well. Blueberry Crisp is good. Chocolate Chip is good. Yes, there is a similarity to the bars' flavors, but that is the case with all "lines" of food products. I work in an office. Sometimes lunch plans… Full review