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
Moss Tents Tent
I have owned this tent for about 35 years. Bought it a LL Beans. Always was there when needed. Good camp tent for canoe trips. This last trip to the St. Croix, I noted the fly was losing its water proofing. Still solid, poles good, no tears, but no longer waterproof. Any way to restore that? Wish I could get another! Full review
Sierra Designs Light Year 1
I love the ease of this tent to set up. I'm a single woman with arthritic hands, and this tent makes setup a snap. I have an older SD Light Year 1 tent. It was originally purchased for my son TWELVE YEARS AGO when he was in Boy Scouts. He used it on all his pack trips, and I can guarantee not a lot of TLC was given during these first few years. After my son earned Eagle and headed out on his own, he left the tent behind, I'm assuming because he loved his mommy so much (LOL). I started using the… Full review
Northwest Territory Vacation Home 10-Person Tent 14' x 14'
Bought this used at a garage sale, and re-waterproofed using Star Bright PTFE and seam sealer. Some of the side clips need replacing, but remains water tight without them. Sturdy, HUGE interior, and true stand-up, cabin style tent accommodates two queen air mattresses with storage bin used as night stand in the middle, as well as 8 ft. table in entry area. Setup is confusing at first if you do not have directions, but instructions found easily online: google Northwest Territory Vacation Cottage… Full review
Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker
I bought the previous model with only one door when it was on sale. Held up wonderfully in heavy rain. It pitches with trekking poles and does not require guy lines. Setup: Setup took some getting used to, but once I got it right, it seems like it should be pretty easy to repeat. It doesn't include a footprint. Weather Resistance: I used this tent for two nights with heavy downpours. It requires seams sealing, though I didn't have a chance to do this before my trip. After being out and about during… Full review
I got this bag for an AT section hike. It was very comfortable at first and worked well with the Therm-a-Rest Prolite Plus. I did find it irritating that the bag was so warm that most nights I could not sleep in it zipped up. The zip did not go all the way down to feet. Zipper broke and that was that. Backless weight saving idea not so sure about either, made it hard to use independently without the sleeping pad. I am getting a replacement sent from the company, the Capella women's bag. We will… Full review
Optimus Sliding Long Spoon
Keeps your finger and knuckles clean when stirring and reaching into freeze dried food pouches. I just used this spoon for the first time on a three-day trek in the Idaho Selkirks. A hiking buddy of mine and I complained last September while on a Glacier NP hike about eating out of freeze dried food pouches and getting your fingers and knuckles sticky and messy when stirring and reaching down inside the pouch. We were both using titanium sporks. We wondered if longer spoons were available. I discovered… Full review
Ruff Wear K-9 Float Coat
When I was notified that we would be reviewing the Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat as Gear Brand Ambassadors for Backcountry K9, I was quite enthusiastic. Many others who paddle with their dogs had insisted that this canine life jacket is the best available. Now I would have a chance to test it out, and find out what all the shouting was about…well, now I am shouting! This is certainly a great life jacket for your dog. We have canoed with our dogs for many years, and have always put them in a dog life… Full review