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

The North Face Stratos

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a very good tent at an affordable price. It goes up very quickly and can withstand some strong weather. It is just big enough for 4 adults, but not for more than a weekend backpack. Alternatively car-camping, it is ideal for. Got this tent 18 years ago, and this Scottish summer (worst for 30 years) it leaked through the groundsheet.  This is the only problem we ever had with it, and when new we sealed it up as per the manufacturer's instructions.  There is definitely a knack of pitching… Full review

Mountainsmith Genesee 4

rated 4 of 5 stars Great value in a 3-4 person backpacking tent. You would be hard-pressed to find the features of this tent at this price point. I bought this tent a couple years ago for backpacking with my two kids.  This tent has exceeded my expectations.  Easy for one person to set up.  From ice to thunderstorms this tent has performed well in all kinds of weather and always kept us dry.  Ventilation is adequate.  I have only experienced condensation if I seal everything up with three people inside and it… Full review

Astral Bird Dog

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Our dogs are out with us in canoes and kayaks 3-4 days per week, and we need a durable, safe, reliable life jacket for them to use. We were not too familiar with this dog jacket until we won it from Get Outdoors in North Carolina...we have been very impressed with its quality, and the freedom and security it provides for our dog Edgar. We received the Astral Bird Dog Canine Life Jacket together with the previously-reviewed Astral Ronny (human) PFD and Astral Brewer water shoes, from Get Outdoors,… Full review

Kelty Cabana

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great roomy shelter that will fit a family of 4. Perfect for the beach. Gets a little stuffy inside if oriented away from air flow. I purchased this model sun shelter to use at the beach. It is a very good shelter. It requires 3 tent poles to put up and can be assembled by one person in about 5 minutes. It can be more challenging on a windy day. The shelter is very roomy. Two adults and two small children and one small dog fit inside comfortably. It provides good shade. On days with little wind,… Full review

SOL Emergency Bivvy

rated 5 of 5 stars Caught out in the mountains two nights ago and used my bivvy for four hours until daylight. Kept me dry and comfortable, even though laid out on a rock!! (Surrounded by boggy ground.)Problem now to repack!!? Full review

Osprey Atmos 65 AG

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Overall, the pack is very comfortable. However, I am not sure the designers ever thought about anyone carrying more than 30 lbs in it or they would have NEVER made the hip belt pads lock in place with sub-standard hook-and-loop closure system. This failed on my 5th day wearing the pack, with only 40 lbs loaded in the pack. I had to shoulder 90% of the weight of my pack for a week after this, ruining my trip. I purchased this pack new and took it on a quick weekend trip with about 32 lbs in it, and… Full review

Exped DownMat 9

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought this excellent 9LW goose down mattress to use at home for a cure to an injured back! The 3 1/2 inch thickness is perfect not quite fully inflated, on a straight flat, hard surface, Smile! Have used this mattress every night for about 5 years. I have been able to somewhat cure an extremely painful back injury. I keep two! Also slept outside on my friend's Cadilac! porch at 7000 feet all winter! Never got cold once, with all my cold weather gear! This to me is a must-have item for everyday… Full review