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
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
The North Face VE 25
Good tent, but my 1997 model leaks in two places where the indoor reenforcement/clothing lines can be attached and that is a major problem. Easy pitching, very stable in high winds, weather resistant. My friends walked with one in 9 months from the Trident sub base in Georgia to the Nevada nuclear test site and it only turned pale a bit but withstood all weather including tornados and never leaked and all zippers etc still function well. Mine leaks however at two points. Good ventilations possibilities… Full review
Eureka! Amari Pass 1
As for the packabilty of this tent, I found that it gets much smaller and manageable on long treks if you pack the poles on the side of your pack separate from the rest. Wish there was a window in the rain fly. But overall a great tent. I have both the solo and 3-person versions. For some reason Eureka U.S. doesn't sell a footprint, but I've ordered/received footprints for both tents from retailers in Canada, though the U.S. company denies their existence. They seem to fit well and are made of exactly… Full review
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome
This is a great tent. My wife and I bought it about three years ago and have used it a half dozen times. It is superb. We have used this tent to go to airplane fly-ins around Florida and Wisconsin. We love this tent. A little on the heavy side for use in our plane but we make it work. The pros above sum it up for us. People are very jealous when they see us with this tent. Like you brought your house with you. The intermediate velcro fly attachments have mostly all pulled off the fly in some very… Full review
Sea to Summit UltraLight Insulated Mat
Lightweight comfy pad, gives a great night's sleep. I was intrigued by Sea to Summit's new line of sleeping pads, so when the REI dividend and coupon came out, I decided to give it a try. The first thing I notice was how small the packed size was. I'm always trying to put less bulk in my back, so this is good news for me. I was taken by the pad's interesting new valve design. There are essentially two "plugs" in one. You open the outer plug to inflate, and both plugs to deflate. I find that it takes… Full review