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

Klymit Inertia XL Recon

rated 5 of 5 stars Very light, very compact, minimalistic sleeping pad for someone willing to try something different. Here you can watch the review. Have fun. Full review

DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3m

rated 5 of 5 stars One of the best Tarps on Market. Check out the review on Youtube. Have fun Here you can watch the review. Have fun Full review

Eberlestock FAC

rated 5 of 5 stars One of my favorite backpacks. Check out the review on Youtube. Nice for Outdoor and Military. Have fun Here you can watch the review. Have fun. Full review

Gransfors Bruks Hand Hatchet

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A small, light axe which can be easily carried, masked with its leather sheath, inside your pack or on your belt. Check out the review on Youtube. Have fun Here you can watch the review. Have fun Full review

Arc'teryx Arcteryx LEAF Khard 45

rated 4.5 of 5 stars One of my favorite backpacks. Check out the review on Youtube. Have fun Here you can watch the review. Have fun Full review

Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great all-around tent. Useful for those weekend getaways and a more challenging expedition into back country. Reliable, fast pitch and easy pack. When searching for a tent we were looking for one that was going to be reliable, lightweight, easy to pitch, and most important keep us out of the elements when called upon. Knowing that we would have many portages, some of them over 15km and lots of gear to carry we made sure that the tent we chose was going to be the perfect match. The Mountain… Full review

LightHeart Gear SoLong 6

rated 4 of 5 stars Great lightweight tent. Sets up quickly and dry in the rain. Headroom and floorspace are more than enough for this 6 footer. The awning option works well in most weather. Being a hybrid double-single wall tent, there is a slight condensation issue, but it is manageable. I bought the Solong 6 after considering tarptents and other excellent choices. Being in N.C. and visiting Judy at the LightHeart shop helped make my decision. This is a quality built tent. After a few test runs, setting it up is… Full review