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
The North Face Crestone 75
comfort is the one word I would use to describe this pack.plenty of room and great support. Great pack with enough room for a thru hike, love this pack a bit on the heavy side though. Full review
Kelty TraiLogic TN2
Easy to use, not very heavy back packing tent. It comes with the star gazing rain fly which is great! Setup is super easy with this tent. Kelty has color coridnated poles, tent and rain fly so that putting it together is really simple. The color coordination is not obscene or obvious so know one will know that it is there unless they are putting the tent up. The tent has the ability to keep the rain fly rolled up and out of the way so that you can view the stars at night. If the weather… Full review
Byer Moskito Kokoon
LIGHTER! STRONGER! DURABLE! A completely new design makes this Moskito the best Beyer of Maine camping hammock yet! Now with a new hanging system, flexible fiberglass rods for the netting and double-fold triple stitching, the Moskito Kakoon by Amazonas improves upon the Moskito Traveller Hammock and makes it a stronger, more durable and more effective way to keep insects from spoiling a good night’s rest. The Moskito Kakoon has a standard integral hanging rope for easy setup, full-length fabric… Full review
Eureka! Timberline 2
Just purchased another Eureka Timberline. My last one survived 25 years. It is easy to set up and long lasting. I have survived many a rainy night with no problems. I find this tent easy to set up. I have done it in the dark many a time. Wind, rain have no effect on the tent at night. It is stable, and water tight. It can get a little warm even with the vents open, but I have found that if there is no chance of rain, without the rain fly it is very comfortable. There is plenty of room for two adults,… Full review
Helinox Camp Cot
Lightweight (about 2kg) and most easy installation under 1.5 min with good design. Only the price is slightly high. I'd been looking for a light and easy cot and found two of all. They were the Helinox Cot 1 and Therm-a-Rest ultralight Cot. I gave my choice to the Helinox Cot 1 because it needs really fewer motions of setting up than the Ultralite cot and more reliabilities from their DAC pole. Full review
GoLite Jam 70L
A very well designed, ultralight frameless pack at an affordable price. Since reducing my base load weight to under 20 pounds (including a 5 lb. CPAP), I decided to try an ultralight backpack. I have been using a Kelty Trekker 65 and a Yukon 48 for years, and never expected to find a lighter pack that was capable of handling my necessarily bulky load with the same amount of comfort. After taking the Jam 70 on an overnight hike, I was not disappointed in its simplicity, comfort, capacity, and compressibility. Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
This is a great tent for its price. Fairly lightweight and packable, but compared to other two-person tents it isn't very roomy inside. Additionally, when the wind starts blowing expect some water to blow under the vestibule and into the tent. Setup: The tent is fairly easy to set up once you've practiced at least once. Goes much quicker with two people. Not a fast pitch design. Footprint is not included Stability: There is a small air vent that requires its own line and stake. If you get lazy and… Full review