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
CamelBak Charge LR 70 Oz Hydration Pack
Awesome pack for biking. Great for day hikes and biking. Lots of room for gear. Only drawback is that the last few oz of water are difficult to drink due to the bladder configuration. Full review
These tents are awesome. They withstood weather when others were snapping poles and going down! I highly recommend them. I've had mine for ten years. I've never had any problem with the Walrus tent. I've owned the Armidillo and it's withstood weather conditions like no others could where I camped. Zipper claps wore out as normal, but it was up for ten days at a time during the summer when camping so it took a lot of use. Rain cover is worn so I'm looking for a replacement, but the tent is in great… Full review
Jetboil Utensil Kit
Great product. I'm so glad I got this and did not rely on the other set I got [To-Go-Ware Repeat Bamboo utensils]. Those were such a failure that I ate with the JetBoil items and was glad I did! These are lightweight, collapsible, packable. Sturdy. Easy wash. They do slip apart a wee bit too easily. I thought I lost the handle of the spatula as it came apart, but I found it in bottom of bag. Loved the spatula. I don't have JetBoil pans, but another tall pot, and this worked perfectly to reach and… Full review
Osprey Aura 65
So comfy. Straps are padded well and the back has air venting. The weight falls on my hips. There are a lot of pockets and tie-offs. I can put my sleeping bag in bottom zipper and the bear canister above it and the stuff around it and in the pockets. Have not messed with the compression straps much. Had it fitted at REI and they said I had a short torso. I would have bought a medium because i am 5'7" and 140 lbs. My torso is longer and my legs are shorter, but i took their advice and am glad I did. … Full review
To-Go Ware RePEaT Utensil Set
OK, but will replace with something else. I thought this would be great for two uses: camping and my work [a prison] where I can't bring in metal items. Smooth, well manufactured items from bamboo. Chopsticks are included. I don't use them to eat, but great for stirring, poking food items during prep. Fork tines are stubby and don't really stab food items. You have to "scoop" the food. Spoon is OK, but bowl shape is shallow and round, not oval, and does not scrape food from corners of a cup, pan… Full review
Black Diamond Orbit
Bright and compact! I love this little light. Worked great on a canoe trip: hang it from the center tent roof, perfect lighting with ability to dim or brighten. Functions either as lantern or flashlight! Small and compact. It might be heavy for backpackers, but for my outdoor activity, it is great. Takes a bit to figure out the on/off/adjust function but trial and error work, too. Well constructed. I don't think it will break. Collapsible design saves space. A bit pricey for a little light, but… Full review
Victorinox Swiss Army Sportsman
Best EDC knife imo. 84mm so it leaves place in pocket. Discrete worn clipped on belt. No useless accessories. After many sak, this is the one!!! Full review