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
A kettle with a built-in thermoelectric generator that can charge USB-powered devices off-grid. Heat water, get a charge. A superb option for emergency use during power outages and something to consider for multi-day basecamp expeditions, but likely too much weight to justify its presence on most backpacking trips. Check out my video review: Full review
My favorite camping lantern. Watch my review! Have fun. Full review
Alocs Mini Alcohol Stove
A great knockoff Trangia Mini stove without the pots from China. If like me you are finding the escalating cost of fossil fuels for your stove not to your liking this little beauty is well worth consideration. Here in New Zealand a canister of butane for a Jetboil can be as high as $17 in the more remote areas. Butane is quick and easy, alcohol is slower and dirt cheap. This Alocs stove comes with a fuel proof cap, a simmer top and a pot stand which the stove fits inside, all in a small mesh bag,… Full review
Ozark Trail Elevated Anywhere Bed Air Mattress
Sat new unused for about a year till needed. As I opened the package pieces of black plastic fell out of the bag. It looks like the foot part that the struts hinge on are made of barf. This one is broken right out of the bag. I took it to Walmart and they REFUSED to replace or refund. More and more I buy less and less from that store. It's junk and overpriced junk at that. No wonder their sales are down. Not much more I could possibly say about this expensive piece of junk. It never worked for me,… Full review
Hillary 10 Person Rio Grande 4 Room Family Dome Tent
I wish I could find another one of these. It is by far the best tent I've owned as being the first tent up and room for everyone on trip. First, if you buy a tent don't take it camping before opening it. Every tent needs its seams sealed simply cuz once you pitch it and stretch the fabric pinholes are going to happen. Put it up in your backyard, seal the seams, spray waterproof sealer all over it, let it dry a day or two, then take it camping. By myself this tent goes up in less than 30 min. It's… Full review
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
A high-quality, lightweight, dependable performer. I've had this tent out about 40 times in a variety of weather and I couldn't be happier with its performance to date. I think there are some gear choices where you can cut cost and still get a quality product. There are others where it doesn't make sense to try and save a few bucks. This tent is an example of that although if you look around you can definitely find it on sale. While there are a handful of 2P tents that actually work for two people… Full review
I was cold at Camp Verde, AZ, campground in February and the zipper snagged the nylon backing. Good for spring camping in dry weather at Havasupai Falls Campground with no tent. I decided to take advantage of a late winter snow fall one February and skied at the Flagstaff Sno-bowl. I drove to a Camp Verde camp ground that night and would sleep in the back of my S.U.V. I found myself so cold that I was starting the engine frequently to heat up the truck. At some point the zipper snagged the backing… Full review