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

Tarptent Notch

rated 2 of 5 stars Fly doesn't come close to ground, problem in wind and rain i bought notch to be a better rain shelter than a flat tarp and because there is a bug tent that fits under it perfectly. But, the fly can't be staked low enough to the ground to use with a little rain and wind. I believe i could modify the fly by removing the 4 stiffeners at the ends and adding 4 stake loops mid panel. I noticed that one of the tents by BearPaw is of similar design but can be staked all the way to the ground if desired. … Full review

Mammut Heron Light 65+15

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Not bad but lacking ice axe loop. A sad over sight. Lacking a few simple but essential bits like an ice axe loop Full review

Gear Aid Tenacious Tape

rated 4 of 5 stars A strong and durable patch kit for nylons, fabrics and more! I first purchased this tape to apply it to a pair of Gore-Tex rain pants from North Face. They had caught an ember from a campfire and had a hole the size of a dime. fearful of catching something on the hole and making it worse, I started researching options to make the fix. I first considered traditional duct tape, but decided that it would leave a residue and not be much of a permanent seal as I would have liked as well as left residue. Full review

GSI Outdoors 10 Oz. Flask

rated 4.5 of 5 stars If you are like me and enjoy a daily dram or shot of your favorite beverage in the back country, I highly recommend looking into this GSI flask. Drink responsibly but enjoy comfort in the knowledge that your whisky (or other favorite beverage) will be safe and sound no matter where you store it or if you drop it. I rarely strap a pack on my back for a trip to the wilderness without slipping a flask into a side pocket with just the right amount of my favorite single malt scotch.  A daily dram after… Full review

Wiggy's Ultima Thule

rated 3.5 of 5 stars For the price, this is a good bag, well-sewn and durable. It is roomy and comfortable and a pleasure to crawl into. I have an issue with my bag at temps under zero that I was surprised to find. The seam that is opposite the zipper side that runs from head to toe is very thin. Less that 1/4 inch of insulation can be felt along that seam. At 8 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, I experience a cold streak along this side of my bag. As mentioned above, over-all for the price I am happy to keep and use this… Full review

Bibler Tempest

rated 1.5 of 5 stars While this is a truly bomber tent, and all the other reviews nail it, the A-shaped end poles are prone to breakage. A few years back, a tent mate failed to heed my warning to "let me set this up" and snapped the shorter A-shaped end pole because he bent/bowed it from too close to the apex. Black Diamond, bless their souls, repaired it.  Last week, I set it up at home. Since the first break, I've been extremely careful about tensioning the shorter end pole - I've set this up many many times, and… Full review

Dutchware 11 Foot Netless Hammock

rated 5 of 5 stars My bed of choice. My 11' hammock is made of "Hexon 1.6W".  I didn't buy the hammock from Dutch, but I did buy my material from him to make my own 11' netless hammock for about $30.   The material is incredibly durrable, and comfortable.  I had a $30 ENO-type hammock before this, and the hexon 1.6 packs down much smaller, weighs much less, and is more comfortable.  My friends with ENO's have said that they're jealous of my size/weight/price ratio when compared to their's.      If you plan… Full review