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
Granite Gear Leopard V.C. 46
Nearly great pack, with a few design quirks. But really hits the empty space between packs that are too-light and too heavy. It took me forever to find a pack the could carry a good 35 pound load comfortably while keeping the pack weight reasonable. Granite Gear seems to have a great feel for this balance. I wish there were fewer straps, but they seemed to have thrown every strap they could think of here. But, for a versatile, strong, and comfortable pack this is VERY hard to beat. Love it and will… Full review
Great for Day hikes of all sizes. Small enough to not slow you down, yet big enough to take that extra gear for extreme conditions. Well organized thought out design obviously done by people that love and experience the outdoors. Perfect sized pack for day hikes of all sizes, from lengthy all day peak bagging to smaller outings. Pack moves with your body as it should as you scramble providing the balance that you need. Has the rain cover neatly and conveniently stashed with the pack adding extra… Full review
UnderGround Quilts Winter Dream tarp
The Winter Dream offers superior protection from the elements for hammock campers. Closing the doors cuts the wind and creates a cozy, dry, happy space from which one may enjoy sitting out the storm. UnderGround Quilts Outdoor Equipment is one of my favorite cottage industry suppliers. I have two hammock under quilts, one Renegade top quilt, and five different tarps from UGQ. All feature top notch quality in every stitch.This review is intended to be about the "Winter Dream" tarp. It should… Full review
JanSport Big Bear 78
This is a solidly built pack that has held up for many trips and many years. This pack has held up real nice for many years. I have taken it many miles, and there are a few things I learned while using this pack. Fill your water bladder with room temperature water and put it in a plastic bag before putting it in the bladder sleeve. This will prevent your bladder from condensing, which prevents the inside of your pack from getting wet. This pack works for me, some people who have put it on empty… Full review
The North Face Stormbreak 1
The Stormbreak 1 tent is a good value if you are looking to reduce your pack weight at a reasonable price. It is constructed using quality materials and will keep you dry. The Northface Stormbreak 1 tent is a good quality tent and is an excellent value for the price. The tent is very easy to set up using the two light weight aluminum poles. It is free standing and really only needs to be staked out to pull the rain fly away from the tent body and to keep it from blowing away. The tent poles put… Full review
A rugged no-frills stove that does the job year after year. Buy one and your done shopping for stoves. With a quarter-twist the wind-screen comes off exposing the concave base of the burner. A small amount of fuel or fire-paste is lit. As it nearly burns away you turn the control valve open and fuel flows upward, light that and it sputters to life. As I usually use it to boil water the limited flame adjustment is OK. Water is boiling by the time I get the dried food and tea prepped so I have never… Full review
Klymit Inertia XL Recon
Great light weight compact sleeping pad. I have been using an older army inflatable pad that is very durable and reasonably comfortable but is heavy and does not pack down well. I bought a pair of these Inertia XL for me and my son. I am very impressed with how small and light the pads are and how well they lay. Pumped up with the include bulb the pads don't bottom out and are pretty comfortable. Can be had for a reasonable price and have a good warranty. Full review