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
Coleman LED Micropacker Lantern
Great little compact light, durable and lightweight. This is an efficient little light that didn't cost an arm and a leg. Great for your kids who are just starting out in Scouting and want to have their own lantern. It takes 3 AA batteries and can be either a forward facing light or an all around lantern. I find that if left on I can get at most 72hrs of usable light from this but honestly who uses their lanterns straight for 72 hours? I like the little hanger at the top so it can be clipped… Full review
Therm-a-Rest Men's Trail Lite
Simple lightweight and comfortable. Great for a weekend car camping adventure or a backpacking trip in the backwoods. I've been using the Thermarest Trail Lite regularly for over a year. I originally purchased it because it could be rolled up quite small for backpacking and was a bit thicker when inflated, than the simple closed cell foam pad I'd used previously. Since you can adjust the thickness by adding extra air it tends to be more comfortable than the foam ones. But when deflated and stored… Full review
Light, compact, efficient cooking solution. Both the stove and the fuel are fairly inexpensive and widely available. Super easy setup (literally just screwing the burner to the canister), easy ignition with a match or lighter. Burner is adjustable, my wife and bought two of these and we've only used them to boil water. The cooking surface is limited, so only the smallest of pans/pots would balance on the supports. Level ground is a necessity. This stove really shines when it comes time to pack it… Full review
This lighweight stove is perfect for backpacking, camping, fishing or any outdoor activity. It boils water in a matter of minutes, is quick to set up and the fuel is cheap. The most costly part of this unit is the burner attachment itself which is made of good quality stainless steel; the fuel can only cost $5. It comes in a durable, nearly water-tight plastic case that it folds into making it easy to stuff in a pack. The fuel can itself has a neat little description of how to tell how much fuel… Full review
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
Basic shelter at a basic price. The Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT sets up with trekking poles, which means it is light, about 2 pounds, and packs into a small, compressible bag. There is plenty of room inside for two hikers and their gear. At just over a hundred dollars it costs much less than most options on the market. The I set the the shelter up it took for ever and was frustrating. This is what you get from reading the instructions on the side of the stuff bag. I watched Mountainsmith's… Full review
Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'
Love this tent. Hate that the zippers and hooks are corroding and falling apart. They should be made of something besides what they are made of. Awesome concept otherwise. This tent is easy to set up and take down. Packs up nicely! Big plus there! Plenty of room. Tall enough for my tall boyfriend! Love this tent. Trying to repair the breaking hooks and preserve the zippers. Don't want to lose this awesome tent. Full review
Benchmade 940 Osborne
An excellent, lightweight knife with a reasonable blade length and a unique tip design. The 940 Osborne is great for everyday carry, and is best suited for light to medium duty jobs. Due to its narrow profile and subdued grip features, it is not intended for hard use. The lack of worthwhile jimping can also lead to your hand slipping forward when thrusting the blade. I would definitely recommend picking this knife up when it goes on sale, as it can be quite expensive at normal price. As it is lightweight… Full review