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
Marmot Mountain Works sleeping bag 15*F
Gives you a snapshot into why Marmot eventually became a big box company. Lightweight, compact, durable, even by today's standards and this bag was made in the mid 80's! I bought this bag from a more seasoned explorer who has since traded in her backpack for a key to a cabin. She said that she purchased it at our local co-op (Midwest Mountaineering) in the mid 80's and paid top buck for it. She told me it was $300 at the time. Apparently, in this era, there was a catalog or floor model and then… Full review
Sierra Designs Sirius 2
10 years of use on 3 continents I bought this tent in 2003 prior to hiking Vermont's long trail - 300mi over 30 days and over half of it in the rain. I have never felt the need for a ground tarp. I love the simple design of this tent - it is super light for two people and spacious and comfortanle for one. The half fly design has many advantages including great ventilation - and a openness that takes away the claustrophobic nature of small tents. You can sit or lay down and watch the weather outside… Full review
Jetboil Fuel Can Stabilizer
This is one of those pieces of gear that you just take for granted. You get so used to it always being there, quietly doing it's job, that you just forget about it and never think about NOT having it. It's a constant. It says a lot about gear that is so simple and reliable, that you just don't even think about it. If you aren't using one of these, then I recommend you get one. They're everywhere, and they're cheap, so there's no reason not to have one! Way back in 2009, when I started looking at… Full review
Princeton Tec Sync
For the low price, this is an excellent basic headlamp, with several lighting options including red. Not as powerful as some other options, but fits the bill for normal use around camp. After years of dabbling with headlamps by borrowing from friends or trying them out in the store I finally decided to "switch" from a flashlight/headband combo to a headlamp. Bought the Sync for $30 but really paid nothing as it was just the leftover on my dividend from a large outdoor supplier. The lamp is a basic… Full review
Katadyn Carbon Cartridge
This is a fairly inexpensive, simple, upgrade/add-on for filters such as the Hiker, Hiker PRO, and even the older PUR models. I recommend this product for anyone using those models, especially if you are getting water from a source that is used by recreational watercraft, or the source water has a bad taste or odor. Trailspace has two (2) group headings for this product, under different names. This product is currently called the "Katadyn Bottle Adapter with Activated Carbon" on Katadyn's website. Full review
GSI Fairshare Mug
Solid bowl, good for storing leftovers. The Fairshare is a cool bit of mess kit. I find it's not all that handy for most of my two-person trips as my pot sets have their own mugs. When a bowl is needed though it's handy. It's resealable so you can store leftovers very easily. The big opening allows you to shove your hand in and clean it out with ease. Definitely a solid bit of kit. Full review
A great all-purpose camping hammock. The Kammok Roo is only the latest in a series of camping hammocks I have owned, but is my favorite so far! DESIGN: The Roo shows the most attention to detail of any camping hammock I have used to this point. Its design is similar to the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest, but with a few key differentiators. First, the sides of the hammock have multiple gear-attachment-points. These have proven to be quite useful for lanterns (My Snow Peak Mini Hozuki snaps… Full review