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
Emberlit UL Titanium
If you need a small, light weight, strong wood (bio mass) burning stove then this is it. It is strong enough that I have used it to cook breakfast in it using a cast iron skillet. The side hole allows for the continual feed of fresh fuel. Do be warned flames will shoot out the side. Setup take time to practice setting this stove up at home a few times. Once you get the hang of it, very easy. Ignition All depends on the dryness of your wood. If you can start a camp fire you can use this stove. Use… Full review
Light My Fire MealKit 2.0
It works well My camping style took a turn last winter. After years of backpacking and eating out of a light weight pot I became a scout leader doing more car camping so I wanted a new mess kit. The top plate and the bottom bowl snap securely together so when we put lunches in day packs mine does not get crushed. So far I haven't had any need to use the two storage containers or the cutting board, I leave them at home. The cup is small and I tend to just use my water bottle. The fork/knife/spoon… Full review
Yukon Outfitters Nylon Parachute Hammock With Mosquito Net
This affordable hammock is great if you are looking for a compact, lightweight, bug-free system. Ive used this hammock in as low as 30° with a tent footprint overhead (not included) + thermarest, and most recently in a camping trip to the Florida Keys. The screen kept the tiny (and annoying) no see-ums out and was great for catching a breeze at night. I sit in it like a swing chair during the day and am going to start bringing it to picnics. Pair it with a lightweight tarp and couple of quick… Full review
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3
This is a great tent! It is surprisingly lightweight given how spacious and well-vented it is. Two exits with two vestibules allow plenty of storage and ease of entry/exit I got this tent for backpacking with my 9 & 12 y.o. sons. Though I wanted the space for three people, I didn't want to carry a massive tent. The Copper Spur UL3 really has absolutely no compromises for the usage that I've intended for it. Usage & Conditions: I've used the tent for about 6 backpacking trips totaling… Full review
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2
This is a great tent for people who require reliable protection from the elements and are willing to trade interior space for weight. It's been amazing in all weather conditions we've put it in. Don't be fooled by the amazingly light fabric; the seams are well sewn and the fabric is tougher than it feels. On hot buggy nights, the tent (without fly) provides skeeter protection while still allowing a silhouetted view of the sky. This tent performs well in Pacific Northwest weather: we've used it on… Full review
Sierra Designs Flash 3
This is a high quality, long life and satisfying investment. You want a tent for most of your camping life...this is it. NOTE: This review is for the FLASH 3 model. It could also apply to the FLASH2. I got the 3 even though it was used for just 2 people because of added room and recommendations by others. Purchase: I was given a trade up discount after calling Sierra to find out how to fix the peeling coating on my 30 year old Sierra Design Quad Mountaineering tent. I always feel that their prices… Full review
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Duo SYN 1.5-Season
Someone who sleeps with a partner will find this bag has such great design features that they will know they person who designed it loved and hated doing this many times in the past...they distilled all these experiences in one great couples bag! I am 5'8 and weigh 240lbs and my partner is 5'5 and weighs 130lbs. Most of my weight is in the belly, cursed that I am! Considering my proportions this bag was just a little snug at the mid-section when laying flat next to my partner...not to snug and plenty… Full review