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
Benchmade 940 Osborne
An excellent, lightweight knife with a reasonable blade length and a unique tip design. The 940 Osborne is great for every day carry, and is best suited for light to medium duty jobs. Due to it's 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… Full review
Leatherman LED Lenser SEO7 Headlamp
160 LUMENS OF RECHARGEABLE POWER, MULTIPE LIGHT FUNCTIONS, WATER RESISTANT AND LIGHT ENOUGH FOR MOST APPLICATIONS, BEST LIGHT OUT THERE IN MY OPINION. variable beam, adjustable focus, 5 hr burn time on 200 lumens, 20 hours on 20 lumens, water resistant, 3-1/2 hours to recharge battery, will take triple aaa batteries as well. Full review
Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent
I will never buy a Coleman product again. They use to be the number one name in outdoor stuff. Now nothing lasts. Used the tent twice before two corner joints broke. Bought two air beds, both lost air in a matter of a few hours. Full review
REI Standard Blue Foam Pad
Better than the ground. Competitive weight. Does add some insulation. Should go great combined with another pad for winter use. So, to start off with, I do have, and have used the basic Thermarest self inflating pad in 3/4 length. But not being particularly plump, I tend to bottom-out at the pressure points (hips, elbows, etc.) with any type of air mattress. I'm also constantly afraid of getting a hole in it, though it hasn't happened yet. So for my last backpacking trip I had ordered the Thermarest… Full review
Hamhock Outdoor Gear Feed Bag
This product has me super stoked. Not only does it keep your hands from getting burned while cooking backpacking food, but it keeps the food warm until the very last bite! Self supported gussetted bottom allows you to get your food cooked while setting up the tent and then sit down to a warm meal at the end of a hard day's backpacking. Easy to use, clean and also good as a wind break while you boil the water. (Please note this reviewer has a personal relationship with the owner but this item was… Full review
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent
We actually have a prior year's model (rust and light grey), which supposedly has been improved for this year's green model. Hard to imagine how they could improve it, but apparently it is a slightly stronger fabric, and is actually $50 less expensive! The design is the same, and so our review would be useful for this, or prior year's model. This free-standing tent is easy to assemble, goes up quickly, and also can be taken down with ease. In our family, it is usually put up by one person, without… Full review
Hillary 3 Room 13 x 8
This tent is easy to set up and only has 4 poles. Does not leak. Good for a family to go camping in. I bought this tent four years ago. I love it. We are a family of five and this tent is big enough for all of us plus our air beds. We camp all of the time and for days at a time in all sorts of weather and I have never had a problem with it leaking when it rained. The poles are a little weak and break easy. When the time comes and we need another tent, hopefully this tent will still be available… Full review