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
Gerber Outrigger, Serrated
This knife is fantastic when you're in a pinch! The assisted opening makes it easy to take out and open with one hand, while the belt clip keeps it close by. The serrated edge really shines when it comes to quickly cutting things like rope. The assisted opening makes getting the blade out effortless! It's almost a little scary how quickly you can open this. The blade came quite sharp and so far it's stayed that way! In fact it's so sharp I managed to cut into my hand fairly deeply and was able to… Full review
Sierra Designs Zeta 2
Amazing tent for a combination of backpacking and car-camping! Super easy to set up, can be done with one person in only a couple of minutes. This tent provides more than enough space for my partner and I and all our gear! When we're backpacking the weight isn't an issue and the setup is a breeze! This is probably the most waterproof tent I've ever used. We've been caught in storms (downpour and wind!) and the tent stayed completely dry despite bending somewhat under the intense wind (tent was perfectly… Full review
REI Dash 2 Tent
Exceptional semi-freestanding lightweight 3-season tent. This is a fantastic tent for under 3 pounds. I love the fact that the material is 15 denier ripstop nylon (20 denier mesh). Plenty of mesh for great ventilation. Although the tent is rated for 2 people, it is best used as a 1 person with plenty of room for gear. I think it would be awesome if REI made a 1 person tent from the same material. I would definitely purchase it. This tent pitches very quickly (under 1 minute in a hurry). The semi-freestanding… Full review
I've owned this tent longer than I've owned a cell phone. I love this tent and haven't any plans to replace it. I look for another one on eBay just to have two. This company made great tents that were easy to set up and handled all that nature could throw at them. Two entries and vestibules, so you never have to sleep face to face with those you don't really want to with. Great ventilation. Rain resistant to the max. All-clip setup can be done in 5 minutes. Full review
Black Diamond Gizmo
Hands down the poorest quality headlamp I have ever used. A flimsy, nearly paper-thin plastic housing makes this unit one battery change away from unusable. Before White Nose Syndrome precipitated the closure of state and Federally owned caves in Illinois, I provided an outdoor education course on caves to public and private schools. The culmination of this course was a 4-hour trip to Illinois Caverns. Although I limit trip sizes to only one classroom, I must still provide helmets and headlamps… Full review
A 7200mAh Li-polymer battery with a 5V/180mA solar charger to recharge your devices in the backcountry or during power outages. Easy to use, reasonably sized, reasonably priced, and it gets the job done. As a long-time backpacker, the idea of bringing electronics into the wild is somewhat new to me. I've always had flashlights, of course, and I welcomed the transition to more efficient LED lights once I got used to the blueish glow of the LEDs, and I became an enthusiastic geocacher, too, which… Full review
Lightweight, inexpensive, solo backpacking tent. Suitable for reasonably dry hiking areas. This inexpensive, lightweight, single-wall tent won't keep you perfectly dry in a rainstorm, but for the minimal size and weight it is still well worth carrying. I carried one of these on three section hikes on the PCT and it performed well even in the snow. It kept me out of the wind and the rain, although of course there isn't a whole lot of rainfall in that part of the country, so it would probably not… Full review