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
Tubbs 2-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles
The Tubbs 2-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles are lightweight, sturdy accessories for snowshoeing, helping with balance and increasing the aerobic workout. They're valuable for probing uncertain terrain as well. I received the Tubbs 2-Part Adjustable Snowshoe Poles as a free gift with my purchase of Louis Garneau Blizzard II snowshoes from Campsaver. I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much after a few experiences with poles from other snowshoe manufacturers, but I was pleasantly surprised by these. … Full review
Evernew Ti Non-Stick Pot .9L
Fragile and flimsy, not rugged, not recommended for multi-day backpacking trips. Not as heat resistant as titanium should be because made from very thin metal and easily warps and burns when used on a regular butane stove. This pots attracts potential buyers by promising very light weight and non stick cooking surface coating. Both characteristics are very attractive for backpackers but what is not obvious is that the Evernew pot made from an extremely thin sheet metal that easily flexes in all… Full review
Hilleberg Anjan 2 GT
A tent with a very large porch, considering it only weighs 2.1 kg. great for hikers and cyclists alike! I got this tent after using a terra nova voyager Superlite on a two week trek in Scotland, the porch was to small and I was fedup of climbing over the rucksacks for a pee! Amazing space in the porch! I used this tent in South Wales for four nights and it rained and rained, condensation was minimal. (I used tyvek as ground sheet which may of helped) It kept use dry and helped to keep use warm during… Full review
Easy Traveler Extra Squeeze Tubes 1.5oz Set
Ultra light yet ultra strong liquid storage tube. Secure screw top over a small opening that allows for controlled, directed squeezing. Great for folks who are counting grams whether used for stove alcohol, sunscreen, or squeezable fluids. Perfect for those things you only want to carry in small portions. Made of a soft, pliable LLDPE with a tightly sealed, screw top cap the Easy Traveler 1.5oz Squeeze Tube is a no-frills container that lets you safely carry liquids in small quantities. As the name… Full review
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
The Mountain Shelter LT is simple, pretty easy to set up, and great for non-winter backpacking. It is a single-walled, floorless shelter, so it is prone to condensation. It has been very durable and dependable for me in wind and rain in the Colorado Rockies. It isn't the lightest option, but it is an amazing value. Setup: Like most floorless shelters, this one takes some practice to get where it looks nice and taut. Trekking poles are required for setup. I really like that the shelter has a label… Full review
NEMO Mezzo Loft Luxury 30
Roomy and comfortable for car camping. Pad sleeve and additional features are well designed. A very roomy soft and comfortable two-season sleeping bag. No bottom insulation, but features a sleeve to hold a 30" wide sleeping pad. This feature works great as it keeps the bag from wrapping around you when you move at night. The construction is flawless and additional features such as the tuck-in blanket top and hood are well designed. Full review
Mile High Mountaineering Fifty-Two 80
After 27,000 miles with a variety of backpacks, I've had no problems till now. The shoulder strap twists out of its flat position unto its edge, pressing into the chest like a rope. The force actually pulls the clip of the sternum strap off its track. Very uncomfortable. Customer Service appears silent additionally on its quality control. After 27,000 miles with a variety of backpacks, I've had no problems till now. The 5280 looks like a luscious lollypop and yet has a critical design flaw. The… Full review