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
REI Thaw bivy sack
An older bivy with some versatile features that I haven't seen in others. Set up: Since there are no poles or stake out points, you just throw the bag on the ground and crawl in. Weather Resistance: Keeps water out really well except for the hood hole. It works well as long as you position yourself right, cinch tight, and don't toss and turn too much in your sleep. If the sack is used in conjunction with a small head tarp, there aren't any issues. Ventilation: The hood hole offers great face ventilation. Full review
The Anan is a lightweight & versatile 3-4 season solo shelter that does not skimp on quality or design features. Ventilation control, a size-able vestibule, and good strength to weight ratio are included. This tent was built for snow free use in a temperate (warm) climate. It comes loaded with quality hardware including metal zipper pulls, and metal rings at the corners for stakes. Someone needing a high quality, functional solo shelter that can live with a little less head space than a dome… Full review
The North Face Tadpole 2
I will be keeping this tent for awhile I imagine. This tent is the jam. An honest 2 person tent that provides good room for 2 average sized adults. My 5'10 body easily had ample room from head to toe with added space for extra gear and that sort of thing. Did I mention this thing is stable? Like Bulldog stable. I've had it in 30mph winds broadside and it took it like a champ. It wasnt even guyed out. Not the smartest location on my part but whatever, the tent held up just fine. There are loops… Full review
Hennessy Hammock Snakeskins
A must-have accessory for hammock users, both recreationally or for campers! SnakeSkins store a hammock in a way that makes setup and breakdown a breeze while keeping them dry and clean! HH SnakeSkins are a hammock accessory that will become a necessary item after you see them in action once! They are simply a matched pair of tapered tubes that one pulls over the hammock, resembling a snake when ready for storage. 'What are "SnakeSkins"? SnakeSkins are an instant stuff sack system that collapse… Full review
Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle Assym Zip
A three-season hammock that can easily be modified for winter use. Great construction, excellent design, and superior customer service! If you’re either a hammock sleeper, or looking for alternatives to ground sleeping, the HH Deep Jungle doesn’t fall short in any aspect! Home, sweet comfortable home... Who said hammocks give that claustrophobic feeling? “It’s a tent…It’s a hammock…It’s a Chair… It’s a lounger… It’s Super Shelter!” The Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle is… Full review
BLKBOX Portable Solar Charger
Not enough capacity to be useful. To even do the little it is capable of it must be sitting properly in relation to the sun — not at all useable when moving. Talk to anyone that knows just a little about solar and they can tell you this is useless junk. It is irresponsible to sell junk like this. A power bank can be useful: I recently carried one 12,000 mah unit on the Inca Trail. Worked great for the 4 days. Full review
The Source D/Vide hydration reservoir redefines flexibility of purpose in a hydration reservoir. It performs without flaw, has excellent ergonomics and reliability in the bite-valve design, is highly resistant to additive taste from its construction materials, and it doesn't leak under heavy use (from anywhere). It is easy to clean and refill, and creates a brilliant, simplified solution for those of us who want to easily carry more than just water for long MTB rides, backpacking trips, snowshoe… Full review