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
Easy Traveler Extra Squeeze Tubes 4oz Set
Ultra light yet ultra strong liquid storage tube. Easy to use flip top that doesn't leak when closed. 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, flip top cap the Easy Traveler 4oz Squeeze Tube is a no frills container that lets you safely carry liquids in small quantities. As the name implies, it holds 4 fluid ounces while… Full review
Sawyer MINI Water Filter
At 2 oz, this mini filter is a soloist's lightweight dream. No waiting for tablets anymore. Effectiveness: The product is a particulate filter and does not claim to kill pathogens like a tablet. It's claim of effectiveness is pretty high: "0.1-micron filter physically removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium". I find those claims to be reassuring. Speed and efficiency: The filter does not move… Full review
Armored Outdoor Gear Ratsack Cache Bag
This bag will save the rodent population from me. So I've been an avid backpacker for 20+ years and never knew these existed. I've never had rodent problems where I've been until this last year where I've had 2 campsites bothered by relentless deer mice in Joshua Tree and a tent ruined by squirrels eating the zipper in Malibu. So while planning a 30 mile trip in the Grand Canyon I became aware that rodent prof wire mesh bags are required just like bear cans are required in the Sierras. Apperently… Full review
Easy slip-on, easy slip off, won't fall off. Well designed and durable. I bought 2 sets of these. They are easy to put on, easy to remove, yet won't fall off thanks to the silicone band they use for the foot mount. Easy to learn how to put them on-I learned in seconds where the front and rear was, and there's a pull tab on the rear to facilitate this. Silicone and all-stainless construction of the metal parts make these extremely durable for use. The spikes appear to be case-hardened, a necessity… Full review
Like them very much. Fit very snug. I can place them in my backpack and don't have to worry about damaging anything. Has kept me safe on ice and snow. Thanks again. Full review
Trail Designs Caldera Cone System
The most efficient, lightweight, simple stove option out there. Though, there is a slight learning curve, and keep it out of the wind. I've been doing more solo backpacking so I needed a lighter weight stove option. After significant research I decided on the Caldera Cone. It is the lightest, most efficient option out there, as long as you are just needing to boil water. The pot stand/wind screen/heat concentrator fits my solo titanium pot perfectly. However, keep in mind it is sized to a specific… Full review
Black Diamond Skylight
Retiring it after three years. Can't keep out rain. Leaks like a sieve in steady rain. Condensation builds up in bad weather when you close the vestibule even with recommended venting. Lightweight, but don't trust it in inclement weather. I have used this tent for three years. Purchased from BD in 2013. Also have an Eldorado and Fitzroy. Those are keepers. The Skylight is unreliable. It will not handle anything but balmy weather. It will not keep out a steady rain. Finally had to put a tarp over… Full review