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
Snow Peak Titanium Single Wall 450 Cup
Excellent mug Love it. Unbelievably light with nice graphics. Full review
Nice filter I love it, but it takes some effort to pump. Leaks a little when pumping so be prepared to get a little wet. Used it in shallow creek in Harriman State Park in NY, and the the pump filled with dirt. Assume it shortened the life of the filter cartridge. Rinsed the filter well when I got back, and since I was returning to the same shelter area of Harriman the following weekend, I tied a piece of old t-shirt material on the pre-filter and that seems to have prevented further clogging. Full review
Zippo 12 Hour Hand Warmer
It does what it advertises, but I would add a couple of caveats. These hand warmers actually "burn" the propane, not with a flame, but they cause the naptha to combine with oxygen in the presence of a catalyst. The burning of an organic fuel produces carbon dioxide and water. If you keep this device inside your clothing the water vapor will eventually diminish the insulating properties of your outerwear. Kept in a jacket's outer pocket, as a hand warmer rather than a body warmer, it should… Full review
Osprey Atmos 65
The Osprey Atmos 65 is great for long distance backpacking. It can hold all you need and still be light. I highly recommend the pack. My pack fits really well. I've used it for several trips of varied days and it has been even better than expected. I have had no problems adjusting it out no matter how much weight I carry. I felt no discomfort at all even when I carried 45lbs (including 4 liters of H2O). It felt like I was carrying under 30lbs (compared to other packs I've used). The capacity claimed… Full review
Marmot Plasma 0
The best ultra lightweight bag I have ever bought. It keeps me very warm and is probably the lightest weight bag with this down fill . The only other bag with the same dri-down fill power is the one from KUIU. and they cost way more. If you are gonna spend a long time in them they start to feel crowded as all mummy bags do. I used the bag on a few overnighters when the temps were close to the lower temp rating and I believe it will hold it's own. I always wear base layers inside so that might… Full review
NRS Woodland Power Stove
A versatile piece of camping gear that can be used as a high power blaster for fast boiling yet can be turned down to lower power for simmering with a big skillet or griddle. With the flame damper in place, it can even be used as a gas powered camp fire. To top it off, it breaks down and folds up small. This may be the single most useful and versatile piece of camping gear I've used for larger groups of rafting campers. The adjustable flame works through a wide range of settings as a supplemental… Full review
Berkeley Premium Cork Grease
Ever been desperate to get a zipper open on a backpack, tent, or clothing item and it sticks ... even jams shut? Ever have physical connector/connection problems with outing gear? Brings up a memory or two for some of us? I've tried different things over the years, and the best most permanent fix I've found is the cork grease used for lubricating critical moving parts on brass and woodwind musical instruments. Get it at any music store or online. Any one else have trouble with Zippers, plastic or… Full review