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
Black Diamond Syncline
These are lightweight, strong trekking poles that won't collapse regardless of how much weight is put on them. The straps and handgrips are very comfortable for snowshoeing. I bought my Black Diamond Syncline trekking poles for snowshoeing, and they're excellent for that purpose. The straps are comfortable and don't chafe when I use them without gloves, and the grips have enough of a lip on them for pulling up my heel lifts. The included snow baskets keep the poles from sinking too far in snow,… Full review
Eagles Nest Outfitters House Fly Rain Tarp
4 words,, Will keep you dry. The Eagles Nest HouseFly is probably one if the best investments Ive made to date in my camping gear. I spent 14 days in the Daniel Boone National Forest and it really proved itself worthy of packing. The first night out it rained,, not just your mothers everyday light shower, it pored buckets. I wasn't sure if the ENO Housefly would be up for the job. But to my surprise, me and my gear stayed perfectly dry. I was truly amazed. Its much lighter than most of the… Full review
Lowe Alpine Peak Attack 42
The Lowe Alpine Peak Attack is a 42L classic, single compartment mountaineering inspired pack. With those uses in mind the pack boasts added durability without a weight penalty, the pack weighs 950 grams, glove friendly features (zipper pulls, buckles and grab loops), and a unique ice tool attachment system. This pack would be best for winter mountaineering, summer backpacking or a large day pack for hiking or cragging. Specs (from Lowe Alpine): Volume- 42lt / 2565cu.in Weight- 0.95kg / 2lb 1.5oz… Full review
Water Wizard for River Runners
Although designed primarily for river runners, this chemical treatment product works equally well for hikers and campers who need to settle the dirt and sediment out of water before filtering it or treating it for drinking. Follow the directions by adding the appropriate number of drops of the Water Wizard solution to muddy water, stir briskly, and within a minute or two the result is clean, clear water. The Water Wizard solution is actually polyaluminum chloride which has been in standard use for… Full review
SOG BladeLight Camp
An interesting blend of fixed blade knife and flashlight that proves quite capable of executing most camp cutting tasks. While not intended for protracted abuse of a hardcore survivalist, this knife would nevertheless thrill a seasoned scout, delight a weekend camper, or serve multiple functions in a toolbox or bug-out bag. I confess that I am something of a knife junkie, always keeping my eye open for new knives. I am particularly interested in knives intended for bushcraft and woodcraft applications,… Full review
Amazing absorbent, quick drying, lightweight, and basically exceeded my expectation on every level. It is a permanent part of my backcountry gear. This pack towel lives up to its promised performance. Incredibly absorbent and wrings out almost dry. It air dries very quickly. When dry it is very lightweight. I found this towel to be great for drying off anything wet or to mop up spills. It is also soft to the skin. The convenient snap loop is great to hang it off of your pack to dry while hiking. Full review
UDAP No-Fed-Bear Canister
Kept bears and critters out. Intermediate size fit my pack and my needs better than other brands. Hard to decide how many stars to give this, but it is an average bear canister, great size, and has excellent customer service. This is an approved and certified bear canister that meets the requirements along the John Muir Trail. I chose this particular canister because the intermediate size fit my backpack and my needs better than the other brands. Unfortunately the locks on the lid seized up during… Full review