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 Half Dome 2
Good in fair weather only. ANY amount of rain consistently ends up coming in through the vents even velcroed shut. Heavy rain bounces into the tent from under the flaps. After many soaked nights, I have begun adding modifications since I live in Australia and can't really exchange it-fingers crossed on the mods. This tent is great in dry weather. We have used it in all sorts of terrain, hard earth, soft earth, duff, grass, river cobbles (with protective blanket under- that was car camping), etc. Full review
REI Stratus Insulated Air Pad
This is the best back-packable mattress pad I have used. The Stratus is aptly named. I bought this mattress for a sailing/camping event along the Maine Island Trail in a small boat. The pad has proved to be just right for camping on land as well. The outside ribs help prevent rolling off which always happens to me on other sleeping pads I've used. This one provides a nice cradle effect and even on the boat I did not slide off. I find it easy to inflate and deflate, a welcome change compared to the… Full review
Deuter Futura Pro 42
Purchased in 2009 and used everyday while working seasonally for the USFS (6 years). Pack is bombproof, no popped zippers, no torn seams or ripped attachments even while it was way over stuffed and used to carry trail maintenance tools. Used this pack for over 160 days a year for over 6 seasons in the Nez Perce NF with the US Forest Service without a lick of trouble. Held its shape even when stepped on by a pack mule. The pack was very comfortable to wear and my back stayed cooler than the traditional… Full review
LED Lenser H7.2
These are great headlamps. The new LED Lenser H7.2 and the upscale H7R.2 bring even brighter adjustable top range illumination. The new LED Lenser H7.2 replaces the H7 with a 250 peak lumen rating (300 for the H7R.2). At maximum setting it is rated at 175 yards which I have found to be accurate with fresh batteries. The newer model takes 4 AAA batteries, one more than the older H7. With any battery powered device you have to accept that most of the time it operates somewhere less than full power… Full review
Black Diamond Speed 30
I bought this pack a year and a half ago, and it has served me well though daily hiking and camping use, canoe trips, and multi-pitch climbing. In one word: fantastic! I bought this pack a year and a half ago, and it has served me well though daily hiking and camping use, canoe trips, and multipitch climbing. It fits well to my back, and tightens on well enough that it doesn't bounce around when I run. It's been durable, and seems like it will last a good while longer as well. It has a top pouch… Full review
Garmin Oregon 600
The Garmin Oregon 600 a versatile touchscreen GPS. With the addition of topographical maps, it's an invaluable aid when hiking and backpacking. The Garmin's Oregon 600 is a feature rich handheld GPS. The 600 is waterproof; features a 3.0 touchscreen, customizable screens and exterior buttons; includes a digital compass and barometric altimeter. It also tracks GPS and Glassass satellites. The 600 includes 1.5 gigs of internal memory which allows the internal basemap to store up to 4000 waypoints,… Full review
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
In my estimation this tent has all four major attributes necessary in a one man three season tent. Ease of set-up, ease to dismantle, durability and weight. One downfall is there is a minimum of headroom for taller folks, I'm 5'9" and it just accommodates me. I,be camped in mine through rain and wind storms and stayed protected and dry. i've used this tent in the Arizona desert and the woods of the boundary waters in upper Minnesota and it delivers time after time. I usually use it staked down when… Full review