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.

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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:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (lights)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (starters)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Read more on the 10 Essentials.

Recent Hiking/Camping Product Reviews

SOG BladeLight Camp

rated 3.5 of 5 stars 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

PackTowl UltraLite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

rated 3 of 5 stars 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

Equinox Gila Ultralite Horizontal Pack Pocket

rated 3 of 5 stars I used this add-on pocket as a second hip belt pocket for my Deuter Act Lite 75+10 Backpack. It took a bit of fiddling to get it securely in place but then it was a handy addition. This review is for the large size horizontal add-on pocket. My backpack only had one hip belt pocket so I added this to the other side. First I needed a pocket large enough to easily store my Samsung Note 3 cell phone along with a few other small items I wanted to keep handy. I also wanted a pocket large enough to store… Full review

Deuter ACT Lite 75+10

rated 5 of 5 stars Comfortable adjustable pack that can adapt to haul a lot or a little. Quality construction with some thoughtful details. Weighs in at 4 lbs 5 oz, a good compromise between weight and haul-ability. Age and prior back injuries has made finding a backpack I could wear a difficult task. With the Deuter Act Lite 75+10, I finally found a pack that I could not only carry but was comfortable also. For me, the key was to find a pack that did not put any pressure directly on my spine. The "air contact" system… Full review

NEMO Nocturne 15

rated 5 of 5 stars Finally a sleeping bag that I don't feel restricted in. The unique shape provides room to move and stretch while keeping the weight down and staying warm. I have used this sleeping bag for almost a year. I am 5'8" and purchased the "men's" version of the bag because the "women's" version felt too short. Temperatures ranging from 20's to upper 70's F during the night. Varying humidity including rainy, snowy, and very dry weather. Over this time I have not had any issue with wear or cold spots. I… Full review

Princeton Tec Fuel

rated 4 of 5 stars The Princeton Tec Fuel is an inexpensive headlamp with a reputation of having the battery door break on users. This user has carried the Fuel for nearly two years on numerous backpacking/camping trips and has found it to be a lot of light for a little price. The Con Everyone Complains of: Let's get right to the con, because that seems to be the issue most talked about. Yes, the battery door requires a delicate touch. If you know that when you buy it, you should be all right. However, the Fuel has… Full review