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
Sea to Summit insulated cup
A light but essential winter drinking cup. This may seem a trivial item but when winter camping keeps your hot beverages hot for more than 3 minutes is essential. At 10 F. this cup kept my hot mocha from hot to nicely warm for 20 minutes. Likely it could have kept it warm longer but I drank it before it had a chance to cool. The foam cover keeps the contents hot and your hand from burning. Winter time is NO place for Ti mugs, double walled or not. I tethered the sipping lid to the cup with a small… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Sprite 1
Tent fly sheet zipper portion and clear rubber/plastic window detached. Bought this tent a few years back, checked it and put it in my Bug Out Bag. Used it recently for the first time but lo and behold, the plastic/rubber clear window on the fly is detached, the zipper on the fly sheet used to get in and out of the tent if the fly is on is detached. Reason: it was only attached with seam tape. No stitches. I sent an email to their customer service to ask if it was a design flaw or factory defect… Full review
REI 65L REI youth backpack
Great youth pack with lots of room. My daughter lives it. I bought this pack for my youngest daughter. The sales staff at REI was spot on as usual. They fitted her took the time to show her all the balls and whisles. The pack has great external pockets. And the hood converts into a day pack. Easy to adjust sholder straps and hip belt. We went to south mountain state park with my boy scout troop. The pack served her very well. And we can't wait to do it again. Full review
Petzl Reactik +
The Petzl Reatcik plus incorporates Petzl's reactive technology light settings with the added feature of being bluetooth compatible to pair the light with the MyPetzl Light app. I highly recommend this light and it performs well in a multitude of activities ranging from hiking and snowshoeing to backcountry ski touring. Background Details: The Petzl Reactik Plus is a headlamp that incorporates Petzl's Reactive lighting technology which adjusts lighting output based on user need. The light has a… Full review
Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated Mat
Like a Beautyrest i got this one because I need a good night sleep or I morph into a Hulk abomination. It can be inflated by mouth, but it also has its own pump and that was what I was after. With the pump, both sides inflate under a minute. One side is firmer, one side is softer, the pad is way quieter than my old crinkly Thermorest. It is on the heavier side so keep that in mind when figuring out your full pack weight, but for me it's well worth it. Full review
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 Original Camp Chair
Saved my back Sometimes, hiking wall day when you're a middle aged mother of three who's broken her spine in 3 places can be a wee bit stressful on the back. With this chair, I can take a break anywhere and recline fully supported and comfy and rest so I can enjoy the rest of my hike. I have read that completely open, it can double up as a half sleeping pad... my jury's still out on this, lol. It's super light and tough as nails, sets up in seconds and rolls nice and tight, I can fit mine… Full review
Deuter ACT Lite 35+10 SL
Never used it on an overnighter OMG I love this one. i need a lot of extra layers during winter, I don't regulate my body temp very well. This allows me to take all the extras I could possibly need and still be compact enough for a day hike. The hip fins are to die for: angled for baby loving hips, well padded, contoured just right. Shoulder straps are also angled and well padded with no seams to irritate anywhere. i probably could do a summer overnighter with this, I haven't tried yet, I… Full review