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
Osprey Ariel 55
I would not purchase this pack for one reason, and one reason only...no side pockets for my water bottle(s). Full review
Bushnell SolarWrap Mini
While it has some significant limitations, the Bushnell Solar Wrap Mini 100, works well as a lightweight back up battery for a variety of electronics in the field. Using the product, I kept an iPhone 4s and an iPad Mini charged throughout a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. In preparing for a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail, I figured I would need more battery power to supplement the internal batteries of my iPhone and iPad Mini. I planned to be on trail for up to six days between resupplies. In… Full review
U.S. Armed Forces Modular Sleep System MSS
Personally test, constantly used, tough as nails! I have personally used this sleep system more than a hundred time, both while I was in service and now as a civilian. It was my first purchase (of military gear) the week I had to turn in my Army issued MSS, right before retiring. It's warm, tough/durable, and with the bivy bag it's water tight. Now, a lot of people complain about its weight (being around 10-12 lbs all together), but I am 6' 4" and 255 lbs, and I never even noticed when it was in… Full review
SunJack is portable, durable, and feels like I have a power outlet with me anywhere I go. Highly recommended for anybody that has experienced the pain of running out of battery without a nearby wall-outlet. Also recommended for anybody that wants to free themselves from sitting by a wall outlet while their phone charges. SunJack is a carry-everywhere item, and provides me with my own portable energy source. Living in Southern California, there's no shortage of sun, and the SunJack easily charges… Full review
Ultralight Backpacking in Nature's World
This 48 page book is designed for novice and experienced backpackers who want to reduce their carrying weight and for the beginner who is looking for guidance. Enjoy nature’s world with less weight! Ultralight Backpacking in Nature’s World 2014. It was written as a source for novice and experienced backpackers who wish to reduce the weight of their backpack load and to learn more of nature's world. It compares various choices in backpacking equipment and styles of living out of a backpack… Full review
REI Vacuum Clip Mug
These mugs are awesome. This is the best mug on the planet. I got several of these mugs years ago at REI. They were so awesome I got more. I have lost a few over the years, and they have gotten beat up from use but they are still my favorite mugs. I had some credit at REI and went back to get some more since mine are so old and beat up and was distraught to discover that they discontinued them. What a shame. I have looked online and searched forever. I was thrilled to find them again and immediately… Full review
Lowe Alpine Netherworld 90
I've had this pack since the early '90s and it has served me well. I ended up getting Deuter's Act Lite 65+10 and shaved off about 3 pounds but that pack is already worn through in a few places. I have used the Lowe in the Sierras with 45-50 pounds and in the snow with snow shoes and it seems indestructible. The fit was adjustable with the help of the store personnel. The volume was wonderful. The separate compartment on the bottom served as another storage area without having to go into the main… Full review