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
This knife requires work to make it great. Fist thing is to file to the jimping so you can actually hold it without real discomfort and then complete removal of the awful powder coating to reveal a proper looking blade and great aesthetics. Not done the Patina bit yet as enjoying the shine of the carbon steel. Not a sharp as reviews said and not being the best sharpener, I am struggling with the included diamond sharpener, however, it NOW looks great. Much better than out of the box and I mean much… Full review
The North Face Mountain 24
My Mountain 24 is now quite old, but until recently, has been a good solid 4-season mountaineering tent. I bought my Mountain 24 in 1997 and have many years of excellent service (Arctic/Andes/Alps). I spent a Christmas with two other 6'+ climbers at 6000m, and so it has been really tested. On another occasion we spent four days tent-bound due to the arctic weather and all was good. It's great in strong winds. It's not the lightest tent, but at the time of buying was probably one of the best tents… Full review
FlameStower Heat Charger
The Flamestower’s technology is tried and true at this point in time. However, the product itself could use some design changes. With the Flamestower you will be able to charge most small electronic devices with the majority of backpacking and camp stoves on the market, as well as with a small camp fire. Due to the nature of the Flamestower’s design, it may become damaged but still operable (for how long?) during normal use. As much as I wanted to like this product, I do not think I could recommend… Full review
The North Face Renegade
I really really love this pack!!! Bought it in the mid '90s and I still have it and use it. Has traveled with me through Europe, Middle East, and exploring the Annapurna Range in Nepal's Himalayas — has never let me down yet. Now using it hiking, camping, backpacking with my sons and with their scout troop. It outperforms many of the new packs being used. Have looked at other packs but none match up to this one. Its like your first love or car, you love them forever!!! Full review
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit
It's great as a solar charger. It's aesthetically pleasing and comes in a pretty box. Best used when carrying it in a car, RV, cycling pack, or on very short hikes. I have a couple portable solar chargers including the Goal Zero 10 kit. Some photographers recommended it so I picked one up while it was on a closeout sale. Still, it's pricey compared to others with similar features. Solar panels wholesale are cheap, less than 50 cents a watt for the good ones. So for the price they're asking you'd… Full review
REI Half Dome 2
Superb ventilation, roomy, and easy to assemble. The stitching and material appears high quality. At first, I was a little concerned about the openness of this tent. I used this tent during some late fall rainy seasons, and winter sub-freezing conditions. It does appear a little heavy, but the simplicity and design make up for it. There is enough room for two 260-pound men and air mattresses. I feel the user should add two more tie-offs and pegs, at the sides, when they use this tent. Why doesn't… Full review
Lowe Alpine Netherworld 90
Great pack!!!!! I bought this pack used but in great condition about 6 years ago. It has been virtually indestructible. I have been on at least 70 overnighters and weekend trips with it and it is still going strong. I love all of the outside pockets and it has enough room to go on long hauls. It has not had a tear once and I have gone under and through some fairly thick stuff. The only thing I didn't like about this pack was there is no padding above the waistbelt. During the summer this was actually… Full review