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
LifeSaver Systems Lifesaver Cube Jug
Just to note again: The company has withdrawn this product: PRODUCT WARNING- failure of virus removal. This company is now in Receivership. Any users or customers should visit the website — http://www.lifesaversystems.com/ — for the official product warnings: As part of LIFESAVER Systems Ltd (“LIFESAVER”) product monitoring and accreditation systems, LIFESAVER has received independent laboratory test results based on NSF Protocol 231 in relation to Bacteria, Cyst and Virus removal from… Full review
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3
Very nice lightweight tent that keeps you dry in bad rain. All around comfortable tent. Have had this tent for a couple of years now. Love it.. Very easy to set up. Great to pack weighing less than 3 pounds on the trail... packs small. Only complaint would be the floor. Seems a bit flimsy and not very thick. Other than that it's a great all around tent. In nice dry weather we set it up without the fly and it's open to the stars, but know that it's OPEN. So if you're around other people beware—they… Full review
Big Agnes King Solomon 15°
We like this bag. However... Don't get me wrong, we love this bag. It's our go-to bag and we have never taken anything else. We just found that on those cold nights—in Big Bend National Park when the temps are at 20°—it's really a very cold bag! You MUST pair it up with two sleeping pads. We use the Big Agnes Q-Core pads and love it, although a little loud. Overall this has been a great bag. Very comfortable, makes good use of space in our tent, packs small. We don't have to carry two bags. Full review
The North Face Mountain 35
This is a discontinued 3-person, 4-season tent. I am not sure why it's been discontinued!! It is an amazing tent—large enough and easy enough to set up. I know the VE-25 and others are good as well, but this one is amazing! I own a village of tents! Over 10... it seems as though it's my little obsession. But with over four 4-season tents, the Mountain 35 is by far my go-to winter camping or rough weather tent. If I am going to be stuck in a tent for days I want it to be my Mtn 35. Roomy. Very… Full review
NEMO Losi 2P
A high quality tent, spacious for 1-person. I have used this tent for two seasons car camping and canoeing. I was looking for a well made tent that had no see um netting for coastal camping, and a rainfly that reached the ground because it always rains when I camp. I was concerned about the exposed wall (rainfly doesn't go to ground at one end), but it does improve airflow during warm weather camping and has not leaked yet. I have slept comfortably in temperatures ranging from 85 degrees to 28 degrees… Full review
Lucky Sheep Wool Sleeping Bag
This is the first lightweight wool sleeping bag EVER to enter the outdoor market. This bag is as soft as silk and only slightly heavier than a synthetic filled bag of comparable temp rating. But what wool can do that nothing else can...is provide the highest SLEEP QUALITY and COMFORT of any other outdoor material. This bag is light enough to take on the trail. Wool has lost its place in the outdoor industry due to the myth that synthetics can take its place. However, although synthetics (plastic)… Full review
LifeSaver Systems LifeSaver Bottle
The company has withdrawn this product: PRODUCT WARNING- failure of virus removal This company is now in Receivership. Any users or customers should visit the website — http://www.lifesaversystems.com/ — for the official product warnings: As part of LIFESAVER Systems Ltd (“LIFESAVER”) product monitoring and accreditation systems, LIFESAVER has received independent laboratory test results based on NSF Protocol 231 in relation to Bacteria, Cyst and Virus removal from drinking water on the… Full review