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
Ozark Trail 16 x 9.5 Family Dome Tent
8 kids slept in it, easy to set up by myself I used a few times and loved it, still looks like new. If you follow the instructions it is very easy. It keeps the train and the bugs out. Full review
Equippr Summit Camping Kit
This kit is intended for camping at festivals, but it worked well for me when I was just spending a weekend in the woods with some friends. It's a hodgepodge of essentials packed into a drawstring bag - things like baby wipes for cleanliness, sunscreen and bug wipes, a small tarp, some battery-powered lights, and other little knick-knacks. I'm pretty much a novice at camping, but a few friends invited me to a weekend in the woods. I didn't really know what to bring besides a tent and sleeping bag,… Full review
Jack Wolfskin Trail Head II
Love the pack, a friend found it for me and I've been using it everyday for many months, the 2 top zippers finally broke but the rest is in top shape, I've been homeless for 2 years and this is the best pack yet. Love the pack, a friend found it for me and I've been using it everyday for many months, the 2 top zippers finally broke but the rest is in top shape, I've been homeless for 2 years and this is the best pack yet. It is very comfortable and even when i have over 50 lbs. in it which is quite… Full review
MSR Guardian Purifier
The MSR Guardian is a top of the line water purification system that delivers on its impressive claims. Very fast, very efficient, and largely hassle-free (requires no backflushing). Excellent for the solo hiker, but perfect for larger groups. Disclaimer: This review is purely on design, usability, durability, and my overall opinion of the product. Without access to a water testing laboratory, I cannot make any claims regarding the actual efficacy for removing harmful impurities (biological and… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Zion Pack
This is a good first pack for a beginner. It is easy to adjust and holds plenty of gear for a week on the trail. I bought the ALPS Zion pack in 2015. I used it on a one-week trek of about 30 miles in 2016 and plan to use it on a two-week trek of over 50 miles in 2017, plus shorter work up treks. Since I bought it on sale for under $100 I consider it a good pack for the money. It holds plenty of gear and I like strapping my tent on top and my sleeping bag to the bottom. The external pouches work… Full review
The Zpacks Zero is a frameless, ultralight, customizable pack made of Cuben Fiber. Consisting of only a pack body and shoulder straps, to begin with, Zpacks allows you to add features, that you deem necessary, to make the pack as full featured (or minimalist) as you’d like. My favourite options available are the back pocket, the sleeping pad straps, and the key pocket. If I were looking to omit some features I would leave off the webbing belt and not have the seams taped. I’ve made a video to… Full review
Outside of those who share BioLite's concern about using biomass fuels cleanly, the Biolite CookStove is best suited for gadget lovers who like to play with fire. Being a wood-burning stove that requires electricity, this is an odd bird; This stove will keep you busy. I would not recommend it for most recreational backpackers due to the listed cons, but for car camping, bug out / emergency use, or simply as backcountry entertainment, this stove could fit the bill. Overview: The BioLite CookStove… Full review