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
I've owned this knife since 2006, and 9 years later I have yet to find a better blade. Defnately worth every penny, and then some. I heard Helle discontinued production of them, so if you come across one... buy it. you won't be dissapointed. I've put this knife through hell and back, (no pun intended) carrying it with me almost every day, and it stands up to just about anything you put it through. Since buying this knife for $89.00 in 2006 i have yet to find a better knife to own. It is hands down,… Full review
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
It stands up to wind, weighs next to nothing, and is roomy for two people This thing stood up well in the legendary Patagonia winds (make sure you pitch it with either the front or rear facing the wind, not sideways), and has kept me dry, mostly, in heavy rains. The fly attaches to the sides, and has to be guyed out all the way to be really solid in wind. The downside of that is that the floor then curves upward, kind of like the edges of a bathtub. This means that if you are on any slope at all,… Full review
Osprey Exos 58
This is a great all-around backpack if you don't overload it. With less than 35lbs of well-chosen gear, it works for both weekend and long haul trips, and you can manage 40lbs for a couple of days. I'm a 5'7", 145 pound, 63-year-old woman who works in the backcountry in summer, usually for 6-8 days at a time. My pack has to be light enough to let me move quickly, but big enough to carry my personal and work gear. I can't carry the 55 pound loads that I did when I was younger. After a year of frequent… Full review
Best survival knife for the price. I bought the first one 4 years ago and loved it. It surpassed my expectations for a heavy duty survival knife. They were hard to find for a year or so, but when they came back on the market, I purchased a second one. Full review
Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS)
JetBoil makes hot water happen fast, in a medium weight package. Mine has been flawless. It goes in my hunting pack when I need hot food quickly and quietly, in fire ban areas, as well as at altitude. Mine heats water for hot drinks, Mountain House, and Campbell's condensed soup. This stove is extremely convenient when you are reheating or cooking instant types of food. I've used it at 9K feet in the autumn, and been very happy. A 110gram fuel can lasts forever. The only thing I would change… Full review
Ozark Trail 11 x 9 Vacation Cottage
This tent set up easy in about 30 minutes without instructions (you should put metal rafters together and place rain fly on before raising with studs.). Suggest purchasing heavy duty pegs. Full review
Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy
Excellent trekking poles that have helped reduce stress on knees and wrists, encouraged proper posture, better breathing and efficient movement. Pacerpoles have become a key component in my everyday hiking gear. I highly recommend these poles for hikers and backpackers. I have been using Pacerpoles almost daily since I purchased them 4 months ago, hiking with and without a backpack and on a variety of terrain. Most hikes are between 3-10 miles long over a combination of packed dirt, rocks and at… Full review