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
NEMO Astro Insulated Lite
This is the best night's sleep I have had while backpacking. A full length pad just under 20 ounces, with no issues with noise or sliding off the pad and seems well insulated down to the 40's at least (untested below that yet). The NEMO Air Insulated Lite pad was my fourth attempt at upgrading this year after trying the REI Air Rail 1.5, the highly rated Thermarest NeoAir X Lite, and the Big Agnes Q-Core. After trying each of these out for a couple of nights I settled (pun intended) on the NEMO… Full review
REI Mountain 3
I wouldn't want to take it mountaineering, but a heck of a good tent for bad weather camping in rain and windy conditions. After suffering through some windy (but dry) camp trips in Death Valley and various rivers that resulted in a tent full of dust, I went looking for something I could zip completely closed when conditions warranted. I also wanted something with a more robust pole setup that could stand up to the wind without folding or breaking poles. This led me to 4 season tents, which… Full review
REI Kingdom +30 Double
A good affordable solution for a shoulder season double sleeping bag The bag has very good down loft in the top section, and a more dense synthetic fill in the bottom, which I feel is a much better option than the no-insulation-bottom option of the Big Agness double bags we had been looking at. The bag is well constructed, a bit on the snug-side for us two medium-sized campers (isn't that the point?), and warm down at least to the temp rating. The draft collar and hood can be adjusted independently… Full review
Ozark Trail Cocoon 200
Love the compactibility and being light weight, but not for temps below mid 40s Trusted the claim that it would be warm enough for fall camping. NOT!! We woke in our tent to low to mid 30's for 4 nights and we felt absolutely frozen every night, particularly our feet. Our torsos were warm enough by wearing ALL our clothes and pulling the hood all the way down over our faces allowing no cold air, but our feet were in danger of damage, even with two pairs of wool socks. The bags were adequate… Full review
Marmot Limelight 3P
Simple setup, thoughtful design. This will be our new bike touring tent. To erect this tent as shown in Marmot's own YouTube instructional video requires 12 pegs and six cord/toggle sets. Marmot provides only 9 pegs and 4 cord/toggle sets. WTF? Marmot's own customer service rep told me that you would only "rarely" need to pitch the tent with all the gear. Anyone who has been out there knows that "rarely" happens regularly, and that you prepare for the worst scenario. Seriously, Marmot?? Full review
HammockGear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors
Super lightweight. No stretch. Packs small. Expensive. This is an incredible product for hammocks. It weighs just over 8 ounces without tie outs and included stuff sack. I use the sack as a waterproof bag for some down items. The product is well made, for easy deployment its packed in no-see-um skins and kept in an exterior mesh pocket on the pack. I haven't had any abrasion issues or wear. You can buy a silnylon big tarp with doors for $150, but it's going to be heavy. This is the opposite of… Full review
JanSport Cordillera 33
Best backpack ever. Bought mine in the U.K. when visiting from Ecuador fall of 2002. I still use my backpack. It has been all over USA, China, Europe, Central America, South America, and more. Love to get a new one!!! Hope Janspot considers making this backpack Cordillera 33 again!! Full review