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.

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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:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (lights)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (starters)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Read more on the 10 Essentials.

Recent Hiking/Camping Product Reviews

The North Face Flint 1 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Easy and fast to set up. Holds up well in the rain. Extra spacious inside. I've used this tent on the side of the river out of my kayak and in the mountains out of my backpack. It's easy to store and easy to set up. I have sat through a rain storm in it and even without a foot print it kept me dry. I love this light weight tent. Full review

KA-BAR Becker Companion

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very sound tool for bush craft and camping. You can field dress a dinosaur and baton a Redwood into kindling, but Fugeddabout backpacking with this beast. I'm not a knife collector, I'm a knife user. I do enjoy looking at them and contemplating a new purchase, but all in all, how many blades can you USE ? After breaking my last knife (Gerber) I decided to go "durable". As soon as I opened the BK-@ box I knew I really fit and would have a lifetime of use and enjoyment with this knife. Right of… Full review

Eureka! Solitaire

rated 5 of 5 stars Loved my very first solo tent! I bought this tent for a solo hike on the Dobson trail. For my first solo tent, I found it very lightweight and compact. Easy setup. No enough instructions for the fly though. Full review

Sea to Summit Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars A non-free standing shelter by design that works well with a variety of conditions and platforms. It can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles or in between two trees. It's a versatile shelter that can be used as a ground shelter or even as a hammock tarp. Since this is a modular system, the weight can be easily be distributed between two people. Best used for 3-season backpacking and can be used as a solo or 2-person shelter. Manufacturer Specs: http://www.seatosummit.com.au/products/bug-protection/escapist/… Full review

Eureka! Amari Pass 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars We love our Amari Pass 2 tent. It's roomy, easy to put up. We like the large vestibule. Eureka makes great tents, the detailing is wonderful. The tent fly is color-coded to match the click points. The Amari Pass is my favorite Eureka tent to date. I love the large size for the low weight. This tent is super easy to erect. It pitches with enough tautness to stay stable in wind, which is important down here in the super windy desert climate. We used it in a rain storm and there was NO condensation,… Full review

Klymit Cush

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It packs down super small and adds virtually no weight to your pack, but can be inflated in 2-3 breaths. Great for camping or taking naps on mountain tops! I have had it for 6 months now and have never had any issues. The material it is made from is very durable and has never punctured, even when I have used it on rocks and sticks.  Great for sleeping and sitting around on. Full review

Kelty Grand Mesa 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy setup for a tent, kind of heavy, but overall a great tent. I bought this tent because it was cheaper, but wasn't built cheaper. I have used this tent many times, and it has held up and done what it was made to do. I can set this tent up in less than 4 minutes by myself, which is a big plus. It's a smart design, and it looks good too. Rain fly works good. When I was camping and it was raining it didn't rain too hard though, not sure what it would do if the rain fell hard and didn't stop. Love… Full review