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
McNett Zip Tech
A great product for zipper maintenance. One stick lasts a long time. Does not attract or hold sand and dirt. No mess. Easy to use. In 2003 I bought this product because it was recommended for my drysuit. It worked so well on the drysuit that I started using it on backpacks, tents, down jackets, and waterproof jackets. Any high dollar gear with a zipper is likely to get Zip Tech'd. It actually helps seal water out of water resistant zippers. Product is easy to use and the benefits are noticed immediately. Full review
MSR WhisperLite Universal
Wonderful, very versatile stove. I bought this stove new in 2014 and have had several opportunities since then to make use of it. The fact that their are several fuel options is the main selling point for me. Before you go out with this stove you should definitely familiarize yourself with all of the functioning aspects of the stove. The stove comes with everything you need to make the change from fuel canisters to fuel bottles, and from white gas to kerosene or gasoline. In a lot of the wilderness… Full review
This is a 4-season tent which is very easy to set up and take down, pack, and carry. It does not seem to be to waterproof, as every time I camp and get caught in the rain I do get wet. Full review
Everest Hiking Pack
Overall, this is a budget option and can carry about 30 lbs for several miles, but don't push the boundaries of the straps or bungees. The Everest Hiking Pack is a budget size hiking backpack I bought on an extremely low budget build-out for a hammock camping adventure. It's just over 2900 cu in capacity, but it doesn't have any frame to speak of except for a decent amount of padding for your back. I've done 4+ mile hikes with it where I've had 30 lbs of gear in the pack itself (pretty much maxed… Full review
Equinox Armadillo Pillow
This fall, I had continued to use my inflatable camp pillow, which was fine except I had trouble adjusting inflation to a comfortable level, and it has a slick, and slippery surface. When I saw the Equinox pillow, I immediately was impressed by its softness, and nice level of padding. It may not pack as compactly as the inflatable, but it makes for a better night's sleep. This pillow is very comfortable; it is primarily used for canoe camping and some cabin/car camping. It has proven to be quite… Full review
Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof
Essential waterproofing treatment for Nubuck and Suede leather. Cleans during the treatment process. Applied to laces helps shed trail dirt. No fumes or organic solvents. Water based, wicks into wetable areas and helps repel water. Self regulating application rate, well waterproofed areas shed it and zones permeable to water wick it in. Durable after drying and beads up and sheds surface water like crazy. Protects against water soaking in. It applies easily and works better than spray and other… Full review
Ozark Trail 2 Burner Propane Stove
I bought this piece of junk 3-4 years ago, pretty much for emergency situations. Used it twice (it's still shiny) went to use it last week and it would not light at all. Walmart puts out junk when it comes to camping supplies. Do not buy this, you will be sorry. Junk Full review