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
Sierra Designs Flashlight 1
Lightweight roomy tent with some cool innovations. Not easy to set up and suffers from condensation issues. This was my first backpacking tent. I bought it primarily for its low weight and for the fact that I could use my trekking poles to set it up. I used it on a week long backpacking trip on the PCT in Oregon and came away with mixed feelings about it. Setup can be easy if you find yourself camping in soft loamy dirt. Like all single wall tents, the Flashlight relies on tension to keep it standing. Full review
Easton Rimrock 1
Inexpensive well made tent that packs well. Slightly confusing pole setup, but becomes easier with practice. I bought this tent on clearance from REI for $100. I had previously used single wall tents for backpacking but was tired of struggling with guy lines and interior condensation issues so I decided to go with a free standing tent. When I saw this one on clearance, I decided to give it a try. What I like most about the tent is that it packs small. With a compression sack it's only slightly bulkier… Full review
Packs small for transport, but it's maybe a little too small to comfortably use. For the price, it's an OK deal. This sitting pad is based on Therm-a-Rest's popular Z-Lite sleeping pad. I bought mine primarily so that I wouldn't have to sit in the dirt or on bumpy logs and to kneel on to get into my tent. I think it accomplishes these goals fairly well but I have two complaints. 1) It is truly just a sitting pad and as such, you're only ever going to get your butt to fit on it. I would prefer… Full review
Coghlan's Biodegradable Camp Soap
It's a handy, portable, fairly effective soap. Easy to transport, not very messy, doesn't smell too bad and isn't too harsh. We got the chance to try this soap out on our annual coastal car-camping trip. First time, we approached it from a 'try and see' standpoint, figuring that if it works well, then we can stop lugging along actual dish soap, which would be an improvement in many ways. Short answer: We'll be taking it along again in the future. Long answer: This is a pretty reasonably performing… Full review
Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium
An ultralight, packable stove to boil water or reheat meals. I bought this stove to boil water and re-hydrate meals. This fits great along with matches and fuel in the GSI kettle. Very simple, light, and fuel efficient, this stove has treated me well during the past two years. The only problem I have had are efficiency at elevation. Overall great stove and very lightweight. Full review
Trangia Gas Burner
Makes the Trangia stove ideal for real cooking. With the gas burner the Trangia system becomes efficient down to a few degrees below zero (Celsius) in every weather. Full review
HammockGear Burrow 20
Quality construction and great custom built quilt. Research told me this was the best bang for the buck and I am very glad I bought from Hammockgear. I reviewed several brands of quilts and a friend suggested I look at Hammockgear quilts. From comparing other company's specs, Hammockgear quilts were a better deal for a higher quality down. I added a couple extra ounces as well to get mine closer to 15 degrees as I use it into October. I also ordered the long version. Although I'm 5'11" I often like… Full review