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
Kelty TraiLogic TN2
Great two-person tent. Very lightweight yet spacious. Recently bought the Trailogic TN2 and used it to to do some car camping in the Tetons and Yellowstone. Rained a lot one of the nights and the tent held up great. Best features are that it is easy to set up and very spacious inside and in vestibules. I have yet to try the stargazing mode but I am excited to use it. One problem was that water did pool in the top of the rain fly. This could have been an error in the setup. The fly as a whole did… Full review
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
I highly recommend this hammock to beginning hammockers because it's affordable, and gives you an insight to whether or not you could be a hammocker. It's lghtweight, and packs down very small. I recommend this hammock to anyone who wants to get into hammocking. Hammocking can be very rewarding, and easy to use. Sadly though, not everyone can sleep in a hammock, where others hang hammocks in their rooms because they sleep better than in their bed. Whenever someone says "Where can I get a hammock,… Full review
Ozark Trail 2 Burner Propane Stove
Purchased this stove from WalMart in 2012. Used only three times when on camping trips. Went to use it last week while camping , no gas would come through the regulator to the burners :( As I see in other comments this stove is trash. I bought a Coleman stove to replace this. Would not recommend Ozark Trail stoves to anyone, friend or enemy. :( Apparently the regulators do not last very long. Only two years old and barely used and now it's shot and had to go buy a new stove, only this time I… Full review
As a backup battery this is fine. But as a solar charger, it is horribly underpowered, and better options exist. I work in the solar business, and I've seen my fair share of these compact solar chargers come and go. Brunton sells a few for example. The problem they all have is that the solar is always a gimmick-add-on to what is otherwise a useful back-up battery pack. But realize that a backup battery is all these chargers really are.Save your money, and avoid frustration by choosing a more powerful… Full review
Wild Country Mistral
This is a superb tent, copes very well in all weathers. Have had my Mistral for 14 years and it's never let me down. Brilliant tent, great all rounder in all weathers. Have owned for 14 years. Very roomy for a 2-man tent. You won't be disappointed. Full review
REI Flash Insulated Air Pad
Lightweight, quick inflate, and very comfortable. REI Flash sleeping pad (long) is one of the lightest and compact pads I've owned. I primarily hike on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and North Carolina and this pad has made my nights very comfortable. I would recommend this air pad. Full review
Very easy to use. Very polyvalent. Well built. Very well built product. Will work in all weather. Been using mine for 2 years now. Good cooking surface. I just wish that the hose could be removable for more convenient storage. It needs regular maintenance. Other than that this product is very close to perfection. Full review