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

Warbonnet Superfly

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Umm it leaks ?? really? I see the price has gone up since 2011.  I paid $140 from their webby.  It's a good tarp except for one thing.  Umm it leaked first time I used it in ADK.  (that's kinda the point of it is to stay dry)  From the stitching for the pullouts just below the ridgeline.  So I emailed.  Brandon responded right away.  A for customer service.  He told me to put some sylicone on the stitching.  (WHAT?  Not a mistake which would have been acceptable...but they know?)  Again...Umm … Full review

Platypus Platy Bottle

rated 5 of 5 stars Perfect for day trips!! Great for our family scouting adventures. I love how lightweight this is and when it's not being used you can roll it up and it takes up very little space. I like to fill it half way with water and freeze it before a day hike then fill the rest with water. Then as it melts my water is still cold and refreshing. Full review

Platypus Big Zip LP

rated 5 of 5 stars I have the Big Zip 3 liter and I love it. BPA-free and easy opening. I used to have the 2L but recently got a 3L and I'm glad I did. I like how there is a divider in the bag so the water fills evenly. I also like how it is BPA free. I prefer the Big Zip over the Hoser because I can open the bag with ease to put more water in and to pour out. Full review

Platypus Bite Valve Cover

rated 3 of 5 stars I am always having to keep pressing it to keep it shut. I was really excited to hear there was a valve cover because mine would always get sand and dirt on it. But I found that the cap does not really stay on and I am always having to keep pressing it to keep it shut. However, it's better than nothing. Full review

Coleman Outdoorsman Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars Has been one of the best tents I have ever owned! 13 years and still does not leak a drop! I purchased this tent back in 2002 when the Ames Department store was going out of business. Believe it was 70 or 75% off original price. Could not pass up the deal, even thinking it was probably not a very good tent. Boy was I wrong. Have been using this tent for car camping for almost 13 years now. Must have slept in this over 100 times, probably more? I have maintained it well, sealing seams every year,… Full review

Western Mountaineering HighLite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I absolutely love my HighLite! I call it my cloud because that is what it feels like you are sleeping in :). I think the temperature rating is accurate — I sleep a little cold so I wear extra socks and clothes to bed but works well for my section hikes on the AT. It's amazingly light and packs down so small in a compression sack. When removed from the compression sack it regains all loft with a few shakes. I got the 5'6" size which works great for a petite woman. The HighLite is well made, in… Full review

REI Quarter Dome UL

rated 2 of 5 stars Great tent. Easy setup and good design. The only problem is the polyurethane coating used on the fly and low sidewalls deteriorates within two seasons and becomes a sticky mess! It should be a warranty issue, but it usually occurs after two years and not the one year "we got your back" "satisfaction guarantee". My Eureka car camping tent, my ancient North Face VE, and even a 1990's Walrus have none of the sticky crap issues.  Full review