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
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle, 18 oz.:
HYDRO FLASK Wide Mouth Water Bottle, 18 oz.: I really like this water bottle. It is doubled walled stainless steel with a vacuum between the two walls so it insulates really well. It has the standard wide mouth and cap. Water and ice in it will last all day, no matter how hot it is. I find that if I put too much ice in it, that becomes a problem because when I open it hours later, it will still be full of ice. It is really nice after being out on a hot day to be able to have ice water when… Full review
Hydro Flask 21 oz Standard Mouth Bottle
HYDRO FLASK Narrow Mouth Water Bottle, 21 oz. This is a doubled walled stainless steel with a vacuum between the two walls so it insulates really well. It has the standard narrow mouth and cap. Even though I had the other two Hydro Flask bottles, my wife talked me into getting this one too, as it was on sale. It turns out I like it a lot more than I would have thought. My main concern was that the narrow mouth would make it too difficult to put ice in it, but I find that I can squeeze a… Full review
Hydro Flask 40 oz Wide Mouth Bottle
HYDRO FLASK Wide Mouth Water Bottle, 40 oz. (It doesn't look like the trailspace photo - that is the photo for the optional commuter cap to use it for drinking coffee in the car) See a real phot below. This is my favorite Hydro Flask bottle. It is awesome. It is a double walled stainless steel with a vacuum between the two walls so it insulates really well. It has the standard wide mouth and cap. Water and ice in it will last all day, no matter how hot it is. I find that if I put too much… Full review
Imusa aluminum mug/pot
Imusa aluminum mug/pot 1 liter I had been admiring one of these with my wife in a store while on a trip. Once I got home, before I could decide whether to get one, they stopped carrying them. Later, my wife came across one on the clearance rack for under $3 and got it for me. It has a good capacity at over a quart, has a stable wide bottom, which is also efficient for collecting heat. It is aluminum which conducts heat well. There is no nonstick coating to be damaged. You can’t beat… Full review
Open Country Aluminum Covered Kettle - 2 Quart
Open Country 2 quart aluminum pot. I bought this pot a few years ago and it quickly became one of my favorite pots. It is a simple aluminum pot with a good lid. It has an efficient, relatively wide shape so it captures heat well. The shape also makes it good for packing other items inside. There is no nonstick coating to be damaged. It is very reasonably priced at about $15. It isn’t much heavier than titanium. The aluminum conducts heat well. The 2 quarts is a good capacity, although… Full review
Gearbest High Quality Heat-resistant Portable Folding Split Type Camping Stove KL-S1
Gearbest High Quality Heat-resistant Portable Folding Split Type Camping Stove KL-S1 This is a $13 Chinese remote canister stove that looks like it could be a copy of the Kovea Spider stove. (Actually right after I ordered this, before it arrived, my wife won a Kovea Spider Stove as a door prize.) The price included shipping to the US from China, via the Netherlands from a website called gearbest. (Not sure why that particular routing was used, but it took about 3 weeks.) It is a little larger… Full review
Kovea Spider Stove This is a remote canister stove. My wife won this as a door prize. It is pretty nice. The stove is easy to light. It does need a windscreen and not too small of a pot. The first time we used it was with a Snowpeak Trek 900cc titanium cup, without a windscreen and it took a while more than it should have to boil a couple cups of water. The small pot and the lack of windscreen were my fault – my wife had just won it and we wanted to try it out. It would have been better… Full review