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
Sawyer MINI Water Filter
Worked great, took up very little pack space, very light, easy to use I used this on a two day (20 mile) trip down the Eleven Point River in SE MO. I usually use chlorine tablets to purify my water in the backcountry but waiting 4 hours is a bit inconvenient so I decided to try a Sawyer Mini. Plain and simple, it worked great. The water flowed through it quite easily without a lot of squeezing and struggling. The reviews that I read complained about the water bag that comes with the filter being… Full review
REI Flash 45 Pack
Nicely balanced pack designed with comfortable features for a fast weekend trip or ultralight getaway. While designed for overnighters, could easily be used for longer trips with careful gear selection. Flash 45 is a fast, lightweight, overnight bag designed to carry your gear and get you there quickly and lightly. I call it fast because of the way it feels on your back. I tried a few other packs on my back before getting this one. None of them had this shape that seemed to hug you and pull the… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry
The Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry is great little backpack that is 100% waterproof. I do a lot of canoeing and try to keep the number of packs to a minimum, so I usually take one large canoe pack and a food barrel. However I also like to take a smaller 'day-pack' along for side hikes and so I can access smaller items without opening up the big canoe pack. Up until now I have not been able to find a good waterproof daypack, but recently I came across the Mountain Hardwear SCRAMBLER 30 (for… Full review
Klymit Inertia O Zone
While I enjoy this product and find it comfortable, there are compromises that must be made to meet the low weight of the product. Best for Summer, Spring, Fall weather. Best for those willing to make sacrifices to save weight. I find myself enjoying this product the more I use it, and I find myself finding challenges overcome as well. As I get more use to the way it works, the easier it is to use it. I've put a few trips on this air mattress and find it sufficient to write a little about it. I… Full review
Eureka! Spitfire 1
This tent is a great value. Very roomy for a solo tent, easy set up, durable, and under 3 lbs. Under $120. I love this tent! Many tents claim to be lightweight, but this is the real deal. Nice mesh, plus a good fly protects well. It has a good ventilation window up top to reduce condensation. It has an easy setup. I use 4 stakes only including a stake out for the vestibule. I am pretty short (5'), and I don't even need the vestibule. I can get myself, and all of my gear inside with room to spare. Full review
Ozark Trail 12 x 14 Screen House
Great sized tent, but the poles are a pain! We have a love-hate relationship with this screen tent. When it's up, we LOVE it! But, the slightest wind or rain and the whole thing comes down because of flimsy roof design. After multiple storms/fall downs, the screen portion has suffered some massive wounds. We repaired it as many times as possible (sewing screens, duct-tape, etc), but it doesn't have much left in it. If anyone has one they want to sell, we only need the screen tent part, no poles—please… Full review
Victorinox Swiss Army Recruit
The best pocket knife money can buy. You can keep any other brand as far as I am concerned. They are all Victorinox wannabes. This knife is simple, robust, and beats the competition by a clear mile every time. I own a Spartan and a SwissChamp. Both are first rate. But do you know what is on my EDC keychain? That's right. The Spartan. Along with my Leatherman Micra, it goes with me when I leave home. I know, that between these two tools, sh*t happens and I got it covered. The Spartan has all… Full review