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

The Absorber

rated 5 of 5 stars I've used "The Absorber" for going on 15 years or more. Both in boating/yacht care and personal hygiene as a towel. This is by far the go-to chamois for anything you want to dry, including your body. Great as a camp towel. The Absorber is a synthetic chamois that comes in a variety of colors and sizes.I've owned and/or purchased several for various vessels I've worked on over the past 15 or so years. Sizes: Three sizes that I know of that it comes in are: 17" x 13", 27" x 17" and the XL @ 29" x… Full review

NEMO Astro Air Lite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've used this once in a situation that would test the lower limits of its comfort range. It worked very well. I had a couple of issues, but I expected these because I was trying to make it fail. So here's what I did, I set up my tarp in an A-frame position. The lowest end (angled 3/4 into the wind) a foot off the ground, the other end 2 1/2 feet high. The four corners staked touching the ground. A Space-All Weather Blanket (shiny side up) under the Astro Air Lite and me in an old North Face Wasatch… Full review

Atsko Sport-Wash

rated 5 of 5 stars I've put Atsko Sport Wash through the paces for the past week on a variety of items. Each time, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it cleaned. At this point, I recommend it to wash everything and I mean everything. I emailed Atsko for a sample which they happily were going to send me. But not knowing how long I was going to be in the area, I found a local outfitter that carried it and picked up the 18oz size. Admittedly, I was extremely skeptical when I first went to use Atsko Sport Wash on… Full review

Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Backpacking Towel

rated 4 of 5 stars Ultra lightweight towel made of the lightweight polyester fabric like our favorite quick dry tee shirts. Tale of the Tape The Extreme Ultralite backpacking and travel towel is a polyester towel treated with Polygiene, a silver salt treatment to inhibit the growth of germs and keep the towel smelling fresh longer. It currently comes in the following sizes: Ultralite Mini 19" x 19" Ultralite 34" x 28" Ultralite Large 34" x 58" Whale Tail Large 34" x 58" The sample I tested actually was advertised… Full review

Ruff Wear Bivy Bowl

rated 3.5 of 5 stars We use travel bowls for dogs when camping,hiking,and canoe camping. This collapsible bowl was provided to me as a Brand Ambassador for http://backcountryk9.com/. We like the bowl, the dogs like the bowl, and it performs well for a lightweight, outdoor, dog bowl.    Okay, so in my role as a Brand Ambassador for Backcountry K-9 I am reviewing a dog bowl. Not just any bowl, but the Ruffwear Bivy Pet Bowl (medium). Why look closely at the performance of a bowl?…bowl noun \ˈbōl\1: a concave usually… Full review

Schrade Frontier

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This knife requires work to make it great. Fist thing is to file to the jimping so you can actually hold it without real discomfort and then complete removal of the awful powder coating to reveal a proper looking blade and great aesthetics. Not done the Patina bit yet as enjoying the shine of the carbon steel. Not a sharp as reviews said and not being the best sharpener, I am struggling with the included diamond sharpener, however, it NOW looks great. Much better than out of the box and I mean much… Full review

The North Face Mountain 24

rated 4 of 5 stars My Mountain 24 is now quite old, but until recently, has been a good solid 4-season mountaineering tent. I bought my Mountain 24 in 1997 and have many years of excellent service (Arctic/Andes/Alps). I spent a Christmas with two other 6'+ climbers at 6000m, and so it has been really tested. On another occasion we spent four days tent-bound due to the arctic weather and all was good. It's great in strong winds. It's not the lightest tent, but at the time of buying was probably one of the best tents… Full review