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
Mountain House Rice & Chicken
I found it a little plain for my taste. I would only recommend this if you like it plain and basic. Good base, probably less impact to your intestines than a Mexican or chili meal. I found it a little plain for my taste. I would use a little less water and definitely add either more spices or maybe some dried fruit or veggies. I think I would use instant rice and a pouch of chicken instead and mix up my own version of chicken and rice. It's easy to make, but I would either try using less water,… Full review
High Sierra Tangent 45
Great lightweight all around pack with a faulty water delivery system. I would give it a higher review if the water feature did not leak. I got a great deal on this pack at Costco. I would have bought it without the water feature but having the camel back water feature was a plus. Unfortunately it leaks at the bottom valve. I took back the first backpack right away and got a second one and had the same problem.the slow leak soaks the contents of your pack and disks through into your lower back and… Full review
Morakniv Bushcraft Black
really a great knife. its my edc never let me down. m y wife carries one. my dog killed a deer and i skined it with it. still like a RAZOR. i love the diamond sharpener Full review
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2
Does the job in all kinds of weather. I have used this in the snow, in the swamp, and on the trail in wind and rain, and don't forget the sunshine. The neat thing is this tent is lightweight and has no zippers. Sets up easy, just remember to have the pole system right side up so you can set the crossbar on top. Easy to stake and pitches taut and tight. Stable in all conditions. Tends to accumulate moisture rather than repel it, but have never had a leak. Just a hassle to try and wait for it to dry… Full review
JanSport Katahdin 70L
After purchasing this pack in the spring, I finally put it to use on the AT the first weekend of June. The pack performed admirably carrying all the gear needed for a weekend trek. I am a large hiker at 6'4", 210 pounds, and I appreciated the adjustable shoulder straps. I was able to carry most of the weight on my hips and legs. The mesh pockets on the outside of the pack kept snacks, trail maps, lights and cameras readily available. The top pouch was also convenient for easy access. Given that… Full review
REI Quarter Dome 2
A nice, lightweight tent for backpacking with ample space for two. Packs smaller than most other tents we have tried. The fabric may feel flimsy, but so far this tent has held up to 50 mph+ winds without bending a pole! We recently took this backpacking in Zion, Bryce, Arches, and the Grand Canyon. Pole setup took a little bit to get the hang of, but once you've done it a couple of times it gets easier. We were impressed that during a severe wind/sand storm at Arches, this tent held up better than… Full review
Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock
A luxury item that is well worth the weight. After a night sleeping on a hard shelter floor I looked for alternatives and hammocks seemed like a good idea. Those really nice high end backpacking hammock systems with netting and flies were what I wanted, but I couldn't justify the cost. I bought the Grand Trunk lightweight hammock, but it was just a bit small so I upgraded to this hammock. I only use it during warm weather but I've slept very comfortably under the stars on dry nights and hanging… Full review