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

Bear Naked: Real Nut Energy Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars Basically a moist peanut butter no-bake cookie in energy bar form. At a lower cost than most, it is a fine alternative to other energy bars, but nothing screams excellent. Use: My wife and I have gone through one box so far, with me consuming the lion's share of them (12 to a box). Most of those were eaten during all-day fall and winter hunting excursions, with the exception of a few going on a short day-hike with us. For some perspective, a typical hunting day has me awake by 4am, in the woods… Full review

Ozark Trail 2-Person Junior Dome Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars After almost 15 years of abuse, motorcycle trips, camping, kids playing, weeks living it ouf the tent and some drunken tomfoolery the tent is showing it's age. This tent has fared well over the years, only having a few dime size holes. Despite having those holes on my most recent camping trip with 5 other tent campers my tent was the driest in the rain. It wasn't completely dry but a few drops under the holes while most of the other tents had huge puddles is acceptable to me. Over the years I have… Full review

Walrus Rapeede XV

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy set up and break down. very water proof. good for the back of a motorcycle I brought this tent new from REI and was going to use it for a backpacking trip which got cancelled. I ended up using it for about a month. I got a job in Santa Barbara, I couldn't afford to stay in a hotel so i rented a camping shot at this RV camp site they had a 10x12 sand box for you to put your tent in. Anyways one night i woke up and it felt like i was on a waterbed so i unzip my tent and i was sitting in 2" of… Full review

Open Country 3 cup pot & lid

rated 4 of 5 stars After years of using 1 quart pots for solo cooking I have discovered that 3 cup pots are all i really need. Why heat nearly 4 cups of water when 3 is all you need? Why carry a larger pot that takes up more space in your pack? I got this pot rather "by accident" when I ordered it with the Trail Designs Sidewinder titanium Caldera Cone stove. That stove required this pot to properly mate with its top diameter. What I discovered was that I really did not need a 1 quart pot for solo cooking. The smaller… Full review

Grand Trunk Nano-7

rated 3 of 5 stars Grand Trunk's Nano-7 is an ultralight hammock that is well-made. However, this user found the dimensions too small to be of any value to me. I would recommend this hammock for those who are several inches smaller than I am or those who don't mind a “banana hang” in their hammock. Note: While I did purchase this product new, I bought it with the CampSaver Gift Card I won from Trailspace in June 2014. Thank you, Trailspace! Now to the review... About the Reviewer I'm 6'2” tall. At the time of… Full review

Mile High Mountaineering Salute 34

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This daypack has many features that give you the versatility to store your gear in many configurations for your next adventure. If this is your first pack I would think hard about buying it. I feel this pack is not for everyone. I like to bushwhack and follow animal trails, which sometimes have limited space areas. This pack has very strong material, but at the cost of weight, but I don’t have the fear of knocking shoulder strap off. This pack gives me the ability to care want is needed on my… Full review

Marmot Bise 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice tent, compact. Used this tent camping several times.   Setting up in a downpour in the Cascade Mountain range was less than ideal as the mesh inner tent gets terribly soaked then the fly goes on top — Hillebergs are far superior in this respect. However once set up thank goodness for its excellent ventilation as the tent dries out (inside) relatively quick. Okay, now over snow.  Camping north of Pemberton BC during snowy conditions followed by -20 degrees C days. Snow load on tent caused… Full review