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

ZPacks Pillow Dry Bag

rated 4.5 of 5 stars You can have a great night’s sleep with the ZPacks Pillow Dry Bag. Use it as a stuff sack and an added layer of protection for your sleeping bag during the day. Then at night, turn it inside out, stuff it full of clothes, and rest your head on the soft and smooth micro-fleece liner. I have been trying to lighten my pack weight, so I try and keep an eye out for gear that can serve multiple purposes. And, for 2 additional ounces I had to see if this was something that would work for me. My ZPacks… Full review

Fishpond

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a good quality semi-soft cooler that is large enough to fit enough food and drinks for a weekend kayak or canoe trip. The molded bottom is rigid enough to give the cooler form and prevent leakage into and out of the bottom of the cooler but also flexible so that the cooler can be crammed into a kayak hatch. The Fishpond Drifter Boat Cooler is a good quality semi-soft cooler that is large enough to fit enough food and drinks for a weekend. I purchased it because it was short and rectangular… Full review

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce Pro-Pak

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite MH entree I prefer Pro-Pak versions of Mtn House entrees. The portions are just right, and the vacuum packed approach takes up less space in the pack when up high. Otherwise, the content and taste is the same as the regular, 2-person, non-vacuum packed sizes. Boil the water, add and let sit a bit, then eaten right out of the pouch, means high efficiency and zero clean-up. After use, pouches form nice closable small garbage bags for packing out. Lasagne has a nice tomato spiciness with… Full review

Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A great deal on a decent lightweight hammock. I'd been thinking of getting a hammock and ran across the Grand Trunk Ultralight at Cabela's for $19.99.  Unlike the reviews below, mine came with a suspension.   The hammock itself is 114" long, 54" wide and weighs in at 12.2 oz. including the two S-hooks which weigh 1 oz each.  Being a weight freak, I'm looking for lighter weight alternatives to the stainless S-hooks.  There are significantly lighter hammocks available from several companies including… Full review

Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric

rated 5 of 5 stars Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric is a one-step, superhydrophobic, water repelling treatment designed to keep items dry longer. Goes on clear and causes water to bead up and roll off treated gear. I had tried the original Rust-Oleum NeverWet that comes in a two-can, two-step spray can form factor on some gear and while it worked great, it dried to an unsightly cloudy haze.   Now Rust-Oleum has introduced NeverWet Fabric aimed at the outdoor furniture market.  Having recently enjoyed a leaky tent on a… Full review

All Terrain KLAX by Klecker Knives

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an amazing lightweight multi tool ax perfect for hiking and backpacking. We  took  this multi tool titanium ax on our trek of the Pacific Crest Trail. We wanted something that was light weight because backpack weight on the trail is crucial.  It comes with an optional handle but we chose to use the KLAX head alone in the field to make its own handle for better weight management.  It was fairly easy and quite fun to craft a branch into a handle with the KLAX head and  patent pending… Full review

Mountain House Rice & Chicken

rated 3 of 5 stars 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