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
Dr. Bronner Eucalyptus Organic Bar Soap
Let Dr. Bronner improve the way you stay clean with this Eucalyptus Pure-Castile Bar Soap. A soothing organic scent and an awesomely smooth lather. An all-in-one soap that has quickly become my favorite. I first read about Dr. Bronner’s on a hiking forum. It was mentioned only briefly so I decided to check out their website. I placed an order for a couple of bars of soap, shaving cream and a bottle of liquid soap. I have been using Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soap for over 12 months now. Full review
Mountainsmith Lariat 65
A fantastic pack for overnight or the long weekend away, the Lariat has all the features you can use without all the add-ons you don't need. Easy to carry, it puts everything right where you need it with a simple zipper. I started looking for a new pack about three years ago to replace my tried and trusted Lowe Alpine Contour which had been my companion across the US for years. I wanted a lighter pack with good suspension. I studied and compared, I tried on a lot of different styles and makes of… Full review
ZPacks Pillow Dry Bag
Ordered a medium vs. medium plus, got something in between. Should still work well. I had already ordered a medium ZPacks Pillow Dry Bag for a new down quilt when Chris posted his review. When mine arrived, my first impression was it seemed larger than I was expecting and at first I thought I might have been shipped a medium plus instead of a medium. After measuring the bag, I found the answer is somewhere in between. One side measures 20 1/2", the other side is 19 1/4". The bottom is 11… Full review
Catoma EBNS Enhanced Bed Net System
This is one of the best buys for me this year. 5 minute setup even in the dark! This is one of the best buys for me this year. Easy to setup even in the dark - light enough to take on weekend hikes - I have used it 5 times this year and it is tough. Just don't fold all the way down to the smallest size and try to use the bag... I did in the beginning and the poles started to splinter - taped them up and just found a bigger carry bag that hangs off my pack and no problem since. Full review
Hummingbird Hammocks Tree Straps
Ultralight hammock suspension system for the weight conscious backpacker. I had been looking into ultralight hammocks and ran across Hummingbird Hammocks who manufactures a series of ultralight hammocks designed by an FAA certified parachute rigger. Being the cheapskate hammock-camping skeptic that I am, I purchased Hummingbird Hammocks Tree Strap system for use with an inexpensive hammock I purchased to give hammocks a try. Regretfully, I can't review their hammocks however they do appear to be… Full review
The North Face Elkhorn
Great bag. Warm, durable, and priced reasonably. I bought this bag new from a BPS store in 2010. I still have it, and it's still in good condition which is a testament to its durability. It has gotten dirty, but never ripped or had another significant problem. All in all I love this bag. It's my go-to winter camping bag. (My other bag is a Kelty Cosmic 21.) My wife has a Marmot Trestles 0 bag and I wouldn't trade her. The Trestles bag is nice, don't get me wrong, but even in the compression sack… Full review
Mountainsmith Circuit 3.0
I use this pack for multi-day trips into Wilderness. It is extremely comfortable and easy to adjust without stopping. I am with a federal agency. I am also a wildland firefighter and I use this pack when I take the "pack test." Loaded with 45 lbs I can do three miles in less than 45 minutes with no pain or strain with the Mountainsmith Circuit 3.0. After 30 years of backcountry travel and backpacking this pack feels better than any I have used or owned! Full review