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
Osprey Exos 58
Excellent lightweight pack (not ultra light), great for weekend, multi-day, and through-hiking. Would definitely recommend assuming you can get the correct fit for your torso. Have been backpacking for over 50 yrs., mostly high Sierras. Male, 165 lbs. Excellent pack. Had the previous version and put 52 lbs in/on it for the JMT (enough for a 10 day stretch). This model has a bunch of upgraded aspects. The older version top pack was difficult to detach. I sewed small quick release buckles on so… Full review
Hillary Cabin Tent 9 x 12
I just picked up a beautiful vintage Hillary 6-8 person cabin tent. It's cream canvas with green stripes and looks like a circus tent. It's in great shape except, you probably guessed it...no poles! I really want to keep and use this tent. Can anyone provide me with the pole sizes, lengths andossibly a diagram It's a great tent, but I have no poles, diagram, or manual. I really want to keep this tent and use it. Can sokmeone please supply me with pole lengths and perhaps a diagram that would help… Full review
GSI Tea Kettle HAE
Great pot, but you can cook in it too. Read in another review that you can cook in it and wanted to be sure before I took it on the trail for that purpose. Because it has a very wide lid you can actually cook in this pot. I made one of my favorite meals, Fettuccini with Salmon. I used the Lipton Knorr Pasta Sides Alfredo and a foil packet of Smoked Salmon purchased from the grocery store. The recipe calls for 2 cups of water and the total contents just fit into the pot. I cooked it over a Trangia… Full review
Marmot EOS 1P
I have used this tent for about a year in all four seasons and it's a very good lightweight option for most people under 6'. I like that the majority of the tent body is mesh, making for great ventilation in the summer w/o the rainfly and also great for stargazing. Overall I would recommend this tent to anyone wanting a lightweight 3-season option. I've had this tent for a little over a year and while I usually prefer to use a hammock, I have used this on four separate trips when the weather (rain)… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Spectre SL 20°
Great bag for sleeping in cold and damp environments. I'm retired Army Infantry and am an avid outdoorsman. I live in North Carolina and as such am exposed to all types of weather, often within the same week. This is by and far the best bag I have ever used for temps down to the 20s (F) and lots of humidity when it's above 32 degrees (F). Especially considering it weighs in under 3 lbs. Wish I had this bag when I was active duty!! I have slept in this bag outside at 22 degrees (F), using it as a… Full review
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener
This item is ideal for the person who travels light and needs to make camp and break camp quickly. A must have if you use a tarp for shelter as opposed to a tent. I have used Nite Ize Cam Jams a lot in the past two years. They have become my favorite way to fasten my tarp shelters securely and quickly. They allow me to quickly break down camp and pack up, rather than sitting around fighting a knot when I need to move on in a hurry. I really like how they are compatible with 550 paracord and how… Full review
Mile High Mountaineering Salute 34
One of the very best packs I've used. Carries and distributes loads well, and is made with durable materials. I can use this pack for day hikes to overnight stays. I tend to pack pretty lightweight as far as my tent and other gear is concerned so this backpack is perfect for my needs. Highly recommended for just about anyone looking for a well thought out, useful pack. Fit - I am a little over 5'10" with a waist between 33" and 34". I have a medium length torso and the pack fits very well. Easy… Full review