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
Wilderness Logics Tad Pole
the Tad Pole is amazingly easy to use, very light, and most importantly waterproof. It covered my 9' hammock and kept me bone dry on a recent trip when the skies opened above me. This is an American made product from a small company, which I try to support whenever feasible. There are options (poles, additional pulls,etcetera) which I didn't use, but it's good to know they are available. UL backpackers will like the near weightlessness, and kayakers will like how it takes up virtually no space in… Full review
Six Moon Designs Haven tarp and net tent
Two separate products that can work together or separately, this is a lightweight 2-person shelter system with full coverage and adequate space. The SMD Haven tarp and net tent are sold separately and can be used separately or together to create a lightweight 2-person shelter system that offers full coverage from the elements and adequate space. It is only available direct from the manufacturer, Six Moon Designs, a "cottage shop" that makes a variety of tarps, tents, packs, and raingear. I am not… Full review
Therm-a-Rest Men's ProLite Plus
Not the lightest but definitely one of the more reliable and must have for any pack. I have owned my sleep pad for several years now and have enjoyed its reliability, comfort and ease to use. It is easily inflates and deflates when done with and while it is a little cumbersome to deal with when deflated I have found it is not a problem to roll up and stuff into my pack which I use it as a back cushion (between my gear and back). It is a little on the heavier side and of my standard gear it is one… Full review
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System
Excellent and easy way to filter large quantities of water in the backcountry. Purchased the Sawyer 2-liter gravity system, only to have it clog permanently after first use. Returned it and got the Platypus and not only is it lighter and more compact, it's much easier to use and is more versitile. Plus, it's fast! Clocked it filtering 2 liters at 1 minute 33 seconds. Not bad. It can be a bit of a struggle to fit all the components into the stuff sack but that's minimal compared to how well this… Full review
Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair
Great comfort item for a compact pack. I often get tired after a long day (or hike) with sitting on the ground or hard rock so I set out searching for a comfort that was light and did not take up much space in my pack. The Therma-rest Trekker Chair was a solution. The chair (if you want to call it that) requires a Therma-rest sleep pad (which can be a downside) but considering I already had one. Great! The frame is very simple just fabric, two wrapped poles (which provide the support) and adjustable… Full review
Marmot Limelight 2P
Durable and lightweight. There are so many good things to say about this tent. This is the first tent that I ever bought for my wife and I and we still use it, even with our 2yr old. However, we are very small people. No matter the condition though, I have never had a problem with this tent except for the zipper entry point on the weather cover. It would be a nice added feature if there was an easier way to secure the flap to the outside of the tent when going in and out, sometimes it gets annoyingly… Full review
Love it. 1st stove purchase in 18 years. This was my first stove purchase in 18 years and I couldn't be happier. It packs up in this neat little triangular plastic case that fits in those little gaps of wasted space in your pack. No assembly, remove from the case, screw it on the tank, open the three support stands, unfold the gas control valve & fire it up. Boils 2 cups of water in about a minute or so on high (Estimated time). You should be certain to have your pot centered on the support… Full review