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.
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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
Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili
All natural ingredients, high protein, and high fiber ensure this meal will leave you full and satisfied on the trail. Unfortunately, mediocre re-hydration and an off flavor kept me from enjoying this meal as much as I had hoped. After trying Good To-Go's Thai Curry, I was anxiously anticipating trying this meal in the middle of a three-day, two-night outing in Shawnee National Forest. As I mentioned in the Thai Curry review, I love the fact that the ingredients are all-natural, real food! There… Full review
Good To-Go Thai Curry
A dehydrated pouch meal providing restaurant quality flavor? Yeah. Good To-Go Thai Curry really is that good. Believe the hype. GTG really does excel. So yes, I'll admit that almost any food tastes better on the trail (With the possible exception of Libby Beef Crumbles!), but I was not expecting Good To-Go's Thai Curry to be this fantastic. Had I not been eating out of a pouch while squatting over a camp stove, I would have believed this had come from a restaurant. The first thing I liked about… Full review
LifeStraw Mission Gravity Water Purifier
The Lifestraw Mission gravity purifier is overall an “OK” performing filter, and I would probably trust it to adequately filter any water source not contaminated with chemical contaminants, radioactive material, etc. However, it is not without its flaws and quirks. Filter functionality alone I would rate this filter 2 or 2 1/2 stars, but when its other flaws are taken into account it brings my rating of this filter down even lower. If someone asked me to describe the Lifestraw Mission in as… Full review
Aqua Quest Safari Sil Tarp Square
Good value, excellent quality 10x10 ft/ 3x3 m square sil tarp. Ideal for car campers, backpackers who don’t mind trading a little more weight for greater coverage and durability, hammockers who want lots of coverage, or anyone else in need of a highly configurable, durable tarp with lots of webbing loop tie-outs (19 of them!). Aqua Quest Safari Sil Tarp--Square Aqua Quest is a company that has been making waterproof gear since 1994. The company bills itself as “The World Leader in Waterproof.”… Full review
Sea to Summit X-Pan
We bought this pan to supplement the Sea to Summit X-Pot 2.8 L pot which I reviewed here in July of 2015; the X-Pot is great, but the base area is a bit small for cooking larger items. The X-Pan is a great addition to our canoe and car camping cookset. The Pot nests right inside the Pan, and the Pan has proven to cook items such as grilled breads, French Toast, and scrambled eggs beautifully, with easy clean-up! This is an 8-inch pan, with edges that are raised approx. 1.25 inches. The pan is sturdy,… Full review
Sea to Summit Delta Insul-Mug
A light but essential winter drinking cup. This may seem a trivial item but when winter camping keeping your hot beverages hot for more than 3 minutes is essential. At 10° F this cup kept my hot mocha from hot to nicely warm for 20 minutes. Likely it could have kept it warm longer, but I drank it before it had a chance to cool. The foam cover keeps the contents hot and your hand from burning. Winter time is NO place for Ti mugs, double walled or not. I tethered the sipping lid to the cup with… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Sprite 1
Tent fly sheet zipper portion and clear rubber/plastic window detached. Bought this tent a few years back, checked it and put it in my Bug Out Bag. Used it recently for the first time but lo and behold, the plastic/rubber clear window on the fly is detached, the zipper on the fly sheet used to get in and out of the tent if the fly is on is detached. Reason: it was only attached with seam tape. No stitches. I sent an email to their customer service to ask if it was a design flaw or factory defect… Full review