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
The North Face Merlin 33
Still bombproof in its 9th backcountry season. Spacious, light, and never a worry about what the weather is doing. I purchased the tent in 2006 and I take it out for 12-20 nights per season, with the bulk of those being backcountry days in the Rockies. It packs well (I usually divide tent / fly / poles and leave the stuff sacks), and sets up fast and easy. The poles stick a bit if the sleeves are wet, so rainy take-downs need a bit of planning. To make it more weather-proof I added seam sealer… Full review
Osprey Mira 34
I love the mesh back panel, which is like the one on my Osprey Aura 65, for keeping me cool on the long day hikes in town. This is a great pack designed for women that feels great. The first thing that surprised me on this pack was the size I needed. I got this pack before I got my Aura and was unsure of my Osprey sizing. I got some help at my local store in getting fitted. I ended up with the XS/S. Once all of the straps were adjusted and hooked together, this pack felt great. I'm heavy chested… Full review
Katadyn Hiker PRO
Compact, lightweight, and field cleanable, the Katadyn Hike PRO is in the top three of my favorite pieces of backpacking/hiking equipment. It's reliable and tough and the cost is reasonable. The Katadyn Hiker PRO will take up more space in your pack than a Steripen, but it's a heck of a lot faster, tougher, your water will taste and look better, and it doesn't require batteries. My better half and I always take this filter with us, whether we're on a day hike or backpacking into the backcountry. Full review
The North Face Asylum Bivy
Good for what it is: a super lightweight shelter; not quite a bivy, not a tent. I got the Asylum "bivy" for a week-long trip along the JMT. It was between this and a Mountain Hardwear Sprite 1. I went with this because it was lighter and more compact. They call it a bivy, but I think it's better than a bivy because it's just slightly larger and will keep you safe from the rain. It is VERY close-quarters—barely enough room to sit up. The stuff sack it came with it a lot larger than it needs to… Full review
McNett MiraZyme Odor Eliminator
This is a product that you can spray on your clothes to remove odors. Let's face it, there are just some fabrics that hold onto the smell of perspiration. As a triathlete I have several synthetic technical fabric shirts and even after washing them, they still smell. I have tried a variety of special detergents: Penguin Wash, Win, Sport Suds, and a few others. They do better than regular detergent, but there are always a few shirts that still reek even after multiple washes. So I tried the Mirazyme. Full review
Very happy. It prefers the poles to be about 115cm. If you have fixed walking poles a little higher it will cope. Some people dig a hole to sink the pole. I just added a 5cm loop to allow the tent to sit lower (the fly will be a tad higher though. I have the partial solid inner which keeps me out of any extra breeze. The walking pole adapters are highly recommended ...maybe not so much to keep the handles clean but more if the handles are up you are not worried about tearing the fly. It really… Full review
Sea to Summit Micro MC II
I had forgotten how clever I thought this bag was. It is meant to be light, so don't complain about what it lacks but they try to compensate in other ways. They have just tried to leave the essential bits. The zipper baffle is stiffened just enough to stop it snagging. It lacks a box foot to save weight... this allows you to open it completely like a quilt and vent the foot end of the bag but you may have to hitch the hole under you on truely cold nights. The stylish black inner is I assume… Full review