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
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
Awesome tent, great to backpack with. Very compact, quick to set up, and has kept me dry in torrential rains and 30+ mph winds. Minus a star only because it will not stand on its own, and one of the zippers quickly broke on me. Setup: Very fast set up, 5-10 minutes depending on surface. Really recommend getting the footprint not only for protection, but also allows you to just use the canopy if you so choose. Also makes setting up an easier process. Wasn't a fan of the original stakes, replaced… Full review
Granite Gear Leopard V.C. 46
This bag is light weight, customizable and really great at fitting in everything you need without sacrifice in quality. I use this bag mostly for 2 night backpacking trips with roughly a 25-30lb load in the Northeast where there's lots of water around. I've used this bag a handful of times after buying it when looking for a smaller and lighter bag (Deuter Act lite 60+10). It is a lot smaller than my other pack so it took some playing around to get everything to fit, but otherwise carried everything… Full review
Hillary Hex Dome with 2 Lockers
A durable and great roomy tent for us bigger people. I'm 6'4" and can almost stand up in it. I bought this tent on clearance at Sears for just under $40. LOVE IT!!! I've been using it several times a year for about 10 years. As I am a bigger guy, this tent has plenty of room, surprisingly it looks small from the outside. Put some scotch guard on it, and you are good to go. This tent even made it through a tropical storm, while several other tents did not. Just make sure to air it out. I accidentally… Full review
Lightweight and plenty of room, this is an excellent backpacking tent for those looking for a middle ground between ultralight tarps and double wall tents. Would be a little snug for two larger people. Simple straightforward design. Either free standing with the ridge pole, which gives a little extra headroom, or travel lighter and leave the ridge pole at home and set up the tent with stakes and tension lines. Awning side venting helps reduce condensation, the only real drawback to a 3-season single… Full review
Incredibly light and versatile, and is ideal for most situations. Perfect at high altitudes, and just as good at normal heights. Ease of use: Getting the stove going is very simple and easy to do through gloves however if it is really cold it will take some time to catch and light. Features: The fact that the gas is pressurised makes it brilliant in the hills. Construction and durability: Very strong and very well made with a lovely finish to it with lasts over its age. Conditions: Had it… Full review
No Limits Kings Peak II
Terrific tent, good size. A little heavy with rain-fly. Small pole broke on third trip. Setup was easy, though tent is not free-standing. Handles moisture well, no moisture inside with rain-fly on. Well ventilated with easy roll-up sides. Roomy inside with room (outside tent) under rain-fly for equipment. Tent and accessories are easy to pack in ample sized bag that compacts down with straps. Tent has handy inside 'junk' pouches hanging from the roof. On the third use the small pole split,… Full review
Osprey Aether 70
Great backpack. Handled load great, added bear proof container and tent on outside of pack and it remained very stable. We did a 12-mile hike for first trip with pack and the hip belt was fantastic. I was told you should get the belt formed before hiking, but it performed great. I had plenty of room for a two-day hike / bear canister and / large sleeping bag and food for group of four. Full review