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
Loved my very first solo tent! I bought this tent for a solo hike on the Dobson trail. For my first solo tent, I found it very lightweight and compact. Easy setup. No enough instructions for the fly though. Full review
Sea to Summit Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent
A non-free standing shelter by design that works well with a variety of conditions and platforms. It can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles or in between two trees. It's a versatile shelter that can be used as a ground shelter or even as a hammock tarp. Since this is a modular system, the weight can be easily be distributed between two people. Best used for 3-season backpacking and can be used as a solo or 2-person shelter. Manufacturer Specs: http://www.seatosummit.com.au/products/bug-protection/escapist/… Full review
Eureka! Amari Pass 2
We love our Amari Pass 2 tent. It's roomy, easy to put up. We like the large vestibule. Eureka makes great tents, the detailing is wonderful. The tent fly is color-coded to match the click points. The Amari Pass is my favorite Eureka tent to date. I love the large size for the low weight. This tent is super easy to erect. It pitches with enough tautness to stay stable in wind, which is important down here in the super windy desert climate. We used it in a rain storm and there was NO condensation,… Full review
It packs down super small and adds virtually no weight to your pack, but can be inflated in 2-3 breaths. Great for camping or taking naps on mountain tops! I have had it for 6 months now and have never had any issues. The material it is made from is very durable and has never punctured, even when I have used it on rocks and sticks. Great for sleeping and sitting around on. Full review
Kelty Grand Mesa 2
Easy setup for a tent, kind of heavy, but overall a great tent. I bought this tent because it was cheaper, but wasn't built cheaper. I have used this tent many times, and it has held up and done what it was made to do. I can set this tent up in less than 4 minutes by myself, which is a big plus. It's a smart design, and it looks good too. Rain fly works good. When I was camping and it was raining it didn't rain too hard though, not sure what it would do if the rain fell hard and didn't stop. Love… Full review
REI Sub-Alpine UL
Used it twice and stored it along with an older Winnebago tent. The Winnebago tent is still perfect but my REI Sub Alpine is now sticky and gummy. The fabric seems to have turned into one big post-it note. Several years ago, my wife and I backpacked into the Desolation Wilderness area near Lake Tahoe for 5 days. The tent was a bit cramped for two people. My wife and I are not fat or tall. We should have bought a three-person tent. We used it and stored it along with an older Winnebago tent. We… Full review
Cotopaxi Inca 26
Comfortable bag for traveling in the woods or around town. A wonderful balance of features and function. Quality construction and design make this pack a solid pick for anyone looking for a bag to use every day for a number of applications. As an added bonus, Cotopaxi works with charities around the world and links each product to a specific charitable product. Highly recommended for a pack that bridges the gap between recreational and work travel. The Cotopaxi Inca 26 is the day/overnight pack… Full review