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
Sawyer Squeeze Filter
Simple, easy to use and lightweight starting at 2 oz. It makes water filtration a breeze while protecting from potential pathogens. Bought this filter after seeing several buddies using. It is easy to use and by the company's information it kills 99% of (Protozoa, E. Coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholerea, Salmonella Typhi) pathogens. You simply fill one of the supplied bags attach the filter and squeeze into another container. The one big negative I have found is that the filter must be used on their… Full review
Deuter ACT Lite 65+10
Lightweight, large capacity pack that's good for a week or a weekend. First and foremost, this pack is comfortable! Deuter's Aircontact system provides great ventilation for your back and the foam padding on the hip belt and shoulder straps is very comfortable and breathable. And, at just over 4 pounds, the ACT Lite is lightweight while sacrificing nothing in quality or comfort. I also have Deuter's Aircontact 75+10 pack and have reviewed it too. While the 75+10 has multiple lash points… Full review
NEMO Hornet 2P
Quality, design, and the benefit of lightweight equals win. Bought my new Hornet a couple of weeks ago and when I received it I was pleasantly surprised at just how light it was. Total weight (minus bags) was 2 pounds 3.3 ounces. The footprint (I bought separately) came in at a whopping 6.7 ounces; over a pound lighter than my last shelter. Of course I had to go and set it up immediately. Sadly though I had to wait until the weekend. When I set it up though I took my time slowly setting it up in… Full review
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