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
Ozark Trail Tent
My husband and I highly recommend the Ozark Trail 16x16 Instant Cabin Tent. We put it up for the entire summer at one campsite. We bought the 3 room/12 person tent with the awning in front. We set it up along the Zumbro River in Millville, MN on May 30th. Today is August 26th. We plan to leave it there thru September. We noticed a little tear on the rain fly so last night we took the rain fly off and scotchgarded it. This tent has been thru many, many heavy rains and winds. We have spent… Full review
MountainGoat Gear Mesh Tarp Storage Sleeves
Lightweight, excellent product for tarp storage and deployment. MountainGoat Gear is a small cottage company consisting of a mother and occasionally daughter team that specialize in lightweight products like hammock and backpack accessories, and knitted hats. They're accessible via a web portal coop along with companies like Luke's Ultralite, ZPacks, Molly Mac, and several other popular cottage manufacturers. The address is www.outdoortrailgear.com and the site is definitely worth a look if… Full review
Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'
I use it for travel camping with two or three night stays per camp. The first trip included some rain with much water intrusion. After seam sealing everything at home, all went well until the first rain this year—about 8 to 10 oz. of water from all sides. Not pleasant!! Also the "fly" arch support broke at the center junction and I would like a replacement, but where? I use it in spite of difficulties. Full review
Coleman Peak 1 Feather 400
Bullet proof. I have had mine for a long time and it keeps on burning. I have the multi fuel model and it has been a blessing. kerosene, white gas, unleaded, it burns them all. It's on the bulky and heavy side, but it WORKS plain and simple. It's stable and reliable and versatile in the backcountry. That is what matters. Full review
Perfect Fitness Cooling Towel
I, too, ended up with a nasty poison-like rash on my neck, face, forehead, and arms — every single place that I had used the towel. I ended up going to an Urgent Care facility and they gave me a regimen of prednisone. This is a horrible product. My husband used my towel just a couple times that same day on his arms and got a small rash that went away with Benadryl. I WIIL NOT BE BUYING THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AND HAVE ALREADY DISCARDED THE ONE I HAVE. TOTALLY NOT WORTH THE MONEY! Full review
Sierra Designs Night Watch CD
Nice little snuggle tent for two. Very durable and stable. Ahhh....the "Snuggle tent"! I picked this up a while back and it was few years old with light use. This tent has been great. It's compact and backpacks well, even though it's a little heavier than today's lightweight backpackers. It is very durable and stable and I have put it through its paces over the years. It is time for a reapplication of waterproofing of the fly as it is a little seepy under rain, but after countless uses and a few… Full review
Cabela's West Wind Dome Tent
Four-person version...nice sturdy dome tent with great vestibule fly that won't break the bank. My wife and I needed to replace a worn out, inexpensive 3-person tent in our "fleet" that we use for casual camping. Backpacking was not a concern since we have a Sierra Designs 2P backpacker, so we were willing to pick up a heavier option and upsize just a bit to a 4-person for the extra space. A 3-season tent was a must and a vestibule as well. Cost was of some concern since tents in this category can… Full review