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
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Duo SYN 1.5-Season
Someone who sleeps with a partner will find this bag has such great design features that they will know they person who designed it loved and hated doing this many times in the past...they distilled all these experiences in one great couples bag! I am 5'8 and weigh 240lbs and my partner is 5'5 and weighs 130lbs. Most of my weight is in the belly, cursed that I am! Considering my proportions this bag was just a little snug at the mid-section when laying flat next to my partner...not to snug and plenty… Full review
NEMO Obi 1 Three Season Tent
Great quality, lightweight,easy to use. I wanted a lighter solo tent, and love this Nemo Obi 1. I knew Nemo offered a great product and I was not disappointed using it for the first time. At 5'8", I could sit up fully in the high end, with extra room in the tapered end for storage. The side entry makes it easier to 'unpack', and entry/exits are easier too. The vestibule was roomier than I expected and was delighted to see just how much gear I could stow there. The tent is all seam-sealed and… Full review
MontBell Burrow Themal sheet
Adding extra warmth to a LW sleeping bag to extend its use into colder weather Very light weight but very slim cut won't fit big people but adds a real 5 to 10 degrees to any sleeping bag depending on your metabolism The good point s first Like most MB gear it is well made and the design is well thought out It isn't expensive and it is an excellent idea for those who do not have enough money to buy a warmer sleeping bag and who want to camp in cooler conditions. The short zipper makes access easy… Full review
Princeton Tec Apex
This headlamp is a good buy. It works very well for night hiking and navigation. The spot beam is useful for route finding, and the flood is very nice. The spot beam on this headlamp has a really good range, about 300' or so, and is plenty bright enough to navigate at night. It does drain the batteries though, and can use them up in about an hour, so I only use the spot when I need to see something far away. For the rest of the time, the flood is almost perfect on this light, and does nicely. Usually,… Full review
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Ground Cloth
A nice, light, durable ground cloth. Sadly, I am too good at leaving these hanging to dry when I head down the road on my bike. :P Not much to say about a ground cloth. This is a good one, but a cheaper one will serve as well. Full review
Coleman Sportster Dual Fuel II
Amazing gem and indestructible/reliable. A backpacking asset despite being less than ultralight. Four point five stars. Have used this for a decade, and really I've never been disappointed. CONS: To get its steely durability and reliability it is heavy, (at 2.75 lbs). PROS: I feel they outweigh the one con. Zero setup time, fantastic heat, adjustable with a finger, steady surface, burns any liquid fuel except paint. The gentleman who said his would not light? Yes, the pump spins clockwise and counter… Full review
REI Unisex AirRail 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad
A decent idea that in practice didn't work for me. The Air Rails only help to keep you on the mat if you have it at close to full inflation, which I never do for comfort. A short review of this item as I didn't keep it for long... I bought this on an unexpected trip out of town to help my 80-year-old parents move. The new place didn't have a lot of room so I ran by REI with the intention of using the pad for a couple of nights and evaluating it as a replacement for my aging REI Lite Core pad, and… Full review