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.

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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:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (lights)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (starters)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Read more on the 10 Essentials.

Recent Hiking/Camping Product Reviews

BioLite KettleCharge

rated 5 of 5 stars A kettle with a built-in thermoelectric generator that can charge USB-powered devices off-grid. Heat water, get a charge. A superb option for emergency use during power outages and something to consider for multi-day basecamp expeditions, but likely too much weight to justify its presence on most backpacking trips. CHECK OUT MY VIDEO REVIEW!!! Type your review and add pictures and video here. Full review

Fenix CL20

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite Camping Lantern. Watch my Review! Have fun. Type your review and add pictures and video here. Full review

Ozark Trail Elevated Anywhere Bed Air Mattress

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Sat new unused for about a year till needed. As I opened the package pieces of black plastic fell out of the bag. It looks like the foot part that the struts hinge on are made of barf. This one is broken right out of the bag. I took it to Walmart and they REFUSED to replace or refund. More and more I buy less and less from that store. It's junk and overpriced junk at that. No wonder their sales are down. Not much more I could possibly say about this expensive piece of junk. It never worked for me,… Full review

Hillary 10 Person Rio Grande 4 Room Family Dome Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars It amazes me how many people just whine instead of taking in the outdoor adventure. If you don't like getting cold, wet, and dirty then don't go camping I wish I could find another one of these. It is by far the best tent I've owned as being the first tent up and room for everyone on trip. First, if you buy a tent and take it camping before opening it you are an idiot. Every tent needs its seams sealed simply cuz once you pitch it and stretch the fabric pinholes are going to happen. Put it up in… Full review

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2

rated 5 of 5 stars A high-quality, lightweight, dependable performer. I've had this tent out about 40 times in a variety of weather and I couldn't be happier with its performance to date. I think there are some gear choices where you can cut cost and still get a quality product. There are others where it doesn't make sense to try and save a few bucks. This tent is an example of that although if you look around you can definitely find it on sale. While there are a handful of 2P tents that actually work for two people… Full review

Moonstone Optima

rated 3 of 5 stars I was cold at Camp Verde, AZ, campground in February and the zipper snagged the nylon backing. Good for spring camping in dry weather at Havasupai Falls Campground with no tent. I decided to take advantage of a late winter snow fall one February and skied at the Flagstaff Sno-bowl. I drove to a Camp Verde camp ground that night and would sleep in the back of my S.U.V. I found myself so cold that I was starting the engine frequently to heat up the truck. At some point the zipper snagged the backing… Full review

Outdoor Research Bug Bivy

rated 3 of 5 stars Very lightweight, delicate, and tight. Setup: If you wish to guy it out properly, it takes longer than most tents. A single fiberglass pole slides through the sleeve pretty easily.bivy guyed outcorner guys in foot box. Another reviewer commented that the mesh rests on your feet so the bugs can still bite. True. You may be able to sew in an eye for an additional guy line to elevate it or a grommet so you can put a small "pup" style stick in to hold it up. Stability: Works fine. If there was ever… Full review