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

Deuter ACT Lite 40+10

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Perfect rucksack for hiking and traveling especially for short days trip (2-3 days) The Vari-Quick System is the perfect technology that applied to adapt with every user back length, especially it's easy to adjust. This hip belts is perfect is comfortable for compared to the weight that can be loaded from 40 till we used the 10L extra capacity. Would be better to advance the product with the front access to make it easier to access.  Full review

ZebraLight H502r Red AA Flood Headlamp

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This niche headlamp / flashlight is best used for preserving night vision or for light sensitive operations such as for astronomy, in the dark room, maybe tactical operations, as it has only a single red led. It is a flood style lamp, so there is no focused beam, it will only illuminate things in close quarters, enough for around camp but no more. While this lamp is a high quality product, I would not recommend it for most people due to how short the range is, enough for around camp, but no more. Full review

Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

rated 4 of 5 stars Tasty Poke hole near top with pin to remove air and cover with tape for easier transport. Full review

Osprey Comet

rated 5 of 5 stars A great daypack, as well made and designed as any I have ever owned. I love this pack. Was trying to replace a 2011 Mountain Hardwear Enterprise, and I originally ordered the 2014 Enterprise. I immediately returned it. A piece of crap; gone were the padded shoulder straps and back panell, the organization pockets, and quilted laptop pocket. The fabric was cheap. I ended up getting the Comet on sale from EMS and it was a great decision. Padded straps and back panel, padded laptop pocket, organization… Full review

Snow Peak Titanium Single Wall 450 Cup

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent mug Love it. Unbelievably light with nice graphics. Full review

Katadyn Hiker

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Nice filter I love it, but it takes some effort to pump. Leaks a little when pumping so be prepared to get a little wet. Used it in shallow creek in Harriman State Park in NY, and the the pump filled with dirt. Assume it shortened the life of the filter cartridge. Rinsed the filter well when I got back, and since I was returning to the same shelter area of Harriman the following weekend, I tied a piece of old t-shirt material on the pre-filter and that seems to have prevented further clogging. Full review

Zippo 12 Hour Hand Warmer

rated 2.5 of 5 stars It does what it advertises, but I would add a couple of caveats. These hand warmers actually "burn" the propane, not with a flame, but they cause the naptha to combine with oxygen in the presence of a catalyst.  The burning of an organic fuel produces carbon dioxide and water.  If you keep this device inside your clothing the water vapor will eventually diminish the insulating properties of your outerwear.  Kept in a jacket's outer pocket, as a hand warmer rather than a body warmer, it should… Full review