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

Marmot Limelight 3P

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Simple setup, thoughtful design. This will be our new bike touring tent. To erect this tent as shown in Marmot's own YouTube instructional video requires 12 pegs and six cord/toggle sets.  Marmot provides only 9 pegs and 4 cord/toggle sets.  WTF?  Marmot's own customer service rep told me that you would only "rarely" need to pitch the tent with all the gear.  Anyone who has been out there knows that "rarely" happens regularly, and that you prepare for the worst scenario. Seriously Marmot?? Full review

HammockGear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors

rated 5 of 5 stars Super lightweight. No Stretch. Packs Small. Expensive This is an incredible product for hammocks.  It weighs just over 8 ounces without tie outs and included stuff sack. I use the sack as a waterproof bag for some down items.  The product is well made, for easy deployment its packed in no-seeum skins and kept in an exterior mesh pocket on the pack.  I haven't had any abrasion issues or wear.  You can buy a silnylon big tarp with doors for $150, but it's going to be heavy.  This is the opposite… Full review

JanSport Cordillera 33

rated 5 of 5 stars Best backpack ever, bought main in the UK when visiting from Ecuador fall of 2002, I still use my backpack,it has been all over USA, China; Europe; Central America; South America and more. Love to get a new one!!!Hope Janspot considers making this backpack Cordillera 33 again!! Full review

Morakniv Classic # 1

rated 4 of 5 stars Inexpensive, Functional. Good blade geometry. Adequate steel. I've heard Moras referred to as "the best knives you've never heard of". In North America that is largely true, but across Scandinavia these knives are legendary. Mora Original Classic No.1 in laminate steelMora Classic No. 1 in carbon steel.Ask for a knife in Sweden and you'll be handed a Mora.  These knives, named after the knife making center in Mora, Sweden, Morakniv is the last of the manufacturers od the knives originally designed… Full review

Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2

rated 5 of 5 stars perfect ultralight tent - without zippers to break. Kept me dry throughout a week of rain and wind. Easy set and take down, packed small and light. No regrets buying this one. I spent a week in Iceland with this tent - typical September weather with lots of rain and wind. The tent kept everything dry (left up 24hr a day for 6 days) and functioned perfectly. I bought this model because I hate tent zippers - sooner or later something goes wrong - not an issue with this tent. The overlapping closure… Full review

Trangia Mini Trangia

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Most reliable stove in the woods. A light inexpensive yet durable piece of gear. This is the stove that could. Unless you're in really cold weather, alcohol stoves get the job done, and the Trangia mini 28 gets it done in a light weight compact package.  All brass and without moving parts, this thing is durable.  Unlike your homemade penny stoves/Pepsi can stoves you can store unused fuel in this stove.  If you count grams and ounces, this may not be the stove for you as penny stoves/Pepsi can… Full review

Victorinox Swiss Army Farmer

rated 5 of 5 stars Another conic design from a company with unsurpassed manufacturing process control and product quality control. The Victorinox Pioneer is a great all around knife to have at home and afield. I'll not be caught without mine. Another great all  around knife.  This knife is the two layer Victorinox Pioneer with a third layer for an added root saw.  In fact, the Victorinox 93mm alox line is known as the Pioneer series.  Like the pioneer, this knife in not just for camping but for everyday use… Full review