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

Coleman max micro stove

rated 4 of 5 stars I have never had any trouble lighting it. I like that it connects right on top of the fuel and uses the fuel tank as a stable base. Also provides a nice stable base for pot to cook on. Very light weight. Very easy to get lit.  I love that it is so compact and easy to use.  I have had it for approximately 5 years and haven't had any problems with it.  I keep it in the box it came in which is bent and ripped and falling apart but the stove doesn't have anything wrong with it.  It's not bent or… Full review

Quest (Dick's) 10x10 Sun Shelter

rated 1 of 5 stars Flimsy at best, piece of crap..  Could be a good design but all parts are to thin and weak to stand up to any type of winds Full review

BodyGlide Anti-Chafe

rated 5 of 5 stars BodyGlide can be a real problem solver for the skin discomfort bain of many outdoor adventurers, blisters and chafing! Provided that the gear has the right physical design, non-aggressive surface texturing, and size for you, test this as your potential solution. Basically it makes your skin surface less wettable, thus less swellable. And it adds some tenacious slick, slipperiness that can be washed off later. Smoother skin texture, with better skin glide, literally bettet slides the problem away. Full review

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