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
Platypus Platy Bottle
Perfect for day trips!! Great for our family scouting adventures. i love how light weight this is and when it's not being used you can roll it up and it takes up very little space. I like to fill it half way with water and freeze it before a day hike then fill the rest with water. Then As it melts my water is still cold and refreshing. Full review
Platypus Big Zip LP
I have the Big Zip 3Liter and I love it. BPA free and easy opening. I used to have the 2L but recently got a 3L and I'm glad I did. I like how there is a divider in the bag so the water fills evenly. I also like how it is BPA free. I prefer the big zip over the Hoser because I can open the bag with ease to put more water in and to pour out. Full review
Platypus Bite Valve Cover
I am always having to keep pressing it to keep it shut. I was really excited to hear there was a valve cover because mine would always get sand and dirt on it. But I found that the cap does not really stay on and I am always having to keep pressing it to keep it shut. However, it's better than nothing. Full review
Coleman Outdoorsman Tent
Has been one of the best tents I have ever owned! 13 yrs and still does not leak a drop! I purchased this tent back in 2002 when the Ames Department store was going out of business. Believe it was 70 or 75% off original price. Could not pass up the deal, even thinking it was probably not a very good tent. Boy was I wrong. Have been using this tent for car camping for almost 13 years now. Must have slept in this over 100 times, probably more? I have maintained it well, sealing seams every… Full review
Western Mountaineering HighLite
I absolutely love my Highlite! I call it my cloud because that is what it feels like you are sleeping in :). I think the temperature rating is accurate - I sleep a little cold so I wear extra socks and clothes to bed but works well for my section hikes on the AT. It's amazingly light and packs down so small in a compression sack. I absolutely love my Highlite! I call it my cloud because that is what it feels like you are sleeping in :). I think the temperature rating is accurate - I sleep a little… Full review
REI Quarter Dome UL
Great tent. Easy setup and good design. The only problem is the polyurethane coating used on the fly and low sidewalls deteriorates within two seasons and becomes a sticky mess! It should be a warranty issue, but it usually occurs after two years and not the one year "we got your back" "satisfaction guarantee". My Eureka car camping tent, my ancient North Face VE, and even a 1990's Walrus have none of the sticky crap issues. Full review
Princeton Tec Byte
This headlamp was good on batteries and packed up small, pretty bright for my vision and easy to turn on and off. It lasted maybe 3 years but now it won't turn on and I see that this is not unusual for the PTec Byte. Could see maybe 20 feet in clear conditions. Beam was not adjustable and somewhat narrow width. Full brightness would last a few days. I used rechargeable batteries with mine. Easy to use, just a single button for 3 modes. Construction looked durable but it just stopped working,… Full review