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

Ozark Trail single burner camp stove

rated 4 of 5 stars This burner is so simple to use. You adjust the gas flow and light the burner. No pumping or priming. The plastic base that comes with it makes the base very stable. I would recommend this burner as a starter burner for new campers. Its light weight but a little bulky. The Ozark Trail single burner stove is handy to have in camp. Its easy to pack on a boat trip. However a bit overkill for an overnight backpacking trip. I liked the 10,000 BTU burner and the ease of propane. I was also able to reduce… Full review

LuminAID Lantern

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A basic, functional solar-powered lantern at an affordable price-point. The simple design allows for a wide-range of uses and abuses. A prime selling point is LuminAID's humanitarian relief goals, which makes the addition of this device to your kit have a bit more meaning. The LuminAID out on display and charging at Dry Tortugas National Park Product Info: Weight: 3 ounces / 85 grams Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 8.5″ W (inflated); 5” L x 3” W x 0.5” deep (folded) Beam, Brightness, & Range:… Full review

Ozark Trail Fluorescent Camping Lantern

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This is a complete waste of money! Only used a few times and won't work properly. Tried new batteries and spent $13 buying a new bulb on Ebay! I should've read reviews on this! And wish I could complain directly to the company! Will NEVER purchase another one of their products! Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Shasta 3600

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This pack is rock solid durable. I would trust it every day of the week and twice on Sunday. The extensive adjustabilty, including the torso harness and especially the well designed load lifting straps and side compression straps, made configuring a heavy load easy. I have been a lifelong loyal supporter of external frames backpacks for a variety of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with performance. As a younger hiker, the lack of disposable income meant that all of my gear was particularly… Full review

Ozark Trail 3 Room Family Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars We've used Ozark Trail tents for 10 years purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They are great tents if cared for properly. Our family has used Ozark Trail tents for over ten years, purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They hold up in heavy winds and rain if properly cared for. Recently, my family and I took our tent down, packed it away, put it on our trailer, and as we headed home we got stuck in a HEAVY rain storm. When we got home we were unaware that the tarps to the tents had… Full review

Sierra Designs Ridge Runner 15

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent value for a quality entry-level, down sleeping bag. This bag has come with me on all of my alpine backpacking trips for the past few years and is no worse for wear. Though this model is now out of production, I'd recommend Sierra Designs newer mummy-style bags (Zissou line), which look be a similarly great value. When I started to head out on backpacking trips for the first time a few years ago, I lusted for those top-of-the-line down bags made by companies like Feathered Friends and Western… Full review

Highgear TrailLite Mini

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A good value for a rugged lantern that is in the middle of the pack in terms of built-in features, battery life, and brightness. I would recommend this lantern for anyone who goes on trips in groups of three or more. It won't replace the headlamp in your pack, but I find it to be useful and affordable supplemental lighting. I picked up the identical Eddie Bauer-branded version of the Highgear TrailLite Mini two years ago on a whim, and so far it has performed up to my expectations, considering the… Full review