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 Peak 1 Feather 400

rated 4 of 5 stars bullet Proof Had mine for a long time and it keeps on burning. I have the multi fuel model and it has been a blessing. kerosene, white gas, unleaded, it burns them all. Its on the bulky and heavy side, but it WORKS plain and simple. Its stable and reliable and versatile and in the back country, that is what matters.  Full review

Perfect Fitness Cooling Towel

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I, too, ended up with a nasty poison-like rash on my neck, face, forehead, and arms -- every single place that I had used the towel. I ended up going to an Urgent Care facility and they gave me a regimen of prednisone. This is a horrible product. My husband used my towel just a couple times that same day on his arms and got a small rash that went away with Benidryl. I WIILNOT BE BUYING THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AND HAVE ALREADY DISCARDED THE ONE I HAVE.  TOTALLY NOT WORTH THE MONEY! Full review

Sierra Designs Night Watch CD

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Nice little snuggle tent for two. Very durable and stable I picked this up a few years old with light use and its been great. Its compact and back packs well even though its a little heavier than today's lightweight back packers. it is very durable and stable and I have put it through its paces over the years. It is time for a re-application of waterproofing of the fly as it is a little seepy under rain. The tent vents fairly well in the summer but is just right for the other 3 seasons. This is… Full review

Cabela's West Wind Dome Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars 4 person version...nice sturdy dome tent with great vestibule fly that wont break the bank My Wife and I needed to replace a worn out inexpensive 3 person tent in our "fleet" that we use for casual camping. Backpacking was not a concern since we have a Sierra Designs 2P back packer so we were willing to pick up a heavier option and up size just a bit to a 4 person for the extra space. A 3 season tent was a must and a vestibule as well. Cost was of some concern since tents in this category can easily… Full review

Yaktrax Pro

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Good idea, but only work under certain conditions I bought a pair for simple winter trail walking. No pack..nothing crazy and these do not function well. The bottoms are grippy as expected and if you are walking on ice or frozen compacted ice like snow, they will function. Anything even sort of soft or add 1 inch of snow and the movement of the snow under foot builds up and acts like a bulldozer and pushes the rubber webbing off to the side, up over your toe or moves the whole thing out of its correct… Full review

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A notebook that is tough enough for trail use. It held up to a day and a half of rain on the Ice Age Trail, all the while I was taking notes. Instead of hauling field guides (only ONCE did I do that, never again) I draw and measure and note the bits of nature that I will look up at home. Full review

Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30

rated 5 of 5 stars Reassuring quality in a lightweight pack. I bought this pack as the lightest possible cabin luggage option for an international trip. I found it robust, and adequate for my needs. The expandable design to the pack allowed for last minute purchases in duty free to be added into the pack. The pack is narrow, so the toploader design can prove tricky if you want to access an item in a full pack. The kangaroo pocket is small, so a full pack inhibits its use on occasion. All in all, I bought this pack… Full review