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

MSR WhisperLite Internationale

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Too heavy ......but I chose to buy a second   I loved my whisperlight (and the second one I franticly brought as the priming pan fractured on the night I packed for Patagonia) but I never use it.  I could give it five stars as they faithfully served me for six years of hitch hiking but I would not recommend it for most people.  Gasoline stoves need to be explosion proof and heavy. The smell and the flare up if you light it in a mountain hut makes you no friends.  It is good at melting food more… Full review

Ozark Trail 12 x 14 Screen House

rated 4.5 of 5 stars We bought this screen house at a auction for $5. Great for our buffet line for family camping. Sadly it blew over over in a storm last night breaking two corner pieces and the middle x broke. We are looking for these pieces if anyone wants to sell. Really loved this screen house, very nice size. Full review

TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar

rated 5 of 5 stars TurboPUP bars are nutrient dense meal bars that can be used to feed your furry friend on backpacking trips, day hikes, while traveling, or any other time. The bars offer complete K9 nutrition for short or long term feeding. During a last-minute rush of shopping before leaving for a weeklong trip to New Hampshire's White Mountains, I stumbled onto Backcountry K9.com. Since my dog Pickle would be backpacking with me for 3 days of this trip, I wanted to see if there was any new dog gear worth trying. Full review

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip

rated 4 of 5 stars An excellent all-in-one hammock system that won't break the bank. A little on the heavy side, and improved with some slight modifications. Overall a great introduction into the world of hanging. Protects from the elements, and is ideal for camping, hiking in most of the Northern hemisphere. I recommend the Hennessy hammock system to anyone looking to full on 3-4 season hammock/shelter system that spends a good amount of time in areas with trees. Ahhh Hammocks! Providing me with the best nights sleep… Full review

Kind Fruit & Nut Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The best way to think about this is as a trail mix in bar form. Nice amount of calories for the weight of the bar. A little sticky so watch your hands, but chewy and you can really taste the fruit and nuts. Has that "all natural" taste as it's advertised, which may be considered a bit bland to some. I think it's a great trail snack and everything in between. I’ve seen these around, but have only recently tried one.  They’re available in warehouse clubs as well as local grocery stores.  I’m… Full review

The North Face Merlin 33

rated 5 of 5 stars Still bombproof in its 9th backcountry season. Spacious, light, and never a worry about what the weather is doing. I purchased the tent in 2006 and I take it out for 12-20 nights per season, with the bulk of those being backcountry days in the Rockies. It packs well (I usually divide tent / fly / poles and leave the stuff sacks), and sets up fast and easy. The poles stick a bit if the sleeves are wet, so rainy take-downs need a bit of planning. To make it more weather-proof I added seam sealer… Full review

Osprey Mira 34

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love the mesh back panel, which is like the one on my Osprey Aura 65, for keeping me cool on the long day hikes in town. This is a great pack designed for women that feels great. The first thing that surprised me on this pack was the size I needed. I got this pack before I got my Aura and was unsure of my Osprey sizing. I got some help at my local store in getting fitted. I ended up with the XS/S. Once all of the straps were adjusted and hooked together, this pack felt great. I'm heavy chested… Full review