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
Optimus weekender he
Hot water fast with the heat-exchange system on the bottom pot. What do you get? Crux stove, 0.95-liter Heat Exchange pot, a smaller "fry pan" that doubles as a top for the larger pot, mesh storage bag, and neoprene sleeve for the foldable stove component. Everything stores into the mesh bag. It's a little bulky with the smaller pan but still a very light system. The stove itself connects to most any fuel canister and lights up easily. The pot sits atop the foldable stove brackets and remains… Full review
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
A versatile, portable, comfortable and easily accessible option for overnight sleeping or just a quick rest. Compresses to a size slightly larger than a grapefruit. With more than 100 reviews on Trailspace and almost all of them receiving either a 4 or 5-star rating, I think that goes to show this product is pretty well liked, easily accessible and performs well. There isn't a lot that I can add to the numerous reviews from people who have spent more time in their ENO DoubleNest than I have. You… Full review
Soldier approved. This stove is nearly indestructible. I have taken it on two military deployments and it has survived with no damage. I have also used it indoors on my stove top during power outages, even though it's not recommended, alcohol is a very clean burning fuel. Very happy with this stove. Full review
The North Face Nebula Tent
This is the most versatile, spacious, lightweight tent period. I bought my Nebula tent 15 years ago in London. I traveled extensively and camped in Canada's National Parks for 30 days. I have used it all over in Africa as well and it stood up to all the weather. It is very easy to pitch, even for one person; 10 min at a relaxed pace. I use a reflective ground sheet to protect the tent and as extra space outside the entrances of the tent. Stability is great and no problems with condensation because… Full review
CamelBak Charge LR 70 Oz Hydration Pack
Awesome pack for biking. Great for day hikes and biking. Lots of room for gear. Only drawback is that the last few oz of water are difficult to drink due to the bladder configuration. Full review
These tents are awesome. They withstood weather when others were snapping poles and going down! I highly recommend them. I've had mine for ten years. I've never had any problem with the Walrus tent. I've owned the Armidillo and it's withstood weather conditions like no others could where I camped. Zipper claps wore out as normal, but it was up for ten days at a time during the summer when camping so it took a lot of use. Rain cover is worn so I'm looking for a replacement, but the tent is in great… Full review
Jetboil Utensil Kit
Great product. I'm so glad I got this and did not rely on the other set I got [To-Go-Ware Repeat Bamboo utensils]. Those were such a failure that I ate with the JetBoil items and was glad I did! These are lightweight, collapsible, packable. Sturdy. Easy wash. They do slip apart a wee bit too easily. I thought I lost the handle of the spatula as it came apart, but I found it in bottom of bag. Loved the spatula. I don't have JetBoil pans, but another tall pot, and this worked perfectly to reach and… Full review