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

The North Face Tadpole 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I will be keeping this tent for awhile I imagine. This tent is the jam. An honest 2 person tent that provides good room for 2 average sized adults. My 5'10 body easily had ample room from head to toe with added space for extra gear and that sort of thing. Did I mention  this thing is stable? Like Bulldog stable. I've had it in 30mph winds broadside and it took it like a champ. It wasnt even guyed out. Not the smartest location on my part but whatever, the tent held up just fine. There are loops… Full review

Hennessy Hammock Snakeskins

rated 5 of 5 stars A must-have accessory for hammock users, both recreationally or for campers! SnakeSkins store a hammock in a way that makes setup and breakdown a breeze while keeping them dry and clean! HH SnakeSkins are a hammock accessory that will become a necessary item after you see them in action once! They are simply a matched pair of tapered tubes that one pulls over the hammock, resembling a snake when ready for storage.  'What are "SnakeSkins"? SnakeSkins are an instant stuff sack system that collapse… Full review

Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle Assym Zip

rated 5 of 5 stars A three-season hammock that can easily be modified for winter use. Great construction, excellent design, and superior customer service! If you’re either a hammock sleeper, or looking for alternatives to ground sleeping, the HH Deep Jungle doesn’t fall short in any aspect! Home, sweet comfortable home... Who said hammocks give that claustrophobic feeling?  “It’s a tent…It’s a hammock…It’s a Chair… It’s a lounger… It’s Super Shelter!” The Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle is… Full review

BLKBOX Portable Solar Charger

rated 1 of 5 stars Not enough capacity to be useful. To even do the little it is capable of it must be sitting properly in relation to the sun — not at all useable when moving. Talk to anyone that knows just a little about solar and they can tell you this is useless junk. It is irresponsible to sell junk like this. A power bank can be useful: I recently carried one 12,000 mah unit on the Inca Trail. Worked great for the 4 days. Full review

Source D|vide

rated 5 of 5 stars The Source D/Vide hydration reservoir redefines flexibility of purpose in a hydration reservoir. It performs without flaw, has excellent ergonomics and reliability in the bite-valve design, is highly resistant to additive taste from its construction materials, and it doesn't leak under heavy use (from anywhere). It is easy to clean and refill, and creates a brilliant, simplified solution for those of us who want to easily carry more than just water for long MTB rides, backpacking trips, snowshoe… Full review

MSR PocketRocket

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite piece of equipment! I'm on my second MSR PR, but the other one was used and abused and held up long past what I expected. I carry a small neoprene pad for under the canister when it's below 10° F. Full-on for boiling water is its strength. However, flame control is great—I have a small titanium pan for cooking quesadillas and vegeburgers. (A little bit of olive oil keeps the food from sticking and burning directly over the flame.) Does okay in the wind and altitude, I've used it at… Full review

The North Face North Star

rated 5 of 5 stars Bought the North Star to go mule deer hunting in Wyoming. Four-season, four person geodesic tent. Easy to pitch / easy to stake-out. Yes, it was windy, snowy, and cold in camp. Absolutely NO PROBLEM with moisture anywhere. Ventilation was great. In the morning, turn on the gas lantern and watch the frostline come down the inside walls. Two snow tunnels, fly sheet and roof vent, two stuff sacks, stakes and entrance awning. Equipment, rifles and food stuffs storage . . . no problem. Dedicated… Full review