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

Morakniv Bushcraft Black

rated 4 of 5 stars Very solid knife for use anywhere. I really like this knife, it's solid and will hold up well to years of abuse.   What I like: Carbon steele blade comes with a corrosion resistant coating back of the blade is edged so you can use it with a fire starter blade is thick comfortable rubberized grip that feels good in your hand What I don't like: Sheath I've had a ton of knives, I finally got one that doesn't fold and I'm glad I did.  This knife can be beaten with not much more than a scratch.  It's… Full review

Vapur Element

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Nice soft bottle if you are looking for a water carrier. This is nice soft water bottle that is durable.  My wife and I have been using one for about a year now and have had no issues with leaking. My wife likes to take this bottle skiing.  She worries about hard bottles if she fell, she might get injured. Some of the features I like: BPA free Ability to freeze liquids in the bottle Dishwasher safe Carabiner attached to spout, used to hold the bottle rolled up and for hanging while out in the… Full review

Mountain Hardwear EV 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Windproof, light, and warm. It's shelter from the storm. Top notch one-man, one-season tent. I have lived in Alaska for 35 years now, and I have REI QuarterDomes for three seasons. I love them. Please understand the Mountain Hardwear EV2 is a ONE-SEASON tent!  That one season is winter, and by winter I do not mean rain like a California winter. I mean ice, snow, and wind.   Honestly, I don't know it this tent is rainproof. I have had six inches of snow dumped on it without a problem. (Although… Full review

Tarptent Contrail

rated 4 of 5 stars Great bang for the buck! The Contrail is a super lightweight, single wall, one-pole (trekking), 4-stake tent that weathered a variety of weather conditions. It has become my primary backpacking tent. The first time I set it up was a bit tricky and it took me about 10 minutes to get the proper tension and pitch. The second time I set it up I was able to cut the time in half. After a few days I was able to trim the set up time to a few minutes. Since it is not free-standing, the biggest hurdle is… Full review

Moss Tents Starlet (Three-Season)

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I was looking for a 2-person, 3-season backpacking tent and saw the Moss tents in REI. This was in 1984 and I recall there was a Star Gazer and its little brother the Starlet. I fell in love with its parabolic looks and quality of craftsmanship and the thought of looking up at night and seeing the stars. I purchased it and it was expensive for me, over $300, but as I assembled it, it had this Swiss watch quality, very well thought out and designed. I used it in the Sierra Nevada range and it was… Full review

Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Only stove you will ever need. My brother and I took a Svea across the country on a road trip and it performed very well. There was a bit of a learning curve. We simply heat the entire stove with a lighter or match for 10-20 seconds then turn the gas open rather than using what others may refer to as primers. Also, if you start your hike at a low altitude then go to a higher altitude you won't have a problem pressurizing or getting it started. It should go right away. This is a very easy stove to… Full review

P-38 U.S. Military Can Opener

rated 5 of 5 stars Indestructible, handy. Opens any size can, seconds as a flat tip screwdriver, opens paint cans using the flat side to pry the tops off, like a can of Johnsons paste wax. All military personnel have shined floors with that stuff... Civilian version is much larger and able to apply force easier. Full review