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
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
Since we do a lot of canoe camping, and camp in all weather, having waterproof matches seemed like a good idea. These matches will light when (lightly) wet, but I certainly will not purchase them again...these are a perfect example of "you get what you pay for". Inexpensive matches = poor quality. Yes, you get a lot of matches in this package...but we have found that so many break while you are trying to light them, that probably only half are actually usable. The stick portion is very flimsy,and… Full review
Garmin eTrex 20x
Great for everything you would expect it to use but difficult to use. No one would but a phone that required you to press "7" 4 times to text the letter "s". Why has this not evolved? we loaded gpx files, saved tracks, followed coordinates, etc. every worked great. My only complaint is that I need to hit Google everyone I want to try somthing new. It's interface hasn't evolved in 10 plus years. Time for a major overhaul. Full review
Good addition to the grilliput A great addition to the grilliput it keeps the fire right underneath grill, radiates heat upward blocks the fire from wind, no worries about leaving a carbon footprint on the ground, a little bulky but when folded in my fuel bottle for my stove fits inside minimizing the extra space needed t bring it, I wish the feet were removable for greater space savings Full review
Great little grill compact and light weight Great little grill for 1 to 2 people, compact and light weight (1.2lbs) did mention compact you wont find another grill that isn't bulky, the bars for the top of the grill are a little flimsy but strong enough to hold anything you want to cook, if your looking for a grill that packs small you wont find another, paired with the fire bowl it's the perfect little grill Full review
Western Mountaineering Bison GWS
There's nothing wrong with a little overkill when you're serious about survival. I bought this bag two years ago for dead-of-winter camping in the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. I wanted an overkill bag and decided to go all the way. The coldest temps I'm likely to see are maybe -10* on Stratton Bald. The coldest I have actually experienced was around 0* and this bundle of joy handled that with aplomb.I'm 5'9" and bought the regular 6 ft bag. The zipper is well conceived,… Full review
REI Mini Multitowel
The mini towel is perfect for backpacking. After a heavy rain it's great to wipe water off your tent. The towel holds a lot of water and rings out almost dry. It comes in a small lightweight pouch with a caribiner to attach to your pack. Can be use to clean or dry your body or cook gear. I won't go hiking without it. Just love it! I used this towel on a thru hike of the Apalachian Trail. I used it as a sweat band and a towel for bathing. It was a lifesaver when it came to absorbing and wiping water… Full review
Coleman Max Micro Stove
I have never had any trouble lighting it. I like that it connects right on top of the fuel and uses the fuel tank as a stable base. Also provides a nice stable base for pot to cook on. Very lightweight. Very easy to get lit. I love that it is so compact and easy to use. I have had it for approximately 5 years and haven't had any problems with it. I keep it in the box it came in which is bent and ripped and falling apart but the stove doesn't have anything wrong with it. It's not bent or anything. Full review