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

Byer TriLite Folding Stool

rated 5 of 5 stars Tall, wide, lightweight and comfy. So I got tired of carrying the over the shoulder 'Lawn' chair to camp outs.  I've tried the 3 legged triangular shaped stools and never could find one that felt comfortable.  They all were too small for my wide backside.  I've tried some of the 'fancier' quad backpacking style seats but they were all so low to the ground that I felt like I was gonna break them having to kind of flop into them.  And getting up was even worse.  HARD without help or falling down… Full review

Ruff Wear Ridgeline Leash

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight leash, with a stretchable, bungee type aspect, which allows the dog to roam a bit without pulling on your arms. This is a compact, easily packed, leash suitable for those activities in which you want to have a quick leash handy. *Disclosure: I received this leash from backcountryk9.com, in my role as a gear ambassador. This leash is lightweight, (2 oz.), brightly colored, and has a bungee element which allows it to stretch from 2.5 feet, to 4.25 feet.  This allows your dog… Full review

MSR PocketRocket

rated 5 of 5 stars When I first received the PocketRocket I was a little disappointed it didn't have a piezo ignition. After having used it in countless hikes against other stoves, I have nothing to complain about. I almost always heat, eat, and finish my meal before anyone else's water is even boiling. Setup: Fast. Just flick out the three prongs and screw it on.  Ignition: If using a portable piezo, always lights in just a couple of clicks, or if you get to know your own stove, lights on the first click. I bought… Full review

Tarptent StratoSpire 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight and amazingly strong if guyed out properly with extra line, stakes, and trekking poles. Fits me, wife, dog, and all of our gear comfortably. Very light with generous features. Lots of zippers, doors, and vestibule space. The guy line and stakes that the tent ship with are a bit wimpy for challenging conditions, but add a little extra trip-tease line, a few more stakes and even two more trekking poles (2+2 = total of 4) if you have them and this tent could withstand a tornado.   My first… Full review

Tarptent Rainshadow 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent ultralight, waterproof, fast to erect tent. Used ~dozen times so far on backpacking trips and Boy Scout 'trailer' camps. No complaints. Sets up faster than almost all other adult Scouter's tents (and the 6 other tents I own too.) Weighs far less and costs about the same as those others too. Very fine netting keeps the bugs out. Spacious enough for dad and son to sleep and store all gear inside.  (It would be too tight w/ three adults + gear inside.) Recommend a large piece of window film… Full review

Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'

rated 3 of 5 stars Used two times and the zipper broke and can't seem to find a part or even get any help finding one. Does great in the rain and is good quality BESIDES THE ZIPPER. Super upset. The setup for the tent is awesome. I did it with my girlfriend within 15 minutes. Did awesome in the rain which we had for 11 days straight—nothing got wet inside the tent! THERE IS A LOT OF ROOM. We had two queen size double high air mattresses and 1 twin kid one! Plus 4 people and all their luggage. The zipper is the only… Full review

BLKBOX Portable Solar Charger

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Quality portable folding solar chargers sold direct via Amazon. Four models available, two models evaluated. Powerbanks also available (not evaluated). Let me preface by saying solar charger wattage ratings are based on Maximum Output on a clear cloudless day at moderate temperatures. In many areas of the world, this is the exception rather than the rule. On average, solar panels produce a fraction of their rated Maximum Output. My suggestion is to learn what input wattage the device(s) you want… Full review