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

P-38 U.S. Military Can Opener

rated 5 of 5 stars P-38 I have a P-38 on every keychain I own. Some I bought and some were included in cases of C rations from the early '70s. The are ALMOST indestructible and having one can be very useful in the field or in the office. Get one and learn to use it. Full review

Mountainsmith Tour TLS

rated 4.5 of 5 stars No one is arguing that fanny packs make you look cool. But its durability and comfort make the Mountainsmith Tour TLS pack a pretty great choice for day hikes, cross country skiing, and using as a man-purse (or lady purse) around town. Fit: This fanny lumbar pack will fit most adults, although the heavier you are, the less coverage you'll get from the light padding on the hipbelt. I have a 32 inch waist and I might get nervous if I was skinnier than a 30 inch waist. Mountainsmith says it will work… Full review

Princeton Tec Vizz

rated 4 of 5 stars I have to say overall not a bad light for its price point. It does the job well, not great, but well. I have not used this light for extended periods of time yet. What I can say is that it is a pretty decent light at its price point. I'm definitely a light freak. I have many flashlights. It's kind of a hobby. I can say if you spend a few more dollars there are better options out there. The main plus is this is available at local stores and doesn't have to be bought online. I have really only used… Full review

MSR WindBoiler

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The MSR Windboiler is a one-trick pony — it boils water efficiently even in high winds — and it does that one trick extremely well. But lighting the stove in those same winds is not so easy, and the plastic canister stand is rather fragile. Test Conditions I received this stove in late October as a Review Corps assignment. As I live in Norway, I have mostly used the stove in relatively cold conditions, including cool (10˚C/50˚F), windless conditions in my back yard, in a moderate breeze while… Full review

Cold Cold World Chernobyl

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This pack is tough as nails, simple, entirely devoted to functionality. It's meant for climbing, and it is perfect for that. Its single-minded devotion to vertical endeavors limits its usefulness for other applications, but that's not really a drawback. This is a great climbing pack, pure and simple. Fit:  This pack comes in two sizes, so it's not exactly adjustable. The small is for torsos from 15 to 17 inches, and the regular is for 18 to 21. If you fall in between, or you're exceptionally tall… Full review

Kelty Continental Divide 5300 (External)

rated 4 of 5 stars Some people will look at this pack and say it has an identity crisis. It is basically an internal frame bag attached to a narrow external frame. There are pros and cons to this, mostly depending on how you like to pack. This model is out of production, but a lot of folks might find that it meets their needs. This sort of design works great for expeditions with heavy loads, and it could be a great deal for someone who finds it used. No one has reviewed this pack in almost ten years, but I figured… Full review

P-38 U.S. Military Can Opener

rated 5 of 5 stars Swiss army of the can openers. Actually, it was a gift from a fellow eBay seller many years ago. I've kept it all these years in a slit like pocket of Leatherman Core's cordura pouch. Since it is relatively small and almost two-dimensional when folded, it can be carried in anywhere. It's been a long time since I dropped my canned food from my backpack, but hey, you never know when an unexpected grab-and-go trip happens and all you can do is buy a few canned food from the market and go. They are… Full review