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

Travelon Clear View Waterproof Pouch

rated 0.5 of 5 stars It ruined my phone: DO NOT PURCHASE THIS CASE I used it twice and it worked okay. It wasn't easy to use the phone like they claim it is. The third time I used it I sealed it exactly how you're supposed to and noticed water was getting on my phone. I think it was condensation being that the phone is electronic and it gets hot. If you're going to use this around water you shouldn't. You need to get one of the hard huge cases because this pouch is so thin I didn't even think about it. The design is… Full review

EKA Swede 8 Wood

rated 5 of 5 stars The Eka 8 is a Swedish folding knife with Sandvik 12c27 blade. 8 stands for 8 cm (3.15") Just enough for everyday use. The geometry of the blade is good for the hunter and the camper. Not the best wood carving knife, but that's kind of obvious with this blade. Light to carry. Ease of Use: Smooth opening, great lock, sharp and easy to sharpen steel. Features: Hole for cord. A short leather cord with a knot is great for getting it out of the pocket and gives some extra control when hands are bloody… Full review

REI Thaw Bivy

rated 4.5 of 5 stars An older bivy with some versatile features that I haven't seen in others. Setup: Since there are no poles or stake out points, you just throw the bag on the ground and crawl in. Weather Resistance: Keeps water out really well except for the hood hole. It works well as long as you position yourself right, cinch tight, and don't toss and turn too much in your sleep. If the sack is used in conjunction with a small head tarp, there aren't any issues. Ventilation: The hood hole offers great face ventilation. Full review

Hilleberg Enan

rated 5 of 5 stars The Enan is a lightweight and versatile 3-4 season solo shelter that does not skimp on quality or design features. Ventilation control, a sizeable vestibule, and good strength-to-weight ratio are included. This tent was built for snow free use in a temperate (warm) climate. It comes loaded with quality hardware including metal zipper pulls, and metal rings at the corners for stakes. Someone needing a high quality, functional solo shelter that can live with a little less head space than a dome shape,… Full review

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 wasn't 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