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
MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter
Great piece of kit... well worth the money. STOP PUMPING!!! I purchased this in the spring 2016 for a 35 mile group hike (12 people) into the South San Juan wilderness in Colorado. I was unsure if this would be able to keep up with that many peoples needs but after the second day I knew it was well worth the cost. The Autoflow easily filters water fast and in large amounts. I actually watched some other hikers from not in the group stop pumping their own water and ask to use it! It is so simple. Full review
Coleman Sundome 2
Great bang for the buck. I paid around $40 for this tent. I use it on my motorcycle, it packs small but the 5'x7' floor space is great for me and my gear. This tent can be set up in less than 10 minutes. I've been out in some windy areas and the held up fine. In wet weather as long as you don't get against in the sides your fine. If it had a larger rain fly this would not be an issue. The Sundome 2 has large vents at the top and a half door vent, never had problem condensation. With the… Full review
Osprey Volt 60
This Is my choice of backpack for all season camping. Winter, fall, summer, or spring, this bag will do it all. Also having ospreys amazing warranty with the bag truly gives it its awesome rating. I couldn't think of any cons so I got really picky. This backpack is very very good. The size is very accurate, the fit is amazing and it is adjustable to fit any body type, lots of pockets including: hip pockets, internal sleeping bag compartment, mesh pocket for small goods, and it also has a large external… Full review
NEMO Veda 2P
liked the light weight, and the fact that it had a floor in a trekking pole tent. found out on night one that the tent was not waterproof, and the tent did not breathe well. i took the nemo veda 2p on a 10 day sheep hunt with a partner, we found out night 1 that the seams leaked and even some of the fabric was leaking through. luckily this would be the only night that we would see rain. not the only night we woke up wet, the tents singal wall gathered enough condensation to wet out our bags. the… Full review
Sierra Designs Sirius 2
Three season tent with plenty of room for two people, or one and all gear. Great for backpackers, car campers, or canoe campers. Best for those looking for a good product at a reasonable price. This is the easiest tent I've ever pitched. The poles all snap together easily, and are all connected in advance so there is no guesswork. The tent snaps easily to the poles, and the fly buckles on. The tent can easily be pitched in under two minutes. The tent has been stable and comfortable both in good… Full review
Integral Designs Unishelter
I prefer a tent to a Bivy but this is the best bivy I've ever used! Easy to climb into. Comfortable to read in. Light and packs small. Setup is as simple as it gets with any bivy. The one pole on this guy requires staking for it to be effective but once it's setup, the mesh stays off your face and there is plenty of room for reading comfortably. In warm, heavily mosquito'd areas you can leave the mesh open all night without walking up looking like you have small pox. Completely waterproof - I've… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self Inflating Air Pads
This review is for the XL size of the air pads...bought as a bit of "giving-in " to the need for a more supportive sleeping pad. I originally thought I would use it for only car camping, when we may sleep in a tent, or in a wooden lean-to...however, despite its humongous size (30 x 77x 3 ), it actually goes canoe camping with me as well! It certainly is too large for backpacking, but is a very comfortable pad, if you can manage to bring it along. Right after unrolling it....This is rather a luxury… Full review