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
MindShift UltraLight Dual 36L
The Mindshift Gear Ultralight Dual 36L is a well built, cleverly designed backpack targeting the cross-section of ultralight/lightweight backpackers who are serious about their photography. The backpack is filled with clever features which make on-the-move photography very convenient, while still maintaining the look, feel, and performance of sleek outdoor backpack. Introduction: The MindShift Ultralight Dual 36L photo daypack is a very interesting product, and one that addresses several interests… Full review
Bright, reactive lighting maximizes battery life and optimizes brightness for the task at hand. Been using the Nao for a couple years now for any fast paced nighttime activity including trail running, roller skiing, cross country skiing, and night mountain biking and a bit of mountaineering. I used it last January during a 24 hour run in Wisconsin and although 500+ lumens wasn't needed as the long distance necessitated a slower pace, it definitely helped psychologically since the sun is down for… Full review
Force Ten Helium 2
Lightweight two-person tent that pitches all in one. Cramped for two, but excellent for a solo hiker. The Force Ten Helium 2 is a single-hoop tunnel tent which pitches all in one. The inner is connected to the flysheet but has its own zipped doors. You can get in and out of the tent from either side. Each of the inner doors is part solid and part mesh. The bathtub-style groundsheet is an integral part of the inner. View of the inner with part-mesh doors Setup is easy enough once you've tried it… Full review
Cafe Bustelo Espresso Instant Coffee
Great tasting, single-serve coffee packets. Cafe Bustelo Espresso Instant Coffee is the closest thing to brewed coffee I've had on the trail. I've tried a variety of the instant, single-serve powdered packets and liquid single serve concentrates, and by far prefer this brand. By following the directions you'll get a brew that tastes like the coffee served in Central and South America, which is typically strong and flavorful. It's the only instant that I don't mind drinking black. I tried it out… Full review
Yaktrax Hand Warmers
Small enough to tuck away in your pack relatively unnoticed, but oh so nice to have when you need them. These rapid oxidation warmers can be used as labeled to warm your hands or just about any other parts you want to warm up. Pack them as survival gear if you want, but I carry them to be used for the happiness a little warmth can bring on winter trips. Yaktrax is well known for their traction devices, so when I came across their hand warmers at my local Renys (A Maine adventure!) last fall I grabbed… Full review
The North Face Stratos
No leaks or wear visible after 18 years, 2-3 trips per year. Once slept 5 (2 shorter adults in middle of 4; slimmest lying at 90 degrees with hip and shoulder in space yielded this way). Four could backpack fine at ave of 1.2kg (2.5lbs) each. Love this—would buy again. Baking hot, snow, hiking, car booting, campsite, wild camping... all accomplished with ease. Anyone who says too heavy, note you can sleep four, unless all large, even five average adults at a squeeze, by moving all kitbags into… Full review
ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer
This product gets very hot, but only for about a 1/2 hour. It then needs boiling in a pan for at least 15 minutes to re-charge the crystals. This is fiddly and potentially dangerous for scalding with kids or disabled people. I was at the NAIDEX Expo last Thursday 28th April, with my support workers and we visited your stand there. (Clickheat) I am disabled from birth with cerebral palsy. We were very interested in the heat products that you were displaying, as I felt this would be beneficial… Full review