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
Evernew Titanium Cross Stand
A lightweight, durable pot stand option for a common style of alcohol stoves that stows flat and takes up minimal space. While it can result in top-heavy cooking, its simple design is executed in quality material and provides outdoor enthusiasts with a compact pot stand option for Trangia-style alcohol stoves. What It Is The Evernew Titanium Cross Stand is a compact pot stand intended to fit on Evernew's Ti Alcohol Stove. However, as Evernew's Ti Alcohol Stove borrows its design cues from the more… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2
Great option at this price point. Squat down instead of crawling under the vestibule and loads of interior volume. I have used it in summer and cold winter camping for 1.5 years. Easy access to the vents from inside allows the condensation to be managed. I love the height as I can sit in my REI Flexlite chair and not touch the ceiling and I'm 6'-3". The rainfly poles work much more easily in their sleeves over time, but you do have to make sure to orient it properly with the vents. When using the… Full review
R.E.D.D. Superfood Energy Bar
A new 10 gram Energy bar that includes a host of Superfoods. Also packed with quite an assortment of vitamins and minerals. R.E.D.D. or Research Enhanced Design and Development is a relative newcomer to the large field of energy bars. What they have done to separate themselves from that field, is to pack each 56-62 gram bar with superfoods, vitamins, and minerals. Three flavors are offered, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate. Each bar supplies 10 grams of protein and 220-230 calories per… Full review
Mountainsmith Apex 100
This is a comfortable, huge capacity, well designed, well constructed freighter. I was looking for a lighter replacement for my Gregory Rainier, and the Apex 100, which weighs about 3lbs less, fit the bill. The suspension is comfortable with loads up to 60lbs (most I've carried in it), and extremely easy to adjust, even in the field. The main compartment is cavernous, easily swallowing camera gear in its own daypack, along with clothes, food, tent, sleeping bag, pad, cook kit, and fuel - 4… Full review
Vargo Alcohol Fuel Bottle
A simple but neat solution to the problem of how best to carry alcohol as stove fuel. Tough polyurethane construction, a flip top, and measuring lines allows the user to easily carry, dispense, and keep track of fuel usage. There is something to be said for simple solutions that perfectly fulfill one's needs. The Vargo Alcohol Fuel Bottle is just what its name suggests—a bottle one uses to carry alcohol as fuel. It has become my go-to fuel bottle for my alcohol stoves in recent weeks.Use For backpacking,… Full review
Great headlamp for a good price. Best for serious night navigation and caving. Ok, so I can finally add this review after several months of punishing caving and some night navigation. This light gets a fantastic review. Bought it when one of my Zebralight H600 lamps died. It is similar in the general design, but there are marked differences. 1. The light cycles through the different modes much more intuitively than a Zebralight. It can be annoying to users like me at first, but once you figure it… Full review
Big Agnes Q-Core SL
This is a very good pad. Comfortable and fairly warm too. Started using it at basecamp tenting for over a month in France and Turkey. Held up well for at least a year or so before developing flex fatigue holes between the inflation piece and the fabric. (I am rough on gear, leaving it in my car in summer heat etc.) This probably had some to do with the heat as well loosening the fabric at the spot. The supplied patch glue had long since melted in the heat so I just used some JB Weld that was handy… Full review