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
Fiskars Chopping Axe
The FISKARS Chopping Axe (WALMART $34.47) is basically just a longer handled version of the FISKARS X15 axe (Amazon $33.98) with a new paint job. Here is a side by side comparison of the two axes. (New black longer FISKARS Chopping Axe on the left, the FISKARS X15 on the right) If you like winter camping using either a hot tent with a wood stove or bush craft with tarps and a long fire, you shall process a lot of wood. In the winter, you need to find standing dead trees because the downed or leaning… Full review
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel
This bag surpassed my expectations. It is now my go-to travel bag that can be used for many different occasions. This duffel backpack bag quickly became my favorite multi-purpose travel bag. I can use it for the gym, I use for week-long trips, and I've used it on multi-day kayaking trips. I recorded a video because I wanted to show people that you can actually fit 7+ days worth of clothes in it (I have the 60L duffel), with some room to spare, which still amazes me a bit. Here's the link if you're… Full review
SolHuma VitalGrill Survival Stove
Works great , but without the battery pack working it is useless . so we’re can I buy a new battery pack ? Full review
MyTopo Waterproof Topo Map Tapoco
Lacking details that most other maps have. Low quality printing. I bought this thinking I could get a customized topo printed on a good quality material. When I received it, I was very disappointed. 1. many features shown on other maps were missing. Water bodies, roads, trails, etc. 2. Coloring was not very good for contrast. 3. Print quality was low For the very high price mytopo.com charged ($42) this was unacceptable. Luckily they offer a money back guarantee. So I sent it back (at my expense). Full review
GSI Outdoors Microlite 1000 Twist
Wide mouth and attached lid make this insulated 1L bottle easy to use on trail. Keeps contents hot or cold for longer than you’ll likely need. Easy clean design with removable lid liner. Specs: The Microlite 1000 Twist holds 1 liter / 33fl oz. GSI lists the weight as 13oz and it shows up as 13.3oz on my scale with a few drops of water inside. It measures about 8.5" tall with the lid on and 3.5" diameter across the bottom. Construction & Features: GSI used a double walled 18/8 stainless steel… Full review
Big Agnes McKinnis
The Big Agnes McKinnis is a lightweight, down insulated sleeping bag designed for minimalist trips, bike packing or any time some extra insulation is needed within your sleep system. Versatile enough to go from your warm weather summer bag to a winter liner, I believe the McKinnis would be an excellent addition to many peoples kit. The main point I’d like to see re-designed is the hood shape as it currently doesn’t add much function. WARMTH No temperature rating is given for the McKinnis so… Full review
ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer
Seemed fascinating when “pitched” at the gun show. Was told that the heat would last for over an hour and to rejuvenate it just place it in some "warm" water for a few minutes. Neither are true. My old solid fuel hand warmers were far superior. Interesting yet disappointing. Full review