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

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
SureFire Minimus

OK headlamp. OK headlamp. Purchased mine in 2011. Two failures over the years. Both had problem with switch turning on by self. Burnt hole in side of backpack in one instance. Great headlamp for trailwalking, and close work, but not for finding something in distance. Will not buy another, but as long as Surefire continues to warranty, will not throw away. Two RMAs later, cost of ownership is bit steep. In 2019, there are far better choices in headlamps to be had. Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
REI Arete ASL 2 Tent

It was very good, while it lasted. I really liked this tent (I had the first of three updated versions, I think). It was the 'Goldilocks' sweet spot for me of a four-season-capable tent with more interior room than most two-person mountaineering tents, and better ventilation than most as well as lighter weight. Was easy to set up, had good number of interior pockets, and decent vestibule space. The tradeoff was only one door, and fly not going completely to the ground, so would let wind and spindrift… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
HitCase TrueLUX Lens Kit

The Hitcase PRO is a bombproof and waterproof protective phone case for active photographers and videographers. Combined with Hitcase's thread-on TrueLUX lenses it provides a secure way to use add-on cellphone lenses. I am using my iPhone for more and more of my photography and video work. Much of that work takes place around water, in hazardous places, or crowded environments. Over the last couple of years, I have lost several clip-on lenses while working in heavy brush or in crowds of people and… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Benchmade Bushcrafter Family

Fantastic knife with excellent ergonomics and a simple, stout, and sharp blade. With all the buzz around the word “Bushcraft“ in the past 5-10 years, it has almost become like “tactical“ (aka “tacticool”) with regard to items being marketed towards the Urban Lumberjack crowd that spends more bank on products for their beards per month than most families spend on groceries. I’m not sure which direction things like that are heading. Quite frankly, I don’t care. I needed a knife that… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
HitCase PRO

The Hitcase PRO is a bombproof and waterproof protective phone case for active photographers and videographers. Combined with Hitcase's thread-on TrueLUX lenses it provides a secure way to use add-on cellphone lenses. I am using my iPhone for more and more of my photography and video work. Much of that work takes place around water, in hazardous places, or crowded environments. Over the last couple of years, I have lost several clip-on lenses while working in heavy brush or in crowds of people and… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Deuter Futura 50 + 10 Vario

Great backpack with useless hip belt suspension. I used to be a huge fan of Deuter's products but I'm very disappointed in this backpack. The hip belt is poorly designed and it doesn't transfer the load properly. It lays too low (on the upper part of my butt) even if I tighten the belt very hard. The lumbar support doesn't exist practically. This makes the backpack very uncomfortable. Otherwise the backpack is great. It''s not so lightweight, but it's durable and has so many options. It has many… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Toaks Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove (small)

Lightweight, efficient-burning twig stove. This wood-gassifying twig stove from Toaks is a smaller, lighter-weight alternative to some of the other products available on the market. However, it doesn't sacrifice effectiveness at all.The sections nest inside each other into a small package, which makes it easy to pack, even nesting in some relatively small cook pots (e.g., Toaks Ti 1100ml pot). When packed, some alcohol stoves (e.g., Fancee Feast) and their windscreen can be nested within the stove. Full review