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
Hike-N-Light Tyvek tent footprints
An inexpensive alternative to tent manufacturer's nylon footprints, but not set up for a fly-first or fly-only pitch. Some assembly required, and hard to keep clean. I figure TS folk ought to know about the pros and cons of this cheap alternative to manufacturer's tent footprints... The cons (mainly weight) and pros (mainly protection) of tent footprints are much debated here on TS and other backpacker's sites. They seem to be a good idea if you can afford the weight or may be pitching your tent… Full review
Woods Canada Woods Nootka Cook Set
Of all the camping gear I own (a lot), this kit is the best value for my money. 2 large pots, fry pan, 2 cups, wash cloth and pot holder...all for less than I paid for my Toaks 550ml mug. Am into my 3rd season with this set with no regrets and no complaints. the combination of the Woods fry pan and an alcohol stove is great for cooking. (I prefer the evenly distributed heat of an alcohol flame to the thin circle of heat I get from my butane burner). just put some oil in the pan and it's as non-stick… Full review
Mountain Hardwear PCT 1
Superb. If you can find a used one, buy it. Ive been using this for motorcycle touring for 3 years now having bought a second hand one at a high, but reasonable price. Has coped flawlessly in all weather's. Used examples now hard to come by, as owners love them and keep hold of them. Newer designs from MSR, Macpac, TNF etc are lighter but in my opinion not as strong. If you can find one, if you don't mind side entry, if absolute featherweight isn't an issue (it's still very light and compact),… Full review
MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes
Ditch those cheap stakes that came with your tent, and replace them with these bomber stakes! If you've ever bought a tent, you know the drill. You open it up and they've got those cheap wire stakes which are a waste of time. After one or two uses, they may be bent so badly you can't even use them. The stakes in the picture below came came with my new REI Camp Dome 2, and this was their condition after two uses. The ground wasn't that hard, and they still didn't hold up. Ditch those old stakes,… Full review
Lafuma Men's Warmn Li 800
A decent quality bag. Lightweight. Meets claimed temp rating (my opinion). Good Price. Everyone is different when it comes to how much insulation they need at a certain temperature. I find this bag perfectly adequate at 40 degrees F. If you are a "cold sleeper" add some long johns and a jacket for the 40 degree rating. I found it durable and light weight. I don't see other bags of this quality at this price. Good loft, zipper works fine, nice hood. Stuffs down to very small. Tends… Full review
For the pice a superb head torch with enough light to race with but not enough to illuminate the entire mountain (a blessing in my view) This is a simple well powered head torch that does what you need for a long night race. It has a 3 x AAA set up so you can use both rechargeable and single use batteries. They sit in the back of the light so no need for a separate pack. Light is clear and focusable. You can dial up and down or choose the quick half power settings. Personally I use half… Full review
Packit Gourmet Good Day Sunshine bowl
Oatmeal again??? I realize that it seems like I review food here a lot. Okay, one of the reasons I hike is to justify the food I eat. Having been a long time fan of Packit Gourmet, I was eager to try this breakfast option. A quick trip to Lassen Volcanic NP was a great excuse. I like my oatmeal to be kind of busy, and the Good Day Sunshine Bowl did not disappoint. Aside from rolled and steel-cut oats, this cereal includes mangos, currants, cranberries, pecans, almonds, coconut, quinoa, chia, pumpkin… Full review