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
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
Nicely-sized lightweight cooking kit This 1100ml pot from Toaks is a nice size for 1-2 people. I've generally taken it with me when I've been planning to cook or boil water for two people, or when open fires are prohibited and I bring the a twig stove. I typically nest a Toaks Ti Backpacking Wood Burning Stove inside this pot (and a Fancee Feast stove and windscreen within that), and it first perfectly with its sack. I've used it with alcohol stoves, twig stoves, and over an open fire for about… Full review
Quality lightweight sleeping bag. Best for warm sleepers and can be used below its -1C rating sleeping in thermals and using a bag liner. Perfect three-season bag in Australia. I bought this to replace an old Paddy Pallin bag and have used it three times. The main reason for the purchase was the small size, light weight, and claimed warmth—the Mont is about 1/3 the size and weight of my old bag. The bag is used for bush camping with most of my walking done in winter within three to four hours… Full review
Great size for day hikes and fits nicely in your pack! Coming in as a cross between a piece of art and a piece of gear, this artisanal heirloom will surely be passed down to my children and their children’s children. It is a beautiful tool that has been an essential part of our loadout as of late. Sized between a hatchet and a “real” axe, the SFA provides a packable happy medium for anyone looking to do some work while afield. Bushcraft has become more and more of a buzzword in the past few… Full review
Holds up well, easy to clean, and silverware kit fits inside. This is my fourth version of mess gear for Boy Scout camping, seems to do the trick. The bowl is deep enough to hold plenty of food, and thick enough to keep it reasonably warm during colder campouts. The diameter is big enough that I can store my utensils inside with the lid closed, and there is even enough room for my headlamp, or small flashlight. Easy to clean when out in the woods. The thumb grip on the side can accept a carabiner,… Full review
Lightweight water filter. This 2oz filter employs hollow fiber tubes with thousands of tiny holes (0.1 microns) that block 99.9999% of harmful bacteria, Giardia, E. coli, protozoan cysts, Cryptosporidium and more. Unlike other filters, which filter through their core, the VersaFlow filters water through the outside of these tubes by bending the hollow fiber. This dramatically increases the surface area and flow rate of the filter while protecting the filter integrity itself. I've not yet experienced… Full review
Very nice lightweight pack with plenty of room, at a reasonable price. I had been wanting to shed some weight from my pack for some time, and previous attempts involved carrying a smaller capacity pack, which isn't always practical. When I had the opportunity to acquire a like-new used Granite Gear Crown VC 60, I grabbed it. I'm glad I did. At 34 oz (29 oz without the internal frame), it's about 2 lbs lighter than my other similarly-sized pack. The VC 60 may not be able to handle as much weight… Full review