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
The North Face Men's Superlight 0
By today's standards it is not super light, but when it came out- it was. Dacron weighed about 9# vs. about 3.5# for the North Face Superlight(NFSL) In 1968, I had used a Dacron 88 bag for high country experience and never got good night sleep. Froze once-learned lesson. In 1969, bought the NFSL from local Sports store that did rental toward purchase and they suggested it had maybe 2 more seasons left to it. Bought it for astronomical price $95(new it was $299. At that time was in 7th grade and… Full review
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch
Fucked up instructons Impossible to read manual and it does not make sense nor does the set up work. Total piece of shit;. Full review
Ozark Trail 12 x 14 Screen House
I’m selling the majority of a this tent for parts. I bought 2 of these tents new last year from a yard sale. The were never opened by the seller. We have only been using one since. After a pretty bad storm at the beach, a few of the poles broke... so we are moving onto the next new one and selling the first for parts. We have the majority of the parts, including the screen room still intact- all comes with the original bad that still looks new. Contact me at DEPICTME (at gmail dot com) Let me… Full review
Eureka! Alpine Meadows
30+ years and going strong My father bought me this tent as a teenager over 30 years ago. The two of us spent countless nights on the Appalachian Trail, Foothills Trail and various other trails across the Southeast over the following 10 years. It's a bulky tent, and on the heavy side for backpacking, so we eventually upgraded to a smaller, lighter tent. This tent sat in storage for probably 10 years, but last weekend, my girlfriend and I went camping and since we were't hiking in, i opted… Full review
MEC Nunatak 2P
Hard core tent, not light but can be split up for backpacking trips amongst the group. Not recommended for solo trips. Strong, durable, and great for two people with gear. Cross drafts are easy with the vestibule slightly open. I have used this at 6,000 feet (-25°C) for a week of skiing, hunting trips in the mountains, and also several three-week trips of fly-in canoeing near the Arctic Circle. Currently my unit is over 20 years old and still being used with my family now and performs "as new." Full review
The North Face Dolomite Double Down 20F/-7C
Roominess, warmth, possibility for snuggling. Late May Algonquin Park trip. It was my wife's idea to change it up from individual bags to one, double bag. I was skeptical. May in the park can see overnight temps close to freezing and I always associated double bags with fair-weather, car campers. I was wrong. Quite wrong. Not only did this bag keep us both warm, it offered more flexibility in sleeping position and actually lowered the overall weight/bulk of our pack (canoe camping). Full review
MPowerd Luci Original
Lightweight inflatable solar lantern. We have four of these solar lanterns. I purchased them a couple of years ago at a Bob’s Store for $14.95 each to use as nighttime lighting in our Oru kayaks. The Oru folding kayaks are made of a double-thick, polyethylene sheet that is folded into a 12-foot kayak (Beach LT and Bay LT) and a 16-foot Coast model. The white hull is translucent, so we activate two lanterns for each hull and put one each in the bow and stern as we are assembling the kayak for safe… Full review