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
I concur with all of the positive comments. After wintering over in the High Sierra, I made the purchase. Unfortunately, our project did not require another such winter, so, I got one night in the bag. Adjust the loft to suit the environment. Wear polypro and you’ll not experience any discomfort. The down is of the highest quality. When you combine a smaller bag with a Therm-a-Rest, you’ve got about the same cubes. I’ve read all the reviews above and concur. Full review
This test is basic, but works wonderfully. I have taken it on several two- and three-day backpacking trips. I am a 5'5" female and there is plenty of room inside, and it is light and fits inside my pack very well. I would definitely recommend it for any solo backpacker who is on a budget but wants a quality tent. It is great in the spring, summer, and fall. I have not gone camping with it in the winter yet. This tent is easy to set up. It is color-coded to attach the fly correctly, and the poles… Full review
Very well made. And before you complain as many have done regarding the double bearings...LEARN THE COMPASS VERY WELL! Somebody has commented that the double azimuth is confusing and the mirror in this compass is placed wrong. Well do not make a conclusion, unless you have made your homework very well. Before a product is made, professionals are involved. So before your complaints...do your homework very well in learning the compass in this case. The destination arrow is black. Which means the… Full review
Good knife for the price—if you can find it. Bought this knife new, while Christmas shopping. The colors attracted me :). I like this knife. It has a few quirks: bottle opener is hard to open. Noticed one of the rivets loosening after about a year of use. Full review
Not worth the money. Fell apart right away. Called the company and they won't do anything. Never buy another product made by them. Full review
I found myself a great sleeping system in the KLYMIT Static V2 sleeping pad. Because it rolls up so small, it's perfect for my backpacking adventures. I've edited together a video review of the KLYMIT Static V2 sleeping pad. This little sleeping pad is not inexpressive, however I think it was worth the price I paid based on all the comfortable nights sleep it has provided me while out on the trail. Please check out my video overview of this fine product: Note, if the above video does not play, please… Full review
Yep, Dave Noble is correct about the name Spondonicles. However the timing is somewhat earlier than 1978. I bought mine in the earlier 1970s from Paddy Pallin, while in the Mt Druitt Bushwalking Club. Any self-respecting true bushwalker wouldn't be seen without his/her Sponds. An essential piece of kit. Full review