33 Top-Rated Hiking & Camping Gear on Amazon
Note: This list only features the best hiking and camping gear with at least 4.3/5 stars and 25+ reviews on Amazon. All featured reviews were written by verified purchasers. Product selections are 100% our own - we do not accept sponsored placements.
When you're out in the wilderness, it's just you, Mother Nature, and your gear. It's critical for every product you bring with you to (1) do its job perfectly and (2) leave the smallest footprint possible. The gear on this list has been put to the test by thousands of explorers just like you, and they've all performed better than the rest.
1. A collapsible kettle that takes up very little room
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (30+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I tested it over my propane grill and it did an amazing job heating the water. When it is collapsed it is about the size of a dessert plate so it saves space in my gear."
2. A tiny but effective fire starter
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (1,400+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "A fantastic little tool, really throws some good sparks ! Fairly large rod should last a long time, well made, comfortable finger grips, light weight, small enough to fit into any camping / survival kit."
3. A pocket-sized outdoor blanket
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (50+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Easy to carry and can fit in one hand, strong and durable, yet big enough for 2/3 people to lounge around on. We were able to use it as a base for inflatable airpads, or simply pull it out for additional friends to lay on it."
4. A lightweight-yet-warm double sleeping bag
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (40+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This thing is awesome! We're a big camping family (cheap vacation!) and all have our own sleeping bags. However, I loved the idea of a sleeping bag I could share with my husband and this is the perfect fit. It's not too much bulkier than an average size sleeping bag, but once you open it up the inside is very spacious! The material is soft and definitely will keep us warm on a chilly summer/fall night."
5. An ultra soft microfiber towel
Average rating: 4.9/5 stars (140+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I bought this towel for camping. It is lightweight and folds up very small for its size. The texture is sort of like a chamois, soft and kinda "rubbery", for lack of a better word. It will absorb a ton of water. Far more than it needs to to dry you off after a shower. It does dry very quickly if you hang it in a breeze. Much quicker than a standard cotton towel."
6. A hand crank power bank with a radio, flashlight, and USB charger
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (340+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This little jewel would provide invaluable during emergencies. It will provide 50 lumen LED light, AM/FM/NOAA radio and even a way to charge phones."
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (340+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "As soon as I got this thing in the mail I went straight to the nastiest, most contaminated thing I could find. There just happened to be a sink full of soaking dishes that worked just fine. Couldnt taste a thing. I even spit some of the water out and it was nice and clear."
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (1,700+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Well made. Just right for eating that emergency can of pork and beans on the road. Clipped it to the key ring on my car's AA Maglite along with the P-38 can opener and Gerber 1 1/2" pocket knife. Too big for a pant's pocket but just right for a coat's. Of course it can be clipped to a purse or pack too."
9. All-purpose nylon paracord
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (1,700+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Worked great! I brought this with me whenever I went camping or had other outdoor adventures. I used it pretty much every time. The hardest load I put on it was a hammock, which I only had to double the string from the tree to the hammock."
10. A completely waterproof dry bag
Average rating: 4.9/5 stars (750+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "We used this dry bag on a trip to French Polynesia. Brought it everywhere-on a boat (standing on outside observation deck in tropical rain), a jet ski tour, a shark excursion, and lunch IN the water. Our stuff stayed totally dry. It's a good looking bag, people asked where we got it. 10LB green bag, perfect size."
11. A portable personal cooking system
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (600+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "In the military this was extremely helpful when we had to be out in the woods for weeks on end. We got really creative in what we can make in the jetboil. We used the hot water for shaving, making coffee, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, hot dogs, hot chocolate, if you can make something with boiling water, we made it."
12. A bottle of versatile 18-in-1 soap
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (4,900+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I use this soap for shampoo, body wash, face wash, I put it in my bath, I've used it to clean my counters, I've used it to clean dishes."
13. A water bottle that will keep liquid cold for 24 hours
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (2,600+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "1) Unbelievably effective at holding temperature. Have yet to see an occasion when there is not still ice at the end of the day, no matter how hot it's been: sitting in a hot car, going through a double class of Bikram yoga (4hrs in 105 degree room!)
2) Incredibly well made. We have had other metal water bottles; they dent; paint chips or peels. Not this one; my son's still looks brand new after hanging off his backpack, banging around for the past 3 months."
14. A lightweight, durable backpack for day hikes
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (5,500+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I needed a packable, waterproof backpack for my trip to Brazil and this was perfect! I wore it while hiking through the jungle in Iguassu Falls, where weather was unpredictable, and it kept all my belongings dry. At one point, I was able to fit a change of clothes, sunscreen, towel, and a bunch of other items."
15. And a bigger, more robust backpack for camping
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (1,500+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "It has endured some serious abuse and keeps on taking it. I would recommend this pack to anyone at this point. As to the pack itself, it has tons of little features. It has locking mechanisms on the lumbar straps, 2 outside pockets that are literally the perfect size for a Nalgene, It has a pocket on the top for random things (I used it for flint and my back up plan of 9V battery and steel wool), At the bottom it has a place for your sleeping bag. All in all a fantastic pack for the price."
16. A ventilated shoe for warm & wet hikes
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (4,300+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I just used these as my primary shoe for a ten day hiking/white water rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. I used them for the 7 1/2 mile hike from the upper rim to the lower rim while carrying a 35 lb. pack and they performed exceptionally. My feet never got sore and my toes didn't get bruised, despite the constant decline of the trail. I also used them during day hikes. Even when crossing streams, they dried relatively quickly and were still comfortable even when wet."
17. And a heavier duty hiking boot for longer hauls
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (4,30+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I pretty much submerged these boots in water ENTIRELY, and they are definitely WATERPROOF. They were also incredibly comfortable - I had multiple days of hiking for 12+ hours consecutively, and I cannot stress how comfortable they were. They seem pretty light-weight, great support, solid traction on all sorts of terrain."
18. Fill them shoes with Darn Tough high performance socks
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (920+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I am on my feet 12 hours a day wearing steeltoed boots and these help greatly with making my feet comfortable. I have gifted a few pairs to my coworkers and they have purchased several pairs afterwards. They are a bit pricey but I have a few pairs that have lasted 4+ years, if you wear them out, mail them to Darn Tough and they will send you a new pair."
19. The classic Swiss Army Knife
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (4,600+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I think that this item should be standard issue to everyone. I have several and if I don't have a reason to use it daily, someone around me does."
20. A compact 10-piece cookset
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (2,300+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This has to be the most complete camping cookware set I have ever purchased. Well finished, fine quality product, pretty solid and tight cookware, no rattling noise when you shake them. It includes a pot with a cover, a frying pan, 2 bowls for drinking water or soup, a soup spoon, bamboo handle spoon, a cleaning loofah and a stainless steel spork, and even though it does not contain a knife, the spork its strong enough to cut through meat, potatoes or carrots."
21. A lightweight yet complete first aid kit
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (180+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This one is a terrific size and weight for hiking. It fits anywhere in or on my backpack."
22. A pair of lightweight convertible hiking pants
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (2,400+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I ordered this product before going on a 5 day backpacking trip in Montana. I was a little nervous that these were the only pants I had for the whole week and they might rip. However these lasted the entire time and never had any problems. I love the fact you can zip off the legs when it's too hot as well. These are extremely lightweight and well made."
23. An ultra compact sleeping pad
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (100+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Great bang for your buck. Inflates with about 15 breaths. Comfortable on the ground. Shields you from feeling every little leaf and twig under you. Obviously not best for very cold weather camping if you're needing this to help insulate you from cold ground. But for basic camping and down to about 45-50 degrees it works."
24. A handy headlamp
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (200+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I have had several Petzl headlamps which have evolved positively in functionality (e.g. operating the switch with a gloved hand) and the Tikkina is, in my opinion, the perfect end result. The default "on" is bright enough for almost any pre-dawn trekking, approach, or climbing, without fear of running the batteries down. And if you occasionally need extra light, it is available with an extra click."
25. A bottle of water treatment drops
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (340+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "There are many ways to get clean water these days. Filters, UV lights, charged salts, chlorine, iodine, etc. They all have PROs and CONs. I prefer the Aquamira drops over the other methods because I never have to worry about dead batteries, dead UV bulbs, broken equipment, foul tastes, or clogged filters. I keep several sets of these around."
26. A state-of-the-art GPS watch
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (340+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Did a lot of research on a device that can track my ocean swims, bike rides, runs, heart rate, etc. I have gone on an ocean swim, and it worked like a champ. Mapped my swim, calculated the distance and generated a SWOLF score. The hr sensor was working in the water, but I did go with a hrm-tri strap for better accuracy. Did a 15mi bike ride and it synced easily with my garmin cadence and speed sensor. Post workout data gave me every detail on my ride."
27. A portable high capacity power bank
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (900+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This is personally the best portable battery I have purchased in my life. For the iPhone 6s a full charge lasts me a good 4 full charges, its small so its very compact and fits in the pocket nicely when you want to go places and it doesn't bother you so much when walking around or running around."
28. A 10-liter camping kitchen sink
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (75+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "If you do any camping at all, you soon discover the need for something that holds water. Sometimes it's for washing dishes, other times it's for moving water up to camp so you can filter it, sometimes it's just for washing the dust off your face. It's always for keeping "dirty" water away from otherwise clean water sources, unless you're into making someone else sick or messing up the environment."
29. A pack of No Rinse bathing wipes
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (35+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Went on a 2.5 trekking trip through Nepal where you couldn't shower every day - TMI, I know. These were a great alternative. One wipe is plenty for the whole body - remember you can use the other side. Plus, they packed really flat/neatly into my backpack. There really wasn't a scent, I felt refreshed and it got the sunblock/insect repellant off surprisingly well."
30. A waterproof notebook
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (160+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This is the best pad out there. I have carried one of these in my cargo pocket through training and now months in Afghanistan. I keep a daily journal in one and use another for important notes. I will always have one of these with me."
31. A pair of low gaiters
Average rating: 4.3/5 stars (65+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "The gaiters were used over some 10 year old waterproof hiking boots on a route following paths cut by snow-melt fed streams that took us in and out of rocky scree, gravel, tundra grasses and 3 inches of fresh snow. I lost track of the number of low water stream crossings, but my feet stayed warm and dry thanks to the gaiters--can't say the same for my companions. Product was also highly effective at keeping debris out of my boots."
32. A pair of waterproof binoculars
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (830+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "The clarity and magnification is pretty remarkable. They are really compact and light weight for what they are. Magnification is about the limit of what you can hold steady by hand without a rest. I went to a football game sitting in the nosebleeds and let a couple strangers next to me use them, they were blown away and ordered a pair on the spot!"
33. For extreme emergencies - a personal locator beacon
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (180+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "My boat capsized offshore at 11:31 am. I turned on the signal. The colonel from the coast guard called my wife in the next 2-3 minutes to confirm that I was out fishing. The coast guard helicopter was sent to my location immediately. The helicopter was there very soon."
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