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Travel & Leisure: The Best Camping and Hiking Gear You Can Find on Amazon

When you need a break from everyday life, there's no better way to spend a weekend than in the Great Outdoors. Exploring winding forest paths, enjoying clean mountain air, taking in the beautiful, green lanscapes this time of year brings to the countryside, and, of course, sleeping beneath the stars are all therapeutic, in a way.

But as any seasoned camper would tell you, heading into the woods unprepared can have bad consequences. Even for a simple day hike, you’re going to need a sturdy and comfortable pair of hiking boots that can survive whatever Mother Nature throws at them — including unexpected showers, stream and river crossings, and muddy puddles. And speaking of showers, weather in the mountains can be quite unpredictable, so you always need to pack a lightweight, water-repellent jacket, as well.

Functionality should be the key feature of all your camping gear. From smaller things like a multifunctional knife and a powerful headlamp to bigger items like an easy-to-set-up tent and a warm sleeping bag, these backcountry essentials should all be on your checklist. And of course, let’s not forget the entertainment. Camping with a larger group? Bring a portable grill and a wireless speaker at the very minimum.

To save you some time doing research on the best hiking and camping supplies, we dove into Amazon's best-seller list for camping and hiking equipment and selected the most outstanding options in every category.

See the full list from Dobrina Zhekova on Travel & Leisure's website here.


May 6, 2022

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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

Anna Hamrick


Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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