Camping Gear & Equipment

If you're planning a camping trip, clearly you're going to need to buy some equipment and supplies. For beginners, it's intimidating and quite a challenge. You need to know where to shop, what to look for, and have an ideas of the basic costs. Whether you're camping, hiking, or backpacking, you'll learn how to quickly spot quality camping gear and equipment with our buying tips and how-to's, and hopefully save some money too.


Information on backpacks for adults and children, fanny packs, hip packs and waist packs to store essential items.


How to buy the right pair of binoculars or spotting scopes for hiking, backpacking or bird-watching.

Buying a Tent

A guide on the popular styles of tents, including cabin tents, domed and pop-ups.


How a compass works and how to use one to navigate in the wilderness.


This page outlines the different types of coolers and offers buying tips.



We shed some light on how to buy a good flashlight and added tips for using batteries.


When the sun goes down, you're going to need some light. Here's a buying guide for camping lanterns.

Maintenance & Storage

A quick guide to help you maintain and store your camping equipment to keep it in the best shape and working correctly.

Pop-Up Campers

Learn what to look for when buying one of America's most popular types of campers: the pop-up camper.

Sleeping Bags

Your trip will be great with a good night's sleep. Here's some buying tips for sleeping bags based on insulation, shape and size.

General Buying Tips

Invest in quality camping gear and stick with brands you trust. It's better to spend a little extra money on good equipment that you can camp with year after year. Avoid flimsy construction and always take a close look at warranties. Consider asking your friends what their favorite brands are for specific camping gear and see if they'll let you try out theirs for a trial-run before making your purchase.

“A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.” - Alan S. Kesselheim