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Best Gear for Hiking & Camping

By on July 27, 2017

Best Hiking and Camping Gear

I’m going to share some of my personal gear that I’ve collected and used for hiking and for camping.  You can check out my complete gear list if you’re interested in other gear but this is what I currently consider the best hiking and camping gear.  Note that I will include hiking boots but get more into clothing in another list.  There is a lot of great gear out there and I’m sure some of you that already regularly hike and camp will stand by the products you already use.  But, if you’re looking at getting new gear or just getting started with the outdoors, these are my best hiking and camping gear recommendations from experience.



Manta 28 Daypack – This is a great pack for your guy (this is my husband’s bag).  It comes in either a small/medium or a medium/large.

Osprey Tempest 20 Daypack – Great pack for a female (I have the size XS/S).  I LOVE this bag, I can’t speak highly enough about it.  I wish it was socially acceptable to walk around NYC with it but that’s not very fashionable of me 😉  This pack has so many compartments and can fit a ton of stuff in it if needed.  It has side pockets to hold your Nalgene or Hydroflask.  It’s got a great little tiny pocket on top with a clip for your keys so you know where to find them after your hike.  Really it just has everything you need for a day hike.


Marmot Limestone 6P Tent – This is the tent we ended up purchasing for “car camping” after doing a ton of research.  We wanted something for the two of us (and possibly a friend) to be comfortable camping with Harlee.  We wanted the option to fit a queen size mattress inside of it for a more comfortable overnight stay.   Besides space for sleeping, we wanted to be able to bring our stuff inside of the tent in case of inclement weather.  Marmot is a great, reputable brand and this tent has great reviews.  It also had a feature that other 6P tents didn’t: no-see-um mesh (we wanted to be able to take to Florida for camping).

Tent Footprint – protect your tent!

Black Diamond Orbit Lantern – although headlamps are wonderful, a lantern inside the tent makes camping much more comfortable.  You can light up the tent by hanging this tiny lantern at the top and fall asleep reading a book…


I was looking for a nice camera that would be lightweight enough for backpacking but not too flimsy and cheap that it wouldn’t take great photos.  I was actually given a recommendation from a [my] professional wedding photographer after asking for camera advice: Sony A6000 Camera.  It’s been a great camera and you can interchange the lens for more options with your photos.

Don’t forget to protect it with the Sony A6000 Carrying Case!

Hiking Gear

Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon Trekking Poles 100cm – Fantastic trekking poles for short people!  I came across these poles one day just by chance as I was glancing at sale items.  Sometimes being short works in my favor!  These poles are made with carbon fiber (super lightweight) but they’re very durable and sturdy.  While backpacking, I would stop when I got tired and pretty much lean all of my (and my backpack) weight into the poles as I rested my back.

Black Diamond Trekking Poles – Similar trekking poles for “normal” height people.  These are the poles my husband has and they’ve made it through some pretty rough terrain (Northville-Placid Trail).

Salomon Discovery GTX (Women’s) – It takes me forever to buy shoes so that’s how you know these are good!  I first take the time to read a lot about the shoe, read reviews, and make sure that I trust the shoe to make it through a long trail.  I usually proceed by buying multiple pairs of shoes to try on for comfort.  These shoes are highly rated for hiking and I find them really comfortable and durable.  My feet feel very protected and my ankles stay sturdy in these.

LOWA Renegade GTX Shoes – My husband loves his LOWA boots.  He actually likes these so much that he used to wear them to work when he stood all day in a machine shop on his feet.  They really helped with the fatigue of standing all day and kept his feet feeling supported and less sore.

Yaktrax Crampons – Not a necessity for regular hiking but if you’re going to go out in the winter, pick yourself up some of these crampons to keep your boots from slipping around as you try to hike.  They’ll help you grip icy patches, preventing injury falling on the ice and hard snow.


Food & Cooking

Lodge Dutch Oven – to make delicious food over the campfire.  A favorite of mine is to prepare some marinated beef ahead of time and cook it over the campfire in the dutch oven.  Afterward, keep the fat leftover in the pan to cook a bag of frozen corn until it browns up a little.  It’s amazing, I promise.

Hydroflask – One of the best things I own.  You can bring a hydroflask full of hot soup to eat after dark on a cool autumn night.  Or, you can just bring some nice cold water for when you’re out in the wilderness craving something real cold.  You could even just fill it full of ice so that you have some available if you don’t plan to bring a cooler.


Misc Gear

RAVPower Solar Charger – maybe you can’t live without your phone or another electronic device.  Who knows, it might just come in handy!  Just make sure you have access to the sky/sun if you are going to need this charger.  It might not be useful in a canyon.

Duct Tape – because it can save the world.


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    July 27, 2017

    “Duct Tape – Because it can save the world”….slow clap for you!

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      July 28, 2017

      LOL – thanks!!

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    Danielle Newton

    July 27, 2017

    Thank you for the advice for the camera. It is such a great lightweight option for backpacking! Love this post.

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      July 28, 2017

      Thank you!!

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    July 28, 2017

    These all sound like promising products! As a photographer, I would agree that mirrorless (the Sony A6000) is the best camera for on-the-go, traveling and hiking. Great job with your round up!

    Simply Lovebirds

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      July 28, 2017

      Thanks Kim!!

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    July 31, 2017

    Hey Rachel, I found you from a comment on my blog. I love your layout!! Do you make any posts about blogging? I would be interested.
    Also I need to check out those Salomon boots asap!!

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      August 1, 2017

      Not yet!

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I am Rachel, an early 30's Midwestern girl residing in NYC with my husband and dog. I have learned to appreciate the city but am also a huge adventure girl. Follow along with my outdoor adventures as well as my city adventures and fitness journey. I'm an advocate of empowering other petite women not to be limited by our size!


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