Outdoor Hiking & Camping Gear

Outdoor Hiking & Camping GearFor an outdoor hiking or camping trip, preparation is crucial. Having the right gear can can make your trip more comfortable, more enjoyable and potentially safer. Your success in cooking, camping and even walking all depend on starting your journey with gear that fits the terrain and climate as well as your personal preferences. Select your gear carefully and you won't have to spend your trip working around what is missing.

Backpacking Stove

Many wilderness areas do not allow campfires and, even if yours does, gathering fuel and setting up a fire can be difficult and time-consuming. A camping stove will cook your food more quickly and with less effort, and allow you to prepare hot meals nearly anywhere. According to REI, canister stoves run on pressurized gas and are the easiest to use. Simply turn a knob to start the gas flowing and press a piezo igniter button. Some canister stoves called integrated stove systems are paired with a built-in pot, creating an easy and efficient system for cooking. The disadvantage of canister stoves is that, in cold weather, they lose pressure, weakening the flame or eliminating it altogether. They are recommended for summer camping.

Liquid fuel stoves usually run on a refillable fuel bottle filled with white gas. They are a bit more difficult to operate and can lead to dangerous, accidental fuel spills. Nonetheless, they have a number of advantages over canister stoves. They work in all weather, have cheaper fuel than canister stoves and are more stable, since they do not have to sit on top of a canister. They also use a reusable fuel bottle in place of a disposable canister.

Multiple fuel stoves are the best choice if you want flexibility. They can run on isobutane or propane like a canister stove, on white gas like a liquid fuel stove and on other fuels such as alcohol.


Modern hikers have a dazzling array of footwear available to them. Tailor your shoes to the sort of hiking you intend to do. If you go on day hikes with a light day pack, get light hiking shoes. These sorts of shoes are breathable, light and comfortable, making them ideal for short trips.

For a classical backpacking trip with a heavier pack and some difficult hiking, use a midweight hiking boot. These boots have better support than lightweight boots, making them ideal for longer trips over easy or moderate terrain.

For difficult terrain or climbing, get heavy hiking or mountaineering boots. These boots are stiff enough to support your ankles and feet on rough trails. These boots can accept crampons for hiking on ice.



Food preparation is one of the most important tasks in an outdoor camping trip. Although you can bring pots, pans and silverware from home, you can save space and weight by using equipment designed for camping. A hobo tool incorporates a fork and a spoon as well as a sharp knife, so you can use for food preparation. Camping mess kits incorporate pots, pans and bowls that can be used for cooking and eating, saving you space and weight. Bring a flexible plastic cutting board that will roll up for easy packing or chop your ingredients ahead of time and take them in food storage containers to save space.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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