Let me just start off by saying I am not an expert hiker/camper/backpacker. I just know that I spent hours searching for the best products, in my budget, that were available when I wanted them, and being of a high quality.
I have always been a "quality over quantity" person. I continue to purchase products, whether it be my clothes, gadgets, etc., that may not be the best decision financially, but that I know are going to last me a long time.
I wanted to share with everyone the items that I have in my "box" of camping gear. I know that you will not buy everything I have, everyone has their own personal preferences on brands or whatever the case may be. The products I am listing here are what works for me... maybe they'd work for you too!
ALSO, disclaimer... if I were to shop at one store for the rest of my life, it would be REI. So, most things that I post here are available at your local REI either in store or online.
Day Pack: Venture Pal
Paria Bryce 2P Backpacking Tent
Big Agnes Wiley SL 30
Nemo Astro lite Insulated Sleeping Pad
Eno + Straps
Cooking / Food
GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist II Cookset
MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove
3 L. Osprey Hydropak
NUUN Hydration Tablets
Health / Sanitation
Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes
Packtowl Luxe Hand Towel
Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit
GSI Outdoors Cathole Sanitation Trowel
Deal Bang Compact LED Camping Lights
Luci Solar String Lights