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Photo Gear You Can Take Hiking

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When you’re hiking, you should always carry your ten essentials for safety, but we know that your photography gear comes at a close second!

Below is a list of some of our go-to outdoors gear for your camera, along with some of our favorite hiking gear — things you need from head to toe to hit the trails in New Jersey!

And if you want to explore more gear, check out our ultimate gear guide.


Peak Design Back Pack Camera Clip

This is a great accessory to keep your camera handy when you are hiking and also snapping at the same time. Hook your camera to your backpack strap while climbing and quickly get ready to snap your next best nature shot within seconds instead of digging through your bag.

Remote Trigger

A camera remote, or remote triggers, can be wires or wireless and is a device you typically use when you want to avoid camera shake during a long exposure. This can be particularly useful while hiking!

Foto&Tech makes easy-to-use wired remotes for NikonCanonand Sony.

There are wireless options and of course each manufacturer makes their own, but they tend to be more costly. The wired options from Foto&Tech are reliable and under $15.

Travel Tripod

While hiking, bringing a full-size tripod can be cumbersome and take up a lot of valuable space. Having a good travel tripod will go a long way. 

Check out the koolehaoda KQ-166 Travel Tripod for this purpose.

This compact tripod is lightweight, comes with its own case and can easily go anywhere with you.

Another option is this Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit. It’s compact, but mighty — perfect for short adventures! 

Camera Bag

A favorite of our founder, this Lowepro LP36888 Photo Sport 200 AW II bag carries all your camera necessities. 

This can include your tripod, filters, batteries, and cleaning gear. Also, it is roomy enough to fit 100 oz. of water, hiking poles, extra layers, and food.


Why not have some fun with your nature photography? They don’t take up too much space in your camera bag and can add a fun, unique element.


This Tiffen 55mm Neutral Density 0.9 Filter is a perfect compact fit for your hiking bag


Head protection

Really, wear any type of hat you want! They keep sun and bugs off your head, and the sun out of your eyes, too. We have several hats in the NJspots store to choose from!

Hiking Poles

They may look weird or nerdy, but in fact are a great way to stabilize your hikes when dealing with rocky or unstable ground. These are the ones NJspots Founder, Virginia uses.

Hiking boots


We’d like to do a PSA here: stop wearing sneakers to hike!!

There are literally hundreds of hiking shoes to pick from. Hiking shoes keep your feet dry and provide stability.

And with climate change causing more heavy downpours, we’re going to be walking through more mud!

Bug Spray

If you haven’t encountered mosquitoes, have you really been hiking in New Jersey? Keep yourself mosquito free with this bug spray. We suggest repellant with Deet when you’re in the woods — it does the trick!

Reusable Water Bottle

It’s important to stay hydrated! Bring a reusable water bottle with you so you can fill it up on the go.

A Hydroflask will fit in any bag and keep your water cool all hike long.

And don’t forget your camera! If you’re looking for non-bulky option, read about why Sony might be for you.

This list can go on for days with the amount of camera accessories that are available. While we know we didn’t hit them all, share with us what some of your favorite purchases have been.

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