Living on a farm and having a love for hunting has given me a love for the outdoors. But I have never been hiking before...at least not seriously. I have been camping numerous times, but usually just at camp grounds. My girlfriend would like to start hiking and camping so I am looking to get her some equipment for Christmas. What are the essentials needed to go on long hikes/wilderness camping, and what additional items are great to have? If you have any insight to brands that will be helpful.