My best gear would be a Hennessy Explorer Zip Hammock. Great design and workmanship.
If you are interested, they are being sold 2 for 1 with two snakeskins until christmas online.
Cooking, I like a good aluminum dutch oven. Nothing like cooking a good stew on cold nights.
A new Jet boil for pre-packaged food. It is great for just boiling water and using on bagged de-hydrated food. If you need control or want to cook food with it, you'd be better served with a different unit.