If you are planning to go on a camping trip and it is your first time, then you will need some camping gear. I know the first thing that you will want to do is go to your favorite local sports store and buy your gear. But did you know that there is another option besides from buying your own camping gear? You read it right! There is another option! In addition to buying your own camping gear; you could also rent it.
The biggest downside on buying your own camping gear is the cost. It can be pretty expensive, depending on what you need. If you are on tight budget, you can still purchase you own camping gear, but you just need to know where to look. Also, generally you will have a wider choose of brands and styles to select from when buying.
With that said there are many benefits to renting gear. For example, it can be cheaper if you only need it once. Also you don't have to worry about maintaining or repairing it. Next think about how you are traveling. What if your flying and are limited by weight and other airline rules? Wouldn't be easier to arrange to pick it up where your going? Lastly, I find it a convient way to try out different brands and styles to see which ones I like best. For example I found out I don't like external frame backpacks, but love internal frame packs. Think about the cost of backpacks, that would have cost hundreds of dollars buying different packs to find out which one works best for me.
To learn more about renting gear for camping or backpacking I highly recommend you check out OutdoorsGeek.com. They have good prices and amazing customer support. They are based out of Denver Colorado, but will ship the gear nationwide, and you never pay for the time its in transit.
A few parting thoughts: you can rent gear for as little as one day, vs owning it for life. What if its a specialty item you only need for a special trip and then will set in the garage for years without being touched? Going camping for the first? Dont know if you will like it? Why not rent the gear instead of spending thousands to find out if its for you?
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