November 22, 2016

Holidays are coming! Are you ready to head out into the wilderness or a natural habitat to enjoy the view of nature? Or are you just planning to take a hike with friends and family?

You don’t need to have a complete list of gears – I’m not saying they are not important, I’m only mean that you don’t need to purchase all the gears yourself. In other words, I’m simply saying you could opt for renting a few camping gears for your expedition.

Renting camping gears could save you a whole lot of stress and cash as well, so you could just decide to follow the less costly part and try renting.

Let’s talk about the whole renting process and how to go about renting camping gear for your next adventure.

While you are wondering why rent if you could just purchase the gears since renting camping gears isn’t the cheapest means of picking up your gears for your camping expedition, the answer is simple – you might not always want to go camping with all the gears, so you could just rent the most important at the times of need.

Renting is also very useful if you are about to throw in some bucks on a gear and you’d like to try it before you splash your cash on it.​

Let’s say the Hubba Hubba tent, for instance, say you’ve gone through a few online posts, articles and reviews all citing its camping prowess, but you are not certain it’s worth your 330 USD just yet.

You could just rent it for a few days at a slightly lower rate of around 50 USD if it meets your expectations you can then head out to purchase your own.

While you are still deliberating and thinking about how to rent camping gears for your next expedition, here’s a breakdown of the ups and downs of renting a camping gear and the ultimate deciding factor if you should go ahead with your renting plans.​

Pros of renting camping/backpacking gears and equipment

Opting for rented equipment most times gives you the opportunity to use tents better than those which most people own. The quality of tents and gears offered by renters are usually top-notch with high ratings in consumer test comparisons.

You don’t just spend your cash on a product you are not certain about; you have the opportunity to test your gear before you purchase them.

Campers who spend lots of time on the road or those with very little space for storing away equipment can benefit from renting equipment rather than splash the cash on their personal gears.

Rented camping equipment and gears can be shipped to campers in most locations around the U.S.

If you are not a frequent camper, you could save up some cash by just an occasional renting of gears when the need arises.

Cons of renting camping or backpacking gears

A major disadvantage of renting is the choice restrictions. Limitations are a common issue with renting gears as you are occasionally ‘forced’ to make do with what the renters have in stock just to fulfill your camping needs.

Cost factor. Of course, the cost of renting camping gears on a regular could be high, and if you’re a consistent camper, it would most definitely be telling on your income. It would be wise to make an informed decision to buy your gear instead.


Quick note

Buying camping gears has its advantages which include;

i. You only pay once for the gear you purchase. Regular campers would see the need to own their camping gears as they are free to keep using the gears till it gets spoilt or needs replacement on a one-time purchase. If you are an experienced camper, there're no two ways about it; you need to own your gear, so you are not inconvenienced with regular cash spent on renting.

ii. Buying your gears afford you the luxury of options. If you are thinking of renting a wide range of items, then you need to rethink, as most outlets offer selective gears and equipment. Locations also matter loads if you are planning on renting as items like compasses, binoculars, air mattresses, trekking poles may not be up for rent in most outdoors outfitters outlets and renting sites.

iii. No restrictions, no choice. Unlike renting which has a major inconvenience of choice, as you are occasionally faced with limited options and are ‘forced’ to choose from the offering. Buying your gear lets you bypass this phase and select just your preference from brand name to color to complex reasons like functionality and even price.

Comparing the positives and the negatives of renting camping gears alongside the positives of purchasing your camping equipment and gears would help you make a uniform decision on if it’s wise to go ahead with the renting of equipment or if you should just buy your gear.

From the positives you can deduce that renting your gear could help you fix your storage problems if you face any, it could also come in handy if you like to travel a lot and don’t have the time to both main and store properly.

To an extent, it’s also cheaper if you rent (once you are not a consistent camper that is). However, if you have needs for extra camping equipment which are not added to the bundles that the renters offer, you may need to purchase your gear.​

After careful considerations and keen look at the positives and negatives, if you’d like to go ahead with your rental plans, we’ve assembled a guide on various ways to rent camping gears. This ‘how-to’ guide should point you in the right direction to getting the best bang for your bucks when it comes to renting camping gears.​


How to rent camping gears and the best places to seek quality camping gears for rent…

There are several ways that completely tallies with the ‘how to rent a camping gear’ question. Some of the ways are listed below.

1. Renting Gears online: The first and a key way to renting gears are online. There are quite a few outfitters who offer these services,and while next-day rentals are not recommended, there are some reliable options which could really spice up your camping treats if you choose to take your renting decisions to online rental marketplaces like; gear to go outfitters, lower gear, outdoors geek or mountain side rental services.

Using online renting gears have its advantages and disadvantages which also depend on the rental agency. Benefits of using online rental companies to rent your camping gears include the simplicity and convenience assured. You don’t have to wake up one early morning and take a drive to a far away from the retail shop to inspect and order for your gears.

The gears are also shipped to just about any location if you are ordering within the United States of America. The prices of the gears offered online are competitive when compared with those offered in physical local outdoors outfitting stores and they are sometimes of higher qualities than those in physical stores if you rent from the right stores, though.

Their disadvantages span across the visual impairment of orders. You don’t physically see the items you are ordering for. Thus you just might get either a mixed up order or an entirely wrong order. Defective items would be difficult (and/or expensive) to send back to the online rental outlet.

2. Local outdoor outfitters: Another reliable way of renting your camping gears is to visit local outdoor outfitters. Various big chains like REI and even EMS offer outdoor gears rentals services. There are also smaller outfitters offering rental services so feel free to walk in and check out the gears.

Note that stock availability is not assured especially during the holiday periods as there are more camping and thrill seeking families during the holiday weekends. As you’d guess, it’s always advisable to call the store and ask about gears that you’d like to pick up days before you need them. While the advantages are all lined up like having to physically inspect the gears, there are also disadvantages like limitations in pick up and return time.

3. Local university: Though there limitations, quite a lot of local schools have outfitting offices which occasionally rents out some of their camping gears to outdoor hikers and campers looking for some quick gears to spend some nights out in the wood. Although the selection process for choosing suitable renters from the full lists of would-be campers is limited, chosen renters, always receive the gears at prices which are dirt cheap when compared to local store prices.


Quick note: Deciding to rent camping gears have its up and downs. If you do go through the process of renting gears from local stores or some other offers, you’ve got to be careful with the handling of the gears as most local outdoor outfitters and online rental agencies would bill you the full cost of the gear if any issues are experienced when you return them.

Please note that rental gears occasionally display usage signs but are still guaranteed to be in high working condition by the outfitters. It’s best always to confirm by yourself and run a quick double check of the gears especially camping tents. If you notice any issues with your gears, for instance with your tent, say it has a leak, you could just ask your renter to exchange or ask for a refund.

If you are taking the alternate direction and deciding against renting your camping gear and would like to own some gears instead, here are few good items to checkout.

The Ultimate Single & Double Camping Hammocks by Wise Owl:

These hammocks are made by a family of outdoor lovers who make use of their products. The hammocks are made of very high-quality parachute materials with all the required additions included (carabiners and ropes).

GYY 3 in 1 Solar Rechargeable Collapsible Portable LED Camping Lantern:

These rechargeable LED lanterns are collapsible and brilliant. They are ideal for most major outdoor activities, camping, fishing and more. Don’t head out with these!

A2S Survival Gear Paracord 30pcs Emergency Kit First Aid Kit & Emergency:

This emergency first aid kit could save your life or that of a loved one while camping outdoors. With several must have tools including compass, fire starter, and fire scraper, very loud emergency whistle and an emergency fishing kit. You can easily search for food, make a fire or call for help with this all in one emergency first aid kit.

Kanga Pocket Blanket:

This pocket blanket unfolds to 55” x 44” which is wide enough to accommodate two adults comfortably. Incredibly small that you can carry fit in your pocket! The Kanga pocket blanket also is made of a high-quality puncture, mildew, and water resistant material.

Don’t forget to drop us a message if you have any other useful tips on how to rent camping gears!

Alison Lawrence

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