Camping is more than just a pastime for many families, it is a way of life. It gives them the opportunity to enjoy a vacation that includes the great outdoors, some adventure and plenty of opportunity to relax.
Many of those who consider themselves to be serious campers own their own equipment. It may come as a surprise to you that they also rent camping gear from time to time. Is it something you should consider for your next outing?
There are a number of reasons why you might consider renting your gear rather than buying it. At times, you might even find that it is the best choice, even though you already own some of the equipment you will be renting. We’ll take a look at some of the most common reasons why people rent gear, along with examining both the good and the bad.
When you head off for a weekend on the trail or at a campground, it is likely that you are going to be packing in to a local spot. If that is the case, you are probably just going to go ahead and use your own gear.
What if you were to head off to a distant area for an adventure? This might be one of the reasons why renting camping gear comes in handy.
The airlines have gotten strict on what you are able to bring on a plane. They also have restrictions on how much you can pack and will charge extra if you go over the limit. It might be a cost-effective choice to rent the equipment rather than ship it. That isn’t even to mention you are saving yourself a lot of hassle.
Try Before You Buy
Another reason why renting may be a good option is if you want to check out something before you buy it for yourself. For example, you might have your eye on an expensive backpack, but what it is going to be like on the trail? Renting the pack and using it will give you the first hand experience needed to make a wise buying decision.
Finally, you might just be out for a trip and are not going to camp on a regular basis. It is far less expensive to rent the equipment for a one time use than to buy it and have it sitting around your home collecting dust.
Renting camping equipment is ideal for those who are traveling to a vacation destination or for anyone with limited space. The only real con is the price, which is not always going to work against you.
Camping can take on many different forms but they all have one thing in common; the ability to take you away from it all. Taking the time to get out there is a priority for many people and, regardless of whether they own or rent their equipment, they take the time for themselves and their families. It is a part of their lifestyle they wouldn’t quickly put aside.