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Camping Gear: To Buy Or Rent, That Is The Question

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Buying Or Renting Camping Gear

It comes as no surprise that you will have to bring some gear along when you go camping. But, most people only consider buying stuff. How about renting instead?

Got ya! I bet that came as a surprise… renting camping supplies!

When it comes to determining whether you should buy your own camping gear or just rent the camping gear that you need, you may have a difficult time deciding what to do. Below, the pros and cons of both buying your own camping gear and renting your camping gear are outlined.

Buying Camping Equipment

As for buying your own camping gear, you will find that the biggest con or downside to doing so is the cost. Depending on what you need to buy, it can get pretty expensive to purchase your own camping gear. With that in mind though, there are a number of camping gear equipment pieces, like camping tents or sleeping bags, that can be purchased for affordable prices. 

If you are looking to camp on a budget, you can still buy your own camping gear, but you just need to know where to look.

Although there are a number of downsides, like the price, to buying your own camping gear, you will also find that there are a number of pros or plus sides to doing so as well. One of those plus sides is the fact that you will own the camping gear in question. This means that you can use it as little or as often as you would like. 

If you are planning to take a number of camping trips in the future, you will find that it is easier, as well as cheaper in the long run, to buy your own camping gear.

It is also important to mention the freedom that you have, when buying your own camping gear. When buying your own camping gear, you can buy basically whatever you want. For instance, if you would like a camping tent that is the color black, you are free to do so. When you buy your own camping gear, you have the ability to be picky if you want to be. 

With a large selection of camping gear pieces to choose from, from a number of different retailers, the decision as to what you want to buy is yours to make.

Renting Camping Equipment

If you are unable to buy your own camping gear or if you would prefer not to, your other option is to rent your camping gear. Yeah, shocking, huh! When it comes to renting camping gear, you will find a number of pros and cons. As for the cons of renting your camping gear, you may find that you are faced with a limited selection of camping gear pieces to choose from. Many camping gear rental stations only carry the basic items, like tents, hot plates, and coolers. 

As for the pros to renting your camping gear, instead of buying it, you will find that the cost is much more affordable. Despite being relatively affordable, different camping gear rental stations charge different rental fees. You will also find that camping gear can typically be rented for as little as one day or as long as a couple of weeks.

Renting your camping gear is nice if this is your first time going camping and if you are unsure as to whether or not you would be interested in doing so again.

As you can see, there are a number of pros and cons to both buying your own camping gear and renting it. In addition to the two above mentioned options, you may also want to think about borrowing camping gear from someone that you know. You may even be able to do so free of charge.

Well, that’ll do it, at least till our paths cross again, which I hope is real soon!




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How To Choose The Right Tent To Ensure Maximum Joy

If you pick the right tent, you are golden. But, there are tons of tents to choose from. What is a hapless camper to do? Just lay out there in the open?

Hold on, I have some tips for you!

Start by figuring how what size of tent you need. Will it be just you or will you be bringing someone along? As you are probably aware, tents are designed to house a certain number of sleepers. You’ll find such info in the advertisement and on the packaging.

Basically, there are four tent components; namely the poles, tent body, rain fly and the tarp, which is some kind of footprint or ground cloth to extend your tent’s floor life.

Besides these these basic considerations, here are some guidelines in choosing the best tent for you:

1. Consider your needs. Know your particular camping requirements, such as where do you mostly go camping, at what season, would be backpacking? And how many are you. All these can give you a clear idea of what type of tent you will need.

2. Set your budget. When you allocate a budget before you go looking for a tent, most likely, you will not overspend.

3. Tent weight and size. How many individuals will be sleeping in the tent? The size of your tent will not really matter should you go “car camping”; however, if you intend of going backpacking, then consider a “light-weight” tent.

4. Tent features. Today, there tent manufacturers offering a lot of features for their tents.

Mesh panels allow the breeze go in your tent at the same time keep the mosquitoes and bugs out, “shock-corded” tent poles allow speedy setup, waterproof and flame resistant for safety, a rain fly for added rain protection, etc.

Make certain you choose the tent that best caters to your all your basic requirements.

5. Make certain that you select a durable fabric tent. It will cost you more money however definitely this is an area certainly worth spending extra money.

6. Select the proper tent color. Inspect how the color of the tent transmits light well unto its interior. Certain colors generate a brighter interior, whereas others create a cave-like and dreary ambience.

Light colors, take note are best during summer camping since they tend to be cooler whereas dark colors are able to absorb in solar energy so that they are great during camping in cold weather.

7. Check the tent’s coating. Remember that you must see a waterproof and shiny coating inside the floor and rain fly. If this is not visible or you can not feel this on the tent’s fabric, than it is not thick enough so to withstand heavy use.

8. Know that your tent needs when camping in the summer is very much different compared to camping in the snow.

Almost all tents available in the market have weather ratings. Make sure that you purchase a tent specifically made for a particular weather condition or season that you will be out camping.

9. Tent manufacturers. Various tent manufacturers have their unique design and name. Some are identified to make inexpensive tents, while others are well recognized to make high quality but expensive tents.

Popular tent makers are Coleman, Wenger, Eddie Bauer and Greatland Tents. Choose a tent manufacturer that has been trusted for years.

In the forest or wilderness especially, the wrong camping equipment if not kill you, will really send you down packing to a motel and regret having planned camping.

For that well-planned and enjoyable camping vacation, take your time when you purchase your tent.

Remember, it will be your home for a few days. Having the right tent will keep you comfortable and warm especially on rainy and cold nights.

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