If you’re just starting out with camping, you’re newfound enthusiasm just might have you spending a lot of money on equipment you might not need…at least not yet. Rather than spend too much money at the outset, have you ever thought about renting the equipment instead? Let’s take a look at what you really need and go from there.
Buying your camping gear might present a problem because new equipment is not inexpensive by any means compared to years ago. Granted, the equipment is much better and lighter, but still, the cost is something to seriously consider. On the other hand, if you do plan to camp on a regular basis, then your investment may just be worth it. You will eventually realize the true value by keeping and using the equipment. Normally, camping equipment is high quality and designed to last for years with proper care.
Buying your equipment gives you many choices
From a purchasing perspective, the choices you’ll have are limited only by your budget. So, if you want a particular color or style, that choice is yours and yours alone. You can’t do this if you’re renting. You will also have a much larger selection versus renting from a limited supply of used equipment. This way you can customize your equipment to your own needs.
If you’re not sure what type equipment is best for your particular situation, ask a professional for advice. You may find salespeople working in your favorite camping store are passionate about the outdoors and are experts at camping in all conditions. They love to share their expertise and even a few stories, too! If you can find a person you can trust to guide you in your purchases, you will be much better off instead of guessing.
Renting might be the best option
It’s understandable if you can’t purchase what you need at this time, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the great outdoors with rented equipment. The advantage of renting is you will get a better understanding about what you really need, and can look forward to purchasing these at a later date. A word of caution is to get advice from an experienced outdoorsman before deciding to rent your equipment. This is because some rental fees are exorbitant and require minimum rental times.
Overall, although renting might be a little expensive and your choices limited, you won’t be forced to spend your money needlessly. Instead, you can get an idea of the costs involved and be in a better position to decide if renting occasionally or purchasing is the best option for you.