Yes, camping does indeed require stuff, but it’s easier than it may seem to gather what you’ll need for a memorable outdoor vacation. Camping gear doesn’t need to be expensive, clutter your home, or travel in a car with you. Many essentials are easy to rent or borrow, whether you pick them up or get them delivered to your destination.
Camping Gear You Should Borrow
Got friends or family members with good equipment? Avoid spending a lot by asking them to loan you pricier items such as tents, cookware, and sleeping pads or air mattresses.
Insider Tip: If you borrow a tent you’ve never used before, “set it up at home first when you don’t have any stress,” advises Mero Geesey, owner of adventure travel company Carpe Mundo. “This will make the process a lot easier when you’re actually camping with it.”
Snap pictures of all the items on loan, in case you need to replace anything. To make sure that you get the privilege of borrowing again, thoroughly clean off dirt, food, and other debris, and let tents and sleeping bags air dry at home for at least 24 hours before packing them up to return.
Some privately owned campgrounds will lend out supplies without additional cost. “If someone is a first-time camper,” says Ryan Miller, who cofounded Autocamp, a collection of glamping-style Airstream parks in California, “properties that allow you to show up without the hassle of equipment purchases make for a great first step in testing the camping waters.” Autocamp lets guests borrow cookware, towels, bicycles, yoga mats, and games.