There’s nothing like spending time in the great outdoors. It doesn’t take much expertise or know-how to get out and enjoy the fresh air. However, if you are craving something more than just your typical day hike, it is a good idea to start accumulating the necessary outdoor gear to ensure that you stay safe and comfortable while enjoying your time in nature.

Outdoor Gear You Should Rent Instead of Buy

Depending on which outdoor activities you enjoy, the required gear itself can cost an arm and a leg. With high expenses such as these, not to mention finding an area to store everything, camping, backpacking, and enjoying other outdoor activities may begin to seem like a hassle or even unlikely for potential lovers of nature.

Luckily, you can find all sorts of outdoor and camping gear available for rent at outdoor stores. Not to mention, renting gives you the opportunity to try out different types of gear before committing to making a huge purchase.

Basic Outdoor Gear

If you aren’t very familiar or new to the outdoor lifestyle, you're going to need to determine which basic gear you need. Reliable shelter is essential to surviving in the great outdoors, so it is important to have a high-quality tent on your list of needed gear. Be sure to go to outdoor shops where you can select from a variety of different sizes and styles of tents. Remember, if you are backpacking, you will want a tent that is smaller and lighter. However, if you are traveling in a group, you may want a tent with more space.

Sleeping bags are also an essential piece of equipment to have when spending time in the outdoors, especially if it's for one or more nights. If you’re someone who doesn't spend much time in the outdoors, it may be better to rent sleeping bags. However, keep in mind that sleeping bags come in to close contact with others, so if you rent make sure that they are cleaned well after each rental use. If renting a sleeping bag isn’t something you prefer, you may be better off purchasing this piece of gear brand new.

Lastly, you will need food and water. Depending on how much time you will be spending outdoors, you’ll want to consider bringing a backpacking stove and propane tanks to cook food. Additionally, you’ll need a water purification device because traveling with water adds a significant amount of unnecessary weight. You can find all this gear available for rent, and if you don’t see yourself living in the wild for more than the a once-a-year trip, there really isn’t any reason to have it clutter up your house.

Outdoor Safety Supplies

Whether you are just spending a few nights in the wild or are going to be living off the grid, supplies are essential. Just like the future, nature is quite unpredictable. It’s better to be more prepared than not prepared, so make sure to pack the necessary safety supplies. Of course, don’t forget your safety and first aid supplies such as bandages and antiseptic, among other safety necessities. However, there are some lesser-known items that you might not think to consider for your adventure.

In the event that you or someone in your group gets injured or sick, you will need medical attention quickly, and sometimes it will take too long to find the proper aid. Plus, being out in the wilderness, you may not have cell phone service. However, if you rent a satellite phone for your nature trip, you can be confident that you will be able to call for help should an emergency occur during your trip. There are a variety of satellite phone rentals to choose from, however, if you’d like one with more recognizable features, you can try out the Iridium 9575 Extreme satellite phone rental with SMS for text or email to stay in textual communication with the outside world.

Other important safety gear that you might not think to consider bringing includes compasses and more advanced first aid kits. If you think you’ll be doing anything more dangerous than hiking or swimming, such as rock climbing or cave exploring, look into renting specialized safety gear.

Seasonal Outdoor Gear

Spending time outdoors in the winter is significantly different from doing so in the summer. While spending time outdoors in different seasons often requires similar gear, if you’re planning a trip to an area that experiences extreme seasonal changes, you may want to consider looking into renting some weather-appropriate gear. Snow gear is much more extensive, since living in and traveling through snow is more challenging and risky. You may already have a tent and sleeping bag, but if these items aren’t designed specifically for the lower temperatures, you may want to investigate winter rental supplies to avoid freezing. Also useful for snowy areas are snowshoes or cross-country skis to help you move easier through the slushy and slippery wilderness. Again, unless you’re moving to the snowy northern regions, it’s unlikely you’ll be using winter gear enough to warrant a lifetime purchase, so renting is likely the best option.


There’s so much of the great outdoors to explore if you’re someone who is looking to start delving into nature. If you’re the type who likes to try it all, you’d be better to start out renting equipment to get a feel for the activities you like best. If you find that you like certain gear more than others, you can confidently invest in your own gear. Until then, renting will allow you to get out there and experience the outdoors, one trail at a time!

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