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by Diane Spicer
Looking for the best camping tent rental tips?
Yeah, I get it. This whole hiking and camping thing might not be for you.
So it makes good sense to rent what you need for your first few camping expeditions.
Hikers don't always camp, but camping is compatible with hiking in the form of backpacking or using a campground as base camp.
If you need to sort out the difference between hiking gear and camping equipment, read this first.
Otherwise, stick with this page to give you the scoop on camping tent rentals.
You've decided to do some camping.
That means you need a tent.
But not all tents are created equal.
You might be planning to car camp: drive to a campground and set up the tent (see tips above).
Or you might want to hit the trail, but don't have a tent that is compact, lightweight, easy to set up and break down, extremely weatherproof, and yet able to accommodate your body and your gear.
Two completely different types of tents, right?
So let's tackle the different types of camping separately, so you can see your camping tent rental options at a glance.
If you've never rented a tent before, be prepared to answer these questions:
1. How many people will sleep in the tent? (If you have large dogs, they count as people in terms of floor space.)
2. What season do you plan to go camping?
3. Do you need a tent with lots of head room to accommodate tall people?
Questions you should ask the rental company:
1. Does this tent come with its own footprint? This gives you insulation and protection from cold wet ground.
Is it free standing? Do you recommend staking it anyway? This gives you
a hint of how easy it will be to set up, and how much wind it's built
to stand up to.
For lots more tent features that you might want to consider, read this.
Figure out which things matter most to your camping enjoyment: space, comfort, protection against weather, ease of set up and tear down.
You can't have it all in one tent, but you can definitely pick your preferred features!
When you wander away from civilization, you need to be sure that the tent you rented can keep you warm and dry, safe and happy.
Here is everything you need to know about backpacking tents.
Decide which type of tent you want before you approach a rental place.
Now you're ready to rent a tent.
And you feel confident that you know exactly which type of tent you need.
But there's one more hurdle:
Should you rent from a local store where you can pick up and return the tent after your camping trip, or use a mail order rental company?
If you want to go local, REI is a trusted gear store that rents outdoor gear, including tents.
Having your rental gear shipped to you will add some expense, but it can be very convenient, too.
Tents don't weigh all that much, so shipping costs based on weight will be reasonable.
Check out this "by mail" camping tent rental company's suggestions for some great car camping tents.
Do your homework before you go looking for a camping tent to rent.
A small investment of time will save you time when it's time to sign the rental agreement, and probably money because you'll end up renting only what you need.
And it will definitely give you more comfort and enjoyment during your camping trip!
Intrigued with all of the ins and outs of tents?
You've got a case of camping fever! Welcome to the wonderful world of hiking outdoor gear :)
Read more about camping hiking gear here!
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