Take the Guesswork Out of Packing for Your Camping Trip

Summer may be coming to an end, but your camping adventures don’t have to. With lower temperatures, less traffic at campsites and the gorgeous colors of changing foliage, fall is arguably the perfect time to set out on a camping adventure with your family. However, between school and work schedules along with extracurriculars, it can be hard to scrounge up the motivation to gather up the necessary gear and get your family out the door for a campout. That’s where gear rentals come in handy.

Camping gear rental companies,  such as Xscape Pods, can take the guesswork out of packing for a camping trip. They provide custom car camping and backpacking pods for up to eight people. Pods include everything from sleeping bags and tents to cook sets and roasting skewers, all of which are high-quality, name-brand gear. You simply order online and they will ship the pod to your door (if you’re local to Portland, Oregon you can pick up at their store), enjoy the gear on your campout and then return it. Check out these six benefits to renting vs. buying your camping gear, and start planning your next fall family camping adventure.

1. Great for Beginners

If you are new to camping the sheer amount of equipment needed can be overwhelming. Renting allows you to “try before you buy” to see if you like it enough to spend the money to buy your own gear. If you find you can’t live without some of the equipment in your pod, you can keep it. Xscape pods list the price for each item on the pod lid and will simply charge your credit card for any equipment you decide to keep.

2. Save Money

Speaking of spending money, if you know you will likely be an occasional camper, it can be more cost-effective to simply rent the gear when you need it rather than buying the gear that may sit around gathering dust and cobwebs in your garage.

3. Great for Travel

Instead of trying to pack your camping gear into your car or paying an airline to stow it, why not either pick it up at your destination or get it shipped? You can get an Xscape Pod sent to a friend or family member or even an AirBnB or hotel.

4. Stress-Free Packing

There is enough to plan and think about when traveling anywhere with kids. Ease your mind and ensure all your gear is accounted for by grabbing a pre-packed pod. This also saves a ton of time since it requires no equipment packing beforehand and no camping gear clean out (no need to air your tent out in the front yard) afterward. That means all the sand/dirt that ends up EVERYWHERE is not your problem (sorry, they can’t do your laundry for you!).

Benefits of camping gear rental

5. Make it Work for You

Kids change quickly and so do their needs, therefore, you can rent the perfect equipment for your season of life. As kids get older they may want their “own” space, or you may find that one cook stove isn’t enough for what you have planned. Xscape Pods also rents out equipment a la carte such as extra tents, stoves, coolers, headlamps, etc. so that you can get what you need when you need it instead of buying gear you may outgrow quickly.

6. The “Cool” Factor

If your kids are like mine, anything new to them adds a “cool” factor to the experience. Have them help unpack the “mystery camping box” and make set-up an adventure for the whole family. This helps to keep moods high and adds some fun to the camping journey. And the best part is that the gear is returned before the novelty wears off.

Have you tried renting camping gear? How was your experience with it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Photos by Michelle Pearl Gee


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