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the ultimate guide to borrowing camping equipment in 2021

Going camping is a great way to get back outside and into nature. Are you going camping for the first time or just once in a while? Then you shouldn’t even think about buying your own expensive gear. Camping equipment like tents, airbeds, gas stoves etc. are super expensive to buy, hundreds, even thousands of Euros in most cases. Unless you fall back to cheap low quality gear, borrowing is the only way to go if you want to have a great camping adventure on a budget.
2 People in tent
We gathered some of our most useful tips and insights here in our ultimate camping equipment borrowing guide, so that your camping adventure is going to be a big success, thanks to borrowed equipment.

Who should borrow camping gear?

As long as you don’t go camping every weekend, you don’t need your own equipment, rather borrow it, it’s not worth buying expensive equipment.
Even if you’re a more advanced camper, you should still borrow equipment abroad. Just save the effort (and cost) of bringing your own tent, campervan, sleeping bag, whatever, to your destination or remote camping spot. Rather borrow professional gear from other enthusiasts and connect to locals by borrowing their camping equipment.
Stay flexible by not owning all the camping gear you need for your camping adventure. Owning a bunch of expensive camping equipment would kinda mentally force you to go camping every vacation or every weekend, you might feel like you have to use the gear as much as possible in order for it to be worth the money you spent on it. If you don’t own all the equipment you’re flexible to go camping one vacation, then sailing the next time, then a roadtrip and then maybe camping again. Btw. you’ll also find the right boat to borrow for sailing and cars for roadtripping with ShareSpace.

The most popular camping equipment to borrow

Cooking on camping gas stove
All kinds of camping equipment are being offered to borrow online, on various sharing platforms. The big and expensive equipment like lents, campervans, sleeping bags, gas stoves. But also even smaller, less expensive items like torches and multitools can be easily borrowed online from camping enthusiasts.

What to pay extra attention to when borrowing camping gear online

Just don’t break it, don’t stain the tent, make sure to use the gear in the way it’s supposed to be used. Ask the lender how to use the equipment before heading out to your adventure. Maybe even practice pitching the tent and handling all the gear. And always make sure to clean the borrowed gear before returning it. Read our blogpost on how to have a great camping adventure with borrowed equipment for more information.

Popular locations to borrow camping gear

Camping equipment is being borrowed all around the world, from the US to Australia. When it comes to borrowing and sharing camping equipment, probably the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden are the most active places in the world. But you can find camping enthusiasts who are willing to lend out their gear all around the world.

Where to borrow camping equipment

Camping equipment rentals can be found on various websites and platforms. There are specialized platforms like Outdoorgearo or Paulcamper for campervans. But you can also find loads of camping equipment on all-purpose sharing platforms like Peerby and FatLama.
So there is plenty of choice and 100,000s of offers all around the world.

Insurance for borrowing camping gear

Most of our featured camping gear rental websites include damage insurance. So you’re all protected in case you break anything by accident.
Check if the platform you want to borrow from shows a green checkmark on ShareSpace, meaning that it offers insurance protection for its users.
2 people packing up for a camping trip with borrowed camping gear
Did this guide help you? Are you ready to borrow all the equipment you need for your next camping adventure? In case you’re still not quite sure or have any more questions, contact our equipment rental experts at hello@sharespace.rentals or read our blogpost on how to have a great camping adventure with borrowed equipment.
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