Reliable backpacking gear is important for worry-free backpacking trips.
You don’t want to have a fragile tent during a rainy evening in camp. You also don’t want to sleep in a clunky uncomfortable sleeping bag.
The right gear will make your life easier and your trip less frustrating.
If you’re struggling to find new backpacking gear, here are 4 tips that can help you.
- Rent or Borrow Gear First Before Buying
If you want to buy gear, borrow it or rent it from a friend first. It is a great way to experiment with the gear before spending hundreds or thousands or dollars.
Try different tents, sleeping bags, backpacks or other expensive gear. You might buy something that won’t work well where you’re going. It might be even something you don’t really need.
Experiment, rent, and borrow gear as much as you can before buying.
- Check Your Inventory Before Buying
Before buying gear, go through your house first and what can be used for backpacking. Use what you have to save money.
A $15 Energizer headlamp can work just as well as a $60 Black Diamon headlamp from REI. You can use your existing fleece sweater, synthetic pants, fleece hats, gloves and so forth instead of buying new gear.
Upgrade later if you feel it’s needed.
- Go with Friends that Backpack and Try out their Gear
Trying out their gear will give you a good idea if you need that gear or not. You can also talk about their gear and ask about it. Advice and insight from experienced gear users can be quite useful.
- Don’t Buy Backpacking Gear at Walmart
Walmart has cheap backpacking gear that easily break. Not to mention that they are quite heavy to carry around. They are not worth your time. It’s better to invest on expensive gears that will last you a long time
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