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This is a ready-to-go gear rental package for two backpackers headed out to the backcountry. If you have access to some gear already and don't need everything listed below, then you should consider renting gear from our site a la carte - you can browse all of our gear by rental category from the menu options at the top of this web page. A preset package like this does only represent what a "lot of people" could use, but maybe not you - in that case, order a la carte. It may be easier to work with a package approach, however, as all you have to do is do a little shopping for food, some incidentals and you're ready to head out for a great backpacking trip. But like tonight's special at your favorite restaurant, "no substitutions please" (except for sleeping bags; see below).
This rental package has most of the pieces needed for a comfortable camping experience for a pair of backpackers willing to share a few common-use items. The package includes shelter, sleeping gear, cooking gear, hydration system, lighting, and packs and poles to carry it all. The entire rental set detailed below should weigh in at about 12 pounds for each backpacker.
Here's what's in the box(es) we ship to you:
Shelter: 2-person lightweight backpacking design tent, typically from Big Sky International or comparable innovative brand. It will be one normally on-hand from our two-man tent rental options. Add rain gear and clothing options for each appropriate to the expected weather.
Sleeping gear: Two comfortable and effective sleeping bags rated in the 30 - 35' range, which means most adults would stay warm in temperatures as low as that range, plus 2 backpacking style mattress pads approximately 20" wide by 72" long. This set will be lightweight and compact down well for carrying in your pack. See specifics for each under our sleeping gear rental category. Bring something to use as a small lightweight pillow. If you are headed into area with below freezing at night, just add a note in the 'comments box' as you check out and we can sub a 20' bag for just $5/bag more.
Cooking gear: One canister-style stove and one super light titanium kettle for suitable for boiling water for freeze-dried meals, soups and coffee. See these specifics under our cooking gear rental category. We have food options on our site you can add to your cart, but you'll need to pick up fuel locally.
Hydration system: One pump-style water filter and two 3-liter water bladders. See details on these items under our hydration rental category. Consider a small extra water bottle for dry stretches requiring more volume and for flexibility for powder mix flavorings and electrolytes.
Lighting: The easiest and lightest option for lighting in the backcountry is the old reliable headlight; one for each backpacker. Perfect for last minute scurrying around camp before retiring; tent reading; and the inevitable nature call in the middle of the night. Just not so good for staring in the eye of your backpacking mate. See more details on our rental lights.
Backpack: 2 medium capacity packs in the 60-65 liter capacity range. One for each backpacker, typically from Osprey or Deuter. All have adjustable torsos so our packs will fit just about anyone comfortably. See more details about these rental packs. We also include 2 sets of often under-appreciated hiking poles - your hand rails in the wilderness.
The above will more than get you started, but you will need to fill in items from home to keep yourself as comfortable and safe as possible. Just don't overpack! For more ideas on what you might need and how to best prepare for a trip, we have a number of articles under our "Learn" menu tab above, including our go-to list of gear options. Specific items we rent or sell you may want to consider add to your cart to customize your backpacking kit include these extra options:
Steel mesh food bag - great for desert camping to keep critters and birds from stealing your food stash
Bear Canisters - use to protect your food in alpine area where the critters are, let's say, a bit more serious
Backpacker Trowel - bears do it in the woods, and so will you
Camp Suds - stay a little cleaner for your health and for your tent mate
First Aid Kit - Don't let a little cut fester into a major problem'
Backpacking chair - a bit of luxury for little extra weight
Battery Power Pack - if you refuse to disconnect
Carabiners - for attaching all those things you don't want to lose
Paracord - underrated handy rope with a hundred uses
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