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If you don't camp out that often, it doesn't make sense to spend a lot of money on camping accessories and gear. An alternative is renting camping equipment when you need it. Many large camping retailers offer camping equipment rentals by the day, week, or more, and carry a variety of gear for every camping situation.
Renting also makes sense if you've never camped before, and you aren't sure you'll enjoy it. You don't have to spend a lot of money on equipment you'll never use again, and it won't end up sitting in a box in the attic gathering dust, either.
Once you rent equipment a time or two, you'll also get a better idea what camping accessories you really need, and which ones you can do without, so renting camping equipment can save you money on camping accessories more than once.