Bring Trekking Equipment and Ship it Home vs. Renting Gear
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Jun 24, 2012 5:25 AM Last Post By: vnrose
Jun 22, 2012 4:12 PM
Bring Trekking Equipment and Ship it Home vs. Renting GearMy husband and I will be going on a 6 month round-the-world trip, beginning with ~7 weeks in South America. We will be doing a lot of hiking/backpacking, mainly in Patagonia (Torres del Paine, Fitz Roy, etc.).
I've read a number of threads on bringing gear vs. renting -- normally, I would just bring all of our own gear. However, our dilemma is that we will have an additional 4 months of our trip after we leave South America where we won't really need our tent, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, etc. So, the question is, do we bring our own gear and then ship it home from Buenos Aires (where we're leaving from) or rent at each park we visit? And how would those costs compare (my best estimate is that it would cost nearly $200 to mail our stuff back to California from B.A.) Or any other options? My husband said he'd be willing to leave the tent at least behind since it's a bit old -- any options for selling our used gear? Thoughts???
Jun 24, 2012 5:25 AM
1Posting anything back from BA will be time consuming and expensive and ,quite possibly,it will not arrive home. You should be able to sell the tent to someone if you are staying in hostels. Though a tent is easy enough to rent in Patagonia. It won't be top end quality but good enough. Good bags you should be able to sell as well and you can always rent. The more expensive the sleeping bags the harder it will be to sell them off at the end, but if they have a reasonable pice they should sell when there are lots of tourists around in high season. Consider really good sleeping bag liners instead? The thing you really don't want to do is try to post them home.
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