Paisley, Scotland is more than just the place where the famous fabric pattern of the same name originated. This former textile town is not only just a stone's throw away from bustling Glasgow, but it's home to one of Scotland's most beautiful old abbeys. It's also surrounded by a stunning countryside that's ideal for hiking, backpacking, and exploring in general. That said, if you're planning a Scottish backpacking excursion that includes a hike through Paisley, you're definitely in for an unforgettable adventure.
As any seasoned backpacker can tell you though, preparedness is the key to making sure your adventures are the stimulating, tranquil experiences you hope they'll be when you first start planning them out in your head, and that means having the right gear on hand. Rentals can be a great way to get more out of your trips without breaking the bank. The following are just a few options worth considering.
1. Camping Packages
If you're backpacking your way through Scotland, you'll definitely want some decent camping supplies on hand. Backpacking on a budget doesn't leave much spare cash to spend on a lot of extra bells and whistles though. Instead of feeling the need to purchase every single item in your camper's arsenal, consider renting a comprehensive gear package that includes essentials like a tent, coolers, portable seating, and cooking gear instead. Many camping gear rental companies offer you the option of putting your packages together item by item or simply opting for a curated collection that comes complete with everything you'll need. This makes it easy to tailor your gear choices and supplies with your exact route and destinations in mind. Score the perfect package for one or upgrade to make sure your entire party is covered.
2. Off Road Vehicles
The right vehicle can be an absolute godsend when it comes to making a backpacking trip simpler and easier. Think trucks, sport utility vehicles, or smaller, more economical cars with amazing off road capabilities (like the Subaru Crosstrek, to name just one example). The ability to go off road without a problem makes it a lot easier to get to out of the way places you'd really like to explore, but don't necessarily want to trek to completely on foot. This lets you save the bulk of your energy for the choice hiking trails Paisley is famous for. Renting instead of buying lets you enjoy everything an off road vehicle brings to the table without having to buy or lease one. You can even equip your ride with useful accessories that simplify the process of taking all your essentials along. For instance, you can install Subaru Crosstrek crossbars that let you safely carry all your larger gear on top of your vehicle.
3. Planning Services
If you've spent much time backpacking through the Scottish countryside in the past, you probably feel pretty comfortable planning your upcoming jaunt through Paisley on your own. However, newcomers or those who arebrand new to backpacking in general may appreciate a little help making sure they get the absolute most out of their experience. Many service providers or websites that specialize in camping or backpacking supplies are now taking things to the next level for outdoor enthusiasts by offering other helpful resources as well, including optional trip-planning services. Such services take a lot of the guesswork out of making your trip through Paisley (and other locations) as awesome as can be by offering you day hike suggestions and nearby activities you might be interested in. They often come complete with gear suggestions that are ideal for each pick as well.
A backpacking trip through the Scottish countryside has the potential to be a truly life-changing experience. You'll experience some of the world's most beautiful locations on an up close and personal basis, as well as get a chance to commune with Mother Nature in an unforgettable way. Start planning your Paisley backpacking trip today, and prepare to be transformed.
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