Camping gear for a family can run well over $1,000. Plan B: Have a set shipped to your destination by Outdoors Geek or Gear to Go Outfitters. Mountain Side Gear Rental offers kits that include not only a tent and sleeping bags but extras like a cookstove and biodegradable camp soap (cost: $157 for three nights).
A better view
Going on safari? Rent a super-telephoto Leica camera lens for about $100 a week from BorrowLenses.com (cost to buy: $1,600). Or capture some aerial footage of your home (and have a little fun with a grandchild). Try out a DJI Mavic drone from Camera Lens Rentals for $151 for three days (cost to buy: about $1,000).
Your personal egg dispenser
Bling for the red carpet
For your special event, rent an 18-karat white-gold chandelier necklace, dripping with 4.31 carats of diamonds, from Adorn (cost to buy: $27,375). Have an active social calendar? A regular supply of jewelry from Flont runs $59 to $379 per month, depending on the cost of the items you wish to borrow.