As the summer starts to sizzle here in New Orleans and a pandemic still threatens the health of our nation, we are having to rethink travel plans and get more creative about how we can safely explore our own backyards.
Air travel for our family is out of the question right now, but an alluring option that's been running through my day dreams is renting an RV and hitting the road. My good friends in Colorado just rented one on outdoorsy.com and took it on a tour of Wyoming. Their feed during this trip was amazing! The beautiful campsites, views, and road trip freedom had me drooling. Could I possibly set up a little mini adventure a la @faroutfran?!
Local, driver-friendly RV rentals here in New Orleans can be found on outdoorsy.com and rvshare.com for about $150-$350 a night. Not too bad if you're considering this eliminates the cost of air travel and hotel/airbnb for a family. It may be more frugal to glamp or tent camp along the way if you're willing to give up a private toilet and temperature control.
If leaving the city is proving too difficult, you can rent other fun equipment to explore trails and bayous within a two hour drive. All you'd need is a bike, boat or paddle board! Here's a list of outdoor rental businesses I've gathered that will help make adventuring "no sweat" in the Big Easy.
Located on Bayou Saint John
Kayak & SUP Paddleboard Rentals
Paddle Sessions Available on Bayou Saint John
Cane Bayou Adventure Rentals & Tours
Kayak or SUP rentals delivered to Cane Bayou or Bayou Lacombe near Fountainbleau State Park on the North Shore.
They also rent bikes perfect for a ride on the Tammany Trace.
Canoe & Trail Adventures
Located on North Shore in Mandeville, LA
These guys lead guided adventure tours to local destinations on the water or land, for paddlers or birders! I've always wanted to try one of their guided moonlight tours, it just sounds so romantic and dreamy.
Masseys Boat Rentals
Available in New Orleans, Covington, and Baton Rouge
Kayaks, Canoe and SUP
Unlike the other rentals in the area, they let you pick it up and take it wherever you want! Same day rental or multiple days/overnights are available.
Let me know if you have other suggestions or recommendations to add! And we always love seeing pics of your adventures, especially if you bring a Tchoup Industries bag along : ).