Need experienced opinion concerning backpacking gear?

I've never done backpacking before and have finally planned a week long trip, including overnight camping every night. My guess is that ill either love the experience or hate it, so I thought rather than shell out serious money on gear, why not just get the cheapest possible? If i decide I am going to do this... show more I've never done backpacking before and have finally planned a week long trip, including overnight camping every night. My guess is that ill either love the experience or hate it, so I thought rather than shell out serious money on gear, why not just get the cheapest possible? If i decide I am going to do this again, I can always get better gear, and il know exactly what I'm looking for next time, from personal experience. I'd like an opinion of someone experienced with backpacking gear.

Ps, i will be backpacking in France
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