How to Make a Camping Reservation – What You Need to Know Ahead of Time

Summer, spring, fall. They are all ideal times of the year to head out camping with the family or with your best friends. However, gone are the times where you can just pack up the tent and find a plot of land and call it your own for the weekend, well, at least for the most part. No, now you need to pick your place and make a camping reservation.

In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable camping trip, a proper reservation is needed, especially if you are planning to do so in any of the state’s most famous national parks.

To help guide you on your reservation journey, we’ve compiled a short list of things that you’ll need to have ready to go to make your camping reservation go as smoothly as possible.

What are My Reservation Options?

In the age of technology, many camping sites want you to make your reservations online, but that doesn’t mean that is your only option.

First thing’s first, you will need to choose where you’ll be camping, because from there you can either get in contact with them over the phone or on their website to see what their preferred method is. Below are the three options generally used.

Online

Let’s face it; we are in the age of technology, so almost everything happens over the internet. Your best bet would be to go online and see if your campsite does reservations online. This tends to be the simplest way to make your camping reservation because you can also view campsite maps, check for any site amenities, and see if there are any space limitations depending on your group size.

Online Camping Reservation

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By Phone

Making a reservation by phone is still an option for many campsites, though it will mean that you need to have all your information ready to go as far as your campsite preferences, your equipment size and all that.

By Mail

More and more we are seeing this option less because it’s not only more time to consume, but it means paperwork, and fewer people are willing to deal with all of it when the reservations can be made online.

What Information Will I Need to Make Camping Reservation

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What Information Will I Need to Make My Reservation?

Before you go to make your campsite reservation, it is important to be prepared and do your research. There are a few different things you will want to know before you go to make your reservation, and we’ve listed a few of them for you below.

Specify Your Campsite

Many larger parks will have a variety of campsite options for you to choose from, so you will want to make sure you check all them out before you go to make your final reservation.

  • Park Name – Not only will you want to pick your park, but you’ll want to narrow down the specific campsite. For instance, say you are planning a camping trip to Maine. They have 12 state parks to chose from, and when you check their website, you can view campground maps for each park.
  • Your Arrival Date – Just like any reservation, you’ll need to know when you plan to arrive so that your spot can be reserved.
  • How Long You’ll Be Staying – Many parks have a time limitation on how long you can stay. Some places allow for a few days, and others allow for a few weeks at a time. Make sure to check your park’s guidelines to see what is offered before you make your reservation.

As this is only a general list, you’ll want to check with your state or park website to see what other information you may need for organizing your reservation.

Tent or RV

Will you be camping in a tent? Alternatively, maybe you are finally getting to take your RV out for a spin. This is something you will need to specify on your reservations so that the park can make sure there is adequate space for your equipment.

Water or Electricity Hook-ups

Speaking of adequate equipment, you’ll also need to specify if you will need any water or electrical hook-ups for the duration of your stay. In most cases, the only time you will need these is if you are planning to camp in the RV, which is why you need to make sure you have a full list of your equipment ready to go, along with the need of your equipment.

Water or Electricity Hook-ups Camping Reservation

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Camping Reservations Made Simple

Like any trip, camping trips need some time to plan out. Making the camping reservation doesn’t haven’t to be complicated, and if you follow the simple guidelines above, it can be quick and painless, especially if you are making your reservation online.

Having everything ready to go at the time of your reservation will help to ease your mind and ensure you have a pleasant experience.

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