Booking a campsite can be mind boggling if you're a beginner. We've put together a few tips to help you on your way.
Do your research!
Check out the website of any campsite you wish to attend and look them up on review websites. Don't assume that all campsites are the same. Make sure it has all the amenities you require, if you can't find this information out via the website then ring up the site. If you are camping with kids then make sure the campsite is kid friendly. Most campsites will allow children, but that doesn't mean they have a sufficient amount of entertainment for them. Doing your research is even more important if you are booking a campsite abroad. It's an absolute must to check review websites and make sure they are legitimate. It’s one thing having to drive home from a campsite in the UK but having to fly home or find a nearby hotel at the last minute could be a disaster.
Use a booking website
If you don't have your heart set on a particular campsite then there are many campsite booking websites which list thousands of sites throughout the country.
Book as early as possible.
Ideally you should plan ahead and try to book a campsite as far in advance as possible. This is particularly important if you are planning a longer holiday. Learn when the reservation window of your intended campsite opens and be ready to book it as soon as possible to ensure you get a spot.
Check for cancellations
If you are planning a last minute trip then it is a good idea to check for any recent cancellations at a campsite. Some campsites may advertise this on their website, but the best way to check is to ring the site directly. If you have time, keep checking as a cancellation may crop up at any time.
Don't be afraid to check for same-day reservations
While it's always a better idea to have a campsite booked well in advance, it can also be a beneficial to check for same-day reservations. Some campsites keep spots open for walk up reservations. However, you should make sure you get there as early in the day as possible to ensure you secure a space.
If you're struggling to get a spot
If you're struggling to find a spot at a campsite then consider a first come, first served campsite in a park. Alternatively, choose a less popular time to visit, meaning you should avoid weekends, bank holidays and school summer holidays. Many parks also keep a cancellation list for visitors so try to get on that if possible.
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