Camping Reservation Hacks

September 24, 2018 3 Comments

Camping Reservation Hacks

With Fall officially in full swing, there are only a few months left to fulfill your camping fix for 2018. But before you hit the road with a car stuffed of gear, you’re going to want to make sure you have that camping spot reserved. Camping spots have become increasingly competitive in the past few years, and you can bet there are others just like you who want to fit in a great camping trip before winter hits. Check out our top tips and favorite sites below to beat out the competition and secure your spot:

TIPS

1. Research your top campgrounds.

Probably a no-brainer, but do your research beforehand on the different campsite locations available where you’re headed.

2. Check availability.

We’re not in the busy summer months anymore so maybe there are a few spots open or last minute cancellations! Always, always check availability in the last days leading up to your camp date as people will inevitably cancel if something else comes up in their lives. If you don’t see anything online, pick up the phone and call -- sometimes sites are not updated in a timely manner and you can get lucky.

3. Call and confirm.

After receiving an email confirmation it’s smart to call and double-confirm, just in case.

4. First-come, first-serve.

Many national parks and camping locations offer sites on a last minute lottery basis. If you’re the gambling type and there aren’t any campsites available to reserve where you want to go, do some research and find the best time to show up to snag your spot.

5. Forest service and BLM lands.

“Boondocking” as many call it -- camping where no reservation is required. Check with the ranger station in the area and ask if this is available and where the best spots are located.

6. Check out the sites we’ve listed below.

They are invaluable resources to utilize in your last minute camping preparations to secure a spot.

SITES

1. The classics: Reserve America and Recreation.gov

Reserve America is our top choice simply because it is the most comprehensive site for booking. Most local and state government park lands are included in their booking system, and California, our home state, even has its own site. We also love that we can book anything from a traditional campsite to a yurt or cabin. PS, if you are looking to book on federal land, you’ll need to use Recreation.gov instead of Reserve America!

2. The new-age: Hipcamp

Public campgrounds already full? Don’t sweat, and instead check out Hipcamp. Rightly known as the “airbnb for camping,” Hipcamp connects you with private landowners to stay on their properties. With a clean, easy interface and a unique, vast array of options from tiny houses to treehouses, it’s easy to see why Hipcamp is such a growing fan favorite.

3. The RV-ers: Campendium

RV camping is having its moment. And Campendium is the best place for RV spot exploring. We especially like the crowdsource nature of the site, and strongly encourage you to leave a review if you end up ever choosing a place through Campendium to keep the community aspect thriving. Pro tip: you’ll actually end up booking through external links after you find your spot on Campednium’s site.



3 Responses

Cheryl
Cheryl

October 08, 2018

Can’t wait to camp in my selk’bag! Fall is a spectacular time of year, with cool, crisp evenings. It is the perfect item of choice. Get out there! Thanks for the great tips.

Cheryl
Cheryl

October 08, 2018

What fun and great information! Love this!! I am a big outdoor enthusiast and can’t imagine a better way to enjoy it than in my selk’bag.

Charlie
Charlie

October 08, 2018

If these selkbags had a zipper fly I would have ordered one a long time ago.

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Kids (Ages 7+)

Please note, Selk'bag Kids models are intended for children ages 7 years and older.

A proper fit is essential to fully enjoying all the Selk'bag has to offer and for ensuring the safety of your child.  A bag that is too large for your child can represent a tripping risk when your child attempts to walk in the bag. 

Please note, that the sizing recommendations are meant for children of average weight as sizing is impacted by user weight.  For example, a Selk'bag will fit a child of below average weight with a taller frame, similar to a child of average weight and a shorter frame. Likewise, a person of above average weight will require a bag meant for someone taller.


Kids Medium:
Minimum Height: 4'0"  / 122 cm
Maximum Height: 4'6" / 137 cm

Kids Large: *
Minimum Height: 4'6"    / 137 cm
Maximum Height: 4'11" / 150 cm

* Please note, Kids size Large is significantly less wide than the Adult size Small.  An adult that measures between 4'6" and 4'11" should use the Adult Small over Kids Large.

 

Adult

A proper fit is essential to fully enjoying all the Selk'bag has to offer.  Please note, that the sizing recommendations are meant for people of average weight and sizing is impacted by user weight.  For example, a Selk'bag will fit a person of below average weight with a taller frame that exceeds the guidelines.  Likewise, a person of above average weight will require a bag meant for someone taller.


In-between sizes?  Please first consider the weight recommendations in the previous paragraph.  Second, please understand that a looser fit is better for more comfortable sleeping, while a tighter fit is better for mobility - but may restrict sleeping comfort if booties are left on.

We always recommend to size up if you are not completely sure. It's better to have a little bit more room while using your Selk'bag!

 

Size Small
Fits up to 4’11’’ / 150 cm Tall
It can fit up to 5'4'' if you intend to use it without booties

 

Size Medium
Fits up to 5’5’’ / 165 cm Tall
If you are between 4'11'' and 5'5'' this is your size. It can fit up to 5'9'' if you intend to use it without booties

 

Size Large
Fits up to 5’11’’ / 180 cm Tall

If you are between 5'5'' and 5'11'' this is your size. It can fit up to 6'1'' if you intend to use it without booties

 

Size X-Large
Fits up to 6’4’’ / 193 cm Tall
If you are between 5'11'' and 6'4'' this is your size. It can fit up to 6'5'' if you intend to use it without booties

 

Size X-Large Wide
Same as X-Large, but for heavier body types (approx +2'' in girth throughout the torso vs X-Large)

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