It's always a good idea to go camping (if you love camping, that is). There's something so peaceful about escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just being in nature.
Once you've decided to go camping, however, you need to book a campsite. Unfortunately, that isn't always easy. Most high demand campgrounds sell out up to six months in advance, so unless you can plan a half a year ahead of time, you're often either left with taking your chances on first-come, first-served sites or hitting the reload button on the reservation website until someone cancels.
There's hope, though. Campnab is a website that helps you score a campsite when everything is booked — even at the best campgrounds. While CampNab doesn't actually book the site, it does shoot you a text when something becomes available.
The whole process is super easy and really works. I tried it and successfully booked a trip to the always sold out El Capitan campground in Santa Barbara, CA. You can certainly book a last-minute trip (even the day before), but I was able to nab a campsite three weeks in advance, giving my family and friends plenty of time to prepare.
Here's how it works
Using a scanning algorithm, the service monitors a number of provincial, state, and federal parks in Canada and the United States.
The first step is to create a scan by filling in the form on Campnab's homepage. Choose the park you want to visit then select the specific campground you want monitored for cancelations. You can scan for all openings or filter your scan by the type of campsite you're interested in (regular or group), camping equipment (trailer, RV/motorhome, truck/SUV/van, tent), and the vehicle length.
You'll need to provide your phone number, preferred plan, and your payment information. Once complete, Campnab will begin scanning the selected park for a cancellation. If one comes available, they'll send a text message so you can nab it by going to the reservation site and booking it yourself. You gotta be quick though or else someone else will nab it first.
The service isn't free. In fact, it's a little on the pricey side — plans start at $90 a year for a scan every 15 minutes on up to three different campgrounds, and they go up to $800 a year for the serious campers. But considering the trouble you'd have to go through without it (that's why you're here, right?), it's totally worth it — but only if you like camping.