Summer’s finally here, and with it, a chance to vacation after a lot of time stuck indoors. Plenty of people are firing up the old RV and heading out on adventures with their families. But what do you need to know about looking for campsites?

If you’re spending an extended amount of time in the RV, you might be surprised by how difficult it is to find available places to camp. Depending on the area, some sites get booked weeks or even months in advance!

Following these tips can help you save a lot of headaches and hassle.

Plan As Much As You Can

Part of the charm of RV travel is that you can go wherever the road takes you. If you don’t feel up for driving long distances one day, you don’t have to. You have everything you need at all times.

But if you’re okay with more concrete planning, then make those concrete plans. Since campsites fill up so fast, it’s best to make reservations in advance. That way, you know exactly where you’ll be sheltering on any given night.

Refresh, Refresh, Refresh

If you do find yourself in the position of booking same-night campsites, the refresh button is your friend. You have to be dedicated to checking that page over and over again to see whether any cancellations open up.

This is especially vital if you’re trying to get a spot in a popular campsite that’s booked solid for weeks.

Look Outside Booking Sites

Booking sites will show you availability at major campgrounds, as well as lists of different prices for your options. But some campgrounds aren’t listed on the booking sites at all. Since they’re not swept up in the RV booking competition madness, they tend to have more availability.

Are there any state parks you want to camp at? A lot of them have their own booking systems instead of using a third-party platform.

Have Flexible Locations

The more flexible your location, the easier it is to find available places. If you’re trying to find availability in a tiny space, you’re not going to have many options.

Driving a little extra way is worth it for a comfortable campsite.