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How to 'Stomp Out' the Campground Shortage in 2021

Camping is surging in popularity, and we're all for it! After being cooped up inside, everyone is itching to get outdoors and explore now more than ever. 

  • 91% of campgrounds expect more campers
  • 71% of campers plan to camp more
  • 400% increase in The Dyrt PRO camping memberships  

The top U.S. camping app, The Dyrt, released new data indicating that camping will surpass last year’s record-breaking season. RV and camper sales are through the roof (lol), and people are still anxious to get outside. Campgrounds across the US have already been running at capacity for months in some cases. With so much demand, and limited supply, we have a problem... 

We're going to coin this "The Great Campground Shortage of 2021". But don't let this deter you from camping! We want you to have the best camping experience in 2021 anyways, so check out our 5 tips for camping in 2021: 

#1: Plan Ahead: Popular government campgrounds fill up in advance
Book NOW! Reservations at popular campgrounds like national parks have been filling up since January. If you haven’t booked a site yet, you may want to do so now. Rec.gov is the booking platform for many government-run campgrounds nationwide with over 2,400 to choose from.

#2 Explore Alternatives: Go beyond government campgrounds
There are plenty of places to camp besides famous national parks. Glamping is booming thanks to companies like Tentrr that offer beautifully staged safari tents, which make the camping experience easier and more upscale. If you have an RV, there are thousands of private campground options that can be found on niche sites like RVonTheGo.

#3: Camp For Free: Public land allows free camping for all
Did you know you can camp for free on most National Forest and Bureau of Land Management land? Finding these areas has been a challenge in the past, but thanks to apps like The Dyrt PRO, which show public land map boundaries and your GPS location, campers can now easily and confidently find free camping away from the crowds. As always, remember to leave no trace.

#4: Keep Checking Back: Watch for cancellations
Many people are booking a spot that they don’t end up keeping. That means cancellations and last-minute vacancies. Keep checking back at your favorite campgrounds to be the first to grab open sites. You can also use services like Campnab that do this work for you for a small fee.

#5: Be Careful with First-Come First-Serve: Go early and have backups ready
In some cases, gone are the days where you could show up at a beautiful campground on a Friday night and find a site. If you’re going the first-come first-serve route, plan to get to the campground as early in the week as possible. And ideally, have multiple campgrounds in the area as backups.

And of course the best camping tip we could possibly give... bring along your favorite camping partner, Supernola! Lightweight and compact, nutrient dense and delicious, power every adventure this camping season with our superfood clusters. The perfect camping snack!


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