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Campervan Vacation Planning During Busy Season

Why plan your “spur of the moment” camping trip in advance??

Do you want to be spontaneous and book a camping vacation this weekend?? Even last minute trips need planning. The more that do campervan  vacation planning, the less frustrated and broke you will be upon your return, especially when camping! Here are some tips to save yourself time and money while still being spontaneous!

Campervan Vacation Planning During Busy Season | Bryce Canyon Magic

Photo courtesy of brycecanyon.com

At Lost Campers campervan rentals we do try to keep vans ready on site but we unfortunately cannot guarantee availability. As the busy camping months are upon us (May – September) we prepare each day for the vans that are already booked to go out. Lost Campers has booked up faster this year than previous summers, which is exciting for us, but we do suggest calling us at  1 (415) 386-2693 or Toll Free: +1 (888) LOST-VAN directly 6 – 12 weeks ahead of time for location availability before just waltzing into our offices.

But sometimes there is some limited last-minute availability and exceptions with cancellations, new vans being added to the fleet, etc.  Best plan. Call us and speak to one of out customer service reservation specialists.

Call or Email Ahead for Your Campervan Vacation Planning Success

By calling ahead you will save yourself time as the reservations member can let you know what model we have available and what time we could get you on the road. This also helps you avoid being turned away. At Lost Campers we like to produce Happy Campers, not take the wind out of your sails for this spur of the moment adventure!

For people that just turn up they run the chance of unfortunately being turned away because of lack of campervan availability. If they are lucky enough to get a van, we do like to take some time to do a once over the van making sure it’s fully outfitted and give it a wash on the outside for their adventure. After all no adventure is official until the photos are on your Social Media! Save that waiting time for packing your favorite swim suit and outfits!

Campervan vacation planning and fun in California this summer

This could be you…

Campervan Vacation Planning: Which Places to Visit in the West?

Deciding to go North or South is always a big question for spur of the moment travel. Think about your adventure and what activities you would want to do. Although campervan camping may seem like an easy trip to plan, the last thing you want is to be stuck without a campsite arranged. After a few hours of driving to reach your destination you do not want to have to drive around aimlessly at night.

Although one of the things are renters have told us many times  is that the love that there is no advertising of painting on the outside of Lost Camper campervan.  That way they can camp almost anywhere or park without broadcasting they are tourist.

Spontaneity is great! In these moments we recommend sites like ReserveAmerica.com to see what campsites would be available and their rates. Researching this aspect of your trip ahead of time will save you money that can go towards food and beverages. The site rates can make or break the enjoyment of a trip. The difference between a $15 per night park and a $30 per night park would cause less stress on your travel pocket book. Reserve America also shows which sites have first come first serve spaces offered. The first come first serve sites are usually larger parks that can accommodate more campers. This site allows you to “Find an Adventure” by typing in your City and Interest then it will populate a list for you to browse with their “availability details”.

These two details will be the foundation of your adventure and will allow for a better less chaotic trip for you and your fellow spontaneous friends!

 

campervan vacation planning at Devils Tower Wyoming

Photo courtesy of NPS

Campervan Vacation Planning Tip:  How to Reserve Your Lost Campers Campervan Rental

Lost Campers campervan vacation planning and renting with us during peak summer season of May – September does take planning. Reach out to our reservation team of Launi, Cherokii or Aspen via phone @ 1 (415) 386-2693 or Toll Free: +1 (888) LOST-VAN

or Email us   reservations@lostcampersusa.com ideally 6 – 12 weeks in advance. We can talk to you about your dates and availability in our 3 locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Salt Lake City.

Also be sure to visit our website, other blog postings or Facebook page for more camping vacation planning ideas.

Have a great Summer

Cherokii Verduzco, Reservation Customer Service

Western Desert Camping Tips | Utah & Nevada

Simple Western Desert Camping Tips Can Help You this Summer

Some of the most beautiful places on earth are found in deserts. The dry air, high temperatures, and lack of shade make these unique environments difficult to camp in but the effort is well worth it. Over the summer months, thousands of travelers make their way to America’s gorgeous desert campgrounds – and for good reason! But you don’t want to head out without planning ahead. We’ve put together some western desert camping tips to help keep you cool, hydrated, and having fun during your adventure.

Western Desert Camping Tips Utah & Nevada

Cozy Camp- courtesy of Happy Camper Judy Nguyen

Utah and Nevada are known for their desert environments, and with scenery like you can find in Arches or Great Basin, it’s a reputation well earned! Summer temperatures can easily surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s about 38C), and with many areas lacking good sources of shade, it can easily wear down the body’s water supply. You’ll want to pack plenty of water for your trip, especially for when you head out on those long walks or strenuous hikes. Hydration needs vary from person to person, but it’s safe to say that you’ll want to bring along 2-3 water bottlers per person while you’re out and about. If you’re starting to get a headache while you’re hiking, you’re already dehydrated! Take frequent water breaks while out for long periods of time. The heat isn’t the only thing that can sap your water supply – Utah’s air is especially dry. If you’re traveling from somewhere with a lot of humidity, you’ll probably notice the difference as soon as you get off the plane.

While deserts are hot during the day, the opposite is true at night. Temperatures can drop down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s about 4C) when the sun goes down, so be sure to pack along warm sleepwear for nighttime. While you want to avoid cotton for below freezing temperatures, you should be fine using it over the summer season. Always look ahead for the weather forecast in the area you’re traveling to before heading out. If you’re headed to a National Park or State Park, they’ll often have any advisories that you need to be aware of posted on their website! Checking ahead can make your desert camping trip a real success.

Western Desert Camping Tips fo Goblin Valley Utah

Goblin Valley, photo courtesy of Utah.com

If you’re prone to sunburns, you’ll definitely want to bring along some sunblock. In Utah, the elevation makes it so that even cloudy days can be burn days. Be sure to let your sun screen soak in for about 10-15 minutes before you head out on your next great adventure for extra protection. Even if your skin isn’t prone to burning, you’ll still want to apply some UV protection. People of all skin tones are susceptible to burns and can develop skin cancer from it later in life. And don’t forget the sunglasses! Your eyes need protection from UV rays as well. Bring a comfortable pair of shades to wear while you’re out exploring- your eyes will thank you for it.

Some campers may even want to consider bringing along a basic first-aid kit. Those rocky environments can be difficult to navigate sometimes, so a few scrapes here and there may occur. You can pick up a pre-made kit from most stores like Walgreens or RideAide, but if you’d rather make your own we’ve put together a simple checklist you can use:

  • Band-aids – large and small
  • Neosporin
  • Gauze
  • Tweezers
  • Ibuprofen – or your pain reliever of choice

These items can really help in a pinch if you find yourself or a travel partner injured. While they aren’t 100% necessary for all trips, it’s a good thing to keep in mind for your desert camping trip!

Western Desert Camping Tips for Arches national park, Utah

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park, photo courtesy of nps.gov

Depending on where you’re traveling, you may want to keep an eye out for native species. Rattlesnakes are well-known inhabitants of Utah’s deserts and parts of Nevada as well. Utah is actually home to two different species of rattlesnakes. They’re a necessary part of the ecosystem, but a rattlesnake bite is no joke. Be sure to keep your eyes on the ground while you’re out and about, these snakes can strike if they feel threatened and they don’t always give a warning. Mind where you’re putting your feet and you’ll be just fine, as snakes are not particularly aggressive and just want to be left alone.

Western Desert Camping Tips for Simple Budget Campervans

Summer is an incredibly popular time to travel, and Lost Campers can provide you a budget way to get to your desert vacation spot. Our Sierra class vans even come with a shade awning attached so that you can make your own little spot to get out of the sun. We’re booking up fast for summer already, so be sure to get your quote today! Know someone that’s planning to do some desert camping this year? Share this post to spread these simple tips to the campers in your life.

 

 

Submitted by Aspen in SLC

4 Top Western National Forest Camping | Utah & California

 

4 Top Western National Forest Camping Spots

Information about the best National Forest Camping in the West can be found right here on our awesome blog! This area is home to some of the most beautiful forests on earth. They offer great options for camping and any outdoor activity your heart desires.  Plus with three Lost Campers campervan rental depots located in Salt Lake city, San Francisco and Los Angeles, these amazing and often free best National Forest Camping in the West, are quick and easy to get to.

Best National Forest Camping

Stream in Ashley Natl. Forest courtesy of Happy Camper and LC crew member Launi Haygood

Top Western National Forest Camping: Utah 

Here are fun facts about Utah: Every county in the state has National Forrest in it. “Utes” means “Mountain People”, we don’t mess around when it comes to outdoor fun in Utah!

 

Top Western National Forest Camping #1: Fish Lake National Forest

Once you have collected your awesome camper van in SLC, drive South for some of the best National Forest camping around! Fish Lake National Forest is a beautiful area in central Utah where the mountains meet the desert.  It is close to National Parks such as Capitol Reef and the Grand Staircase National Monument which can definitely fill out a great road trip itinerary. National Forest campgrounds are a great alternative to the busier National Park campsites. Single Tree Campground is one of the largest campgrounds in Fish Lake. It offers spacious sites and views of an open vista of Capitol Reef. 

Top Western National Forest Camping #2: Ashley National Forest

Pick up your van in Salt Lake City and head Northeast to the Ashley National Forest on the Utah-Wyoming border where you will find beautiful places such as Flaming Gorge National Rec. Area! There are 43 campgrounds in Flaming Gorge alone, not to mention various others throughout Ashley, so you won’t have to worry about struggling to find a spot. We recommend rafting the Green River while you are in the area- it is a blast!

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Toes In The Sand. Courtesy of Happy Camper, Shana Miller

Top Western National Forest Camping: California 

Here is an interesting fact about California: Wilderness areas cover 15% of the state! 

Top Western National Forest Camping #3: Inyo National Forest

Pick up a van from San Francisco and head for the Sierras. Inyo National Forest is home to Mount Whitney, the highest Peak in the contiguous United States. Here you will also find gorgeous mountain lakes and enough outdoor fun to wear out even the most energetic outdoor junkie. Be prepared for some amazing high elevation camping. The campgrounds around Mt. Whitney average 10,000 feet and above, so pack layers even in summer. Don’t miss out on a visit to the beautiful Mammoth Lakes! This area is easily added to an itinerary that includes Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

Top Western National Forest Camping #4: Los Padres National Forrest

Pick up your camper van in LA and head North toward Santa Barbara for the best National Forest camping along the Pacific Ocean. Los Padres National Forest offers the best of both worlds: gorgeous mountains and coastal beauty! There are over 12,000 miles of maintained trails for day hikes or backpacking getaways. You can find everything from dense forest and streams to ocean beaches. There are loads of great campgrounds throughout Los Padres to enjoy. This is a great area to explore while traveling the Pacific Coast Highway.

 5 Friends on a Los Padres National Forest & Big Sur Lost Camper Campervan Adventure

 

 

How to Plan Your Top Western National Forest Camping Vacations

*Quick Camping Vacation Planning Tip:

Book a one way trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco and save money on your van relocation fee (it is usually at least $50 cheaper than traveling the other direction!)

Ready to plan your top Western National Forest camping holiday ever? Between May – September, our budget campervan rentals are often booked up 2 – 3 months in advance. So Book your camper van now and let the fun begin!

Top Western National Forest Camping

“P.J.” the van under a blanket of Stars- Courtesy of customer Ignacio Rodrigez

 

Submitted by camper van guru Launi Haygood in Salt Lake City, Utah