How to Recreate Responsibly During COVID-19

The health and safety of our community is our top priority during the novel coronavirus pandemic. With that, we’ve created guidelines for safe Hipcamping during COVID-19 that reflect the latest health and safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S., the Australian Government Department of Health, outdoor recreation industry leaders, and our partners in rural communities.

We remain committed as ever to expanding access to the outdoors. Research shows that spending time outside has significant, positive effects on our immune systems and that enjoying nature is a key component of human health and wellness. As we adjust how we travel during COVID-19, it’s important that if you are able to venture outdoors, you do so responsibly.

Guidelines for Hipcampers

Check local requirements

Be sure to consult safety directives from your local and state health departments, as the impact of the virus varies considerably by locality. You should be familiar with and follow guidelines prescribed by public health authorities, including shelter-in-place directives, nonessential travel restrictions, border closures, and group size restrictions. Always use your best judgment.

Be mindful of the local community

Many rural towns have limited supplies, so plan to arrive fully self-contained with all the food, water, and items you’ll need during your stay. Drive slowly, be mindful of neighbors, and enjoy some quiet time in nature.

Practice physical distancing

It’s best to stay socially connected but physically distant this season. Keep at least six feet (1.5 metres) away from others when in public and when meeting with your Hipcamp Host. Be sure to read directions, check-in instructions, and expectations from your Host before arriving—many Hosts have updated their rules and best practices to ensure proper physical distancing.

Take care of your health

Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available at your Hipcamp, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Be sure to dispose of your tissue in a sealed personal container (to pack out) or a designated trash can. Finally, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

Be fire safe

Be aware of all of your Host’s rules relating to campfires—some Hosts don’t allow them! Read our fire safety guide to brush up on how to build and extinguish campfires safely and take our quiz to ensure you’re doing your part to prevent wildfires.

Leave it better

In addition to following the 7 basic principles of Leave No Trace while camping, we encourage you to go a step further to Leave It Better. If you find trash or something out of place while camping and exploring, please pick it up and pack it out. When we work together as a community with this mindset, every little action to leave a place better than you found it can have an incredibly positive effect on our shared natural environment.

Adjust bookings as needed

Before booking your next Hipcamp, be sure to confirm that there are no local travel restrictions for either your trip origin or your destination. Book Hipcamps near your home or within your area, limit the size of your group, and minimize contact with others outside your household. Please do your part to limit the spread of the virus by staying home if you or someone you live with is sick. Review our COVID-related cancellation policies and know that our support team is always here to help with any necessary booking adjustments.

Getting outside might look a little different this season, but we hope you find yourselves outside soon. Let us know how we can help!

Hipcamp is an online marketplace where you can list, discover, and book campsites and accommodations on private and public land. Hipcamp is your go-to guide to getting outside. If you’re a landowner, Hipcamp creates new revenue streams for your business, which can help conserve your land and keep it wild. #FindYourselfOutside #LeaveItBetter

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