If you're a host who wants to know what core amenities to offer at your first (or second, or third!) campsite, or are an aspiring camper and want to know what amenities to look for in your first camping experience you've come to the right spot.
Combining a survey of just over 1,000 campers, a deep dive into top reviewed campgrounds and feedback we hear from campers daily, we’re eager to share the most important, basic amenities Hosts can provide to make the camping experience the best it can be. Before getting started on your first campsite, or to upgrade your current offering, take a look at the top 5 basic amenities requested from campers below.
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Access to water can come in many forms from a tap, hose, spigot, jug to asking campers to boil and purify water from a local river or pump. Staying at a Hipcamp is often paired with day hikes, exploring new trails or at the very least cooking meals. It can be a great help to campers to provide water, especially when the campground is in a more remote area where they might not be able to drive nearby to pick some up. A lot of our Hosts are no strangers to drought and water isn’t always accessible. Clearly communicating with campers to bring their own water works just as well!
In the survey, access to drinking water came in second with 59% of campers selecting this as an important amenity while camping.
Similar to water, a toilet and shower/place to clean off after a day outdoors can be a great relief to campers.
A shower on your campground can be anything from attaching a shower head to a hose in a private spot on your land to providing a tub campers can fill up. For those camping in groups, it can also be a chance to take a few minutes truly alone with nature listening to the leaves rustle and water fall.
As far as toilets go, there are a lot of options for hosts! You know your land and local laws best as far as what might work for you, but here is a range of toilet options our hosts typically offer:
- no toilet
- outdoor compostable toilet
- indoor compostable toilet
- indoor plumbing toilet
In the survey, Shower / Sanitation came in third with 30% of campers selecting this as an important amenity while camping.
Whether it’s on or off leash, campers like to bring their best friend along. While ‘pets allowed’ is generally synonymous with ‘dogs allowed’ you can get more specific in the Rules section of your Host Dashboard. There are safety reasons to ask campers not to bring their pets along and that makes a lot of sense.
In the survey, allowing pets came in fourth with 29% of campers selecting this as an important amenity while camping.
You know the in’s and out’s or your land better than anyone. You know which part of the road you need to slow down while making that turn, where the best access to a hiking path is and where the sweetest berry bushes are. Help you campers out and let them get to know your land as well. This includes signs pointing to where you’d like them to park, pitch their tent or use the restroom.
This amenity wasn’t mentioned in the survey, it’s come through in comments and feedback from campers after their trips. Removing doubt and uncertainty on where campers can go on your land and giving them clear pointers makes for a more enjoyable trip all around!
This one is more than a basic amenity, it goes above and beyond. This amenity idea shines through in the reviews of some of the highest rated Hipcamp listings.
Do you have native berries that are safe to eat? Or, egg-laying chickens? Or, do you grow seasonal veggies? Or, do you have a craft? Offering these for purchase to campers from the very land they’re staying on creates a deeper connection and respect for the dirt below their feet. One step further - invite your campers to help out for trade if you run a farm. As campers looking to get outside and reconnect with nature, offering them a chance to see what you do everyday can take that even further.