Hipcamp partners with landowners like you (who become Hipcamp Hosts) to list your property on our platform so that folks who are looking for places to stay and camp outside or park their RV can find your land, which will help you earn money. All you need to get started is a flat spot where someone can pitch a tent or park an RV, or a structure (such as a yurt, canvas tent, or tiny cabin) for them to spend the night in.
If you’re a crafty landowner, you probably know at least five ways to repurpose a wooden pallet or you might be able to create a composting toilet in under an hour.
As more property owners join the Hipcamp Host community to earn money with their land, through creating their own unique campsites, they are also sharing numerous creative DIY homesteading, home home improvement, and hospitality ideas with each other. We’ve seen and heard about these ideas in our Hosts’ campsite listings (see the top Hipcamps of 2019, for example). So we created a comprehensive list of some of the most useful hacks, tips, and tricks we’ve come across ranging from the reuse of old materials for land improvement to crafty tips and tricks geared toward attracting more campers, glampers, and RVers.
Why: Improve the experience of your guests, and teach them about fire safety.
How: Here are 5 Fire-Safe Grills for Your Land and Campsite
Why: Composting toilets are better for the environment than porta potties aka portable toilet rentals (but if you are interested in renting porta potties, that is an option). Check out the Hipcamp Toilet Awards for many more DIY toilet ideas.
How: Read Everything You Need to Know About Composting Toilets and How to Build a Composting Toilet in 45 Minutes
Why: Your guests, and Mother Earth will thank you. We love this simple recipe from Happy Mothering made of castile soap, distilled water and essential oils: DIY Homemade Lavender and Tea Tree Liquid Soap.
Why: Make your camp easier for your guests to find.
How: Check out The Essential Property Signs for Hosting Campers.
Why: S’mores, camp cooking, warmth, good vibes.
How: Check out these 10 DIY Firepits You Can Build on Your Land.
Why: Little details can make a big difference, especially lighting. Stringing up solar powered lights can make your property look more photogenic and help to attract more guests.
How: View a few of the top-rated outdoor showers on Hipcamp.
How: Find a collapsible version here, or setup your own with a few tubs by following this handy guide.
Why: Increase your good karma and great hospitality by creating a communal supplies space and encouraging guests to leave and/or take what they need. Sharing is caring!
Why: Games are great when there’s inclement weather and outdoor exploration is on hold.
Why: Help keep them covered in case they forgot essentials like bug spray, matches, toilet paper or emergency supplies.
Why: So guests don’t have to hike back to their vehicles to charge devices.
How: Hipcamp Host Dave of Blackthorn Basecamp in Kansas created a thatched tiki umbrella (pictured below) and installed a solar panel, battery, and a box with USB ports and 12v outlets.
Why: Shade is an important factor when guests are choosing a campsite in hotter climates.
How: If your property’s environment doesn’t offer natural shade from trees, consider creating something like a shade sail (pictured below from The Desert Pensione in Joshua Tree) which is popular in desert areas for their flexibility in the elements and ability to provide solace from the sun.
Why: A simple elevated bed can make a huge difference getting a good night’s sleep, and this is an amenity that guests will pay more for! Check out the Coleman Trailhead II model for only $35! It’ll pay for itself almost instantly, and then start earning you extra profits.
Why: A-frame cabins are among Hipcamp’s most-booked and most profitable types of structures on our platform. Check out the A-frames that our campers count as faves.
How: Hipcamp’s most talked about A-frame, the Star A-Frame Tiny Cabin (pictured below) can be yours for $700-to-$3,000 and some elbow grease, according to its designer Derek Diedricksen. With his breezy plan, the tiny home specialist proves that A-frames can be affordable and easy-to-build. Plus, the cabin will quickly pay for itself and start earning you additional income when you become a Hipcamp Host and list your land for campers to book. Read our post on How to Build This A-Frame Cabin That Will Pay for Itself.
How: Here’s a list of 7 Creative Campsites Proven to Generate Income including the water tank pictured below that was made into a glamping cabin. Check out The Glamp Tank.
How: Here’s a top 10 list of camping wagons.
Pro Hipcamp Host tip: When hosting guests on Hipcamp, you’re able to SMS with guests through your phone without needing a smartphone to access an app. This is a feature unique to Hipcamp that our Host community has said makes a big difference in why Hipcamp is superior to other hosting and home-sharing platforms.
Why: Help your guests to live the Hipcamp value of #LeaveItBetter by providing them with compostable bags for them to pack out their trash.
How: Here’s a pop-up trash bin you can provide for $1 using a foldable laundry basket and BioBags, which are a great option for compostable bags.
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Want to earn extra income to help pay for property taxes, home expenses, and future dream projects? Learn more about becoming a Hipcamp Host. (Use the promo code JOURNAL and get an extra $100 when you host your first camper on your land.)
If you’re looking for more creative ideas for building structures and campsites to add to your land to enjoy and to help earn more income, check out The Top 7 Types of Campsites Generating Income on Hipcamp.
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