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3 Easy Campsites to Build in Less Than a Day and Start Earning Money

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.

Building a great campsite is easy and inexpensive. All you need are a couple of hours and some elbow grease to clear a nice spot for a tent or camping vehicle — bonus points if the site is private and has a great view.

Here are the 3 easiest campsites you can build in less than a day that people will love and pay for

1. Dry camping site

This is the best campsite to get started with because all it requires is a flat spot Hipcampers can access with their vehicle. You don’t even need a toilet. “Dry camping” means the camper stays in their self-contained RV or camping vehicle, and doesn’t require any hookups (electricity, water or sewer connections.) They have a toilet as well as waste disposal in their vehicle.

Dry Camping Site Checklist:

Be accessible by a large vehicle, like a campervan or motorhome, meaning the road is fairly wide, doesn’t have tight turns, and doesn’t have low hanging trees
Be able to fit this large vehicle parked (you can specify exactly how big on your listing)
Be on relatively flat, level ground
Have natural drainage

2. Cozy tent campsite

There’s nothing better than pitching your tent under the stars — whether it’s in a ranch meadow, desert canyon, forest, or the mountains. The great thing about tent campsites? Surrounding nature does most of the work, you just have to select the right spot and make sure Hipcampers can get there on foot.

Cozy Tent Campsite Checklist:

❒ Be on relatively flat, level ground
❒ Have natural drainage and be relatively dry
Be blocked from the wind
Have access to a toilet (whether it’s on-site or somewhere farther on your property)
Be walking distance to parking

3. No-frills group site

People love camping with friends and family, so offering a group tent site can be an easy way to drive bookings. These work especially well if you have a lot of open space.

No Frills Group Site Checklist:

❒ Be able to accommodate 10 people, or at least 5 tents
❒ Be on relatively flat, level ground
Have natural drainage and be relatively dry
Be blocked from the wind
Have access to a toilet (whether it’s on-site or somewhere farther on your property)
Be walking distance to parking

Easy campsite additions that help you earn even more

You only need a basic campsite to get started, but adding a few inexpensive amenities can help you maximize your earnings right away. Here are the most in-demand campsite features:

❒ Fire pit
❒ Potable water (spigot or tank works great)
Pet-friendly
Picnic table
Trash bin

You can also elevate your Hipcampers’ experience by adding nice touches like solar lighting, signage, and hiking trails.

Ready to get started? Find out how much you can earn here.

How to start earning extra money hosting campers on your land

Why not 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 Hipcamp guest.)

Julie's first camping memory was driving across the country with her family on a 3-week road trip in their cerulean blue Chevy van at age 4. She lived #vanlife for 7 years, & strives to make the outdoors accessible, and inclusive to all. Her top three unessential camping items are: a speaker, LED poi, and LED twinkle lights for ambiance.

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