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The 5 Most Desirable Campsite Amenities That Campers Will Pay More For

Hipcamp partners with landowners like you (who become Hipcamp Hosts) to connect your property with folks who are looking for places to stay and camp outside! 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.

Wondering how you can level-up your property, campground, or campsite and get more bookings and earn more money as a Hipcamp Host? You’ve come to the right place!

Combining results from our survey of over 1,000 campers, along with a deep dive into our top reviewed campgrounds, and feedback we hear from campers daily, we’ve determined the list of the most sought-after campground amenities.

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.

Does Your Campsite Offer These 5 In-Demand Amenities?

1. Fire Rings / Grills

It’s important to follow your county restrictions as well as share your personal laws of the land with campers, especially with regard to fire safety. Certain times of the year might allow for fires and some may not. You can make this known in your Hipcamp listing. Providing a fire ring and firewood can make things a lot easier for campers and go a long way in heightening their experience.

If you have multiple campsites, you could create a community fire ring to cut down on the number of rings as well as to bring people together.

In our survey, Fire Rings/Grill came in on top with 62% of campers selecting this as an important amenity to have available while camping.

Getting a fire started in the fire ring at Minie Ball Camp in North Carolina.
Grilling a feast over the fire at Magic Forest Farm Camp in New York.

2. Drinking Water

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 camping or glamping site 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. Many of our Hipcamp Hosts are not strangers to drought and we realize that 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.

Sinks with safe potable drinking water at Stargazer Yurt glamping and camping site near Joshua Tree.

3. Toilets and Showers

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
  • port-a-potty
  • indoor plumbing toilet

More info on composting toilets here, and a guide to building one in less than 45 minutes here. Make sure you research laws and guidelines in your area ahead of time.

In the survey, Shower / Sanitation came in third with 30% of campers selecting this as an important amenity while camping.

A gorgeous bathtub and shower at Stargazer Yurt glamping and camping site near Joshua Tree.

4. Pets Allowed

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.

Campers appreciate when you allow dogs to stay at your campground.

5. Signage

You know the ins and outs 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 your 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!

Heading down to the falls and following the clear signage at Clear Creek Ranch in California.

Pilgrim the dog following the signs toward the campsite at Ardor Wood Farm in Texas.
‘Welcome Hipcampers’ sign makes it clear at Otter Space in California.

Bonus: Access to Local Food

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 do you keep egg-laying chickens? Or maybe you grow seasonal veggies? Or maybe you have a craft that you make? 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.

Fresh veggies available for purchase at The Corn Crib in California.
Blackberry bonanza at Yuba Canyon Vistas in California.

Hipcamp’s community of campers are just as diverse as the type of camping experiences offered by Hipcamp Hosts. Our community ranges from extremely experienced campers who have grown up sleeping under the stars — sometimes without a tent — to those who prefer the creature comforts of glamping with a shelter above and a mattress below.

What do you think? Whether you’re a host or a camper, we’d love to learn what makes the experience special for you. Send any questions or ideas on over to support@hipcamp.com, we’d love to talk through ideas!

How to start earning extra money hosting campers on your land

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.

Jess is Hipcamp's Head of Content and Storytelling.

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