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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to talk through ideas!
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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