What Is It?
Expand Your Camping Horizons. Literally.
Today, we are introducing Hipcamp: the most comprehensive guide to booking your next campsite all across the country, with access to more than 280,000 campsites. This handy service has created a first-of-its-kind searchable database allowing you to sift through thousands of campsites across the United States and select the best fit for you, based on listed amenities, features, and activities. Then it goes a step further. In addition to giving you easy access to public parks, including every National, State, Regional and Army Corps park in the U.S., the outdoor travel app is also helping us get hip to the idea of land sharing.
How Does It Work?
So how does land sharing work? By hosting responsible campers, private landowners can use recreation fees to fund the conservation of their private acreage, which is every bit as essential to the preservation of wilderness habitats and migration corridors as our National Parks. And the campers? They’re happier than ever to escape the crowds and explore the cultures that live beyond city limits.
Hipcamp helps hosts price their land, encouraging them to take into account how close they are to state parks, access to trailheads, or seasonal trends. The average nationwide fee for a basic site with few amenities is ~$50 per night. The site also boasts larger group campsites with private waterfall or lake access that can rent for up to $300 per night!
The company takes a 10% commission on each booking and has an insurance policy and protection plan that owners can utilize if they wish.
Our Favorite Part
Every good idea starts with a story, right?
As the best travel tales often do, the Hipcamp story begins with some really choice waves. Surfer Alyssa Ravasio was watching the barrels roll in, wave after gorgeous, glassy wave, at Andrew Molera State Park on California’s Big Sur coast. Watching—not surfing—because the site through which she found her sweet beachfront campsite failed to mention that the campground had front-row seats to a secluded surf break.
At the time, nearly a third of California’s State Parks were in danger of budget-related shutdowns. Alyssa realized that technology was becoming a barrier to experiencing the American wilderness…when it should have been other way around! While she researched a creative solution to this pressing problem, she also realized that more than 60% of U.S. land is privately owned—and she started to wonder how she might help responsible campers get access to these undiscovered areas as well. Hipcamp, as we know it today, was born, giving outdoor enthusiasts more transparency into camping in their public lands and access to private lands that have previously been unavailable to the masses.
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Ready to get hip to camping? Check out our five top picks for a comfy camping trip below.
5 Essentials for a Comfy Car Camping Trip
- Mountainsmith Morrison 2-Person, 3-Season Tent This sturdy, lightweight workhorse sleeps two campers comfortably in its freestanding vestibule. Mesh wall panels, interior storage pockets, and a hanging ceiling pouch will help you keep all your stuff safely stowed while you’re out exploring.
- Columbia Adult Mummy Bag (40 Degrees) This camping essential has a lightweight, durable 50D polyester taffeta shell, a soft liner that’s warm to the touch, and a 4-hole hollow fiber polyester insulation that keeps you cozy to 40 degrees.
- Wenzel Stow ‘n Go Queen Airbed with Integrated Pump Getting a really good night’s sleep on a cushy, suede air mattress doesn’t mean you love the outdoors any less—it just means you demand a greater outdoors. The built-in air pump means you’re always equipped and ready…for your nap!
- Bellino Folding Table It’s not quite glamping—but it’s definitely not roughing it, either. If you’re car camping in a place without the standard National Parks dining facilities, consider bringing this durable polyester table along. Mesh cup-holders keep your bevvies from tipping when the ground’s not quite level.
- Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair To make nights by the campfire even more relaxing, don’t forget to pack a pair of these must-have quilted loungers—which are not only comfy but which actually RECLINE to three unique positions. Durable steel construction keeps you from reclining too far.