Matt Johnson

7 Permanent Campsite Setup Ideas

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Aug 9, 2022Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Camping is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. But if you’re looking for a more permanent way to camp or going for an extended camping trip, there are a few things you can do to set up your campsite that keeps practicality and comfort as a priority. Whether glamping in your backyard or RV parks, setting up your camp to make the experience fun and comfortable for both you and your visitors is essential.

We are going to cover seven of our favorite permanent campsite setup ideas to make your trip enjoyable.

Are permanent campsites the way to go?

That’s really up to the camper, but many love the idea of a permanent setup.

Every day there are more and more campground lots for sale and RV land for sale with utilities. Just imagine throwing your RV on there and not having to haul it around. There are even annual lease sites if you’re on the fence regarding buying a site.

We like them because campsite setups can be whatever you want them to be and you always have a place to return to. You might be a snowbird from the northern states heading down to myrtle beach in the winter.

The options are endless when you have your own permanent campsite.

Get comfy with a hammock.

Woman Taking a Nap in a Hammock at her Campsite

A hammock is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a great way to avoid bugs and stay off the ground. You can choose to relax in it throughout the day or even sleep at night. It sure beats a sleeping bag in the dirt or even an air mattress. There are many different options, from single hammocks to double hammocks. You can even find ones with a stand, so you don’t have to find two trees to tie it up to. Even hammocks have built-in mosquito netting so that you can avoid those pesky bugs. Even those with work camping jobs can use a bit of relaxation.

What we love about it.

We love our double hammock! It’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Our favorite part is that it’s a great way to get off the ground and avoid bugs. After all, we’re all about glamping and camping in style and comfort – that’s precisely what a hammock provides.

Stay in the shade with a canopy.

Campers Setting up a Canopy at the Beach

No matter where you camp, the sun is bound to appear at some point. Be prepared by packing a canopy. It’ll provide much-needed shade for you and your campsite. With some walls, you can cut down on the wind, and if there’s any chance of rain, the canopy will protect you and your belongings from getting wet.

Why we love it.

We love our canopy because it’s a great way to stay cool and comfortable when the sun is beating down. It’s also a great way to keep the bugs away. Most canopies can add walls or screens. We usually put our array of food on a table under the canopy to keep the bugs away from it.

Ever thought of a gas fire pit?

Camping Propane Fire Pit

While most campgrounds provide fire pits, they’re not always the best option because you have to stay topped off with the best firewood. Consider a gas fire pit if you’re looking for an easier and more permanent solution for a campfire. They come in various shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find one that fits your needs. Plus, they’re easy to use and clean up. No more gathering wood and building a fire. Just turn it on and enjoy.

What we love about it.

One of the best things about gas fire pits is that you can continue to burn them even during burn bans. They don’t give off embers, so they’re classified as a gas grill. They’re also not as smoky as wood-burning fire pits, which is excellent for those with asthma or other respiratory issues. They’re also easy to use and clean up – two things that are very important to us!

Plenty of seating and tables.

Camping Chair near Camping Table

Depending on your group size, you’ll want to ensure you have enough seating and tables. If you’re planning on cooking, you’ll also need a place to prepare food. Ensure you have all the necessary supplies before heading to your campsite. Many campgrounds provide a picnic table, but you can also bring your portable table.

Why we love it.

We love having plenty of seating and tables because it makes entertaining much more effortless. It also allows us to have more people over to our campsite. And, if we’re cooking, it gives us a place to prepare food. Plus, it’s always nice to have a place to put your drink while relaxing.

Storage containers for everything.

Plastic Storage Totes are Great for Permanent Camping

Camping and critters go hand-in-hand. Make sure all your food and supplies are stored in airtight containers. This will keep the critters out and your things safe. You’ll also want to keep your trash in a container, so it doesn’t attract animals. This is probably the most practical of our permanent campsite setup ideas so definitely take notes of the totes!

What we love about it.

We love storage containers because they help us keep our things organized and safe. Plus, they help us keep the critters away from our food. You can have a large tote with smaller containers inside, or get creative and use a 5-gallon bucket with a lid. It all depends on what you’re bringing and how much space you have.

Ample lighting for aesthetics and function.

Indoor Twinkle Lights

It gets dark at night when you’re camping. You’ll want to ensure you have enough lighting to see what you’re doing and keep your campsite well-lit. We recommend LED lights because they’re energy-efficient and long-lasting. You can find them in various colors and styles to fit your needs.

What we love about it.

We always bring 12v solar lights with us when we go camping. They provide ample lighting for aesthetics and getting around the site at night. We also love that they’re easy to set up and take down. Plus, they don’t use any battery power, so we don’t have to worry about them running out of juice or plugging them in. They’re great for a subtle ambiance or for providing bright, focused light.

Get stylish with an outdoor rug.

Eating with Friends on Outdoor Rugs

An outdoor rug can do the trick when you really want to spruce up your permanent campsite. It’ll add a touch of style and make your site feel more like home. Plus, it’ll protect your feet from the hot ground. Look for rugs made of durable materials that can withstand the elements. There are plenty of cute and stylish options to choose from.

What we love about it.

We love that an outdoor rug can add a touch of style and comfort to our campsite. We also appreciate that it protects our feet from rough ground.

With a bit of planning and preparation and these ideas, you can have the perfect permanent campsite setup for your next adventure. Gas fire pits, storage containers, ample lighting, and an outdoor rug are all great ways to make your camp more comfortable and stylish. So, before heading out into the great outdoors, pack everything you need to make your campsite feel like home.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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